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PHOTO GALLERY: Tree service busy in wake of storm

Nelson's Tree Service's crews found themselves busy on Tuesday after late night thunderstorms Monday night left trees and limbs down across the city. The fallen debris caused damage to homes and cars, knocked down or snapped power lines and blocked many streets.

PHOTO GALLERY: Maple tree crushes home on Madison Street

A maple tree fell on Michael Stampley's home on Madison Street on Tuesday. The damage from the storm ruined his personal belongings, but he and his two dogs, Carville and Ding, were unharmed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Storm leaves damage across Columbia

A severe line of thunderstorms hit Columbia late Monday night, taking down trees and power lines across the area.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia parents raise foster children

Laura and Matt Pinkstaff have cared for two foster children — brothers, ages 3 and 4 — for nearly a year and a half. They also have three birth daughters, Sophia, 11, Hannah, 8, and Ivy, 5. They requested the names of their foster children be withheld to protect their privacy.

PHOTO GALLERY: Brand-new doctors learn skills at intern boot camp

Brand-new doctors often launch right into patient care within weeks of graduating from medical school. To make sure their skills are up to snuff, many medical schools and hospitals run crash courses in the basics for these new interns.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fireworks light up night sky, children explore music

This week Missourian photographers captured images of fireworks at night, soccer players at a unique camp, a wheelchair basketball scrimmage and children drumming to their own beat.

PHOTO GALLERY: First dog trained to detect gluten protects owner with Celiac disease

Elias, a Beauceron, is the world's first service dog successfully trained to detect gluten particles. His owner, Hollie Dennis, has severe Celiac disease and could get sick from even trace amounts of gluten. Elias is unique among other dogs trained to detect gluten because of his perfect record — the others were less accurate and couldn't be certified. Elias and Dennis have been together for five years.

PHOTO GALLERY: City of Hope soccer camp helps refugees

The City of Hope soccer camp has been held over the past four Saturdays on a field behind Broadway Christian Church. The camp brings together local refugees to learn new skills and form stronger ties with the community.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia celebrates the Fourth of July with Fire in the Sky

People gathered throughout downtown Friday to celebrate the Fourth of July. The Fire in the Sky celebration included concerts at Flat Branch and Peace parks as well as fireworks above the parking garage at the intersection of Sixth Street and Cherry Street.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ashland residents gather for July Fourth Parade

Ashland residents gathered Friday for town's annual July Fourth Parade.

PHOTO GALLERY: Delta Upsilon is torn down

A construction crew began removing the rubble of the old Delta Upsilon house on Thursday. After clearing the debris, a new house will be built for the fraternity and is expected to be finished by for the 2015-2016 school year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Angela Anderson uses advocacy to work through grief

Angela Anderson lost two of her children when they died in the Lake of the Ozarks on July 4, 2012. Brayden, 8, and Alexandra, 13, swam into an undetected electric current while swimming near the shore. The Fourth of July marks the second anniversary of their deaths.

PHOTO GALLERY: Arts Explorers teaches students to think creatively

The Columbia Public Schools' Fine Arts Explorers program gives selected fourth- and fifth-graders opportunities for creative growth and team work though the visual and performing arts. The program hosted over 100 students from 19 schools.

PHOTO GALLERY: U.S. men's team prepares for wheelchair basketball world championship

MU wheelchair basketball player Carter Arey, along with the rest of the U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team, held an open scrimmage Tuesday night at the MU Student Recreation Complex in preparation for this weekend's Men's Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Incheon, South Korea.

PHOTO GALLERY: Parley P. Pratt honored by great-great-grandson

The Parley P. Pratt Memorial Freedom Run will commemorate early Mormon leader Parley P. Pratt's escape from Boone County jail 175 years ago on July 4. Gerald Neuffer, one of Parley P. Pratt's great-great-grandsons, will participate in the race.

PHOTO GALLERY: U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team practices at MU

The U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team scrimmaged Monday at the MU Student Recreation Complex. The team was practicing for the World Championships in Incheon, South Korea, which will be held Saturday through July 14.

PHOTO GALLERY: Church members at Broadway Christian Church add Little Free Library

Marilyn McCreary is bringing books to a new Little Free Library just behind Broadway Christian Church. Charles Kyriakos built the library, and McCreary has helped to stock it. She recently added one of her favorites: "The Velveteen Rabbit."

PHOTO GALLERY: Kappa Delta sisters assemble to prepare for recruitment

About 15 members of the MU sorority returned to clean and decorate their house during marathon weekend. Over the weekend the sisters also crafted decorations and props and prepared skits.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU professor Michael Marlo receives African language research grant

MU English professor Michael Marlo will be part of team of four in Kenya thanks to an African language research grant. The team will study four languages for four years and write books about each.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kim English leads basketball camp

Kim English coaches a basketball workshop Friday. The day ended with a free-throw competition, and English promised to follow the winners on Instagram and Facebook.
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