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Bulldog basketball unites small town of Harrisburg

The banners hanging from the ceiling at Harrisburg High School's "Big Barn" show the town has reason to be proud of its high school basketball teams.

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Frank Wanner, a junior on the Harrisburg boys basketball team, helps Cameron Reasons prepare to cheer him on later Saturday night with some red and white face paint.

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Julie Schultz, 29, helps water and feed the dogs at the Columbia Humane Society. Schultz started as a volunteer in October 1998 and is now the kennel manager at the Humane Society.

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SAMUEL ADLER

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The Esterhazy Quartet, including (from left) Eva Szekely, Susan Jensen, Leslie Perna and Darry Dolezal, rehearses a musical piece by Samuel Adler in Whitmore Recital Hall at Mu on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008. The quartet is preparing for a concert to that will take place March 10 in honor of Adler's visit to MU.

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Violinist Susan Jenson, assistant professor at the MU School of Music, rehearses a musical piece by Samuel Adler with the Esterházy Quartet at Whitmore Recital Hall on Wednesday.

'Confident' Bruins to play for first state title

Rock Bridge's M.E. Kanago shouts to her teammates on the floor during the second half of Rock Bridge's 55-42 victory against St. Joseph's Academy in the 2008 MSHSAA Class 5 semifinals on Friday night at Mizzou Arena. The Bruins will face Incarnate Word tomorrow in the State finals.

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Rock Bridge High School students Marlena Szewczyk, center, Lauren Meyer, left, and Amy Trader, right, cheer before the start of the MSHSAA Class 5 girls basketball semifinals between Rock Bridge and St. Joseph's Academy Friday night at Mizzou Arena. Rock Bridge defeated St. Joseph's Academy, 55-42, and advanced to the finals.

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Rock Bridge's Amaya Williams drives to the basket during the second half of Rock Bridge's 55-42 victory against St. Joseph's Academy in the 2008 MSHSAA Class 5 semifinals Friday night at Mizzou Arena. Williams led the Bruins with 19 points, and shot 50 percent (2-4) from behind the 3-point line.

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Rock Bridge's Claire Schaeperkoetter, far right, and Amaya Williams, right, fight for a rebound during Rock Bridge's 55-42 victory against St. Joseph's Academy in the 2008 MSHSAA Class 5 semifinals on Friday night at Mizzou Arena.

Photos of the Week

Fire breather Jesse Jones, also known as Jonzy, of the fire performance troupe Sphyre of Prometheus, performs neat Stephens College after the True/False Film Festival parade in downtown Columbia on Feb. 29.

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MU Junior Mark Wolf rushes to the net with Illinois State's Jason Nash trailing after him as the sun sets on their lacrosse game on March 1. MU beat the Redbirds 8-6.

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Columbia College's Mikel Fields, right, is one of three local players on the Cougars' team. "...We’re all so close to home, so if anybody needs a home-cooked meal or something, we’re there for them,” he said.

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Amid the hustle of a cramped kitchen, Jade Chao peels shrimp at Peking Restaurant. Only four of the six chefs at the restaurant speak English. This communication barrier can often lead to more violations for ethnic restaurants, said Gerald Worley, a city inspector.

Locally owned ethnic restaurants more likely to snag health-code violations

Employees, from left, Changhai Zhou, Hongjie Guo and Shunji Zhang prepare meat in the kitchen of Peking Restaurant. Every employee is required to obtain a food handler’s card by attending classes and passing a test administered by the Columbia/Boone County Health Department.

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Shunji Zhang begins preparing the flour shell of dumplings. No gloves are necessary for this process; they are only required when handling food that is ready to eat.

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Junsheng Liu, employee at Peking Restaurant, washes raw chicken in water. According to the food code, handlers are not required to wear gloves unless handling ready-to-eat food.

Cougars' close bond off the court translates to solid play

Columbia College's Mikel Fields, right, is one of three local Columbia players on the team.

Former Missouri football stars try to impress NFL scouts at Pro Day

Former MU lineman Lorenzo Williams performs a vertical jump drill in front of several NFL scouts Thursday at Daniel J. Devine Pavilion.
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