Alligators can be seen at Boone County Fair [Photo]

Ken Henderson calls Spike the Humigator because the 5-year-old alligator acts like a human. Spike and the other gators can be seen at the Boone County Fair until Saturday.

Crashes inevitable in figure-8 race [Photo]

Billy Hendren rounds the first turn in the second heat of the figure-8 race at the Boone County Fair Wednesday evening. Figure-8 racing combines elements of oval racing, demolition derby and road racing on a figure-eight shaped track. The crossover makes crashes inevitable.

INTERACTIVE: Pending GetAbout Capital projects [Graphic]

Although there have been delays, several of Columbia's trail projects are under construction and are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Hypnotist at the Boone County Fair [Photo]

Hypnotist Roy Thompson performs an energy pull on Carly Lancaster while she is under hypnosis on Wednesday at the Boone County Fair. Thompson has been a hypnotist and magician for the last 20 years.

Hogs get bath before Swine Show [Photo]

Kirsten Sapp, left, of Ashland gives her pig a wash as Heather Snow prepares to lather up her pig before the 4-H/FFA Swine Show on Wednesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. "We compete all year round," said Sapp. For today's Swine Show, Sapp and her hogs competed in the Gilt class and the Market Hog class.

Girl pets hog at Boone County Fair [Photo]

Abby Jo Martin, 2, pets one of Kyle George's hogs before the 4-H/FFA Swine Show on Wednesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Abby Jo competed in the Pee Wee Showmanship division of the Swine Show.

Roller compacts dirt for sidewalks [Photo]

Travis Stauffer runs the street roller on Stadium Blvd as part of the sidewalk project on July 19. The roller compacts the dirt, which is graded, and then pours concrete.

Workers measure sidewalk grade [Photo]

From left, Kevin Kiesling, Rodney Dobson, Bob Lehman and Nate Haldiman measure the grade as part of the Stadium sidewalk project off of Stadium Boulevard on July 19.

Douglass Youth visit museum [Photo]

Douglass Youth Baseball children and parent volunteers pose for a picture after their visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on Tuesday in Kansas City. The trip was the final event of the year for the six-week, non-competitive baseball instruction program.

Hands-only CPR saves lives [Photo]

In this 2006 file photo a person participates in an American Red Cross CPR training in Washington. Two new studies conclude that "hands only" chest compression is enough to save a life. The American Heart Association has been promoting "hands only" CPR for two years, though it's not clear how much it's caught on. The new studies should help, experts say.

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.