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Bob's Fireworks selects China's best [Photo]

Bob's Fireworks at the Lake of the Woods Exit 131, off Interstate 70, are selected by Dave Rasmussen and are shipped directly from China. "When I see them they are just a brown box, then I watch them and select the best," Rasmussen said.

Fireworks selected in China [Photo]

Bob's son-in-law Dave Rasmussen sells fireworks for Bob's Fireworks at the Lake of the Woods, Exit 131, off Interstate 70 on Friday. Rasmussen has traveled to China every fall since 2005 to select fireworks for the following Fourth of July.

Family shops at Bob's Fireworks [Photo]

Ben Kunkler carries his son, Anthony, 2, and his wife, Katie who holds 1-year-old Tristan as they search for fireworks at Bob's Fireworks on Friday. "We live in town, my husband has been here his whole life," said Katie Kunkler.

Child looks at sparklers at Bob's Fireworks [Photo]

Anthony Kunkler, 2, looks at fireworks with his mom, Katie, and the rest of their family at Bob's Fireworks on Friday. "We will let them play with sparklers, but that's about it," said Katie Kunkler.

Children are handed balloons during parade [Photo]

Riley Nichols, 6, and Megan Nichols, 4, get balloons from the parade in Ashland on Saturday.

Body found off Rock Quarry Road [Graphic]

On May 28, Edward Acosta was released from University Hospital. He was last seen at the Hampton Inn that night. At 7 p.m. Friday, a body was found and Acosta’s belongings were found nearby. An autopsy will be performed Monday for positive identification.

Home engulfed in flames when firefighters arrive [Photo]

Damage from a fire at 5707 Candlewood Drive at 1 p.m. Saturday. Approximately 50 percent of the home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived earlier.

Artist's rendering of parking garage art [Photo]

A sketch of the parking garage art from the artist.

Ragtag birthday celebration [Photo]

Steve Ruffin, dressed up as Mr. Plum from the movie "Clue," prepares food and beverages before the beginning of the movie karaoke event at the Ragtag Theater on June 30th. Ragtag celebrated its 12th anniversary by holding a birthday bash with food and beverages supplied by the Uprise Bakery. Following the movie karaoke, there was a screening of the movie "Clue," where the staff of Ragtag performed a scene from the movie.

Child watches others play at youth basketball camp [Photo]

Lauren Shallert, 7, watches fellow players shoot after the lunch break at the Missouri Basketball Youth Camp at Mizzou Arena on Thursday. This is Shallert's second year at the camp.

Kim English shoots during Missouri Youth Basketball Camp [Photo]

Mizzou basketball player, Kim English, takes a shot at the basket during the Missouri Youth Basketball Camp on Thursday. The camp is a two-day camp for children ages 6 to 10.

Players gather to huddle [Photo]

Mizzou basketball player Michael Anderson Jr. gathers his players in a team huddle after running timed shooting drills with them. Anderson is helping at the youth basketball camp at Mizzou Arena on Thursday.

The week in pictures: June 27 to July 2 [Slideshow]

Mike Burden demonstrates how to install a rain barrel [Photo]

Michael Burden demonstrates how to set up a rain barrel.

LOCALLY GROWN: Installing a rain barrel [Slideshow]

After a few failed efforts, I finally mustered the confidence to install rain barrels. My wife, Ashley, and I will use the rainwater to nourish our vegetable garden. We put two barrels together in just about two hours, despite a few technical setbacks.

While our barrels aren’t going to make big waves in solving the stormwater issues in Columbia, they will help us conserve water, and put a valuable resource to use rather than having it flow down the street.

Contact the Missouri River Communities Network for guidance in building a barrel, or simply buy one of their completed models for $60.

MMA fighter Francisco “Kiko” France [Photo]

Francisco “Kiko” France left his home in Brazil, where he was a black belt and state champion in jujitsu, and came to Columbia to start a Mixed Martial Arts career.

MMA fighter Francisco “Kiko” France works out [Photo]

Mixed martial arts fighter Francisco “Kiko” France goes head-to-head for the last time with sparring partner Justin Dyer on Wednesday afternoon at American Top Team gym in Columbia. France is leaving in a week to go to Phoenix where he will train with mixed martial artist Ben Askren, a former MU wrestling standout.

Bookmobile children [Photo]

Lexi McClain, 7, shows her friend Whitney Hickman, 11, the My Little Pony sticker she colored when she registered for the summer reading program at Lunch in the Park June 25, 2010. The Bookmobile Jr. travels to Douglass Park every Friday as a part of Daniel Boone Regional Library's outreach program.

Bookmobile reading [Photo]

Claire Whitney, 12, picks out a book during her first visit to the bookmobile Friday at Douglass Park. She and her younger brother, Will Whitney, came out because they were curious about the bookmobile while spending time with their friend. Whitney checked out books from the young adult section that day. Her mother, Greta Cole, said Whitney is an avid reader who usually enjoys going to the public library.

GRAPHIC: Bookmobile Jr. [Graphic]

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