Infrared cameras can measure warmer areas in houses [Photo]

Dan Riepe measures air leakage in a house with an infrared camera which displays warm areas of a house in hotter colors. "The average house blows out 30 (percent) to 50 percent of the air out of the house. Meaning your air conditioner has to work 30 (percent) to 50 percent harder to keep the house cool," Riepe said.

Wii Bowling at Paquin [Photo]

Martin Andrews plays Wii Bowling from his wheelchair after the Adapted Community Recreation program's monthly birthday celebration. Wii video games are just one of the activities offered by the program, but participants would like to see improved activities and more participants in the future.

Solar house floor plan [Photo]

The floor plan for team "Show-Me Solar's" solar house.

Another rendering of solar house interior [Photo]

Another rendering of team "Show-Me Solar's" solar house interior.

Rendering of solar house interior [Photo]

A rendering of team "Show-Me Solar's" solar house interior.

Weatherizing your home [Graphic]

In the game at 70 [Photo]

Stan Kline, 70, says he want to keep playing softball as long as he can.

Swinging away at 73 [Photo]

Norris Kruse connects for a base hit up the middle in an over-50 softball league game on Tuesday at the Rainbow Softball Center at Cosmopolitan Park.

Seeing the fireworks, on field and in Columbia [Graphic]

Fireworks can be a safe and fun way to enjoy the holiday, as long as caution is exercised. Here's the scoop on how fireworks work, the different types and how to safely use them.

Columbia ordinance prohibits fireworks [Photo]

Kristy Bare, Hope McDaniels and Shaye McDaniels, light fireworks in the street in front of McDaniels' house in Columbia on July 1, 2006.

Boone Life presents: Engaging People [Video]

SLIDESHOWS: Learn more about the engaging people who live in and around Boone County.

Filling out employment applications [Photo]

Alyssa Essers looks for the addresses of former employers on her phone as she fills out employment applications in her kitchen on Friday. Essers has been job hunting for more than a month. "A lot of places are like, 'We've got everybody we need,'" she said.

Applying for a restaurant job [Photo]

Alyssa Essers drops off an application at The Rome on Ninth Street on Friday. She has already applied at several restaurants. "I want to get a waitressing job, but I don't have any experience, so they're not giving me the time of day," she said.

Visiting Stephens Lake Park [Photo]

Nell McCabe, right, takes her two daughters — Freya, left, and Matilda, center — to Stephens Lake Park in the mornings to play in the fountains. Free admission makes it an ideal place for the three to visit.

LaVonda Carter, a Money Smart graduate [Photo]

LaVonda Carter is a graduate of Columbia's Money Smart program and used the skills she learned to buy her house in July 2004. "Don't sit on your certificate ... use it," she told graduates.

Playing in the backyard [Photo]

Thomas Carter IV, left, and LaMarco Carter play catch in their front yard on Monday. Their mother, LaVonda Carter, likes that her children can "go outside and play" and avoid dangerous situations.

Accepting a Money Smart certificate [Photo]

Carol Hagney accepts a certificate at the Money Smart graduation ceremony on Monday.

Nixon letter to Ray Scheppach [Document]

In this letter to Ray Scheppach, executive director of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon showed his support for a set of core educational standards.

Common core standards memorandum of agreement [Document]

According to this memorandum of agreement, new core educational standards would be aligned with college and work expectations and would include rigorous content and skills.

An early morning run [Photo]

Runners stride into the entrance to the MKT Trail off of Forum Road to finish a Tuesday morning run with the 5:30 Running Group. The group, which gathers to run early every Tuesday and Thursday morning, marked its anniversary by setting an attendance record.