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Boots cuts through car body [Photo]

Zach Boots cuts through the trunk of a Cash for Clunkers SUV at Sorrels Auto salvage yard on Thursday. Some of the parts he cuts from cars end up being used as material for schools that teach body work.

Taking ceiling off car at junk yard [Photo]

Zach Boots dissembles parts from a Cash for Clunkers SUV at Sorrels Auto salvage yard Thursday.

Dissembling cars at junk yard [Photo]

Zach Boots dissembles parts from a Cash for Clunkers SUV at Sorrels Auto salvage yard Thursday. Zach has done this for the last five years and he sees his work as a stress reliever. "When you have a bad day, tear one down," he said.

Boots carries rims in salvage yard [Photo]

Zach Boots caries two rims across the Sorrels Auto salvage yard on Thursday. The cars that go to the Cash for Clunkers program are dismantled at the salvage yard and some of the parts get resold.

Roman riding at the Ashland rodeo [Photo]

Max Reynolds drives his horses Roman-riding style through a burning ring of fire at the annual Cattleman Days Rodeo in Ashland on Saturday. Reynolds was one of several acts during the rodeo, performing trick riding and rope spinning throughout the night.

Site of fatal crash memorialized [Photo]

A teddy bear and several flowers rest at the base of the tree where Jennifer Stewart wrecked her Jeep early Sunday morning. The single-car accident, which occurred at 3 a.m. on Highlands Court, is still under investigation. Police reports state that Stewart appeared to not be wearing a seat belt.

Crash site memorialized [Photo]

A teddy bear and flowers memorialize the aftermath of the crash that killed Jennifer Stewart early Sunday morning on Highlands Court. When police arrived at the scene, they found Stewart's Jeep crashed into a tree and on fire.

The Calf Scramble at Ashland's rodeo [Photo]

An event featuring four calves and a few hundred kids is aptly named the Calf Scramble at the 33rd annual Cattleman Days Rodeo in Ashland on Saturday. The object is to snag a strip of duct tape off one of four romping calves and return it to a rodeo commissioner. Every piece of duct tape is worth a dollar.

Rider trips on horse at Rodeo [Photo]

Saddle bronc rider Cory Rud holds on as the horse Ogalolla trips headfirst into the dirt at the annual Cattleman Days Rodeo in Ashland, on Saturday. In accordance with the rules, Rud was given a re-ride after Ogalolla slipped and fell.

Teaching a child how to rope cattle [Photo]

Bruce Douglass teaches 4-year-old Blake Hunter the trick to cattle roping as Hunter's grandmother watches at the 33rd annual Cattleman Days Rodeo in Ashland on Saturday. Douglass of Rocheport has been throwing rope for more than 30 years, but this was his first time volunteering at the Cattleman Days Rodeo.

Reynolds entertains the crowd at rodeo [Photo]

Max Reynolds, a professional rodeo entertainer, shows off his rope-spinning skills at the 33rd annual Cattleman Das Rodeo in Ashland Saturday. Reynolds, know for his roman riding, has been performing for more than 30 years and been featured in movies, television and rodeo events around the world.

Saddle bronc rider Roy Toney [Photo]

Saddle bronc rider Roy Toney of Lamoni, Iowa, holds on as the horse Soleme bucks its way to a full eight seconds during the 33rd annual Cattleman Days Rodeo in Ashland on Saturday. The rodeo, which is in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, was a two-night event where riders competed for the best time and a chance at the $14,000 prize.

McCaskill hosts rowdy crowd at town hall in Springfield [Photo]

Senator Claire McCaskill answers an audience member's question at a town hall meeting in Springfield on Monday. Monday's event was the tenth and final town hall meeting that McCaskill has held around the state in recent weeks.

Speaking up for 'Pepper and Friends' [Photo]

Mary Hussmann leads a group protesting the cancellation of NBC-affiliate KOMU's "Pepper and Friends" into MU Chancellor Brady J. Deaton's office, which is located in Jesse Hall on the MU campus, on Monday. Hussmann organized the rally that began with a parade and ended with visits to the offices of the chancellor and the vice chancellor and attracted a crowd of about 40 people.

March for 'Pepper and Friends' [Photo]

Dennis Kackley, Chris Atkinson, Brett Prentiss and Richard Beckett follow Nancy Atkinson, center, as she leads the group of 40 protesters against the cancellation of NBC-affiliate KOMU's "Pepper and Friends" with Paul Pepper on Monday at Jesse Hall on the MU campus. Atkinson has been protesting the cancellation of the television show since the original announcement, "It's consumed my whole summer, but it's for the best cause I know," she said.

MU professor will study in Dublin as a Fulbright Scholar [Photo]

Computer and electrical engineering professor Robert O'Connell sits in front of his college textbooks in his Engineering Building West office on Thursday, Aug. 28. O'Connell received a scholarship from the Fulbright Scholar Program to go to Dublin, where he will help other professors develop modules on teaching in engineering classrooms. This will be O'Connell's first sabbatical during his 30-year tenure at MU.

MU Professor Robert O'Connell will travel to Dublin as Fulbright Scholar [Photo]

Computer and electrical engineering professor Dr. Robert O'Connell stands alongside various memorabilia in his Engineering Building West office on Thursday, Aug. 28. Many of O'Connell's students hail from India, China and other Asian countries, where it is tradition for students to give their teachers gifts. O'Connell has received so many of these gifts that he has run out of places to showcase them in his house and keeps many of them in his office.

Chester Edwards visits the Olivet Market [Photo]

After hearing that the Tigers for Community Agriculture would be selling watermelons next week, Chester Edwards reminisces about when he helped harvest watermelons growing up in southern Indiana. Tigers for Community Agriculture teamed up with Martz Farm and Olivet Christian Church to set up a farmer's market.

Olivet Farmer's Market continues despite rain [Photo]

Despite heavy rain, customers browsed through a farmer's market set up by the Olivet Christian Church in conjunction with Tigers for Community Agriculture and Martz Farm on Thursday, August 27 at the Olivet Christian Church in Columbia.

Customer purchases tomatoes at farmer's market [Photo]

Betty Moon purchases some cherry tomatoes from Missouri senior Whitney Middleton at a farmer's market put together by Tigers for Community Agriculture and Martz Farm in conjunction with Olivet Christian Church on Tuesday, August 27, 2009 in Columbia. Moon visited the market for the first time after reading about the it in a local newspaper.
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