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Marisa Frazier of Nixa walks past the empty pool at the MU Recreation Center on her way to Sunday’s swimming awards ceremony.

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Brian Thompson adjusts his headphones before his turn in the skeet event.

Games a chance to shine [Photo]

Jacob Lawghuin, left, 12, and his brother Kale, 13, wait to shoot during during the Show-Me State Games skeet shooting on Sunday, July 29, 2007 at Cedar Creek Rod and Gun Club near Columbia, Mo.

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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.

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The Kansas City Sprites 18-19 team performs a combo routine during the Show Me State Games synchronized swimming competition on July 29, 2007.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A swimmer receives his medal in the 70-79 age division of the Show Me State Games on Sunday in Columbia.

Minivan driver goes unchallenged in Demolition Derby [Photo]

Cars spew radiator fluid during the Demolition Derby at the Boone County Fairground on Sunday, July 29.

See the County Fair Baby Boy Contest [Video]

Watch 82 Columbia kids smile, squirm and play their way to the top at the Boone County Fair Baby Boy Contest.

St. Louis forum hosts Democratic hopefuls [Photo]

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.

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“It is time for America to begin a conversation about 1.4 million future workers, entrepreneurs, taxpayers, community leaders and community activists.”
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks during the National Urban League conference Friday, July 27, 2007, in St. Louis.

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“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.”
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.

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“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 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.

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“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.”
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.

More moles munch yards for lunch [Photo]

David Ballenger stands near a mole mound in his side yard. His front and side yards contain many noticeable mole tunnels.

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This unfriendly-looking device is designed to kill moles with a single quick blow as they burrow through the ground.

‘Lady Bird’ did her best to make a beautiful world [Photo]

Reaching goals [Photo]

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.
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