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Rescue efforts after an explosion on McNab Drive were hampered by the narrowness of the street.

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Rescue workers take Merna Sneed, 84, to an ambulance that took her to University Hospital. Sneed was found in a pile of debris in her backyard; she had been blown out of her house at 308 McNab Drive by an explosion. As of 1:08 p.m. Friday, she was in critical condition with severe burns over a large portion of her body.

Spill it: A conversation with Tom Schultz

Celtic musician Tom Schultz plays a bodhrán, a traditional Irish drum, during an informal performance at Kayotea in downtown Columbia. Schultz had the bodhrán custom made by a German drummaker he met a drum festival in Ireland.

Where to go to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters rescue woman from debris, flames of home

A firefighter calls for assistance on the scene of the house explosion in the East Campus neighborhood.

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The firefighter moves quickly among the debris toward the wreckage of the house.

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The firefighter works to rescue Merna Sneed from among the debris and flames.

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Firefighters carry Merna Sneed to receive medical attention after she had been trapped under debris by the explosion of the home she shared with her husband.

Engineering students belly up to counter for stretch eating contest

Participants wait for Chi Epsilon member Kelly Schaefer to call the start of the first round of third annual MU Engineering Week Stretch Eating Contest on Thursday at the Broadway Diner in downtown Columbia. James Bryce, second from left, was eventually crowned the winner after eating five stretches, which consist of eggs, hashbrowns, chili and cheddar cheese, in twelve minutes.

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James Bryce struggles to finish his fourth stretch during first round of third annual MU Engineering Week Stretch Eating Contest. The event, which was organized by MU engineering fraternity Chi Epsilon, featured 25 MU students eating as many stretches as possible in 12 minutes. Bryce eventually was crowned the winner after finishing five stretches.

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Stretches wait to be eaten.

Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team celebrates state championship

Clockwise from left: Andrea Seabaugh, Amaya Williams, M.E. Kanago, Katherine Harry, Kelsey Eckenrode, Lauren Kelly and Claire Schaeperkoetter pose for photos with their trophy at the pep rally.

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M.E. Kanago cuts down the net in the Rock Bridge High School gym during a pep rally celebrating the Bruins' basketball state championship on Friday afternoon.

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The Rock Bridge girls' basketball team is surrounded by cheering fans and hurtling streamers as the school celebrates their basketball state championship at a pep rally on Friday.

MU Softball extends win streak to 16

Missouri pitcher Stacy Delaney winds up during the opening innings of the Tigers' game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday afternoon at University Field.

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The Missouri softball team congratulates Amanda Renth after she hit a two-run home run in the first inning of the Tigers' game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday afternoon at University Field.

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Missouri infielder Abby Vock prepares to slide into second base during the Tigers' game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday afternoon at University Field.

Crow dominates Rocket hitters; Missouri baseball team shuts out Toledo

Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow delivers during the first inning of the Tigers' game against the Toledo Rockets on Friday afternoon at Taylor Stadium. Crow struck out 15 batters in the complete-game shut out.

Tigers have one last chance to dance

Mike Anderson was an assistant coach on the 2000 Arkansas Razorbacks team that went 16-15, but snuck into the NCAA tournament after winning the SEC Championship.

Fire Department holds search-and-rescue training at former City Hall annex

Columbia Fire Department recruits scramble to put their equipment on during a timed drill Wednesday. The drill was done outside of the old City Hall annex, which is scheduled for demolition. From left are Jeff Hudson, Ryan Russell and Jim Pasley. The Fire Department’s Basic Recruit School has plans for additional training sessions at the annex.
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