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PHOTO GALLERY: MU seniors take part in Senior Sendoff celebration

Before MU’s Class of 2010 graduates next weekend, some seniors took part in the Senior Sendoff tradition Wednesday afternoon. Participants assembled on Francis Quadrangle and walked north through the columns toward downtown Columbia. The walk symbolizes the students’ transition from academia to post-college life. The event concluded with a picnic and concert on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle, where students 21 and older received a free beer. Here, MU seniors Nick Woodbury and Matt Shepley describe what the event means to them as soon-to-be graduates.

Francis Quadrangle was overrun with MU seniors as the Senior Sendoff celebration began at 4 p.m. Wednesday. After walking north between the columns, seniors headed to the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle for free food and drinks, as well as a performance by The Hatrick.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Trip to Holocaust Museum an uncomfortable but informing experience

The Holocaust Museum is an assault on one's senses, forcing visitors to confront images they might not want to while also informing and explaining how it occured.

TODAY'S QUESTION: How long will 'American Idol' stay on the air?

With 17 percent less people watching the show this week compared to the same week last year, added with the departure of  iconic judge Simon Cowell, the question of the show's survivability is at question.

Overtime penalty kick gives Rock Bridge soccer team win over Hickman

Rock Bridge sophomore soccer player Anna Alioto sent home the deciding goal in the second round of overtime penalty kicks Wednesday at Hickman.

UPDATE: Candidate for Boone County Presiding Commissioner disqualified

Misinformation from the Missouri Ethics Commission led to her disqualification from the Democratic nomination for Boone County Presiding Commissioner, said Bondi Wood.

Happy ending to Shire's Missouri gymnastics career

Missouri gymnast Sarah Shire says her senior season at Missouri could not have gone better.

Missouri Senate passes K2 ban treating substance same as marijuana

The Senate made possession of 35 grams and more of K2 a felony. The revised bill now needs House approval.

Columbia school district plans and funds summer program different from last year

Columbia Public Schools will operate its summer school program on its own this summer, which will lead to changes in curriculum and a lack of monetary attendance incentives. The district has committed to conduct the program even if proposed state funding for core classes is not approved.

Missouri House committee advances abortion legislation

The bill would impose a 24-hour waiting period on getting an abortion and would require physicians to present materials to women seeking an abortion in person at least 24 hours before the procedure. The bill now goes to the House floor for debate.

Missouri softball team sweeps doubleheader at Western Illinois

The Missouri softball team continues to hammer opposing pitchers, sweeping a doubleheader Wednesday at Western Illinois  5-1 in Game 1 and 7-1 in Game 2.

Four suspects arrested in connection with two Georgetown subdivision robberies

Police took Drake Kinney, James Miller and two juveniles into custody Wednesday for two burglaries in the Georgetown subdivision outside Columbia city limits.

Missouri's wild caves temporarily close until July 15

Fear of spreading white nose disease has caused most Missouri caves to be closes until July 15, however, four major tour caves will remain open.

Two temporary bridges to keep MKT Trail open

MKT Trail bridges 12 and 13 are currently under repair, but the construction team plans to build temporary bridges to allow cyclists to cross this weekend for the 20th anniversary of the Katy Trail.

MU student to be on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"

MU journalism graduate student Cassie Belek will be a contestant on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" on Friday.

Missouri golfer returns to home state for postseason tournament

Julia Potter is also making plans to play professionally.

UPDATE: Boil order in sections of Columbia after water main breaks

The precautionary boil order issued Tuesday could be in effect until Friday, May 7.

Eighth Street temporarily closed north of Broadway

Eighth Street will be temporarily closed north of the Broadway intersection from 7:30 a.m. Wednesday until late afternoon.

Meet the new Ragtag executive director

Tracy Lane is taking over as executive director at the Ragtag Cinema on May 17.

Central Misssouri Humane Society adopts new executive director

Alan Allert recently became Central Missouri Humane Society's executive director after serving as interim director for six months.

Proposal a pre-emptive strike on real estate sales tax

The initiative, promoted by the Missouri Association of Realtors, would bar a tax on real estate transfers.

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