Backing Away [Photo]

Kansas City Royals manager Buddy Bell takes in batting practice Wednesday with third base coach Brian Poldberg and outfielder Mark Teahen before the Royals-Twins game in Minnesota. Bell will finish this season as manager and move to the front office in 2008 as a senior adviser to general manager Dayton Moore.

Rams’ draft pick off to strong start [Photo]

St. Louis Rams fan Kyle Elmendorf, of St. Charles, wears an extravagant hat as he watches his team practice.

Rout ends Cards’ streak [Photo]

Cardinals pitcher Braden Looper walks to the dugout after giving up a first inning grand slam to the Pirates’ Ronny Paulino.

Proposed budget unveiled [Photo]

Columbia Public Works employees pour cement to repair a downtown street Tuesday.

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City Manager Bill Watkins with the budget.

Bocce brotherhood [Photo]

Harry Besleme, a Special Olympics athlete, eyes his ball as it rolls toward the pallino during bocce practice at MU’s Stankowski Field. Besleme, his partner, Bob Stephens, and their coach, Frank La Mantia, are preparing for the Special Olympics World Games in China this fall.

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Bob Stephens and his partner, Harry Besleme, watch while their opponents bowl during their bocce practice on Monday.

Helicopter crashes in Columbia field, pilot suffers minor injuries [Photo]

Helicopter crash Tuesday, July 31, 2007, in north Columbia.

Negativists fail to see real America [Photo]

Landlords now responsible for tenant parties [Photo]

Cardinals slide past Pirates after Paulino drops two balls [Photo]

Pittsburgh’s Ronny Paulino, right, drops the ball as Cardinals’ Scott Rolen scores on a sixth-inning double by Ryan Ludwick.

Chiefs to pick QB: Croyle or Huard? [Photo]

Damon Huard, left, and Brodie Croyle are competing for the Chiefs’ starting quarterback job vacated by Trent Green, who was traded to the Miami Dolphins during the offseason.

Feast and famine, but Royals lose [Photo]

Twins outfielder Torii Hunter homered on this pitch, but later helped provide one of the Royals’ only highlights Tuesday when he was robbed of another homer by K.C. outfielder David DeJesus.

Few blockbusters, but plenty of movement at trading deadline [Photo]

Octavio Dotel, right, accepted congratulations July 18 for his 10th save of the season. It was his second-to-last save for the Royals, who traded away the closer to the Atlanta Braves for right-handed pitcher Kyle Davies. The Cardinals also made a minor deal, getting pitcher Joel Pineiro from Boston for a player to be named.

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The Red Sox won the Eric Gagne sweepstakes, trading a package including starting pitcher Kason Gabbard for the Rangers’ closer. Gagne, who won the 2003 Cy Young Award while with the Dodgers, is expected to be the set-up man for Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Campers learn GPS skills [Photo]

From left, campers Mark Thompson, Chant’el Cooper, Rajaye Smith, Marifloyd Wright, Vincent Gillespie, Maddi Enzmann and volunteer Jana Porter search for the next item on their scavenger hunt lists. The groups used hand-held global positioning system devices to help them locate their items.

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Team Four, from left, Maddi Enzmann, Chris Allison, Vincent Gillespie and volunteer Jana Porter compare GPS readings in downtown Columbia on Monday.

Columbia man ordered to give DNA in rape case [Photo]


Theater gets hand from Boy Scout [Photo]

Jake Mingus is the evening coordinator for the chair removal effort this week. Mingus, a member of Troop 233, is volunteering for his Eagle Scout project.

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A volunteer at the Missouri Theatre helps stack chair backs and seats as they are removed from the theater floor. The chairs in the best condition will be sold to the public.