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Libraries hurt by state funding cuts [Photo]

In this February file photo, Delane James, director of the Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault, Minn., talks about how Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget plan to cut local aid to cities affects her and the library.

Douglass High School graduation: The graduate [Photo]

China Collins 17, is surrounded by friends and family as she celebrates her graduation from Douglass High School. China Collins' sister, Kia Collins; 2-year-old daughter, Khiylaa Collins; friend Destiny Patrick; and her mother, Cassandra Collins, were there to support her. "My family is so precious to me really. They have been with me all along my journey and it's great to have them here now," China Collins said.

Douglass High School graduation: Cheering on the graduates [Photo]

Destiny Patrick, Khiylaa Collins and Cassandra Collins watch as China Collins crosses the stage Friday night at the graduation ceremony for Frederick Douglass High School.

Douglass High School graduation: Waiting to walk the stage [Photo]

Jeremy Williams and Gary Lewis wait onstage to lead the Pledge of Allegiance on Friday at the graduation ceremony for Douglass High School.

Douglass High School graduation: The keynote address [Photo]

Heather Piatt delivers the keynote speech Friday at the Douglass High School graduation ceremony.

A veteran visits Smithton [Photo]

Colonel George M. Boyd, Ph.D., a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, spoke to students at Smithton Middle School on May 28 as part of their Memorial Day Weekend observation.

A military mom's loss [Photo]

Rhonda Fingar, mother of Specialist Jason D. Fingar, 24, who died in Afghanistan on May 22 met with those who gathered on the tarmac at Columbia Regional Airport six days later while awaiting the arrival of her son's coffin.

Loading the coffin [Photo]

Pallbearers load the coffin of Specialist Jason D. Fingar, 24, who died in Afghanistan six days before at Columbia Regional Airport on May 28. The Patriot Guard Riders then escorted his body into town.

Aeroshell Acrobatic Team [Photo]

The Aeroshell Acrobatic Team flies four North American AT-6 Texans, a plane originally designed as a trainer aircraft for pilots in World War II. Mark Henley, a pilot with the team, bought his plan 22 years ago and said it costs about $25,000 in maintenance every year.

Cavalhadas Festival in Brazil [Photo]

A girl attends the Cavalhadas festival in Pirenopolis, central Brazil, on May 23. The traditional festival of masked horsemen was introduced in the country in 1826 by a Portugese priest to celebrate the Holy Spirit and to commemorate the medieval victory of Iberian Christian knights over the Moors.

Photos of the week: May 23-28 [Slideshow]

Veterans watch the Air Show [Photo]

WW II veteran Lt. Ed Brown watches the air show with Kevin Ryan, back left, and WWII veteran Hershel Bell at the Columbia Regional Airport on May 28.

A-10 Thunderbolt II dives above the airfield [Photo]

Captain Joe Shetterly flys over Columbia Regional Airport on May 28 in a special Air Show performance honoring military veterans. Shetterly demonstrated the capablility of the A-10 Thunderbolt II by rolling and dive-bombing above the airfield.

Veteran advice to ROTC Commander [Photo]

Honored guest Colonel Michel Latouche demonstrates some flying techniques with his escort Richard Gannon, Commander of the Air Force ROTC at Mizzou, during the Veterans Air show at Columbia Regional Airport on May 28. Gannon said, "I have the privilege to escort him, and learn from his experience."

Heritage Flight at Columbia Regional Airport [Photo]

A-10 Thunderbolt II flown by Captin Joe Shetterly, above, and the WWII P-38 Lighting Flown by Kevin Eldridge, below, join together in the Heritage Flight at Columbia Regional Airport on May 28 in a special performance for military veterans. A heritage flight is a tribute to the legacy and future of military aircrews.

NASA visits Hickman High School [Photo]

Former NASA astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson operates a robotic arm at Hickman High School's NASA simulator, called Columbia Aeronautics and Space Administration (CASA). With the help of Hickman senior Jordan Verslues, right, Gibson picks up a mock satellite on May 28 during his visit to Hickman. CASA is a program designed to stimulate many elements of space missions, including mission control, life on a space shuttle and troubleshooting problems that may occur.

Jimmy Lee Behrle [Photo]

Behrle was arrested on May 27 on suspicion of two counts of third-degree domestic assault and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Missouri pitcher Kelly Fick at the Big 12 baseball tournament [Photo]

Missouri's Kelly Fick throws against Texas A&M on Thursday at the Big 12 baseball tournament in Oklahoma City. Fick suffered the loss, falling to 2-2 on the season.

Missouri softball pitcher Kristin Nottelmann [Photo]

Entering Saturday's super regional game against Oregon sophomore pitcher Kristin Nottelmann is 22-7 with 150 strikeouts.

CIS grad sign [Photo]

Stefan Melnyk, center, poses with his family after Columbia Independent School's commencement ceremony at the Missouri Theatre Thursday evening. As the graduating class had only seven seniors, each one gave speech. The ceremony was concluded by a traditional balloon release.
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