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Stamp honors Beetle Bailey comic [Photo]

This stamp depicting sad-sack soldier Beetle Bailey and his longtime foil, Sgt. Orville Snorkel, is part of the new "Sunday Funnies" series released by the U.S. Postal Service. The Beetle Bailey stamp, initially unveiled in July, is being honored for its connections to MU and mid-Missouri. Beetle Bailey's creator, Mort Walker, is a 1948 graduate of the university.


Checking times for Missouri 340 race [Photo]

Bill Harris, 61, checks his time and schedule with Dan Vincent, a member of the Missouri 340 race support crew. Vincent was present at the beginning of the race in Kansas City and moved along all of the checkpoints as the rowers came ashore. On Wednesday, Easy Living, with paddlers West Hansen, of Austin, Texas, and David Kelly, of San Rafael, Calif., finished at 8:48 p.m. and won the men’s tandem division of the race and the first-place award of $600. The team set the race record for the fastest finish of for the men's tandem division in 36 hours and 48 minutes. Los Humangos Paddleos with paddlers Wally Wederich, of Yorkville Ill., and Nick Josefik, of St. Joseph, Ill., crossed the finish line at 9:02 p.m., finishing second overall. Beauties and Barnacles crossed the finish line at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, finishing the race in third with a time of 38 hours and 5 seconds. The dragon boat was the only one competing in the voyageur class of the race. The team consisted of 19 paddlers from across the country.

Carolina Chocolate Drops perform at Summerfest [Photo]

Dom* Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson complete the headlining band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, for Summerfest. The group performed Wednesday night outside The Blue Note.

Gathering for Summerfest [Photo]

Hundreds gathered Wednesday outside the Blue Note on Ninth Street as Big Smith from Springfield played. Big Smith and Columbia's own The Hatricks opened for Carolina Chocolate Drops for the Summerfest performance.

Asian carp in Illinois [Photo]

In this 2006 file photo, Jim Kirby, an outdoor writer from Palos Park, Ill., prepares to shoot Asian silver carp as they start jumping alongside his boat during a bowfishing trip near Utica, Ill. A federal judge has set Sept. 7 as the next hearing in a multistate lawsuit demanding tougher action to prevent Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes. Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania want to close locks and install barriers to stop the voracious fish.

Kitchen fire extinguished [Photo]

Columbia Fire Department and ambulance personnel responded to a fire at 1000 Claudell Lane on Wednesday. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, and the name of the apartment owner was not released at the time of the accident.

Jackson back at practice [Photo]

Junior wide receiver Jerrell Jackson watches as the MU football team practices drills Wednesday at the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex. Jackson suffered an injury to his left wrist two weeks ago, but he was catching passes at the practice.

Getting ready for class [Photo]

Kelvin Rico, 6, center, and his classmates watch as the instructor, Russ Taft, leads them in a chant during a tae kwon do class Wednesday at Hockman ATA Blackbelt Academy. Taft always begins and ends each class with a chant of a similar nature.

Learning the right positions [Photo]

Russ Taft, chief instructor, helps Ali Assadian, 4, position his hands as he holds his ssahng jeol bong for drills Wednesday at the Hockman ATA Blackbelt Academy. To help the students learn to swing the ssahng jeol bong, Taft has them swing the ssahng jeol bong at a foam ball, like a baseball bat.

Jerrell Jackson vs. Colorado in 2009 [Photo]

Jerrell Jackson, left, pulls in a one-handed catch last October in a victory over Colorado.

News release on the tax levy from Columbia Public Schools [Document]

Read the news release from Columbia Public Schools explaining the tax levy proposal.

Arcade games at Galactic Fun Zone [Photo]

Bartender Sara Schulz, 21, plays an arcade game in the empty bar at the Galactic Fun Zone on Tuesday. It is empty now, she said, but previous parties have been well attended. She projects it will become more crowded after the bowling alley and ballroom are completed.

Alley features to attract MU fans on game days [Photo]

Galactic Fun Zone manager Adam Schussler walks toward the arcade Tuesday after checking on the construction of the bowling alley and debating the entry fee. He said big screen TVs and eight bowling lanes will help attract MU fans on game days.

Taking a break for billiards [Photo]

Floor and snack bar manager Eric Sterchi, 22, plays pool on a slow Tuesday afternoon Aug. 24. Galactic Fun Zone has been open for three weeks, but Sterchi expects business to pick up after the grand opening Sept. 9.

Having fun at work [Photo]

Murrey construction worker Steve Gadd puts the finishing touches on a bowling lane Tuesday at Galactic Fun Zone. Gadd and four other lane technicians joked around with one another while they worked.

Preparing for bowlers [Photo]

Arcade and laser tag technician Mark Montgomery constructs floorboards for the bowling alley Tuesday in the newly opened Galactic Fun Zone. The completion of the lanes will mark the grand opening on Sept. 9.

Eggs at downtown Des Moines diner [Photo]

Seven-year-old Dominic Chiodo, of Des Moines, Iowa, eats eggs benedict at the Drake Diner, Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Des Moines. The egg recall hasn't affected this popular breakfast spot in downtown Des Moines. Manager Shannon Vilmain credits quality suppliers for keeping the diner stocked with safe eggs. She said that while more customers have been asking about the brand names of the eggs used and whether they're safe, she hasn't noticed a decline in the number of orders that use eggs.

Springfield farm egg collecting [Photo]

Sarah Black collects eggs at Springfield Farm, Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Sparks, Md. The farm in northern Baltimore County gets about 1,400 eggs each day from its 2,000 laying chickens, a cross between Rhode Island Reds and Rhode Island Whites.

Sunny side up egg [Photo]

This Aug. 23, photo shows a sunny side up egg, background, and an over hard egg. For safety sake, an egg cooked on both sides to 160 degrees, foreground, is a better choice than sunny side up, where the yolk is runny.

River racers check in at Huntsdale [Photo]

Bill Harris, 61, of Dixon, prepares for departure Wednesday morning from the Katfish Katy checkpoint near Huntsdale, the halfway checkpoint along the Missouri River 340 race. Harris started the race on Tuesday from Kansas City, where the event originated. He said he hopes to arrive in St. Charles early Thursday morning.
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