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Getting ready for class

Kelvin Rico, 6, center, and his classmates watch as the instructor, Russ Taft, leads them in a chant during a tae kwon do class Wednesday at Hockman ATA Blackbelt Academy. Taft always begins and ends each class with a chant of a similar nature.

Learning the right positions

Russ Taft, chief instructor, helps Ali Assadian, 4, position his hands as he holds his ssahng jeol bong for drills Wednesday at the Hockman ATA Blackbelt Academy. To help the students learn to swing the ssahng jeol bong, Taft has them swing the ssahng jeol bong at a foam ball, like a baseball bat.

Jerrell Jackson vs. Colorado in 2009

Jerrell Jackson, left, pulls in a one-handed catch last October in a victory over Colorado.

Arcade games at Galactic Fun Zone

Bartender Sara Schulz, 21, plays an arcade game in the empty bar at the Galactic Fun Zone on Tuesday. It is empty now, she said, but previous parties have been well attended. She projects it will become more crowded after the bowling alley and ballroom are completed.

Alley features to attract MU fans on game days

Galactic Fun Zone manager Adam Schussler walks toward the arcade Tuesday after checking on the construction of the bowling alley and debating the entry fee. He said big screen TVs and eight bowling lanes will help attract MU fans on game days.

Taking a break for billiards

Floor and snack bar manager Eric Sterchi, 22, plays pool on a slow Tuesday afternoon Aug. 24. Galactic Fun Zone has been open for three weeks, but Sterchi expects business to pick up after the grand opening Sept. 9.

Having fun at work

Murrey construction worker Steve Gadd puts the finishing touches on a bowling lane Tuesday at Galactic Fun Zone. Gadd and four other lane technicians joked around with one another while they worked.

Preparing for bowlers

Arcade and laser tag technician Mark Montgomery constructs floorboards for the bowling alley Tuesday in the newly opened Galactic Fun Zone. The completion of the lanes will mark the grand opening on Sept. 9.

Eggs at downtown Des Moines diner

Seven-year-old Dominic Chiodo, of Des Moines, Iowa, eats eggs benedict at the Drake Diner, Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Des Moines. The egg recall hasn't affected this popular breakfast spot in downtown Des Moines. Manager Shannon Vilmain credits quality suppliers for keeping the diner stocked with safe eggs. She said that while more customers have been asking about the brand names of the eggs used and whether they're safe, she hasn't noticed a decline in the number of orders that use eggs.

Springfield farm egg collecting

Sarah Black collects eggs at Springfield Farm, Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Sparks, Md. The farm in northern Baltimore County gets about 1,400 eggs each day from its 2,000 laying chickens, a cross between Rhode Island Reds and Rhode Island Whites.

Sunny side up egg

This Aug. 23, photo shows a sunny side up egg, background, and an over hard egg. For safety sake, an egg cooked on both sides to 160 degrees, foreground, is a better choice than sunny side up, where the yolk is runny.

River racers check in at Huntsdale

Bill Harris, 61, of Dixon, prepares for departure Wednesday morning from the Katfish Katy checkpoint near Huntsdale, the halfway checkpoint along the Missouri River 340 race. Harris started the race on Tuesday from Kansas City, where the event originated. He said he hopes to arrive in St. Charles early Thursday morning.

Talking to the bench at Rock Bridge soccer scrimmage

Tyler Bales talks with other Rock Bridge junior varsity soccer players on the bench during the Green and Gold Scrimmage on Tuesday. Junior varsity beat the C-Team 1-0.

Racing to the goal at Rock Bridge soccer scrimmage

No. 23 Tyler Siegle, left, of Rock Bridge High School's C-Team races No. 22 Per Andre Stromhaug of the Rock Bridge junior varsity soccer team to gain possession at the 2010 Green and Gold Scrimmage on Tuesday at Rock Bridge. The junior varsity squad won 1-0 over the C-Team.

Plugging in the 'Yo-Yo' ride for a traveling carnival

Bill Chase sets up the "Yo-Yo" ride at the Wade Shows carnival due to open Thursday and close Sunday. Chase has been working on carnivals for 19 years.

Wiring up a traveling carnival

John Wusczyk is an electrician for Wade Shows, a traveling carnival that will operate in Columbia this Thursday through Sunday. Wusczyk is setting up power for the electrical maintenance shop, which runs all the power for the carnival. "We're basically like a business on wheels," Wusczyk said. "We can do just about anything."

Food cart at downtown carnival

Jonathon Gaud and Bonnie Oliver discuss the location of their second water hose from inside one of the food vending carts. Wade Shows is hosting a carnival from Thursday through Sunday at Providence and Broadway in the old Osco Drug parking lot. Gaud, Oliver and their co-workers say they're typically on the road for eight months of every year.

Setting up the 'Kreepy Kastle'

John Cole, left, speaks to Jonathon Gaud, his supervisor, about setting up the "Kreepy Kastle" for a carnival in the old Osco Drug parking lot near Providence and Broadway.

Plugging in a ride for a downtown carnival

John Cole plugs in the power source for a strip of lights on the "House of Rock" ride for a carnival run by Wade Shows that is set to open Thursday and close Sunday. The carnival is on South Providence Road near Broadway, in the parking lot of the former Osco Drug.

Preparing a canoe for the Missouri River 340

Scott Bird, 23, of Roeland Park, Kan., prepares the canoe in which he and his paddling companion, Ryan Von Bevern, 27, of Kansas City, Kan., will be riding for the next few days as they make their way across Missouri. This is the pair's first time participating in the Missouri River 340. They became interested in the race after their co-workers competed in 2009.
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