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J-school alumnus Steve Fainaru awarded Pulitzer Prize

Steve Fainaru was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting on Monday.

Slam dunk

Katy Koontz, an MU softball player, throws a ball to dunk MU professor Dr. William Horner on Tuesday. Horner said he thought he had been dunked about seven or eight times in the hour and a half he spent out in Lowry Mall. The dunk tank was a way for the American Cancer Society to raise money for the Relay for Life on Stankowski Field from 6 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. the following day.

Paul Sturtz defeats three-term incumbent Almeta Crayton for First Ward City Council seat

Newly-elected First Ward City Councilman Paul Sturtz thanks supporters during a speech Tuesday night at the Pasta Factory in Columbia.

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Sutu Forté, center, and other supporters of newly-elected city councilman Paul Sturtz, listen as Sturtz delivers a speech after election results were announced Tuesday night at the Pasta Factory in Columbia.

Edwards wins third Sprint Cup race

Columbia native Carl Edwards celebrates after winning NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The victory moved Edwards four spots into 10th in the point standings.

Guitar Hero Tournament rocks Columbia

Austin Robb, 10, plays in the first round of the Guitar Hero Tournament on March 15 at the Blue Note. “I’m really good at hammer-ons and pull-offs,” Robb said.

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Austin Robb got his sides cut and used styling gel to keep his hair spiked.

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Austin Robb displays his marker-tattooed knuckles inspired by Ozzy Osborne.

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Jeanne Mason comforts her grandson, Austin Robb, after he lost in the second round of the Guitar Hero Tournament. Robb has been playing Guitar Hero for about four years, his dad said.

City hires border collie to chase wild geese from two parks

Kathy Love and her border collie, Dulce, take a break for a picture at Stephens Lake Park on Friday. The Parks and Recreation Department use Dulce for "nonlethal management" of the geese at Stephens Lake Park and Twin Lakes Recreation Area. "Dolce takes her job seriously," Love says.

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Kathy Love's border collie, Dulce), chases geese at Twin Lakes Recreation Area on Friday. The Parks and Recreation Department uses Dulce for "non-lethal management" of wild geese.

Man pleads guilty to Domino’s robbery

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Cleaning up in Columbia

Sunday night’s graffiti at the entrance to Martinshire Drive is greeted by stiff resistance from the Public Works Department’s Street Division on Monday. From left, James Brown, DeJaun Jordan, Kevin Rice and Ron Sollenberger remove spray paint from the neighborhood wall. Sollenberger said three people stopped to thank the crew for their efforts.

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Kevin Rice scrubs diligently with a citrus solution to break through the first layer of graffiti on a Martinshire Drive wall.

Skating into spring

Trevor Collins, a freshman at MU, skates Monday at Cosmopolitan Recreation Skate Park. “I come out here a lot when I’m not working out or doing other sports,” Collins said. Collins was one of about 10 people who took advantage of the spring weather and temperature near 65 degrees.

Missouri golfers struggle at Mizzou Intercollegiate

MU golf player Peter Malnati hits the ball during the first day of the Mizzou Intercollegiate tournament on Monday afternoon at The Old Hawthorne Golf Club.

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Stephanie Hilbert, a home-schooled junior from Jefferson City, and her mother, Michelle Hilbert, discuss academic programs with Ryan Green, an admissions representative from College of the Ozarks, at a college fair for home-schooled students held at Woodcrest Chapel on March 14. The number of home-schooled students in Missouri increased from 2,253 in 1998 to 5,409 in 2007, and schools like Columbia College and MU are doing more to actively recruit these students.

Colleges in Missouri are recruiting home-schooled students

Stephanie Hilbert, a home-schooled junior from Jefferson City, and her mother, Michelle Hilbert, discuss academic programs with Ryan Green, an admissions representative from College of the Ozarks, at a college fair for home-schooled students held at Woodcrest Chapel on March 14. The number of home-schooled students in Missouri increased from 2,253 in 1998 to 5,409 in 2007, and schools like Columbia College and MU are doing more to actively recruit these students.

Huntsdale faces first tax issues

Route O winds as it leads into Huntsdale, which has a population of 31 residents, about 13 miles west of Columbia.

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The house of William Burch Hunt, who founded Huntsdale, still stands along one of the town's streets. Hunt built the house in 1892 after returning from the California Gold rush in 1859, when he purchased the land. The town was once a busy stop along the Missouri River.
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