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Eid al-Fitr celebration concludes Ramadan

Ronald Smith Jr., the imam and director of religious affairs for the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, leads a group of Columbia residents in prayer on Wednesday morning. The services for Eid, a holy day of prayer celebrating the end of the month of fasting, were held at the Knights of Columbus at 2525 Stadium Boulevard.

Hundreds of Muslims gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan and their month-long fast. The Islamic Center was too small to hold all the celebrants, and so they gathered at the Knights of Columbus. Yet even it was too small to hold everyone.

Moore crucial part of Tigers' defense

Nearly three weeks after re-injuring his foot against Nevada, Missouri safety William Moore says he is "about 85 percent." He is his likely return to action for the Tigers' Big 12 Conference opener on Saturday in Lincoln.

The Primes: Finally, a reasonable name for the decade

Without a name, it is difficult to give weight to concepts and ideas. There's no entry point. And, measuring time in sets of 10 years is a fairly new, American idea.

LETTER: Children in jeopardy should be at forefront of presidential campaign

American children live in poverty and violence. The government should protect and provide for this overlooked group.

MU graduate Neal Boyd wins 'America's Got Talent'

A gaggle of Neal Boyd's supporters gathered in the Clinton Club at Mizzou Arena to watch the finale of NBC's "America's Got Talent," in which Boyd and four other acts vied for the winning spot.

Revised bailout package passes in Senate

The bill won by a lopsided margin and now goes to the House, where add-ons to the proposal are expected to help get more legislators on board.

Tigers hope they're mature enough for trip to Nebraska

How much the Missouri football team has matured since it lost in 2006 at Nebraska has yet to be seen. The Tigers' trip to Lincoln will be the first time this season that they have played a true road game away from their home state.

Talks between city and county fire district begin

They want to renegotiate the nearly 15-year-old fire service territorial agreement.

MU volleyball defeats ISU in five sets

After easy wins in the first two games, the Missouri volleyball team had to work hard to defeat visiting Iowa State.  

Plentiful rain and mild summer should lead to colorful fall

Ideal weather for fall foliage would be sunny with temperature lows near 40 degrees at night and highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s during the day.

Sens. McCaskill, Bond vote for bailout

Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kit Bond voted Wednesday to pass a bill that would allot the U.S. Treasury $700 billion to stabilize the country's financial system. The bailout bill passed the Senate 74-25.

Columbia to close roads for Roots 'N' Blues

As people head downtown this weekend for the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival, watch out for road closures and special parking arrangements. Here's a rundown to help make heading to Roots 'N Blues headache-free.

9th District candidates wrestle with college affordability issues

Ninth Congressional District candidates Judy Baker and Blaine Luetkemeyer both said they see a need to increase college affordability.

Undecided trio hopes for more substance from debates

The Palin-Biden event Thursday night and the subsequent presidential debates will be important to their eventual decisions, the voters say.

Odyssey series returns for fifth season

Friday's Odyssey Gala Benefit concert and reception marks the beginning of the series' fifth season. The group's new season will have eight performances, with guest artists hailing from Italy, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and, much closer to home, Missouri State University in Springfield and MU's Esterhazy Quartet.

Watch parties planned for vice presidential debate

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden will debate Thursday night at Washington University in St. Louis.

Officials say efforts to remove dock foam at lake successful

AmerenUE officials say their efforts to remove damaging dock foam from the Lake of the Ozarks have been largely successful.

Teen gets 15 years in prison for fatal crash

A St. Joseph teenager has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in a drug-fueled, wrong-way crash that killed two people.

Bond expected to join McCaskill in backing financial rescue bill

Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday she will "hold her nose" and vote in favor of a retinkered bill to rescue the nation's financial industry. Sen. Kit Bond, who has urged the government to act quickly to end the financial crisis, also is expected to vote for the plan.

Humane Society to host fundraiser tonight

The fundraiser is open to the public and will celebrate the shelter's 65th birthday.

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