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Tenley gets a wash from owner Kimberly Tarango and her son, Caden, at Mudd Puppies on Sunday.

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students spend 3 days assisting with Iowa flood relief [Photo]

Andy Patton, 23, and his mother, Karen Mickey, carry a bucket of debris and sludge from the basement of Ellis Community Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday. Water filled the basement and first floor of the church when the Cedar River flooded.

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Students from The Crossing present a shirt with all their signatures on it to John Berge, who will hang it in his store when renovations are complete.
Front row (from left): Taylor Pancoast, Kara Reserm Haley Grayless, Alex Roark, Candace Lawthlon, Katie Smith and Cassie Shields.
Center row (from left): Marty Swant, Kelly Brdicka, Bethany Jones, Alicia Eubanks, Kevin Sorgent, Ryan Krull, Kyle Richter, Jared Faurot and Joy Olson.
Back row (from left): John Berge, Robert Monroe, Rachel Shomaker, Austin Conner, Scott Belden, Nathan Casey, Dustin Jeffries and Rado Marinov.

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Piles of debris such as this one cleared from a flooded business n Czech Village are visible throughout Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as residents begin the rebuilding process.

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Colleen Kelly sweeps the staircase into the basement of an antique business. Students cleaned the building so it can be renovated and reopened.

Day in the sun [Photo]

Javion Boon, 2, cautiously dips his toes into the kiddie pool at Douglass Park on Sunday.

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Kentavin Mullins, 14, twists and turns his way down the slide at the Douglass Park swimming pool on Sunday.

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Brett Sramek plays softball with his team, DOA, at Cosmo Park on Sunday. The team’s name, which stands for Dead on Arrival, was chosen because several of the players are pathologists. The co-ed team admits that their softball skills might not exactly be great, but they all have fun playing.

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A.J. Baillargeon, right, and Valerie Sunn, left, practice softball with their team, DOA, at Cosmo Park before a game on Sunday.

Missouri hybridizers look to create diverse day lilies [Photo]

Lloyd Calvin pollinates a day lily at his home garden. Calvin carefully catalogs his cross-pollination efforts so that new combinations of petal colors and shapes can be recreated later.

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Lloyd Calvin has been hybridizing day lilies as a hobby for 15 years. He carries the stamens in his mouth and fertilizes the flowers using tweezers.

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Lloyd Calvin uses pollen from one day lily to fertilize another in hopes of combining certain attributes of both, such as the ruffled edges of this red bloom.

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Lloyd Calvin stores and labels some stamens in a box and freezes others. Each flower in his garden is labeled with the different day lily breeds that created it. Calvin found that cutting up old window blinds works better for labels than paper because plastic is hardier during storms, such as the one Wednesday night the blew away many of his paper labels.

Storm progression [Graphic]

Unsolved property crimes increasing in Columbia [Graphic]

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students get to work shoveling sludge [Photo]

Marty Swant

UPDATED AT 5 P.M.: Obama speaks on religious faith, societal change in St. Louis [Photo]

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, greets supporters at the 48th Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Louis, on Saturday, July 5, 2008.

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Obama speaks during his visit to St. Louis.

Missouri data mirror national trend for HIV/AIDS diagnoses in some categories [Graphic]

Blue Thunder Track Club sending seven athletes to national Junior Olympics [Photo]

Graham Buresh, 9.