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Cami Ronchetto prepares for the MR340 [Photo]

Cami Ronchetto of Columbia stands with her two-person kayak "Jordan" on Saturday, three days before she embarks on the MR 340 race with partner Linda LaFontaine. The boat race takes participants from Kansas City to St. Louis via the Missouri River, and Ronchetto expects that it will take her tandem about 75 hours to complete the course.

Cami Ronchetto and her partner for the MR340 [Photo]

Kayaking partners Cami Ronchetto, left, and Linda LaFontaine sit in Ronchetto's garage among gear and supplies as they prepare for the upcoming 340 mile boat race from Kansas City to St. Louis. Ronchetto originally planned to participate in the race as a solo entrant, but recruited LaFontaine to the cause four months ago.

Officer receives ribbon [Photo]

Victoria Craig pins the Ribbon of Meritorious Service onto her husband, Columbia Police Officer Chad Craig, during a ceremony.

Two officers receive award for meritorious service [Photo]

Matt Hibler, left, accepts the Ribbon of Meritorious Service from Chief of Police Ken Burton on August 3, 2009. At the scene of a fire on May 20, Officers Hibler and Chad Craig performed CPR on Delbert Porter, until medical personnel arrived.

Missouri River 340 Race and canoe designs [Graphic]

Karl Skala letter [Document]

City Council member Karl Skala explains his stance on the Bicycle Harassment Ordinance in a letter, explaining that he does not favor the suspension of the ordinance.

Jerry Wade letter [Document]

City Council member Jerry Wade offers a proposal for resolving difference between opponents and supporters of the recently passed Bicycle Harassment Ordinance.

Tips sweeten the deal [Photo]

Tips are an added bonus to Trey Aldridge's workday. Aldridge, an MU student, is working as a hot-dog vendor this summer so that he can support himself. "That's where my summer job comes (in) ... I decided I wanted to get a job to make extra money and stuff like that," Aldridge said.

Lunch on the fly [Photo]

Sales of hot dogs are best when the weather isn't too hot, said hot-dog vendor Trey Aldridge. "Usually if it's really hot, (customers) prefer not to get a hot dog; they just want to get a drink," Aldridge said. His afternoon shift outside the post office offers a quick lunch for passers-by.

Fresh off the grill [Photo]

A fresh-off-the-grill bratwurst is prepared by Trey Aldridge for a waiting customer. Aldridge says grilling is what sets the hot dogs he sells apart from other competitors who boil their hot dogs.

Taser use called unnecessary by witnesses [Video]

In this video submitted by the sister of the man who was shocked with a Taser, Columbia police officers can be seen attempting to bring Alan Giles to his feet after he was pepper sprayed and Tasered on Saturday night outside of Cafe Berlin in Columbia. Witnesses have called the action unnecessary. Giles was arrested on suspicion of urinating in public and resisting arrest. This video contains explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.

Rohit Rao of Columbia [Photo]

Rohit Rao, 12, of Columbia, returns a ball to Vaughn Mueller, 12, during the USTA Junior Tournament on Sunday. Mueller won the set (6-3, 6-4) to take the championship.

Vaughn Mueller of Rocheport takes championship [Photo]

Vaughn Mueller, 12, of Rocheport, returns a ball to Rohit Rao, 12, of Columbia, during the USTA Junior Tournament on Sunday. Mueller won the set (6-3, 6-4) to take the championship.

Witnesses call Taser use unnecessary [Photo]

A frame extracted from a video shot by Jessica Giles on Saturday night outside of Cafe Berlin after an incident where her brother Alan Giles was Tasered and pepper sprayed by Columbia police officers.

Rain washes out Pocono race [Photo]

Crews stand with the cars of Tony Stewart, left, and Jimmie Johnson on pit row in a light rain Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. The NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 auto race was postponed until Monday by rain.

Taste of the Market [Slideshow]

Hemingway’s Wine and Bistro is one of the many restaurants and Columbia Farmers’ Market vendors to provide and prepare food for this year’s Taste of the Market, which is a fundraiser for the market pavilion campaign. This is Hemingway’s second year participating in the event. Dawn Vaughn, co-owner of Hemingway’s, said it’s a great way to show people that Hemingway’s is a supporter of the market and locally grown food. “I think that it will really show people we are local worthy,” Vaughn said. Hemingway’s prepares dishes using beef from Missouri Legacy Beef and mushrooms from a market vendor.

Brian Wallstin mug [Photo]

Brian Wallstin, a Missourian columnist, is a Columbia resident and a former city editor for the Missourian.

Jordan Paul mug [Photo]

Jordan Paul is the MU student body president.

Trading cash for clunkers [Photo]

Amanda and Jimmy Heiner inspect their newly purchased 2006 Chevy Silverado at Bob McCosh Chevrolet in Columbia on Saturday. The Heiners brought in their 1993 Subaru Legacy, bottom left, hoping it could be traded in as part of the federal "cash for clunkers" program, but the car was deemed too gas-efficient to qualify. The Heiners decided to purchase the truck regardless.

Participants receive $4,500 credit in 'cash for clunkers' program [Photo]

Gary Ball hands the title to his old pickup truck to sales associate Brad Kennon of Bob McCosh Chevrolet in Columbia. Ball is participating in the federal "cash for clunkers" program and will receive a credit of up to $4,500 toward a new car by bringing in the old vehicle.
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