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Janet Walz, left, waits with her husband, Paul Urzi, before the start of the Missouri Theatre's concert Wednesday. The couple came to Columbia from Jefferson City for the event, which featured singer Tony Bennett.

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Lt. Brian Heater, an MU alumnus, will be flying an F/A-18F Super Hornet, above, at the Salute to Veterans airshow, which opens Friday. The Super Hornet can travel at supersonic speeds.

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A tickettaker puts another stub onto her tray before the start of the Missouri Theatre's grand opening gala. The theater, which re-opened Wednesday night, sold about 1,000 tickets to its gala featuring singer Tony Bennett.

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Patrons cross Ninth Street outside of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts after its grand opening gala, which featured singer Tony Bennett on Wednesday.

Columbia student to compete in final round of National Geographic Bee

Isaac Pasley became a top 10 finalist in the 2008 National Geographic Bee after beating out 45 other state-level winners in Washington, D.C.

Telling Missouri’s tale one tile at a time

From right, Nine-year-old Helen Fletcher paints a ceramic tile during her 4th grade class at Grant Elementary while Columbia artist Heinrich Leonhard helps William Campbell, 10, with his tile.

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Fourth-grader Tara Harrington paints a ceramic tile as part of her class project Tuesday morning at Grant Elementary.

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Chottie Hamilton, 10, works on her ceramic tile, a depiction of the state of Missouri.

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William Cambpell, 10, bottom, and Columbia artist Heinrich Leonhard, left, work on ceramic tiles as part of a class project Tuesday morning at Grant Elementary.

Missouri Theatre gets final touches for grand opening

Plastic sheets cover the seats of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts as workers put the finishing touches on the building in preparation for the theater's gala. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Wednesday morning before the inagural performance by Tony Bennett at 7 p.m.

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A worker checks on a lighting setup inside the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Closed for restoration since last June, the theater will celebrate Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the morning.

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Larry Shaw, left, and his son Rocky Shaw, of Rainbow Painting, dissemble scafolding in the lobby of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

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Workers put the finishing touches on the new electronic marquee outside the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Season ends for Hickman baseball

Hickman's Colin Kemble, right, lunges after the ball after Taylor Steuber failed to grab it during Hickman's season-ending 9-3 loss to Wentzville-Holt.

C.K. Odor, head of Columbia Housing Authority in '60s, dies

Bowfishing buddies land lunkers

Robin Parks checks out a longnose gar he caught bowfishing Wednesday on the Meramec River near Fenton. Parks has landed gar as long as 5 feet.

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Keith Riehn shoots an arrow at a fish.

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Keith Riehn clubs a longnose gar before hauling it onto the boat. The fish have sharp teeth, and scales and cuts are common.

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Robin Parks, left, and Keith Riehn look for a good place to bowfish. The ability to see fish in muddy water is crucial.

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Two longnose gar take a spot on the deck of Robin Park’s boat after being reeled in at the end of an arrow.
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