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Racing to the finish [Photo]

Tyree Tarver races to the finish line in his flame-decorated car. Tarver won the race and continued on to the next round. The competitors battle head-to-head until one person is the Mid-Missouri Soap Box Champion and recieves a trophy.

Racers use aerodynamics [Photo]

Haley McKernan looks at the finish line in concentration as she passes her opponent. Crouching low in the car, she exemplifies a key to soap box racing: aerodynamics.

Returning from a night of fishing [Photo]

Justin Cook, right, navigates his boat towards the launch ramp of the Wilton Boat Club after a night of angling for catfish on the Missouri River. Cook and fishing partner Alex Palmsmeyer brought in the largest fish of the tournament, which weighed 25.8 pounds.

Winning catch [Photo]

Two of the ten catfish caught by Bryan Crump and Tim Sherman rest on a table after the weigh-in at the Wilton Boat Club catfish tournament. Crump and Sherman had the heaviest haul of the event as more than half of the boats in the tournament returned empty-handed.

Catfish weigh-in [Photo]

Colby Phillips, 9, looks on as fishermen Bill Toth, right, and Jon Young carry out the weigh-in process Sunday during the Wilton Boat Club catfish tournament.

Mark Martin victorious in Michigan [Photo]

Mark Martin celebrates in victory circle Sunday after winning the NASCAR LifeLock 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

High-mileage dog [Photo]

Fran Reynolds named her dog Bailey and has traveled with him from California to New Mexico to Missouri. "He just loves to see the country," she said. After sharing stories from their pets, the church-goers sang, "How much is that doggie in the window?"

Meet Tripod [Photo]

Heather Carver tells the story of her new dog, Tripod, whom she adopted from Columbia Second Chance animal rescue group. Carver got Tripod nine days ago and says, "He puts the 'try' in Tripod."

Hamster time [Photo]

Adele Dorman shares a story about her hamster, Teddy. The Dorman family also has a new pet — a black and white cat.

Kate with Maggie, Bailey and Toby [Photo]

Kate, whose mother asked that her name be withheld, holds, from left, Maggie, Bailey and Toby at the 10th annual pet blessing service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia.

Reflecting pools [Photo]

Dale Chihuly's Walla Wallas float in the reflecting pools outside the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

The Victorian District [Photo]

This is the Victorian District.

The Japanese Garden [Photo]

This is a view of the Japanese Garden with the ZigZag Bridge.

The Children's Garden [Photo]

This is the Children's Garden with a view of the Climatron.

The Chinese Garden [Photo]

This is the Chinese Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Gayla Hart [Photo]

Gayla Hart, 48, was hospitalized with severe burns she received Tuesday morning in the house fire that claimed the life of her father, Joseph Hart.

Making winning look easy [Video]

Casey Glaude, 11, and her father Marty Glaude reflect on her first soap box derby racing experience at the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby in Columbia on Sunday

Cleaning up the debris [Photo]

Eledia Stone holds up her mother's childhood bank and a box of Mark McGuire home run baseballs from a wheelbarrow of items salvaged from her shed. Behind the barbed-wire fence, debris from the flood can still be seen. Her property on Hinkson Creek Road flooded on April 30. Stone and her daughters are still cleaning out the property.

Beginning the recovery [Photo]

Eledia Stone stands beside a shed on her property where the floodwaters rose. In the month since the flood, Stone has cleaned up much of her property. Now, a few plants have emerged from her garden that was washed away and covered by debris.

Ready to wear [Photo]

At the FairTax Rally, Alice Forker, left, Kim Lockwood and Erin Dunn sell related apparel.
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