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Columbia residents express opinions at "trash talk" forum

Approximately 100 Columbia residents filled all the seats in a training room Tuesday at the Sanford-Kimpton Building, voicing their opinions on the proposed and contested roll cart trash collection system.

Wendy Hofmann tests roll cart

Wendy Hofmann, a Columbia resident, tests a roll cart Tuesday at an open forum. The city provided attendees with roll carts of three available sizes in order to show what dimension of carts would be available if the system were implemented.

Lysinger attempts to pass

Blue Springs High School senior Haley Lysinger attempts to make a pass around Hickman High School junior Kelsey Mirts on Tuesday at Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Students take selfie in front of mural

Devin Hall, left, 10, Ellie Bacon, center, 11, and Keya Beamer, right, 10, take a selfie in front of a mural they helped create on Tuesday at the State Historical Society of Missouri. The mural will be displayed at the historical society until April 25.

Mirts reacts to foul

Hickman High School head coach Tonya Mirts reacts to a Hickman foul Tuesday at Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Missouri.

White attempts a shot

Hickman High School sophomore center Ny'jah White attempts a shot during the Tuesday district playoff game at Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Missouri. Hickman beat Blue Springs 50-27.

Joan Stack speaks at mural unveiling

Curator of Art Collections Joan Stack speaks to the Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School fifth-grade class on Tuesday at the State Historical Society of Missouri. The class created a mural representing the history of Boone County and presented it that evening.

Children look at class mural

Children admire the mural created by a fifth-grade class on Tuesday at the State Historical Society of Missouri. Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School students made the mural for the historical society to represent the history of Boone County.

B Love Self looks at mural

B Love Self, 11, admires her work on the mural on Tuesday at the State Historical Society of Missouri. The Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School fifth-grade class worked on the mural for six months before presenting it Tuesday. Self helped create the steamboat and painted the trees in the mural.

Rock Bridge senior forward Cierra Porter goes for a layup

Rock Bridge High School Bruins senior forward Cierra Porter, No. 21, goes for a layup Tuesday at Blue Springs High School, in Blue Springs, Missouri. Porter led the Bruins scoring with 25 points.

Rock Bridge senior forward tries to shoot a field goal

Rock Bridge High School Bruins senior forward Cierra Porter, No. 21, attempts a field goal Tuesday at Blue Springs High School, in Blue Springs, Missouri. Rock Bridge beat Blue Springs South 72-45.

Rock Bridge senior guard attempts a layup at Blue Springs High School

Rock Bridge High School Bruins senior guard Sophie Cunningham, No. 3, attempts a layup Tuesday at Blue Springs High School, in Blue Springs, Missouri. Cunningham finished the game with 17 points.

Homeless pups

Thirty-one dogs and two cats were left homeless due to a residential fire, according to the Central Missouri Humane Society. Twelve of the dogs are unweaned puppies under eight weeks of age. The Humane Society said people can help by donating or dropping off supplies such as wet puppy food and puppy pads.

Woman holds up syringe

A woman holds up a syringe with symbolic green fluid during a June 2008 rally on Capitol Hill in Washington calling for the elimination of what demonstrators say are toxins in children's vaccines. Parents have been nervous about vaccines for as long as vaccines have been around. Opposition seemed to plummet for several decades, as vaccines got better and succeeded in beating back diseases, but parental concern has seemed to be on an upswing in the last 20 years.

Frightened chihuahua

Central Missouri Humane Society volunteer Michelle Casey coaxes a frightened Chihuahua to trust her Tuesday at the Central Missouri Humane Society. According to the Humane Society, this dog is just one of the 33 animals that was rescued after a fire destroyed their home outside of Columbia Feb. 23.

Lanham holds Chihuahua

Stephanie Lanham, an employee at the Central Missouri Humane Society, holds one of the 31 dogs Tuesday that was rescued after a fire destroyed their home. After the fire, the animals were living with their owners in a station wagon until they were brought into the shelter five days later, according to a Central Missouri Humane Society news release.

Kristin Sohl leads Missouri's ECHO Autism project

Kristin Sohl, medical director for the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, is heading Missouri's ECHO Autism project. Sohl said the aim of the project is to give patients "the best autism care in primary care" by sharing expertise about autism and potential underlying medical and psychiatry concerns through the use of web-based conferencing technology.

Casey holds Chihuahuas

Michelle Casey holds two of the 8-week-old Chihuahuas that were brought to the Central Missouri Humane Society on Tuesday after a fire left their owners without a home. In total, 31 Chihuahuas and two cats were rescued from the fire and brought to the shelter.

Netanyahu meets with senators

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, stands with senators Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, as they host a luncheon following his speech to Congress. From left, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Netanyahu, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois.

Jamies Winston throws at NFL combine

Jameis Winston runs a passing drill at the NFL combine on Feb. 21 in Indianapolis. On Tuesday, the former Florida State quarterback met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
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