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Downtown safety officers meet

Officer Allen Mitchell (from left), Sgt. Chris Kelley and Officer Eric Hughes speak with the Quenton's Bar & Deli doorman around 12:20 a.m. on June 19. Kelley, head of the downtown police force, is using research by a Wisconsin police department to study how drinking habits affect crime rates.

Preparing to set up the tepee

Justin Rodier and Sydney Pursel set up a tepee in their yard on Monday. The couple, both art majors at MU, will be using the tepee as a portable art gallery during their month-long road trip across the western United States starting Tuesday.

Setting Up the Tepee

Justin Rodier, right, puts up a custom tepee cover made by Sydney Pursel, left, over a frame in front of their house on Monday. Pursel spent a large part of the Fourth of July sewing the cover from a roll of nylon and velcro fasteners.

Thumbing through Constitutional Amendments

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Francis Vangeli thumbs through an earmarked book containing details of the Constitutional Amendments on July 2, 2010 at his home.

Francis Vangeli running as a Democrat

Columbia resident Francis Vangeli is running as a Democratic candidate in the August 3 primary election for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Missouri Sen. Kit Bond in late 2010. Vangeli faces competition from Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Richard Charles Tolbert from Kansas City.

Alisa Maier

This photo provided from the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows 4-year-old eastern Missouri girl Alisa Maier, who was playing with her brother on July 5, 2010, when a car pulled up and took her away.

Marquez L. Lawhorn

The FBI Task Force located and arrested Marquez L. Lawhorn for first-degree assault on July 6. Bond is set at $250,000. Investigators from the Columbia Police Department interviewed Lawhorn in Kansas City, Kan.

Adult scarab beetle

The adult scarab bettle, popillia japonica, is commonly known as the Japanese Beetle as photographed at the Schulenberg Prairie restoration at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill.

Gregory Morton

Gregory Morton examines a photograph during his testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Tausha Fields on June 23 at the Boone County Courthouse. Morton, Fields' ex-husband, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2009 in the death of Fields' prior husband, Mitchell Kemp.

Skateboarder Deron Rehma from St. Louis goes low

Skateboarder Deron Rehma from St. Louis crouches down to steer his board along a sidewalk Sunday at MU. Rehma has been skating with his friend Jason Zoellers of Columbia for about two and half years.

Skateboarder Jason Zoellers adjusts his wheels

Jason Zoellers checks his wheels on a skateboarding outing Sunday at MU.

Pilots N Paws

Laura Holloway, left, and Julie Adams of the SEMO Animal Rescue Alliance in Lilbourn help Don Rieser of Antioch, Ill., load puppies bound for new homes on June 28 at the Sikeston Memorial Airport in Sikeston.

Skateboarders go around the bend

Jason Zoellers and Deron Rehma lean into a curve while skating a sidewalk Sunday at MU.

Planning their skateboard route

Jason Zoellers, left, and Deron Rehma plan their route on a skateboarding outing Sunday at MU. Rehma is from St. Louis but often comes to Columbia to skate with Zoellers.

Columbia skateboarder Jason Zoellers

Columbia's Jason Zoellers, a 36-year-old counselor, skateboards Sunday at MU's Turner Avenue parking garage on a longboard, a type of board that doesn't work well for tricks, but allows surfing-like movements on wheels.

MU, local business demonstrate biomass compactor

Jesse VanEngelenhoven pours corn stalks into a biomass compactor during a demonstration of the machine Wednesday at MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center.

Biomass compactor produces fuel tablets

A biomass compactor compresses biomass fuels such as switchgrass into tablets. This tablet was created during a demonstration of the compactor on Wednesday at MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center.

Local business demonstrates biomass compactor

Ecologic Tech research director Jesse VanEngelenhoven demonstrates how the company's new biomass compacter works as the machine compresses corn stalks on Wednesday.

Repairing tombstones at Goshen Primitive Baptist Church cemetery

Harold Nichols looks over a repaired tombstone at the Goshen Primitive Baptist Church cemetery on Sunday. Nichols and 11 other church members have spent about 45 hours for the past few days to make repairs on more than 80 tombstones that were toppled over and damaged last weekend.

Disgarded fireworks

John Gerau, son of Bob Gerau owner of Bob's Fireworks, hauled a truck-load of spent fireworks from his July 4th celebration into the store on the 5th for disposal. John spent 4 hours setting up his display, which lasted 30 minutes and rung up a bill of $1,500. Each year his fireworks are sorted by size and speed, then glued to a board and lit with a single fuse. Last night's show entertained upwards of 400 eager attendees.
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