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Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps smiles after setting a new world record in the 200-meter butterfly during the Missouri Grand Prix nationals swimming competition at the University of Missouri Aquatic Center in Columbia on Feb. 17, 2007.

Swimming's elite to compete at meet in Columbia

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps smiles after setting a new world record in the 200-meter butterfly during the Missouri Grand Prix swimming competition at the University of Missouri Aquatic Center in Columbia on Feb. 17, 2007.

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A visibly shaken man is helped to a waiting ambulance outside city hall in Kirkwood, Mo. A gunman opened fire at a meeting of the Kirkwood City Council in suburban St. Louis Thursday night, hitting the mayor and several council members, leaving six people dead including the shooter and two officers.

Flanner leads Columbia College men’s basketball team to win over Missouri Baptist

Columbia College guard Joe Flanner drives the floor against Deon White and Brandon Bishop of Missouri Baptist during the first half of their game at the Southwell Gymnasium in Columbia on Thursday.

Columbia swimmers use meet as 'last chance'

Jordan Powell practices at Hickman High School on Thursday. Powell is one four girls in Columbia who are looking to qualify for the state championship meet.

Hickman High School students vote in mock election

Jazmine Bell, a senior at Hickman High School, shows her support for Barack Obama on Tuesday. Hickman held a mock election on Super Tuesday with Obama declared the winner, earning a little more than 80 percent of the votes.

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Cooper Livingston, left, prepares to hand out voting ballots Tuesday at Hickman High School, while teacher Jami Thornsberry looks on. Livingston, a senior and student body president, helped organize the school’s mock election.

Marking the start of Lent

Pastor Brian Thieme leads a sermon, titled "From Galilee to Judea," during an Ash Wednesday service at Trinity Lutheran Church. Thieme's sermon emphasized the recognition of Jesus not only as a guide and teacher in his own time but as a savior of humanity.

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Deacon Frank Ruggiero blesses Sandy Ruiz during the evening service with the sign of the cross in ashes on her forehead in celebration of Ash Wednesday at the St. Thomas More Parish and Newman Center on Maryland Avenue.

DeStephen fueled by historic quest

Greg DeStephen, sophomore for the MU Diving team, gets out of the pool after a dive at practice on Wednesday. The team was practicing on the 1-meter spring board, but according to diving coach Jamie Sweeney, all team members dive off of the 1- and 3-meter spring boards as well as the platforms. MU faces Drury University away on Friday and is back home against Nebraska on Saturday.

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Fellow teammates watch as Greg DeStephen takes a dive off the 1-meter spring board during a MU diving team practice on Wednesday. Coach Jamie Sweeney said that, "This is going to be a good weekend for Mizzou diving."

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MU diver Greg DeStephen, a sophomore, executes a pike dive off the 1-meter spring board during practice on Wednesday.

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Camaraderie keeps Tigers' Gold in gymnastics

Alex Gold, a freshman at MU, practices on the vault. Even though it's her first year on MU's gymnastic team, Gold made a name for herself by scoring a 9.8 or better in her first three meets this year.

Tigers lose close one to Oklahoma

Missouri guard RaeShara Brown is blocked by the Sooner's Danielle Robinson and Ashley Paris during the first half.

Columbia College guard far from home

Miroslav Lukic does defensive and passing drills at practice on January 30. The junior guard for Columbia College is a transfer student originally from Serbia.

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Miroslav Lukic does defensive drills with his team on January 30. Lukic is a junior guard at Columbia College who transfered after spending his first two years of college at Grayson Community College in Denison, Texas, but is originally from Serbia.

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