Talking with a new dad via laptop computer [Photo]

Laurie Cooper and her newborn daughter, Charlotte Rose, talk to Cooper's husband, U.S. Army Capt. David Cooper, via video conferencing. David Cooper is in Afghanistan for his second deployment in a war zone. Computer software allowed him to attend his daughter's birth on July 19 in Hannibal. Laurie Cooper returned to Hannibal from Germany a few weeks ago so she could stay with her parents.

First introduction to his daughter [Photo]

This photo taken July 19 and provided by Laurie Cooper shows her introducing her husband U.S. Army Capt. David Cooper to their new daughter, Charlotte Rose, by video conferencing on a laptop computer at the Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal. David Cooper is currently serving in Afghanistan and the video conferencing software allowed him to be laptop-to-face with his wife through the delivery.

2011 City Manager's budget [Document]

The text of the city manager's proposed budget for fiscal year 2011.

Watkins, on the new city budget [Photo]

Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins delivers an address detailing the city's Fiscal Year 2011 budget in this July 28 file photo. Watkins announced that he will retire in March.

Visiting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum [Slideshow]

Children and volunteers from Douglass Youth Baseball visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City on Tuesday to learn about baseball history and integration.

City budget [Document]

The text of the city manager's proposed budget for fiscal year 2011.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser [Photo]

In this photo taken May 22, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser tours marshes affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill along the coast of Lousiana. Over the summer, Nungesser's life has turned into a string of meetings, arguments and media appearances.

Out-of-work fisherman [Photo]

With no more seafood to sell, out-of-work crab fisherman Thomas Barrios removes the last batch of bait fish from his freezer from his family's seafood market in Golden Meadow, La., on June 30.

Gary Pinkel at 2010 Big 12 preseason media day [Photo]

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel speaks to reporters before the start of the 2010 season at the Big 12 Conference Media Day in Irving, Texas.

Hoofing it at the pony pull [Photo]

Jack Howell displays Spud's specially-made pulling shoes. In addition to competitive pulling, Jack and his father, Floyd Howell, use their ponies to haul timber for their business. "The different shoes do cost more, since they are more difficult to make. Each shoe is made to fit the slope of the individual hoof," said Floyd Howell.

Loading the cinder blocks [Photo]

Junior Hagler loads cinder blocks onto the pony pull weight sled as the competition reaches its midpoint on Tuesday. The sled would eventually weigh over one ton.

Weighing a pony for the competition [Photo]

Jack Howell weighs in Spud the miniature horse before the Pony Pull competition at the Boone County Fair on Tuesday. "We weigh 'em in like prize fighters," Howell said. Each two pony team will end up pulling a sled of more than four and a half times the combined weight of the pullers.

Preparing the lambs [Photo]

Connor Harris, left, and Jessica Schlager, in yellow, sheer their February lambs to prepare them for the market lamb competition on Tuesday.

Fun at the fair [Photo]

Anna Sheals, left, and her friend Kate Walker take a wild ride on the Tornado at the Boone County Fair on Tuesday."It was a whirlwind of blowing-my-mindness," Walker exclaimed as she and Sheals stumbled off the ride.

Lambs in line [Photo]

From left, Bethany Rhoades, 5, Gentry Duncan, 5, Jamie Henneke, 20, and Hayden Duncan, 3, walk past spectators at the market lamb competition on Tuesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

A very wet process [Photo]

Kody Walters, 10, washes his sheep right before the market lamb competition at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 27. "It's a very wet process," Kody explained as he lathered up his sheep with soap.

Lamb in a hat [Photo]

James Walters, 13, left, and Lisa Roberts watch in amusement as Lesleah and Lisa Roberts' sheep shows off a baseball cap borrowed from James on Tuesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Manhole [Photo]

One of two manholes, pictured, alongside S. Rock Quarry Road between East Gans Road and East Nifong Boulevard in south Columbia released an estimated 1,000 gallons of wastewater into a tributary of Clear Creek on Monday, July 26.

Rashanta Bledman [Photo]

Rashanta Bledman, the researcher who studied body image.

Disability Pride Parade [Slideshow]

July 26, 1990 marks the signing of the Americans for Disabilities Act, a monumental law aimed at protecting people with disabilities from discrimination. On Saturday, more than 100 people participated in a march downtown to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the ADA.