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Beginners' practice [Photo]

Kristin "Ninja Sqwidd" Smart, right, and Melodie "Hearse DieMond" Record demonstrate how to whip as Sarah "PWN Star" Tollerton Huffman looks on during a beginners' class at Empire Roller Rink on April 23.

CoMo Derby Dames [Slideshow]

The CoMo Derby Dames roller derby team held a bout against the St. Lunachix, based out of St. Louis, at Boone County Fairgrounds on April 4. Maya "Adderoller" Wallace explains her love for the sport.

Greeting a comrade [Photo]

Col. Karl Miller, a retired Marine, and Lt. Cmdr. Allan Purdy, who served in the Navy, greet one another before the start of the Memorial Day parade in Columbia. The men rode on the Military Order of the Purple Heart float. Miller is also an opinion columnist for the Missourian.

Edwards leads the pack [Photo]

Carl Edwards (60) leads the field at the start of Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide series Carquest Auto Parts 300 auto race.

Edwards in the pits [Photo]

Crew members perform a pit stop on driver Carl Edwards' car during Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide series Carquest Auto Parts 300.

Catcher could return for Missouri [Photo]

“Trevor (Coleman) has been around the block, and he’s also caught in two regionals," Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said.

Carl Edwards preps for racing [Photo]

Carl Edwards looks out from the garage area during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Crew members push Carl Edwards [Photo]

Crew members push driver Carl Edwards' car during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Rain delay at Coca-Cola 600 [Photo]

Carl Edwards, right, and Jimmie Johnson look out from pit road during a rain delay in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Big 12 baseball champs [Photo]

From left, Texas seniors Preston Clark, Austin Wood, Travis Tucker and Michael Torres hold the Big 12 baseball tournament championship trophy.

Pow Wow showcases Missouri Native American pride [Video]

Over Memorial Day weekend the Second Annual “For the People Pow Wow” was held at Boone County Fairgrounds in Columbia. Head of the pow wow committee Dona McKinney, member of the Ioway and Omama tribes, and attendees discuss the significance of the event.

Spellers pick a song for karaoke [Photo]

From left, Yulkendy Valdez, 14, of St. Louis; Shyamala Ramakrishna, 13, of Montgomery, N.J.; Brittany Hamling, 12, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; Eesha Ramanujam, 12, of Ocean Township, N.J.; and Paige Vasseur, 13, of Los Angeles pick a song to sing karaoke together at the annual picnic Monday for the Scripps National Spelling Bee participants in McLean, Va.

Spelling participants picnic together [Photo]

From second to left, Luxi Peng, 12, of Albany, N.Y.; Lauren Kirk, 14, of Bloomington, Ind.; and Michael Whalon, 14, of Richmond, Va., spend time together at the annual picnic Monday for the Scripps National Spelling Bee participants in McLean, Va.

T-shirt spells good luck for participant [Photo]

Caroline Willett, 11, of Virginia Beach, Va., wears a good-luck shirt at the annual picnic Monday for the Scripps National Spelling Bee participants in McLean, Va.

A young patriot [Photo]

Joshua Campbell, 2, watches the Memorial Day parade on the corner of Fifth Street and Broadway.

Crowds gather for the parade [Photo]

Crowds came out to support the community's veterans and enjoy the Memorial Day parade in downtown Columbia. The rain that dampened streets in the morning held off for the duration of the parade.

Standing at the ready [Photo]

Myron Thomas, far left, Richard Sykes, Andrew Stewart and Rob Pfeil, far right, stand in preparation for the beginning of the Memorial Day parade in downtown Columbia on Monday. The four men led the parade.

Greeting the crowd [Photo]

Capt. Robert Gibson, a NASA astronaut, waves to the crowd during the Salute to Veterans 2009 Memorial Day parade. Despite early morning rain, the parade marched down Broadway before ending at Fifth Street.

Fallen soldier returns [Photo]

An Army Corps carry team holds the transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Paul F. Brooks, 34, of Joplin, Mo., during a transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Brooks was one of three soldiers killed May 21 near Baghdad from wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device.

Preparing for milking [Photo]

Darrell Kraus prepares equipment before milking on his dairy farm in Barnhart in mid-March. Dairy farmers across the country have seen a decline in the prices they are paid for raw milk. Some farmers are being forced to sell or destroy their herds to pay bills.
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