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Police standards unit report [Graphic]

A report by the Columbia Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit shows an increase in arrests and a decrease in use of force from the first to the second quarter.

Traffic backed up on Interstate 70 [Photo]

Traffic was slow on Interstate 70 eastbound following a fatal crash on Wednesday morning.

Van rollover on Interstate 70 [Photo]

A rollover accident on Interstate 70 eastbound killed one person and sent several others to a hospital Wednesday morning. The accident occurred near the Stadium Boulevard exit on I-70 around 7 a.m.

Neighbors use Twitter to ward off crime [Photo]

Richard Vickers checks for signs of weapons or drug use inside of an abandoned property as he patrols his Old Oaks neighborhood Aug. 4 in Columbus, Ohio. Like the members of this well-oiled block watch group in central Ohio, neighbors across the country are using Twitter, blogs, e-mail and street patrols to help ward off crime.

School MAP scores [Graphic]

Lesser prairie chickens [Photo]

Lesser prairie chickens fight during a mating ritual in New Mexico in the spring of 2007. Should the lesser prairie chicken become listed as threatened or endangered — and it's close now — there would be significant restrictions on companies hoping to plant towering turbines across a five-state region believed to have some of the nation's best wind energy potential.

Local group restores historic house [Photo]

Pedestrians walk towards the Houston House in Newburg. The historic building, which used to house railroad workers, is being restored by a local group. Newburg, as well as other small Missouri towns, received a kick-start in civic planning with improvement suggestions from a professor and students at near by Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla.

Ozark town hosts fundraiser to build park [Photo]

Richard Ingram, of Edgar Springs signals a mud run driver has stopped moving forward in Newburg. Saturday was the fifth fundraiser mud run held at the former railroad yard where a local group plans to build a park. Newburg, as well as other small Missouri towns, received a kick-start in civic planning with suggestions from a professor and students at near by Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla.

Ozark communities host fundraisers for community improvements [Photo]

Timber Adams, of Steelville, left, breaks away from the pack to eventually win the nine and under foot race during a break in the vehicle mud run Saturday, Aug. 8, in Newburg. Saturday was the fifth fundraiser mud run held at the former railroad yard where a local group plans to build a park. Newburg, as well as other small Missouri towns, received a kick-start in civic planning with suggestions from a professor and students at near by Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla.

Town hall meetings overflow with listeners [Photo]

From left, Ihsan Saleem, 23, of Decatur, Ga., Hud Williams, 29, of Atlanta and Naeem Muwwakkil, 57, of Atlanta listen to Chip Spradley, 65, of Tucker, Ga. share his viewpoints outside the filled to capacity Cole Auditorium at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston on Monday during a town hall meeting on health care reform. The line to get into the meeting snaked around the building and other auditoriums had to be used for overflow. These four men did not get into the meeting or the overflow, after the overflow was too crowded.

Health care town halls spark protests [Photo]

Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., right, listens to Katy Abram, left, ask a question as the crowd reacts during a town hall meeting open to the public on Tuesday in Lebanon, Pa.

David Yost [Photo]

David Yost

Eunice Kennedy Shriver with Edward Kennedy [Photo]

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, shown at Edward Kennedy's annual summer time party at his home in Hyannisport, Mass., on July 30,1983.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver plays football [Photo]

Eunice Kennedy Shriver runs past her son Robert in a touch football game in Washington on Sept. 28, 1965.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver pays her respects [Photo]

Eunice Kennedy Shriver walks away from her brother Robert Kennedy's grave after a visit at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 22, 1986.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver watches Special Olympics [Photo]

Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Illinois lieutenant-Gov. Paul Simon watch as participating members of the International Special Olympics parade at Soldier Field in Chicago on Aug. 13, 1970. Shriver, JFK's sister and Special Olympics founder, has died at age 88.

Finding the best seat [Photo]

Families gather at the Moberly Five and Drive for an outdoor movie showing on Saturday. The drive-in offers nightly double features and attracts at least 50 cars a night. Many families find this a great alternative to indoor movies, especially during the summer months.

Projector from the past [Photo]

The Moberly Five and Drive drive-in projector waits until sundown when the double feature movies begin on Saturday. The drive-in still uses a manually operated film projector and employees who operate it must be trained extensively to re-thread the machines before every showing.

Veterans Hospital breaks ground [Photo]

From left to right: Hunter Hofmann, M.D., Director of Specialty Care Service Line; James Floyd, Director of VA Heartland Network; Sallie Houser-Hanfelder, Director of Truman VA; Richard Schmaltz, M.D., Director of Surgery; Kelly Hequembourg, Project Manager for River City Construction; and Chris Gale, architect; pitch shovels into earth during groundbreaking ceremonies Monday at Pershing Park, which will be the site of the new $25 million OR Replacement/Renovation project.

A historical classic [Photo]

Phyllis Nichols, State Farm agent, stands in front of the Lustron House exhibit at the Boone Historical Society. Nichols helped save the last Lustron-style house in Columbia when she purchased the property and called the historical society when she could find no buyers for the home. The house has been dissassembled and will be reconstructed at Boone Junction when funding permits.

Lustron houses were designed for returning WWII veterans and their families. 2,498 houses were made and placed in 36 states. The design, of pure steel, was sturdy, space efficient and marketed to be fire-proof, , rodent proof, rust proof and lightning proof.
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