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Suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy [Photo]

Afghans try to salvage belongings from destroyed vehicles at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack in the outskirts of Kabul. A suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy killing at least seven civilians and wounding 50 people, including several international troops, officials said. A U.N. spokesman said three U.N. staff were also wounded.

Kate warms up her horse [Photo]

Kate Pani warms up her horse Fancy That during the Midwest Region Mega Rally at Midway Expo Center in June. Kate, 9, has been riding since the age of 5 at her family farm in Kingdom City where her mother, Gretchen Pani, teaches Hunter/Jumper lessons. The Pani family purchased Maplewood Farm in 1994 and have lived there since. Gretchen regularly offers instruction to HVPC members both privately and in mounted club meetings.

Girls assemble bridle [Photo]

With the clock ticking, Brittany Penrod, Kate Pani, Rachel Quick and Peyton Brown rush to assemble a bridle in the last seconds of a timed exercise during the barn phase of this year's Midwest Region Quiz Rally held in March in Kansas City. Pony Club places a strong emphasis not only on horsemanship skills but also on horse management, safety and care. Members can receive ratings separately for horsemanship skills and knowledge skills. One of Hinkson Valley's teams The Motorcycle Mustangs (pictured) placed third in their division and seventh overall at this year's Quiz Rally. The Motorcycle Mustangs also won the much-rivaled T-shirt competition this year for their black rhinestone-studded handmade creations.

Rosalie practices bandaging her horse [Photo]

Rosie Purvis, 16, practices placing a bandage on her horse Tucker, a "17-hand bay monster," during a rating assessment at Fox Run in April. Rosie recently received her C-3 and H-B ratings. Eventually she aspires to obtain an A rating. Rosie equates an A rating in Pony Club with being an Eagle Scout: "If you say that you have an A in Pony Club on your resume, it is impressive to people, because it shows that you are very dedicated to what you do and that you know a lot and in the horse world it is understood by everybody that you are quite capable of taking care of a barn."

Before joining Pony Club in 2006, Rosie said her horse management skills were less than refined. For example, she knew roughly how often she would need to have the shoes on her horse replaced; however, she never kept a running log of how much she paid the farrier or what type of work he did. She now keeps a record book with all of the expenses for both her horse, Tucker, and any necessary purchases of riding tack and equipment.

Rosie rides her horse during rally [Photo]

Rosie Purvis jumps her horse, Tucker, on the first day of Mega Rally. She has been riding since she was 8. This past year, Rosie purchased Tucker, or Snortalofagus as she sometimes calls him, from William Woods University in Fulton. Before that, she had leased him from the university. Rosie spends about four to six hours a day with her horse.

Firest-year Pony Club member receives rating [Photo]

First-year Pony Club member Emily Pugh, 15, reviews the results of her first rating assessment at Fox Run in May. Although this is Emily's first year in Pony Club, this is not her first year riding. She has been receiving instruction from Gretchen Pani for about five years and previously rode with a different instructor. In July, Emily rated up to the level of D-3.

Horses receive formal assessment [Photo]

Stable Manager Nichole Sandner and Brittany Penrod of the Team Red Bull Gives you Wings wash down Smokey at this year's Mega Rally. Rally participants are required to present themselves and their horses prior to the beginning of competition for a formal assessment not only of their horse's grooming and upkeep but also of the rider's attire.

Members rest before competion [Photo]

Members of Hinkson Valley's Jump 4 Dressage team rest before the start of competition on the first day of this year's Mega Rally. Although riding is typically thought of as an individual sport, Pony Club encourages teamwork through team competitions and awards in annual events such as Quiz Rally, Mega Rally and Games Rally. Jump 4 Dressage placed first in its section for show jumping.

Missouri safety closes in on teammate [Photo]

Mizzou safety senior Hardy Ricks, left, closes in on teammate sophomore Kenji Jackson on Tuesday. The MU secondary is hoping to dispel doubts that they are not able to hold opponents in the passing game.

Corey Morris [Photo]

Corey Morris drowned after trying to save an 8-year-old boy who had been swept away by the current in the Missouri River.

Training younger workers to replace city retirees [Photo]

Vic Winn, left, gives direction to two city employees at the top of a telephone pole while apprentice lineman Kyle Allinson feeds them wire Thursday, Aug. 13. Winn is a retired city utility employee who still works 2-3 days a week training apprentices.

ENGAGING PEOPLE: Sydney Hemwall and her horses [Photo]

Sydney Hemwall nuzzles with Moonbeam and Dixie, two of her family's horses, on their farm in Pierpont on Aug. 11. Syndey and her sister Ava walked down to the back pasture behind their house to show the horses to children who were visiting with their parents to pick up their weekly allotment of Community Supported Agriculture produce.

ENGAGING PEOPLE: Sydney Hemwall in the garden [Photo]

Eleven-year-old Sydney Hemwall looks for ripe tomatoes to pick as she walks down a row of plants growing in polythene tunnels on her family's farm in Pierpont on Aug. 3. The tunnels protect the produce from the elements and extend the growing season.

ENGAGING PEOPLE: Sydney Hemwall runs the register [Photo]

Community Supported Agriculture member Jeannie Taylor waits while Sydney Hemwall rings up her purchases at Pierpont Farms on Aug. 11.

States raid 911 fund for officer uniforms [Photo]

Dispatcher Angelo Daga works at the Albany Police Department call center in New York. In New York, only 19 cents of the $1.20 the state collects from each cell phone subscriber each month goes to emergency calling services.

Most of NY fee goes to officer uniforms [Photo]

Senior dispatcher Ken Marks works at the Albany Police Department call center in Albany, N.Y. In New York, more than $1 of the $1.20 the state collects from each cell phone subscriber each month goes to uniforms for state police, a wireless network for emergency responders and the state's general expenditures.

Director of PedNet Coalition discusses bike harassment ordinance [Photo]

Ian Thomas, executive director of the PedNet Coalition, discusses the City Council's ordinance on the harassment of bicyclists on Aug. 17.

Transcript of Taser incident with Carl Giles [Document]

Editor's note: The transcript contains crude language. Reader discretion is advised.

City leadership ages toward retirement [Graphic]

Key employees with departments across the city will be eligible to retire within the next five years, many of them managers or supervisors.

Retiring at the top of their game [Graphic]

More than a quarter of City of Columbia employees are at or within five years of retirement age, and when only supervisors and managers are considered that number swells to more than half. This aging work force threatens to create both budget and talent deficits in the city. The city has not evaluated every position yet, but a look at the organization charts of selected city departments illustrates the impending retirement rush. The most senior employees appear at the top of each chart, and some department heads might appear multiple times. City Manager Bill Watkins heads many departments but only appears under his own office’s chart.
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