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FROM READERS: Challenger Division players and buddies play final game of 2014 season

The Challenger Division at Daniel Boone Little League “provides boys and girls who have developmental or physical disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the full benefits and excitement of playing on a baseball team,” according to the league.

PHOTO GALLERY: Amendment 1 could affect Two Mile Pork farm

Scott Hays and his family own Two Mile Pork, a company with 20 concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOS, around Missouri. The company is one of thousands across the state that could be affected by the Aug. 5 vote on Amendment 1, the "Right to Farm" amendment.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jailed and mentally ill

Cook County jail has more than 106,000 inmates, and like many jails across the country is struggling to deal with a rising number of inmates suffering from serious mental illnesses.

PHOTO GALLERY: A summer fling

Brothers Shane and Chris Giesing decided to take advantage of the cool weather and play a game of disc golf Albert-Oakland park on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Saudi Arabian engineering students train in MU program

This summer, 22 engineering students from Saudi Arabia are interning with the MU's College of Engineering for a partnership program with King Abdulaziz University. The program, in its inaugural year, is training the visiting students in a series of hands-on labs and projects.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia man repairs motorcycles from his home

Josh "Popeye" Clark has been repairing and building cars and go-karts since he was 10. Over the past five years, Clark has been repairing motorcycles. "I mostly taught myself with trial and error," Clark said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Miss Africa USA hopeful uses pageant to raise awareness about rape

Mabengo will represent her native country in the Miss Africa USA pageant on Aug. 9 in Maryland. The contest requires contestants to advocate for a platform and create a micro-project to improve a community in Africa or the United States.

PHOTO GALLERY: Friends, family help couple clean up after storm

Jessica and Neil Kohler's yard sustained an estimated $22,000 in damage according to Nelson's Tree Service. Their friends and family rallied around them on Saturday morning to help cut down the trees and the cost.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mud run youngsters tackle mud pits, mesh obstacles

The Splat! Junior Obstacle Course Mud Run held Saturday at Gans Creek Recreation Area in Columbia included mud pits and mesh and barrel obstacles.

PHOTO GALLERY: Park dedicated to Sterling Wyatt

Members of the public and the family of U.S. Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt attended an informal dedication ceremony to honor the fallen soldier, after whom a local park was named.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mississippi River flooding

Flooding from the Mississippi River retreated in most places Friday, but it was still 8 feet above flood stage in Grafton, Ill., a town without a levee about 40 miles north of St. Louis.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Community Band performance features trumpet, xylophone

The Columbia Community Band's performance at Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater on Thursday included trumpet and xylophone solos. The show is part of a free concert series being held through September at the amphitheater.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleaning the Hinkson

Hinkson Creek has suffered as a result of stormwater runoff and has been placed on a watch list by the Environmental Protection Agency. A task force was created to figure out how to clean it up.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers answer Second Chance's call for help

The storm Monday night knocked out power at Second Chance's warehouse, took off parts of the roof and ruined about 70 percent of the pet food there. But the 55 cats staying there were OK. Volunteers found out about Second Chance's need for help via Facebook and word of mouth.

PHOTO GALLERY: Residents dispose of storm debris

Columbia residents converge at the Capen Park Mulch Site on Wednesday after a storm with heavy winds damaged numerous trees throughout the region Monday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Residents work, wait after the storm

In addition to the fallen trees and other debris that needed to be removed from yards and pavement after Monday's storm, residents of Marion Drive and the surrounding neighborhood might be without power through the weekend.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students rehearse during MU's Summer Repertory Theatre program

The MU Department of Theatre is putting on its annual summer repertory season, featuring two performances of David Crespy's "Comedies-in-Concert" series and two full-stage plays, "Is He Dead?" and "The Drowsy Chaperone."

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.
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