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Luis Valbuena slides past Tony Cruz to score [Photo]

Chicago Cubs' Luis Valbuena slides safely into home past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz on a single by Ryan Sweeney off a pitch from Joe Kelly during the third inning of a baseball game Friday in Chicago. St. Louis lost its fourth straight game, 7-6.

Ila May Dimmitt stands at the counter of her shop [Photo]

Ila May Dimmitt, owner and sole proprietor of Show-Me Antiques, stands at the counter of her shop July 7 in the historic district of Hannibal. Dimmitt, who turned 95 on July 10, has run the business for 48 years and works seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ShowMe Brass Band visits Robert and Carolyn Spier [Photo]

From left, Marc Lewis, bass trombone; Lisa Sattenspiel, horn; Steve Fair, cornet; and Jeff Miner, cornet, play as part of the ShowMe Brass Band during a small concert for a longtime local music supporter, Robert Spier and his wife, Carolyn, in the Spiers' home on Friday.

The Corinthian Hall staircase rises on Sunday [Photo]

The main staircase of Corinthian Hall rises on Sunday in Kansas City. The site is the once and future location of the Kansas City Museum.

Bubblews user gets paid for contributing [Photo]

Gerry Kelly, founder of clothing brand Sonas Denim and a Bubblews user, poses near his home in San Francisco. Kelly has already earned nearly $100 from Bubblews since he began using a test version in January. His Bubblews feed serves as a journal about the lessons he has learned in life, as well as a forum for his clothing brand.

Older women share housing, expenses [Photo]

Carolyn Allen, left, a 69-year-old widow who has suffered two strokes, is shown with roommate Marcia Rosenfeld, who owns the apartment in Brooklyn, New York, where Allen lives. The two women are roommates thanks to a home-sharing program run by the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, a nonprofit agency. Rosenfeld's two-bedroom apartment is too big for her, and even with a senior citizen's rent break, it was too expensive, so she is happy to have Allen help share living expenses. The pair say the home-sharing program works well for them.

The Boone County Fair takes place at the Central Missouri Events Center [Photo]

The Boone County Fair is one of the main events held at the Central Missouri Events Center. The proposed one-eighth cent county parks sales tax, which will be on the Aug. 5 ballot, is designed to provide funding for the events center. Without a more stable source of funding, the future of events such the Boone County Fair is in jeopardy.

Moustakas celebrates with Royals [Photo]

Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas, right, celebrates with Salvador Perez and other players after hitting an inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning Thursday against the Cleveland Indians.

Two cars hit another at about the same time during the Figure Eight Race Event [Photo]

Two competitors rear-end Team Dummy's car 18.9, which is driven by Jason Giesing. "It takes pretty good concentration, you try to play nice out there generally," Giesing said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Participants get dirty at Figure Eight Racing Event at 2014 Boone Couty Fair [Gallery]

Thursday at the Boone County Fair, racers started their engines and sped through the mud during the Figure Eight Racing Event.

Nathan Dummermuth does a quick fix after an early heat [Photo]

Nathan Dummermuth pries the fender away from his wheel after the first heat. "I'm trying to get this unstuck so I get driving," Dummermuth said.

Jason Giesing secures the hood of his car [Photo]

Jason Giesing latches the hood back to the frame of his car during the event. "It's great, there's an adrenaline rush, you almost need it," Giesing said.


Car 15 hits Car 20.8 during the race [Photo]

A challenger hits Team Dummy's car 20.8, which is driven by Nathan Dummermuth.

Gary Doolittle competes in the Figure Eight Racing Event [Photo]

Gary Doolittle of Russellville, driver of car 14, kicks up mud during the event. "I've got more experience, and I get the job done," Doolittle said.

Trestman addresses media [Photo]

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery, left, talks to the media as head coach Marc Trestman listens at a news conference Wednesday during the team's training camp at Olivet Nazarene University.

Jamaal Charles at training camp [Photo]

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles signs autographs after a training camp practice Thursday on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph.

Aldon Smith expects to hear from NFL soon [Photo]

San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith talks to reporters during an NFL football training camp on Thursday in Santa Clara, Calif. Smith, who was sentenced to three years probation earlier this week following guilty pleas on DUI and weapons charges, said he plans to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as soon as possible to discuss potential punishments from the league.

Peyton Manning fields questions [Photo]

Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning talks to the media following the first day of NFL football training camp on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Englewood, Colo.

Spurrier talks to media at SEC media days [Photo]

South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier speaks to media at the Southeastern Conference media days on July 15.

Ellen de Graffenreid [File Image]

Ellen de Graffenreid has been named vice chancellor of marketing and communications at MU effective Sept. 2.
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