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Spirit of 76 [Photo]

Wholesale fireworks dealer, Spirit of 76, discounted all retail fireworks sold at their tent starting on July 5 after a full night demonstrating fireworks for customers in the parking lot. Of the one or two dozen, July 5 customers, several are still celebrating, but one man bought bottle rockets for a unique reason: to scare off geese.

BP oil spill column gets readers talking [Photo]

A BP worker power-washes booms that have been collecting oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in Cocodrie, La. A column on the oil spill published this week got readers talking.

Fire in the Sky event includes face painting [Photo]

Rachel Whitacre, 15, receives the final touches of glitter on her face paint at Memorial Stadium's Fire in the Sky on Sunday evening.

Columbia residents celebrate Fourth of July [Slideshow]

Families and groups of friends celebrated the holiday weekend by barbecuing and buying and watching fireworks. Many attended the Fire in the Sky event Sunday evening at Memorial Stadium.

Contractors work on Central Missouri Humane Society renovations [Photo]

From left, Tim Krumm, Jason Hampton and Steve Held of Septagon Construction help James Bassett, right, of Mid-City Lumber, delivers a pallet of sheet rock and fiberglass insulation to the Centeral Missouri Humane Society on Wednesday.

Central Missouri Humane Society undergoes renovations [Photo]

James Bassett, right, of Mid-City Lumber, delivers a pallet of sheet rock and fiberglass insulation to the Centeral Missouri Humane Society on Wednesday. The Humane Society is currently undergoing renovations underwritten by a $1 million prize from a 2009 contest sponsored by Zootoo.com.

Rebecca Berg [Photo]

Rebecca Berg is a reporter, columnist and assistant city editor for the Missourian.

Fireworks stand employee fixes packaging [Photo]

Dave Rasmussen, right, and Kammy Lai fix some packaging on some recently unloaded fireworks at the stand located off of St. Charles Road. Dave Rasmussen is the son-in-law of Bob Gerau of Bob's Fireworks. Rasmussen travels to Liuyang, China, every year to pick fireworks for the business. Lai is a fireworks exporter from Liuyang.

Bob's Fireworks employee chats with customer [Photo]

Dave Rasmussen, left, talks to Nick Witthaus about what fireworks he should buy. Rasmussen helps to run the family business started by Bob Gerau of Bob's Fireworks. Gerau has sold fireworks in Columbia for 45 years and sets up three other stands during the fireworks season.

Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church cemetery houses tombstone of Revolutionary War veteran [Photo]

The grave of John Woolfolk Jr. sits in the Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church cemetery. The tombstone dates back to the Revolutionary War era and was moved from the Woolfolk family farm when the farm was sold in 1987.

Missouri men's basketball team head manager helps out at summer camp [Photo]

Mizzou basketball team head manager Michael Anderson Jr. gathers his players in a team huddle after running timed shooting drills with them. Anderson is helping at the youth basketball camp at Mizzou Arena.

Columbia Dart Association president Jason Snodgrass [Photo]

Jason Snodgrass, president of the Columbia Dart Association, takes a shot during a match Wednesday at the Eagles Aerie in Columbia.

Missouri basketball player Kim English helps out at summer camp [Photo]

Mizzou basketball player, Kim English, takes a shot at the basket during the Missouri Youth Basketball Camp on July 1, 2010. The camp is a two day camp for children ages 6-10 and takes place at Mizzou Arena.

Summer camper waits her turn [Photo]

Lauren Shallert, 7, watches fellow players shoot after the lunch break at the Missouri Basketball Youth Camp July 1, 2010 at Mizzou Arena. This is Shallert's second year at the camp.

Columbia dart throwers [Photo]

Rick Cole aims for the target as Mike Mudd watches at a regular gathering of Columbia dart throwers Wednesday at the Eagle's Aerie in Columbia.

Description of parking garage art proposal [Document]

The description of the parking garage art proposal.

Summer school students celebrate Independence Day [Slideshow]

Grant and Paxton Keeley Elementary schools held Fourth of July parades on Friday.

Customers look at fireworks [Photo]

Jeff Manion, left, and his employee Kale Trimble shop for fireworks at Bob's Fireworks on Friday.

Bob's Fireworks selects China's best [Photo]

Bob's Fireworks at the Lake of the Woods Exit 131, off Interstate 70, are selected by Dave Rasmussen and are shipped directly from China. "When I see them they are just a brown box, then I watch them and select the best," Rasmussen said.

Fireworks selected in China [Photo]

Bob's son-in-law Dave Rasmussen sells fireworks for Bob's Fireworks at the Lake of the Woods, Exit 131, off Interstate 70 on Friday. Rasmussen has traveled to China every fall since 2005 to select fireworks for the following Fourth of July.
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