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Students express individuality with their socks at Tolton [Photo]

Female students don crazy socks on the first day of school on Monday at Tolton. Socks are the only article of clothing students can wear to express their individuality while wearing a uniform. Principal Kristie Wolfe says they want students to express individuality through their hard work and achievements.

Students celebrate the first day at Tolton Catholic High School [Photo]

Freshmen Caroline LaValle and Caroline Parker play a game similar to rock-paper-scissors while fellow students in their homeroom group watch. The pair of students attend Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School on the first day of class.

Friends post reward for information about death of Jon Spurling [Photo]

Jon Spurling was found dead at his home near Harrisburg two weeks ago. A reward poster for information about the killer hangs at Sub Shop's downtown location.

Unanimous jury recommends death penalty in Kahler trial [Photo]

James Kraig Kahler, who was convicted last week of capital murder in the fatal shooting of his estranged wife, their two teenage daughters and his wife's grandmother, looks into the spectators gallery in Osage County District Court in Lyndon, Kan., during a break in his sentencing hearing Monday.

Sustainability Grant Proposal [Document]

Here's a narrative summary that city sustainability manager Barbara Buffaloe has prepared outlining her goals for a $500,000 grant she hopes to get from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Columbians pitch in with Joplin tornado cleanup [Photo]

Hickman High School student Russell Logan, 15, shovels debris on Saturday from a sidewalk in a Joplin, Missouri, neighborhood that was completely destroyed by the May 22 tornado. Logan was a volunteer for the "Columbia for Joplin" event.

Senior Kendra Collins helps lead Missouri soccer to victory [Photo]

Missouri forward Kendra Collins advances toward Purdue's goal during Sunday's 4-2 win. It was the second win of the weekend for the Missouri women's soccer team. As a senior, Collins' experience is an asset for the team.

Peppers spice up 7th annual Tomato Festival [Photo]

Caleb Hubbard, 4, reacts to a hot pepper called the Cajun Belle at the 7th annual Tomato Festival at Bradford Research and Extension Center on Thursday. His older brother Josh Hubbard, 7, looks on.

Rock Bridge High School fans cheer on football team [Photo]

Rock Bridge High School football fans cheer with the mascot at the beginning of the Providence Bowl on Friday. Some fans wore costumes and painted their bodies to show their support for the team.

Balloons fly at Columbia Independent School [Photo]

Upper School Director Doug Sept ends the countdown to the balloon launch at Columbia Independent School on Friday.

Couples dance during Summerfest [Photo]

Paula McFarling and Peter Yronwode embrace mid-dance during The Bel Airs' set Wednesday during Summerfest on Ninth Street. The couple was not alone in swing-dancing during the free concert, as many people took advantage of the danceable blues beats during the night.

North Carolina man shovels debris from his home [Photo]

David Pearson shovels debris from his home on Sunday in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. From North Carolina to New Jersey, Hurricane Irene's winds and storm surge fell short of the doomsday predictions. But the danger is far from over: With rivers still rising, severe flooding is feared across much of the East Coast over the next few days.

Hurricane Irene floods roads in North Carolina [Photo]

A man rides a bike down a flooded street in Columbia, N.C. on Sunday, a day after Hurricane Irene struck. The storm that spent 12-hours scouring the coast killed at least five people, brought pockets of flooding that required rescues along the sounds and left nearly a half-million customers without power.

North Carolina roadways flooded by Hurricane Irene [Photo]

Vehicles make their way through flooded roadways in Southern Shores, N.C., on Sunday after Hurricane Irene swept through the area Saturday cutting the roadway in five locations. From North Carolina to New Jersey, Hurricane Irene appeared to have fallen short of the doomsday predictions, but more than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast reportedly lost power, and at least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm.

Hurricane Irene causes destruction in North Carolina [Photo]

A surfer passes the broken end of the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle, N.C. on Sunday. The Pier was destroyed by Hurricane Irene. Irene spent 12 hours scouring the coast, killed at least five people, brought pockets of flooding that required rescues along the sounds and left nearly a half-million customers without power.

House in Virginia damaged by Hurricane Irene [Photo]

A house damaged by Hurricane Irene is seen in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sunday. From North Carolina to New Jersey, Hurricane Irene appeared to have fallen short of the doomsday predictions, but more than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast reportedly lost power, and at least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm.

New Yorkers step through flooded walkway in Central Park [Photo]

David Korostoff, left, and Jimmy Kaplow, both of New York, step through standing water on a walkway in New York's Central Park as Tropical Storm Irene passes through the city on Sunday. Although downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Irene's torrential rain coupled with high winds and tides worked in concert to flood parts of the city.

Arnie Fagan displays honors in Cool Stuff storefront [Photo]

Arnie Fagan, Cool Stuff owner, displays various awards and recognitions in his store front in this file photo from August 28, 2011. Fagan said that it is nice to receive recognition on their job well done for the last 23 years.

New York awaits further storm activity [Photo]

The Arr-Mac water rescue team from Wayne County maneuvers around a beached boat in the middle of Hwy. 304 Saturday in Mesic, N.C. New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet.

Irene riles Atlantic along east coast [Photo]

Cape May police officers sit in cruisers as they monitor the rising stormy Atlantic Saturday in Cape May, N.J., as Hurricane Irene approaches. Hurricane-force winds and drenching rains from Irene battered the North Carolina coast early Saturday as the storm began its potentially catastrophic run up the Eastern Seaboard.
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