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Racers cross the finish line at the soap box derby Sunday morning. The race took place on Broadway between Seventh Street and Providence Road.

Dedication pays off in wheelchair basketball [Photo]

Heavily recruited as a wheelchair basketball player since eighth grade, junior John Gilbert chose MU over many other schools.

Putting the kibosh on tire dumping in Missouri [Photo]

Parker Naylor, on his property Wednesday, talks about the tires that have been illegally dumped there. After a rainy day, he is concerned about mosquitoes that could possibly carry the West Nile virus that might breed around the tires. He has owned the land since 1990, and the tires have been there more than 30 years. He is waiting for the Department of Natural Resources to send people to his property to get rid of the tires.

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Illegally dumped tires sit in storage space at Drew Anderson's Cosmo Self Storage in Columbia in May. Missouri Department of Natural Resources inspector Jacob Cross estimates that there are more than 900 tires present.

Soap Box Derby [Slideshow]

Columbia's 71st Soap Box Derby was a time for racing, family and fun.

Streak runner takes off [Photo]

Mikel Burlingame and Darrin Young compete in the Jeff Shikles Memorial 8K Run/Walk on Sunday in Columbia. Burlingame traveled from Lee's Summit to run in his first race with his longtime friend.

Stage garners warm reception at Art in the Park [Photo]

From left, Elizabeth Fedorachalk, Quintin Huck and Judi Hirte entertain festival-goers at the Premeir Bank Shady Tree Stage on Saturday. The Art in the Park festival was held at Stephens Lake Park over the weekend.

ArtCycle competition turns heads, wheels at Art in the Park [Photo]

Eleanor Ross, 11 months, looks at "Fly Hi Birdie," a tricycle entered into the ArtCycles competition by Susan Taylor Glasgow. The tricycle, on display during the Art in the Park festival on Saturday at Stephens Lake Park, is covered with thousands of tiny glass beads.

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A bicycle decorated like a giant camel was designed by the St. Louis Banana Bike Brigade for the "ArtCycles" project. The bicycles were displayed at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday during the Art in the Park festival.

National Trails Day brings outdoor fun [Photo]

Oscar Chavez, left, Bryan Danford, his dog, Ozzie, and about 40 others participated in the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department's 5k run/walk and 10k bike ride to celebrate National Trails Day.

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Sally Swanson of Missouri Master Naturalist, a volunteer conservation program, shows Lily Herwald, 3, mouse bones within an owl pellet at Saturday's Trailside Nature Expo in Forum Nature Area.

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Lily Herwald, 3, inspects mouse bones that she picked out of an owl pellet at the Missouri Master Naturalist booth at the Forum Nature Area's Trailside Nature Expo on Saturday.

Belmont brings out Columbia’s horse racing enthusiasts [Photo]

Lonnie Pritchard of St. Louis shouts in disappointment as Big Brown loses his shot at a Triple Crown win at Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Sports Zone at Columbia's Holiday Inn hosted a watch party for the event.

Violent crime declines; property crime increases in Columbia [Graphic]

ArtCycle competition turns heads, wheels at Art in the Park [Video]

Over the past several months, Pam Ingram designed and created a non-commissioned art cycle in hopes of winning a $1,000 grand prize. Ingram, the director of Granny’s House, an after-school program for students living in public housing, decided to “bead paint” her students’ faces on her art cycle. Artists displayed their creations during a parade from Flat Branch Park to Stephens Lake Park June 7, 2008.

How to buy and sell a church [Photo]

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A variety of images from Flickr, taken by Lisa Fecther, Abbie Brown and Notley Hawkins.

Connecting with cameras [Photo]

A variety of images from Flickr, taken by photographers Notley Hawkins, Abbie Brown and Lisa Fechter.

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William Boyd

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Diondre Cooper