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Dan O'Connell presents Boston's pitch

Dan O'Connell, the president of Boston 2024, speaks to media members during a news conference by organizers of Boston's campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The organizers released their "bid book," which will give new insight into the vision behind the Games proposal. Boston was picked by the U.S. Olympic Committee as its bid city for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games.

Rafael Nadal wins at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Tim Smyczek of the U.S. during their second-round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday. The match went to five sets.

Cars drive past Opus development

Cars drive past Opus Development Co.'s construction site on Locust between Seventh and Eighth Streets on a Tuesday evening in early January. Jeremy Root lead a petition effort to repeal agreements between the city and Opus Development Co. He continues to pursue a state lawsuit that would block Opus from opening its apartment building in downtown Columbia and a federal lawsuit that alleges the city violated citizens' rights by approving permits for the project.

Jeremy Root talks with colleague

Jeremy Root chats with Mike Whitehead, an attorney from Lee's Summit, in a conference room at Root's law firm Jan. 7 in Jefferson City. Whitehead, who was in town to attend the Governor's Prayer Breakfast, asked Root about the challenges of preparing for his upcoming federal trial.

Protest lyrics lie on bookshelf

The lyrics to a song protesting Opus Development Co.'s construction of luxury apartment buildings for students in downtown Columbia lie on a bookshelf in Jeremy Root's office at Stinson Leonard Street in Jefferson City.

Root makes pancakes with his daughters

Jeremy Root and his daughter Helen, 9, center, try to decide which pancake they will taste while 4-year-old Evi, right, tastes her own. It was Helen's job to flip the pancakes while they cooked. She and Root did jumping jacks while Evi counted to 20 to help them time the cooking.

Jeremy Root talks with a client

Jeremy Root talks on the phone with a client Jan. 7 about an upcoming trial in his office. Root, who practiced law at a private firm in Chicago while his wife, Amanda Hinnant, studied for a Ph.D in journalism at Northwestern University, clerked for the Missouri Supreme Court after moving to Columbia. He now practices law at Stinson Leonard Street, a private firm in Jefferson City.

Open house held at South Providence Medical Park

Columbia residents and MU Health Care employees gather Tuesday for the open house in the new South Providence Medical Park building. The open house featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, speakers from the project and staff-guided tours of the new building.

Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs speaks during open house

Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs Harold A. Williamson Jr. speaks Tuesday about the opening of the new MU Health Center South Providence Medical Park.

People enter new MU Health Center South Providence Medical Park

Columbia residents and MU Health Care employees enter the new MU Health Center South Providence Medical Park for an open house on Tuesday. The new health care facility will provide family, general pediatric and psychiatric care as well as a pharmacy and an imaging center.

View of Columbia Regional Airport

The chairman of the Airport Advisory Board is proposing that the city starts using the building north of the Columbia Regional Airport as a secure holding area for passengers, linked together with a secure walkway.

Porter attempts a 3-point basket

Tolton High School's Michael Porter attempts a 3-point basket on Tuesday during a game against the Duchesne Pioneers. Porter scored 28 of Tolton's 59 points against Duchesne High School.

Players fight for the ball

Tolton High School center Josh Boyer and Duchesne High School guard Ryan Briscoe fight for the ball during the varsity boys' basketball game Tuesday. The Tolton Trailblazers won 59 to 44.

Josh Boyer fights past a Duchesne guard

Tolton High School center Josh Boyer fights past Duchesne High School guard Ryan Briscoe on Tuesday during a varsity boys' basketball game. The game was the 13th win for the Tolton Trailblazers.

President Barack Obama addresses joint session of Congress

President Barack Obama gives the State of the Union address Tuesday before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

President Barack Obama waves

President Barack Obama waves before giving the State of the Union address Tuesday before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

President Barack Obama rests his hands

President Barack Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

President Barack Obama delivers State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in Washington. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen in the background.

Computer science student prepares for semester

Ian Howell, a junior majoring in computer science, studies at his computer on Tuesday in the MU Student Center. Howell said he is looking forward to his operating systems class this semester.

Ninth Street is filled with hustle and bustle of students

Ninth Street is again filled with the hustle and bustle of students on Tuesday as they began their first day of classes for the spring semester.
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