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Blaine Gabbert works out at Jaguars training camp [Photo]

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert warm ups at a recent Jaguars' practice. Gabbert, a two-year starter at Missouri, was Jacksonville's first pick in the April 2011 NFL Draft.

In search of relief from the heat [Photo]

Jerry Nole, 9, and his family tried to cool off at Stephens Lake Park on Tuesday. His family spends most days at the lake but said they hadn't been the past few days because even the lake water had been too hot to provide relief.

Temperature of 108 shatters records [Graphic]

New chairs installed in Jesse Auditorium [Photo]

A worker paints a column in Jesse Auditorium as part of a $1 million renovation. The auditorium's 1,732 seats were also replaced.

Columbia boy a whiz at Pokemon card game [Photo]

Having placed fourth in a national competition, Luke Sherman, 11, of Columbia will participate in the Pokémon World Championship in California.

Bingham's 'The Thread of Life' [Photo]

"The Thread of Life" is George Caleb Bingham's only known painting based on mythology. He probably painted it to honor the birth of his son, James Rollins Bingham.

Bingham's 'Mary Switzler' [Photo]

"Mary Switzler," by George Caleb Bingham, is among the portraits displayed at an exhibit at the State Historical Society of Missouri. Switzler's husband, William Switzler, was a newspaper publisher in Columbia, as well as the founder of the Columbia Missouri Statesman.

Bingham's 'Mary Eliza Barr' [Photo]

"Mary Eliza Barr" is among Missouri artist George Caleb Binghams' earliest paintings. Although he is primarily known for his works depicting American politics and Missouri life, he painted several portraits of women and children.

Carl Edwards at Brickyard 400 [Photo]

Carl Edwards, right, talks with his crew chief Bob Osborne during practice before Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Edwards finished 14th in the race and maintained his lead in the Sprint Cup point standings.

Muslim man cleanses self before prayer on first day of Ramadan [Photo]

Fu'ad Khaleel performs a ritual ablution to cleanse himself prior to prayer. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims engage in more prayer than normal and fast from sunup to sundown. At dusk, locals converge on the Mosque to pray and eat together in the center's dining hall.

Muslims break fast on the first night of Ramadan [Photo]

The Islamic Center of Central Missouri serves as a hub for Columbia's Muslims on August 1, which marks the first day of the month of Ramadan per the Islamic Lunar Calendar. Practitioners converge at sundown to pray and break a fast that extends from dawn to dusk. Hilowle Mohaed, 15, is one of several volunteers rotating Iftar duty throughout the month, which involves serving food at dusk when the practitioners collectively break their fast.

Gabrielle Giffords makes debt vote [Photo]

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, returns to the House of Representative to vote to raise the debt ceiling on Monday. Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a political rally in Arizona on January 8, 2011.

Thousands of fish die from low oxygen due to excessive heat [Photo]

Garry Lewis Properties employee Brandon Gier looks at thousands of dead fish that accumulated at Corporate Lake Monday. He and his coworker, Dale Horton, said nothing seemed wrong while cleaning the area during their Friday shift.

HOW THE COMPETITION STACKS UP [Graphic]

Here's a comparison of the claimed download speed ranges in megabits per second of Verizon 4G LTE and its competitors.

Colbie Duff somersaults at the Hearnes Center on Saturday [Photo]

Colbie Duff, 10, performs a somersault during her tumbling routine at the Show-Me State Games gymnastics event at the Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Isabella Miller performs at the Show-Me State games on Saturday [Photo]

Isabella Miller performs her balance beam routine during the Show-Me State Games gymnastics event at the Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Andrew Pezold competes at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday [Photo]

Andrew Pezold, 5, and his horse Tinkerbell get ready to enter the arena during the Show-Me State Games dressage competition at Fox Run Farms on Saturday. Pezold was the youngest competitor in this year's event.

Horse riding at the Show-Me State Games [Photo]

Jessi Ross and her mare, Del, show off their working trot during the Show-Me State Games dressage competition at Fox Run Farm on Saturday.

A Muslim man reads the Quran on the first day of Ramadan [Photo]

A Muslim man reads the Quran, Islam's holy book, on the first day of Ramadan at the Grand Mosque in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen on Monday. Religious authorities in most of the Middle East declared Monday the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a period devoted to dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayers and spiritual introspection.

Ramadan begins [Photo]

A woman points skyward as she and her sons look for the crescent moon in Amman, Jordan, at sunset Sunday. Religious authorities in most of the Middle East declared that Monday will be the start of the holy month of Ramadan, a period devoted to dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayers and spiritual introspection. Ramadan begins around 11 days earlier each year. Its start is calculated based on the sighting of the new moon, which marks the beginning of the Muslim lunar month that varies between 29 and 30 days.
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