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Askren trains for MMA fight [Slideshow]

Ben Askren continues his quest to dominate a second sport, mixed martial arts, Saturday night in the feature match at the Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia.

Askren, a two-time NCAA national champion in wrestling at Missouri, will fight Mitchell Harris of Kansas City in the second match of his MMA career. Askren hasn’t ruled out competing in wrestling at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but for now, he wants to concentrate on MMA.

Askren speaks about his training, how his wrestling background gives him an advantage over most MMA fighters and about his upcoming fight. Workout partners Jake Thornton and Jake Hecht weigh in on how Askren has developed and how he needs to improve to take the next step in MMA.

Memorizing words for a spelling bee [Photo]

From left, Joshua Whittom, 10, and Jesse Nilges, 11, both fifth graders at the Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Columbia, write down words on their slates to memorize them for a spelling bee on Friday. During a day of class at the one-room schoolhouse at Shelter Gardens, the children got to live the the life of students in pioneer times. "It's really cool to spend a day like someone would have ... a hundred or so years ago," Joshua Whittom said about his experience.

Business Incubator [Photo]

The Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place opened in January. Its role is to boost economic development in mid-Missouri and thereby contribute to the economy of the state of Missouri.

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