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Ready, set, roar ... in Soapbox Derby

TJ the Tiger and Tim Fete, chairman of Children's Health at University Hospital, take off down Broadway during the third and final celebrity race for Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby Race on Sunday. Fete, originally slated to race Dan Rothery, CEO of Boone Hospital & Clinics, beat the tiger by 5.591 seconds.

Ready to bowl

Edward Hinderberger bowls during the Missouri State Senior Games, held at the Columbia AMF Bowling Lanes on June 13. Four teams, each composed of four individuals over the age of 50, participated in the team bowling event. The Singles and Doubles events were held on June 12.

Missouri State Senior Games Bowling

Steven Thompson bowls during the Missouri State Senior Games, held at the Columbia AMF Bowling Lanes on June 13. Four teams, each composed of four individuals over the age of 50, participated in the team bowling event. The Singles and Doubles events were held on Saturday, June 12.

Bowling a spare

Audrey Ashley congratulates Stephen Thompson after he bowled a spare during the teams event in the 2010 State Senior Games bowling competition, held at the AMF Bowling Lanes on June 13. Four separate teams, each composed of four individuals, participated in the competition, which also featured singles and doubles events.

First place winners

Gina Green and Joe Clark are all smiles after their bowling team won first place in the 50-54 age group during the 2010 Missouri State Senior Games on June 13.

Alpaca in wheelchair gets attention from seniors at care center

Holli the alpaca gets lots of attention at Hidden Lakes Care Center from Helen Parsons, 89, left; Virgalee Shoptaugh, 92, center; and Ruth Seris, 91, in Spanish Lake. When retirees in wheelchairs recently gathered at a nursing home to trade some stories, a guest with perhaps the most improbable story had nothing to say. She was Holli, not a person but an alpaca, maybe the only one on wheels.

Paralyzed alpaca receives massage therapy

Michelle Zumwalt, 48, does massage therapy on Holli, the injured alpaca, while Bill Silkwood, 72, holds her steady on an exercise ball in Spanish Lake.

Teachers marry at Grant Elementary School

John and Kristin Nies were married Saturday at the only place that made sense to the two elementary school teachers — the playground at Grant Elementary School.

Couple marries on elementary school playground

Kristin Nies and her husband, John, were married on Saturday at the only place that made sense to the two elementary school teachers — the playground of Grant Elementary School in Columbia.

Rain doesn't stop teachers from sealing vows on playground

Even Mother Nature couldn't dampen the spirits of newlyweds Kristin and John Nies as they sealed their vows on the playground of Grant Elementary School on Saturday.

Farm to Table Festival explains worm composting

Bobby Johnson and Edwina King of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture demonstrate how to construct and maintain a worm bin at the Farm to Table Festival on Saturday. "A worm bin shouldn't smell at all," Johnson said. "If it does, it's due to either too much moisture or too many food scraps."

Soccer fans cheer on Mexico at The Blue Fugue

Mexico soccer fans, Jesus Ramirez, Mario Perez and Elmer Jimenez cheer after Mexico scored to tie the game against South Africa during the second half of the World Cup open Friday morning at The Blue Fugue. The fans could be heard cheering, "Si se puede!" or "Yes, we can!"

Soccer fans cheer as Mexico scores in World Cup opener

Mexican fans, from left, Cassidy Shearrer, Autumn Nixon, Victor Cruz, Jesus Ramirez, Mario Perez, Roberto Lopez and Elmer Jimenez cheer after Mexico scored to tie the game against South Africa during the second half of the first World Cup game Friday at The Blue Fugue.

Protection against oil fumes in Gulf

Sonja Daniel, who has a house on the Fort Morgan Peninsula, wears a mask Sunday as she sunbathes on the beach of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Baldwin County, Ala. Cleanup crews were working Sunday to remove tar balls and oily patches from the shoreline as managers at the refuge readied plans to construct dunes and berms to protect sensitive lagoons and wetlands.

Family watches FIFA World Cup at Ragtag Cinema

Marcela Chavez and her family watch Mexico play South Africa in the FIFA World Cup at Ragtag CInema on Friday morning. The free event was the first time that Ragtag had ever shown the World Cup.

YouZeum provides interactive learning opportunities

The Routine Maintenance section of the YouZeum shows visitors why exercise is important, different ways to exercise and different types of bones and muscles and how they work. The videos provide an interactive way for children to learn about their bodies.

Gary Forsee talks about Colorado leaving the Big 12 conference

Gary Forsee, president of the University of Missouri System, answers questions from the media during a news conference June 11. Missouri is still a proud member of the Big 12, Forsee said.

Autism Bill signed

Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation that requires insurers to cover autism treatment for children up to 19 years old at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at MU on Thursday. Insurers would be required to cover up to $40,000 of care effective August 20, 2010. In the background, left, Tammy Maasen, an activist for the legislation and a mother of an autistic child, and William and Nancy Thompson, founding donors to the center, watch the signing. Maasen and William Thompson spoke at the signing event.

Gov. Signs Autism Legislation

Gov. Jay Nixon greets Madeleine Carter, age 7, who has autism, after signing legislation that requires insurers to cover the treatment of autism in children 19 years old and younger on Thursday at Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at MU. "It's a joyous day," Paula Carter, Madeleine's mother, said. "It means that autism counts."

Nick Schneider soapbox derby car

Nick Schneider applies a shark decal to the side of a soapbox derby car. "I used to race. I kept doing it as long as I could, and went to nationals in Akron, Ohio three times. A few years ago I bought a vinyl cutter for an outside business, and got recruited to do decals," he said.
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