Mark Durrant [Photo]

Socially connected [Photo]

Larry G. Brown, Jim MacMillan, and Dianne Lynch

Show-Me State Games Power wheelchair soccer [Video]

Chad Kocina competes with Columbia's power wheelchair soccer team, Driving Force, for the first time at the Show-Me State Games. Kocina was in a car accident in his hometown of Seattle about six years ago that left him paralyzed from just below the chest down. He moved to Columbia and just recently joined the team. He had not played in a game until Aug. 1, when he saw action at goalie.

Paul Weber mug [Photo]

Paul Weber

Missouri River 340 Race and canoe designs [Graphic]

Preparing for the race [Photo]

A handful of racers warm up before the start of the 2007 Missouri RIver 340 race at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan. This year’s event, which begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, features a large increase in participants, with more than 500 racers entered.

Racers reach checkpoint [Photo]

Participants in the Missouri River 340 make their way to Check Point 5 in Cooper's Landing on Wednesday evening. Many racers took a break here to fuel up on food and beverages before heading back out to the river.

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.

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.