July 30, 2007
James "George" Marcantonio from Jefferson City, finishes his final laps in the Mixed 100 Breast competition of the Show Me State Games in Columbia. Marcantonio is the oldest competitor in the swim competition and he took home gold in his age group, being the only competitor.
The Kansas City Sprites 18-19 team performs a combo routine during the Show Me State Games synchronized swimming competition on July 29, 2007.
The Kansas City Sprites 18-19 team performs a combo routine during the Show Me State Games synchronized swimming competition at Hickman High School on July 29, 2007.
Kansas City Sprite, Heidi Fogle (right) walks toward the pool during the final team routine warm-up. Finished with her events for the day, Kansas City Sprite, Angela Butel (left) prepares for the awards ceremony on the bench.
Beau Claridge, an insurance agent from Kansas City, throws the javelin at the Show Me State Games on Sunday, July 29. Claridge asked his clients to help him raise money for the Special Olympics by donating money for each medal he won - at the end of competition Claridge won five gold, four silver and two bronze and raised around $2000 for the special Olympics.
A swimmer receives his medal in the 70-79 age division of the Show Me State Games on Sunday in Columbia.
Cars spew radiator fluid during the Demolition Derby at the Boone County Fairground on Sunday, July 29.
Brett Dufur talks about the beauty of the Missouri River. A full-time book publisher and part-time river guide, Dufur is about to take 26 high school students from the St. Louis area on a canoe trip. For most of these students, this is their first time paddling a canoe.
Watch a slideshow of the Drum Corps International competition at Faurot Field on Sunday.
July 29, 2007
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, emulates being sworn in as he answers questions from National Urban League president Marc Morial during Friday’s presidential candidate forum in St. Louis.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks during the National Urban League conference Friday, July 27, 2007, in St. Louis.
“It is time for America to begin a conversation about 1.4 million future workers, entrepreneurs, taxpayers, community leaders and community activists.”
Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., speaks during presidential candidate forum at the National Urban League conference Friday, July 27, 2007, in St. Louis.
“We have big drug companies . . . big banks that control what happens in Washington, D.C., every single day. The interests of regular people are not heard.”
Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, holds up a copy of the The Opportunity Compact as he speaks during a presidential candidate forum at the National Urban League conference Friday, July 27, 2007, in St. Louis. The Opportunity Compact is a set of principles and recommendations outlined by the National Urban League to to help empower everyone to be part of the economic and social mainstream.
“Over a million innocent civilians perished in this war on a doctrine of peace through strength. I’m talking about inverting it.”
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a presidential candidate forum at the National Urban League conference Friday, July 27, 2007, in St. Louis.
“When I talk about hope, when I talk about change . . . this is not just the rhetoric of a campaign for me. It’s been the cause of my life.”
David Ballenger stands near a mole mound in his side yard. His front and side yards contain many noticeable mole tunnels.
This unfriendly-looking device is designed to kill moles with a single quick blow as they burrow through the ground.
Green belt Larry Barker from Kirksville practices outside the Rock Bridge gym before his turn in the tae kwon do competition. Last year he took part as a white belt.
Lane Bates, 5, gets help from his dad, Jody, after competing in the 4-5 year old division of Taekwon-Do. Bates is competing for the Kumite Dragons, and said "I can't win without my mohawk." This is his second year competing in the Show-Me State Games.