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Brothers prepare for stick horse race [Photo]

Brothers Cash, 4, right, and Ashton Kidd, 6, were among the nine racers who dashed around the horse arena atop imaginary steeds for prize bags consisting of toys, crayons and candy.

Kids enjoy the Sea Dragon [Photo]

Siblings Sadie, 10, and Trey Cook, 12, hang on as the Sea Dragon ride pendulates at the Boone County Fair on Friday evening.

Taking a spin over Columbia [Photo]

Fair attendees ascend on a Ferris wheel at dusk.

Reece Goddard fires a throw [Photo]

Reece Goddard, 12, of Festus, competes in the discus event during track and field competition Friday at the Show-Me State Games at Walton Stadium. His farthest throw went 100 feet, 6 inches and he took first place in the 11- and 12-year-old age bracket.

Competitor readies for discus event [Photo]

Reece Goddard, 12, of Festus, waits for the the discus event to start Friday at Walton Stadium.

Kristen Sandvos hits a return [Photo]

Kristen Sandvos, 17, returns a serve during the Show-Me State Games at the Bethel/Gentry tennis courts.

Josh Hurt lofts a backhand [Photo]

Josh Hurt hits a low-flying ball in his match during the Show-Me State Games. The games were shorter than usual because of the heat, but they still lasted between one and two hours.

Douglass Johnson dribbles against an opponent [Photo]

Douglass Johnson, left, from the Orangemen dribbles in a game against Team First during the Show-Me State Games' basketball tournament.

Jordan Jones puts up a shot [Photo]

Jordan Jones from the Orangemen shoots in a game against Team First during the Show-Me State Games' basketball tournament Friday at the MU Student Recreation Center. The Orangemen won 70-52.

The budget at a glance [Graphic]

Columbia City Manager Mike Mathes submitted his 2012 budget on Friday; here’s a quick look at his proposal.

Canoeing for cancer [Graphic]

Evan Walton is canoeing 1,080 miles along the Mississippi River to raise money for breast cancer research.

Plan for Thomas. E. Atkins ballfield [Document]

Executive summary of the first through third phases of the Thomas E. Atkins Memorial Park Baseball Complex.

Evan Walton stops for a photo by the river [Photo]

Evan Walton pauses his journey to take a photo on a riverbank. The MU grad is canoeing from the Mississippi River's source in Minnesota to St. Louis to raise money for breast cancer research. His mother died of the disease two years ago.

A different kind of flying [Video]

Columbia pilot Gary Whitby flies his hot air balloon in the California Balloon Invitational. The "Hare and Hound" competition sends his crew on a balloon chase through rural Missouri.

Beekeeper calms bees with smoke [Photo]

Beekeeper Michael Thompson applies smoke to settle down the more than 100,000 bees in a hive July 12 on top of City Hall in Chicago.

Beekeeper checks on a hive [Photo]

Beekeeper Michael Thompson examines a small section of a beehive frame, consisting of a beeswax comb, honey, brood and pollen, July 12 on top of City Hall in Chicago.

Female bee uses 'pollen basket' [Photo]

A female honey bee carries pollen in her "pollen basket" on her hind leg as she hovers around a purple prairie clover on July 12 not far from a hive on the rooftop secret garden of City Hall in Chicago. Beekeeping is thriving in cities across the nation, driven by young hobbyists and green entrepreneurs.

An energy efficient economy [Graphic]

An MU scientist and his team want to use the flood plains of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to build the largest advanced biofuel production system in the nation.

Larry Martin does a cartwheel during the grand finale of the Mulekicker Cloggers' performance [Photo]

Larry Martin does a cartwheel during the grand finale of the Mulekicker Cloggers' performance.

Mulekicker Cloggers spin during a performance [Photo]

Larry Martin spins Rita Weber around during one of the Mulekicker Cloggers' dances. Martin is the only male in the group.
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