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.

5:30 Running Group meets again [Slideshow]

Members of Columbia's informally dubbed “5:30 Running Group” on Tuesday celebrated another year of existence with speeches, raffle giveaways and an attempt to eclipse the group's June 2008 attendance, its largest ever.

Bike riding in Citygarden [Photo]

Jim Neumer of St. Louis rides his bike through a new urban sculpture garden called Citygarden on Tuesday in St. Louis. The garden includes open spaces and art as well as smaller, more intimate spaces in downtown St. Louis.

This is Kiera and Julian Walking [Photo]

Jadyn Furgason, 2, of St. Louis gets an up close look at a piece of art called This is Kiera and Julian Walking by English artist Julian Opie during the unveiling of a new urban sculpture garden called Citygarden on Tuesday in St. Louis. The garden is on land owned by the city but was constructed and is operated by the Gateway Foundation.