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Columbia homeowner Chanda Hughey decorates for Halloween

Halloween decorations of various shapes and sizes sit on display on the front porch of 3407 Alligator Lane. Homeowner Chanda Hughey said she starts decorating the house earlier and earlier each year, beginning in September this year.

Columbia family readies for trick-or-treat season

A Halloween-themed light illuminates a photo of Chanda Hughey, her fiancee, James Duncan Jr., and their son, Alistair Duncan, in their home on Alligator Lane.

"Benny Bones" dresses in Missouri Tigers apparel

"Benny Bones" is dressed in Missouri Tigers apparel in Chanda Hughey's home. "He has to be ready for game day," she said.

A Columbia house stands ready for Halloween

A house on Alligator Lane is adorned with Halloween decorations assembled by homeowner Chanda Hughey. Halloween is Hughey's favorite holiday, and she said she has been collecting decor for about 10 years.

Players chase after ball at Missouri scrimmage game

Ryan Rosburg, left, Namon Wright, and Keanau Post chase after the ball during a Black & Gold scrimmage game at Mizzou Arena. Both the men's and women's basketball teams played a scrimmage game.

Fan watches Missouri scrimmage game

Gene Gervino settles in to watch the Missouri Black & Gold scrimmage game at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday. Gervino has been in Columbia since 2003 and says he "attends all the games. Ladies' volleyball, soccer, basketball — I go to everything."

Missouri women's basketball players fight for ball

Michelle Hudyn, left, and Lindsey Cunningham fight for the ball in the Missouri Black & Gold Scrimmage game on Tuesday. Both the men's and women's teams played.

Missouri women's basketball team scrimmages

Jordan Frericks, left, attempts to block Kayla McDowell during a Black & Gold scrimmage game at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday.

Missouri basketball players high-five each other

Missouri men's basketball players high-five their teammates at Mizzou Arena as they prepare to play in a Black & Gold scrimmage and skills game Tuesday. In addition to the men's and women's games, there was also a dunk contest.

Kerri Kircher spikes the ball

Stephens College Star Kerri Kircher spikes the ball during the second round of the match against Hannibal-LaGrange on Tuesday.

The team celebrates winning the second round

From left, Darby Jones, Kerri Kircher, Shay Wilkerson and Samantha Phegley rejoice after winning the second round of the match against Hannibal-LaGrange on Tuesday.

Samantha Phegley sets the ball

Stephens College player Samantha Phegley sets the ball during the third period of the match against Hannibal-LaGrange on Tuesday.

Stephens College volleyball team huddles together

The Stephens College volleyball team huddles together before the game against Hannibal-LaGrange on Tuesday. The team dressed in pink jerseys in support of the breast cancer awareness month.

Giants beat Cardinals in 10th on Choate wild throw

San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco is safe at first as St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong fails to catch the throw during the 10th inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday in San Francisco. The throw getting past Wong allowed the winning run to score for San Francisco. The Giants beat the Cardinals 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Students face overcrowding at the MU rec complex

MU students work out in the pump room and practice rock climbing at the MU Student Recreation Complex. The Pump Room is one of the areas MizzouRec Services and Facilities cited as being overcrowded.

White nose syndrome kills bats

This October 2008 photo shows a little brown bat affected by white nose syndrome. The disease has killed millions of bats in the U.S. since its discovery in 2006.

Bat swabbed for white nose syndrome

A tricolor bat is swabbed to see if it carries the fungus that causes white nose syndrome in a cave in Mississippi.

White nose syndrome has killed millions of bats

Columbia-based wildlife biologist Sybill Amelon and her research team are providing reasons for optimism against white-nose syndrome. This 2009 photo shows a little brown bat infected with white nose syndrome in Vermont.

New Jersey hazing arrests put focus on policies

Banners for state championships for the Sayreville War Memorial High School football team are lined up on a sign along Main Street in Sayreville, New Jersey, on Saturday. Seven students were charged with sex crimes in connection with a series of assaults amid an investigation into hazing by the high school football team, which already led to the cancellation of the rest of the season, authorities said. Six of the seven students, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were arrested Friday night, and the seventh was being sought, police and prosecutors said.

Two pedestrians injured in car crash

Two pedestrians were struck by a car near the intersection of Range Line Street and Elleta Boulevard on Monday. The car then spun into a ditch. The accident was called in at 6:25 p.m., and the pedestrians were taken to University Hospital.
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