Growing berries to perfection [Photo]

Almost-ripe arapaho blackberries glisten in the hot sun at Jefferson Farm and Gardens. The Beginning Farmer Program sponsored a workshop on berry growing and marketing. Attendees of the workshop came from all corners of Missouri and even Illinois, as Dale Getty traveled from Chester, Ill., about 60 miles south of St. Louis. "I'm trying to find a way to maximize my return," Getty said about adding berries to his 200 acre farm.

Discovering the wonder of fresh berries [Photo]

Margaret Scott, left, inspects another berry bush at the Jefferson Farm and Gardens while Lonnie Overby tastes some of the Cara's Choice blueberries growing on Tuesday as part of a workshop on berry growing and marketing for new farmers sponsored by the Beginning Farmer Program. Overby has not grown berries on her farm before, but traveled from Oldfield, Mo., to attend the workshop. "So far, this is my favorite," she said about the Cara's Choice blueberries, "but I liked the Patriot, too."

Teaching the public about growing berries [Photo]

Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist for the University of Missouri Extension, explains to participants in the berry growing and marketing workshop sponsored by the Beginning Farmers Program the difference between the way various kinds of blueberries grow. He focused specifically on the ratio of leaves to flowers - and eventually fruit - in order to balance yield with retention of the plant for the next season.

Missouri Theatre patrons wait for doors to open [Photo]

Patrons wait outside the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for the doors to open for its Grand Opening Gala, which featured singer Tony Bennett, on May 21, 2008.

Blueberry bush entered in workshop [Photo]

Participants in a berry growing and marketing workshop sponsored by the Beginning Farmer Program listen to Jefferson Farm's horticulture specialist Catherine Bohnert give a brief lecture about growing blueberries on Tuesday at the Jefferson Farm and Gardens in Columbia. Bohnert explained that the bushes on display at the farm are of varying sizes because of the plant's age at original planting, as well as some that needed to be replaced in the last year. "Some plants heaved out of the ground in the winter and dried up," she said, "so we had to replant." The new bushes are notably smaller than the older, more hearty ones.

Missouri Theatre CEO not discouraged by theater's financial troubles [Photo]

Eric Staley has been the CEO of the Missouri Theatre since September. "I love the arts and doing things on behalf of the arts and the not-for-profit community in general. When you have a place as beautiful as this, it's hard not to be inspired," Staley said.

Displaying pride in U.S. soccer team [Photo]

Fans of the U.S. national soccer team display their pride while watching a U.S. versus Algeria match at Bengal's Bar and Grill on Wednesday. The U.S. defeated Algeria by a score of 1-0 with a goal in the 89th minute of the game.

Celebrating U.S. victory [Photo]

Tyler Bishop, center, and friends celebrate at Bengal's Bar and Grill after the U.S. soccer team scored a goal against Algeria in a World Cup match on Wednesday.

Gregory Morton gets emotional [Photo]

Gregory Morton gets emotional during his testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Tausha Fields on June 23 at the Boone County Courthouse.

Gregory Morton examines evidence [Photo]

Gregory Morton examines a photograph during his testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Tausha Fields on June 23 at the Boone County Courthouse. Morton, Fields' ex-husband, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2009 in the death of Fields' previous husband, Mitchell Kemp.

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Keeping dogs cool on a hot day [Video]

With the heat advisory Tuesday for Boone County, dog owners were extra careful about caring for the easily dehydrated animals. The heat index was expected to reach 105 degrees, and the weather service advised both people and animals stay indoors.

MU dogwood tree named state champion [Photo]

Roughleaf Dogwood, latin name cornus drummondii, berries grown outside Waters Hall at MU.

MU buttonbush tree named state champion [Photo]

A bee pauses briefly on a buttonbush tree, latin name cephalanthus occidentalis, behind Tucker Hall at MU on Tuesday.

MU blackhaw tree named state champion [Photo]

MU Junior Aaron Gist plays baseball in the field beyond the shade of this Blackhaw tree, latin name viburnum prunifolium, near the intersection of College Avenue and Rollins Street on Tuesday.

MU sugarberry tree named state champion [Photo]

A sugarberry tree, named celtis laevigata, grows at the West end of Peace Park.

MU dogwood tree named state champion [Photo]

A rough leaf dogwood tree, latin name cornus drummondii, grows near the corner of Waters Hall at MU.

MU black maple tree named state champion [Photo]

Jenny Dixon, left, and Keri Smith enjoy the shade of a large black maple tree, latin name acer nigrum, in Peace Park on Tuesday.

A beautiful Buttonbush tree [Photo]

A Buttonbush, latin name cephalanthus occidentalis, grows behind Tucker Hall at MU.

MU fringetree named state champion [Photo]

A fringetree, latin name chionathus virginicah, grows in front of Mumford Hall at MU.