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Dean Mills announces $1 million donation from MU alumnus

Dean Mills, Dean of the MU School of Journalism, announces Timothy D. Blair's $1 million donation to create the Timothy D. Blair Fund for LGBT coverage in journalism Friday at the MU Student Center.

Setting sun reflected in window of 'Blind' Boone Home

A window at the front of the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home reflects the setting sun and the water tower at East Walnut Street on Tuesday. Boone's home was built in the 1880s while the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets, at left, was built in 2011, according to Toni Messina, Columbia civic relations officer.

Stephen Oswald leans over makeshift banister

Painter Stephen Oswald leans over a makeshift banister near the stairs to gather his gear as he finishes work for the day at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home on Wednesday.

Blueprints for 'Blind' Boone Home renovation sit on table

Blueprints for the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home renovation sit on a table inside the front room of the structure on Wednesday.

White paint clings to 'Blind' Boone Home's front doorknob

White paint clings to the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home's front doorknob Wednesday. Part of the house's renovation includes a new coat of paint on the interior walls.

Paint peels on 'Blind' Boone Home

Paint peels on the siding and wooden pillar at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home's front porch on Tuesday.

Construction materials sit on vegetation

Construction materials sit on vegetation at the rear of the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home on Tuesday.

Scaffolding rests against 'Blind' Boone Home

Exterior renovations to the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home are largely complete and "have remained true to the original era of the structure," according to blindboonehome.com. The interior and grounds are still under restoration.

Patriot Guard Rider part of processional for Rodney Griffin

A Patriot Guard Rider sits on his motorcycle outside of the Arnold Funeral Home in Mexico, Missouri, on Thursday after participating in a motorcycle processional from St. Louis. The processional led the hearse carrying the remains of repatriated soldier Sgt. Rodney Griffin, who was killed in action nearly 45 years earlier during the Vietnam War.

Wesley Seay waves a flag for Rodney Griffin

Wesley Seay, 92, waves a flag Thursday as the procession for Rodney Griffin passes by on Liberty Drive in Mexico, Missouri. Seay was drafted to fight in World War II when he was 20 years old and served as a pilot. "I never knew the boy (Sgt. Griffin) but I worked with his dad and his dad told me about it (Griffin's disappearance)," Seay said. Seay worked with Griffin's father at Rural Electric Co. in Centralia at the time of his son's disappearance in Vietnam.

Patriot Guard leads Rodney Griffin's procession

A motorcycle procession of Patriot Guard Riders leads the hearse on East Liberty Street through Mexico, Missouri, on Thursday to honor fallen Vietnam War soldier Sgt. Rodney Griffin.

VFW members convene after ceremony for Rodney Griffin

Members of the Centralia Veterans of Foreign Wars, from left, Andy Meeks, Dennis Mills, and Donnie Collins, talk with Centralia VFW Commander Ed Torreyson on Thursday outside of the Arnold Funeral Home in Mexico, Missouri, following the repatriating ceremony held for Sgt. Rodney Griffin. Griffin died after his helicopter crashed in Vietnam in 1970.

A Patriot Guard Rider stands near Rodney Griffin's hearse

A Patriot Guard Rider stands beside the hearse that carried the remains of fallen Sgt. Rodney Griffin from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to the Arnold Funeral Home in Mexico, Missouri, on Thursday.

Folks grab dinner at Oakland's civil rights-era event

Visitors wait in line to prepare dinner plates before Oakland Middle School presented a civil rights museum Thursday. Visitors had a chance to view students' research on the civil rights era while participating in civil rights era-themed bingo.

Seventh-graders sing 'This Little Light of Mine'

Oakland Middle School seventh graders Dominaya Belcher, left, and Joy Smith sing "This Little Light of Mine" before the civil rights museum Thursday at Oakland Middle School. Reading instructor Danielle Johnson coordinated the event.

Oceana Neal waits at civil rights event

Oakland Middle School sixth-grader Oceana Neal waits near her poster presentation of Claudette Colvin during the civil rights museum Thursday at Oakland Middle School. Students in reading classes at Oakland spent over a month researching civil rights leaders and historic moments to present in a gallery for their families.

Carly Spalding keeps her eye on the ball during a bunt

Carly Spalding practices bunting Tuesday during the Columbia College softball team practice at Antimi Softball Complex. Spalding had a .321 batting average with four home runs during the 2014 season.

Carly Spalding races around the bases

Utility player Carly Spalding races to first base on Tuesday during the Columbia College softball team practice at Antimi Softball Complex. Spalding is known around the league for her ability to steal a base, and she has never been caught in 51 steal attempts.

Carly Spalding laughs with teammates

Utility player Carly Spalding laughs with her teammates Tuesday after the Columbia College softball team practice at Antimi Softball Complex. Spalding started in all 47 games during the 2014 season.

Giant plant nearly breaks through roof

The Agave americana plant at Truman State’s greenhouse in Kirksville, Missouri, seen in an April 21 photo, now towers through the roof after its flowering stalk began growing a few weeks ago. The plant will soon flower and within a few months it will die, ending its estimated 50-year life.The stalk could grow up to 25 feet before branching out and flowering in the next few weeks, said Lisa Hooper, an associate biology professor.
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