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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.

Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels [Photo]

A statue called Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels by American artist Jim Dine is seen during the unveiling of a new urban sculpture garden called Citygarden on Tuesday in St. Louis. City leaders hope Citygarden, which includes about two dozen sculptures on nearly three acres, will become one of the nation's great public places.

Tie-dye is in again [Slideshow]

Students in Kate Weir’s fourth-grade Retro Recreation class learn about about recreational activities performed in past decades. The students are part of the 7,800 Columbia Public Schools students enrolled in summer school this year.

Projects with paint [Photo]

Fourth-grader Shylah Cox paints a top during her retro recreation class at Russell Boulevard Elementary School on Thursday. “The best thing about summer school is everything,” Shylah said. She is sporting the tie-dyed shirt she made in class the day before.

Dancing at the end of the day [Photo]

At the end of the day, Kate Weir’s fourth-grade homeroom class dances to “I Like to Move It” from the "Madagascar 2" soundtrack. From left, Audrey Roloff, Hailey Green, Kim Curtis, Yusef Alsharafi and Tiffany Kribbs are pictured.

Tops on the tile [Photo]

After painting their tops, fourth-graders Jack Fender, left, and Owen Hagan try out their new toys. Students decorated the tops with markers and paint.

Acorn from bur oak tree [Photo]

John Sam Williamson Jr. holds an acorn fallen from the bur oak tree in his backyard on Sunday. This tree has the exact genetic makeup of the 350-plus-year-old big bur oak it was grafted from, and thus so do the acorns it produces.

Small bur oak tree [Photo]

A small bur oak tree lies in the Williamson's backyard, not far from its predecessor the big bur oak. Using a technique called grafting, a stem of the big bur oak was cut and planted onto the stump of another tree. The resulting tree is an exact genetic match of the 350-plus-year-old big bur oak.

Bur oak branch [Photo]

When John Sam Williamson Jr.'s big bur oak was grafted, a portion of the tree, similar in size to the branch above, was removed and placed on a stump so that a new tree with the exact genetic makeup of the big bur oak would grow. One such "cloned" tree lies in Williamson's backyard, though it is about 330 years younger than its predecessor.

Original big bur oak tree [Photo]

The 350-plus-year-old big bur oak, which is planted on John Sam Williamson Jr.'s property, has such a strong genetic makeup that it has survived extreme flood and drought. The tree's superior genes make it ideal for grafting.

Enrollment facts [Graphic]

Whip and tongue grafting [Graphic]

Taxiing in the money [Photo]

Betsy and Rick Lacy meet on June 25 at their Columbia office to process the credit card receipts that have accumulated from their passengers.

Dollar beer and rainy nights [Photo]

Rick Lacy waits for closing time outside Willie's Bar in Columbia early in the morning of June 10. Lacy had hoped that the bar's dollar beer promotion and the rainy conditions would garner him some late night fares, but on this evening most patrons already had rides or decided to walk.

Taxi driving in Columbia [Photo]

Rick Lacy takes a break from driving his taxi to chat with his employee and fellow driver, Eric Niles, on June 9. Lacy and his wife, Betsy started, their cab company in January of this year with one minivan and now own three.

Vacation Bible School reaches out to Columbia Youth [Slideshow]

Despite the economic climate, Columbia churches are spending as much as $4,000 on programming, including expanding kids' small-motor skills. The curriculm helped acquaint them with Scripture through reciting Bible passages.

A match made in doggie heaven [Photo]

Jessica Schlosser, left, introduces her newly crowned homecoming king Rocco to Libby Burks, right, and her dog Lola who won homecoming queen at the Hound Dog Homecoming hosted by the Central Missouri Humane Society on Sunday in Columbia. Contestants for the homecoming king and queen title raised more than $4,000 dollars for the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Royal portrait [Photo]

Lola, left, the homecoming queen, Rocco, center, the homecoming king, and Polly, a member of the royal court, are posed for pictures at the Hound Dog Homecoming fundraiser hosted by the Central Missouri Humane Society on Sunday in Columbia. Patrons had a variety of pet activities to choose from such as painting, bobbing for hot dogs and a doggy kissing booth.
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