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Tour of Missouri: The hills [Graphic]

Tour of Missouri: The gear [Graphic]

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Tour of Missouri: The teams [Graphic]

Tour of Missouri: The course [Graphic]

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Erich Petzall unloads a clip from his Bushmaster AR-15 5.56mm at one of Finger Lake State Park's free outdoor shooting ranges. "There is no better way to spend a perfect day like this than firing guns at a place like this, it's a beautiful place," Petzall said.

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Jan Kornatz is visiting the United States from Germany. He has been traveling through the Midwest and is spending a few weeks in Columbia with his friend Erich Petzall. There are no shooting ranges in Germany, but Kornatz hit the head area on the target five times using a handgun even though this is only his second time shooting — the first being last week. "I like being here, I am having a lot of fun in Columbia and the Midwest because I am really getting a chance to see what the real America is like," Kornatz said.

Tiger fans ready to roar [Video]

Tiger fans gathered at Memorial Stadium for the annual Quarterback Club pep rally on Wednesday. The 2007 football season starts Saturday when the Tigers face Illinois at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

A look at parkour [Video]

Roommates Nathan Zabel and David Boyko explain the sport of parkour, a sport that uses natural body movements to quickly and efficiently navigate around and over obstacles such as walls or trees. Zabel and Boyko have been practicing the discipline for almost a year now.

Local View: An editorial cartoon by David Friesen [Photo]

The renaissance of Stephens Lake Park [Photo]

Columbia Missouri Parks and Recreation workers John Fountain, 45, and Zach Weitkemper, 30, construct concrete forms for the future site of the spraygrounds play area at Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday. A north portion of the trail is currently out of use while construction of a waterfall and bridge begins.

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McCaskill discusses agriculture, nutrition in mid-Missouri [Photo]

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, discusses agricultural policy with Jeff Windett, left, executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association; state Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, front; Dave Gust, owner of Circle A Feeders of Huntsville; Merrel Breyer of Cedar Ridge Ranch; and Don Wyatt, right, of Wyatt Farms in Kaseyville on Thursday at Circle A Feeders in Huntsville. It was McCaskill's third day of a four-day Missouri-wide tour discussing the 2007 Farm Bill.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill greets Thomas Payne, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at MU on a stop during her tour of Missouri discussing the 2007 Farm Bill at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Thursday.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill addresses local farmers and community members
Thursday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Illini quarterback reminds Tigers of Brad Smith [Photo]

Former standout MU quarterback Brad Smith had his breakout game playing against Illinois in 2002 in St. Louis.

Rams take home Governer’s Cup [Photo]

The Rams' Marques Hagans is tackled in the end zone by Kansas City Chiefs' Tyron Brackenridge for a touchdown.

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Larry Young's "Marathoners" sculptures are shown on display in Flat Branch Park on Tuesday, August 28, 2007. The timely installation of the 'Marathoners' allows for their debut for the opening of the park for the Roots 'n' Blues Festival.