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Columbia Police Officers and Detectives work the scene of a bank robbery Wednesday afternoon at First National Bank on Garth Ave. near Broadway in Columbia. Officers recovered a bag containing money, a hat with hair attached and a gun and arrested a suspect nearby about 45 minutes after the robbery took place.

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A Columbia Police Detective examines a hat with attached hair that was found after a bank robbery Wednesday afternoon at First National Bank on Garth Ave. near Broadway in Columbia. A bag containing money and a gun were also found nearby.

Sounding sweet on Cherry Street

Howard Marshall, left, plays the fiddle during Doc Howard's Fiddle Band's midday performance at the Cherry Street Artisan on Wednesday in Columbia. Marshall, along with Ron Ray and Kathy Gordon, has regularly played at the Artisan since it opened five years ago. The group plays other engagements in mid-Missouri, including the upcoming Art in the Park.

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Howard Marshall, left, and Kathy Gordon, center, watch Ron Ray start off a song during a midday performance at the Cherry Street Artisan, while Tim Walker, a Missouri graduate student, studies. Marshall grew up around fiddle music and enjoys the social element of playing. "Some music is hard to approach; it keeps its arms crossed," Howard said. "Old-time fiddle music has its arms wide open, saying 'Come on and play.'" The group, called Doc Howard's Fiddle Band, plays frequently at the Artisan, along with other engagements in mid-Missouri, including the upcoming Art in the Park.

Service dogs branch out

Debbie McMurray of Hazelwood shares time with her service dog, Priss. McMurray is among a growing number of people with psychological disorders who have found solace and assistance through specially trained service dogs.

Military officers must uphold higher standards

Bill Wickersham of Columbia is an adjunct professor in peace studies at MU and a member of Veterans for Peace and a member of the national steering committee of Global Action to Prevent War.

Mother credits faith in God for son’s recovery

Connie McClellan, poses with a photograph of her son Tuesday. McClellan is the author of "My Miracle Marine: The Story of Three-Time Purple Heart Recipient Lcpl. John McClellan." McClellan's book is a compilation of e-mails sent between her and her son from June 2005, when he was shot for the first time, to May 2007. Connie McClellan said, "The book focuses on what God was doing for him and what God was doing for us."

Barking dogs breed tension among neighbors

Kimberly Yagel-Burks and her boyfriend, Ben Garzan, play with the family dogs, Cocoa and Jack. Both are one-and-a-half-year-old Australian Shepherd littermates. Yagel-Burks, who lives on the 900 block of Maupin Street, has received six citations from Columbia Animal Control about the dogs’ barking.

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Ken McRae gestures out his front window toward the home of Kimberly Yagel-Burks, who lives on the 900 block of Maupin Street. McRae has called Columbia Animal Control three times this year to complain about the barking of Yagel-Burks’ dogs.

Documentary explains why former “death house chaplain” no longer supports the death penalty

The Rev. Carroll Pickett spent 15 years as the "death house chaplain" in Huntsville, Texas.

Salute to Veterans Parade, courthouse ceremony close Memorial Day festivities

Hezel Sheard salutes after placing a wreath during the 83rd Memorial Day Courthouse Ceremony on Monday in front of the Boone County Courthouse.

Multitasker extraordinaire: Nancy Harter makes bettering the community her business

Nancy Harter, left, chats with Boonville resident Coletta Eichenberger during an April event for Progressive Women, a group she started after moving to Columbia from Washington, D.C. Since moving to Columbia, Harter has become active on the local political scene and has created a network for women who wish to be civically and professionally active.

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Nancy Harter, center, reviews a meeting agenda with Hank Ottinger, left, and Peter Vollentyne during a steering meeting for a new neighborhood association, the Historic Old Southwest Neighborhood Association, at her home in Columbia’s Old Southwest area on April 10.

U.S. uses bullets ill-suited for new ways of war

From left, 9 mm, .45 ACP, M-855 “Green Tip” and M-80 bullets are seen next to a standard AAA battery. U.S. troops say the M-855 is too small to be effective in today’s close-range warfare.

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Erin Roesler, an MU freshman, walks through the Thomas Hart Benton 1930s exhibit on May 10. The exhibit is on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri on the MU campus and contains mostly lithographs from the 1930s. The display will run through August 9.

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The State Historical Society of Missouri is showing some of Thomas Hart Benton's work from the 1930s. This is a lithograph titled "The Prodigal Son" done in 1939.

Missouri baseball team draws tough regional

Miami players celebrate with the ACC baseball tournament trophy after their 8-4 win over Virginia on Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. The top-ranked Hurricanes will play host to No. 12 Missouri, Ole Miss and Bethune-Cookman at the NCAA Regional this week.

Douglass High School students celebrate graduation successes

Douglass High School graduate Shane Clayton is awarded the DAR Good Citizen Award by Joyce Hulett during the school's graduation ceremonies at Columbia College on Friday.

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Friends and family members of the 2008 graduating class of Douglass High School congratulate the students as they make their way into the auditorium at Columbia College on Friday. In all, the school had 59 graduates.

Last known U.S. born WWI veteran honored at Liberty Memorial

Frank Buckles looks at an exhibit as he tours the National World War I Museum in Kansas City today. Buckles, at 107, is the last known living American-born veteran of World War I.
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