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Columbia couple seeks to be more self-sufficient [Slideshow]

Annette and Charlie Triplett of Columbia are "urban homesteaders." They are attempting to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle in the city by using things such as raised gardens and a worm composting system.

Urban homesteader frustrated about bugs in garden [Photo]

Charlie Triplett clenches his hands in exaggerated anger after his wife, Annette, showed him the bugs she had found on the newly bloomed flowers of their melon plants on Sunday at their home in Columbia.

Turtle race for charity [Video]

Despite the World Cup finals and the dreary weather, the turtle race at Stephens Lake Park on Sunday brought about 30 people together for the Donald Howard Scholarship Fundraiser. For the main event, about 10 turtles were entered in a turtle race. Lunch was $5 and all proceeds went to the scholarship fund, said Nancy Howard, the event coordinator. The $1,000 scholarship is handed out twice a year to recovering drug addicts and goes toward their educational or vocational endeavors. Howard said she was pleased with the event and plans to have the turtle race again next year.

Missouri Heart Gallery [Photo]

Jamila Gray, 17, and her sister, Elianna Gray, 11, play with some rubber bands that Elianna Gray was given as a gift earlier that day Monday July 12. Elianna Gray was officially adopted by Sarah Gray today who had already adopted her older sister Jamila. Jamila was in foster care with Sarah at the age of 12. "We're a permanent family now," said Sarah Gray. The family came to the Daniel Boone Regional Library in order to attend the opening of the Missouri Heart Gallery, which is a traveling exhibit of photos of foster children in Missouri who are in need of adoptive families.

Using the diamond blade [Photo]

Tyris Williams uses a diamond blade saw to cut concrete on Appalachian Drive on Tuesday. Williams is part of Job Point’s Highway/Heavy Construction Program that offers vocational training to participants for entry into advanced construction jobs. The crew of participants removed sections of curb where water began to build up in expanding cracks.

Cutting concrete [Photo]

Ronail Freelon uses a diamond blade saw to cut concrete on Appalachian Drive. on Tuesday. Freelon is part of Job Point’s Highway/Heavy Construction Program that offers vocational training to participants for entry into advanced construction jobs.

First lady is introduced [Photo]

First lady Michelle Obama, right, is introduced by NAACP Chair Roslyn Brock, before delivering remarks at the 101st annual NAACP convention.

First lady talks about childhood obesity [Photo]

Michelle Obama addressed the 101st annual NAACP convention on Monday in Kansas City.

Crowd listens to Michelle Obama [Photo]

Convention goers give a round of applause after first lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks during the 101st annual NAACP convention on Monday in Kansas City, Mo.

She's not too busy to weed [Photo]

Donna Smith works in a residential front yard vegetable and flower garden she helped create in Portland, Ore. Her services come at a price that starts at $1,675 per season. Services are often available only in certain neighborhoods to reduce the farmers' commutes.

Farmers for hire [Photo]

Donna Smith, right, and Robyn Streeter pose for a photo in a residential front yard vegetable and flower garden they created in Portland, Ore. Your Backyard Farmer began in 2006 when Smith and Streeter were growing weary of driving through the city's outskirts looking for affordable land to farm. The thought struck them: "Why aren't we bringing food to the people?"

Michelle Obama addresses NAACP [Photo]

First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during the 101st annual NAACP convention Monday in Kansas City, Mo. She talked about the Let’s Move! initiative and its goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.

Dutch lose World Cup [Photo]

Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder lies on the pitch following the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday. Spain won 1-0.

Spanish fans celebrate World Cup [Photo]

Spanish fans celebrate in a fountain in downtown Madrid after Spain defeated the Netherlands to win the World Cup soccer final, played in South Africa, on Sunday. Spain won 1-0.

Spain wins World Cup [Photo]

Spain's Carles Puyol holds the World cup trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday. Spain won 1-0.

The Bead Gallery opens on Walnut Street [Photo]

Jessica Otterbacher, left, chats with Katie Blomberg after Otterbacher's jewelry-making workshop at her store, The Bead Gallery, on Thursday. With a degree in metalworking, Otterbacher previously had a studio on Orr Street and opened the store on Walnut Street on July 1.

The Bead Gallery holds jewelry-making workshop [Photo]

Hayley Garnett inspects her creation at a jewelry-making workshop at The Bead Gallery on on Thursday. Garnett described the four earrings she made as "earthy," explaining, "I used mostly stones, not plastics or glass."

More than 30 visit Finger Lakes beach after closing [Photo]

People swim at the public beach at Finger Lakes State Park. More than 30 people came out to the lake just one week after it was closed because the water was found to contain over five times the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' maximum standard for the bacteria.

Skimming the top [Photo]

Rob Ward, 40, of Ozark Beach, Mo., rounds a buoy during the slalom portion of the Lake Sundance Slalom and Trick Tournament on Saturday in Columbia. Ward wiped out only moments after making this turn.

Around the bend [Photo]

Tom Dunn rounds the first buoy in a slalom run at the Lake Sundance Slalom and Trick Tournament on Saturday in Columbia.
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