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Reading to Ella

Emma Murphy, right, reads to Ella McPheeters, 5, during one of her monthly therapy sessions on July 23. During the therapy they focus on developing language and social skills.

Ella laughs while being tickled

Ella McPheeters, 5, laughs while Megan Tregnago, one of her therapists, tickles her with a stuffed tiger during their session on July 23, 2010. "I like her laughter," Tregnago said, one of Ella McPheeters therapists. " And she is always just pulling stuff out to make us laugh."

Sgt. Zachary Fisher

Sgt. Zachary Fisher of Ballwin was among four soldiers killed July 14 at Zabul province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Fisher was 24.

The Big 12's Dan Beebe

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe smiling as he responds to a question during an interview July 19 in Irving, Texas.

Cheering for Demolition Derby

Bethany Haeley-Winn and Kevin Winn cheer as a winner emerges in one of the demolition derby events Sunday night at the Boone County Fair.

Waiting to begin

Wil Lawrence of Columbia waits in his car for the demolition derby to begin Sunday evening at the Boone County Fair. Lawrence placed second in the stock car class.

Fire and mud at Fair demolition derby

Jessey Gonzales of Columbia took sixth place in the modified car class at the demolition derby Sunday night at the Boone County Fair. Gonzales jumped from his car when a radiator hose broke, spilling radiator fluid on him and engulfing his car in white smoke.

Muddy derby crash

Wil Lawrence, left, of Columbia, sideswipes Matt Keating of Winfield in the stock car class of the demolition derby Sunday night at the Boone County Fair. Keating survived to win after Lawrence's car started to show flames underneath his car's engine. Lawrence took second place.

Demolition derby celebration

Columbia's Wil Lawrence celebrates a second-place finish in the stock car class of Sunday night's demolition derby at the Boone County Fair as a fire fighter rushes to his burning car.

Twins participate in Baby Boy Contest

Owen Old giggles and wiggles on the lap of his mother, Amanda Old, during the judging of the Baby Boy Contest on Sunday at the Boone County Fair. Twin brother Wyatt Old competes side-by-side with him on the lap of his father, Matt Old.

Standing with grandfather

Braiden Jackson stands between the legs of his grandfather Scott Jackson during the judging of the Baby Boy Contest on Sunday at the Boone County Fair. Braiden Jackson placed second in the 2-year-old division.

Baby Boy Contest participant crawls away

One year old Sheamus Ashley crawls away from mother, Christy Ashley, on stage during the judging of the Baby Boy Contest on Sunday at the Boone County Fair. Babies are judged on appearance and personality. Sheamus Ashley placed third.

Synchronized swimming

From left, Emma Mrkonic, 18, Sarah Dunalewicz, 17, and Hillary Lewis, 18, perform their trio synchronized swimming routine Sunday at the Show-Me State Games. The members of the Kansas City Sea Sprites recently competed in a national competition in New York, earning seventh place.

Waiting for Dad at softball

Lauren Willmann, 5, plays on the softball fields at Cosmo Park Sunday after her dad, Kevin Willmann, and his team finished their game. Willmann's team, Piccadilly at Manhattan, won the slow-pitch softball championship game against the Sedalia Stings at the Show-Me State Games.

Waiting for the pitch

Atu Gilmore of the Sedalia Stings waits to swing at a pitch thrown by Jim Guljum of Piccadilly at Manhattan in the Show-Me State Games slow-pitch softball division D championship game. Piccadilly at Manhattan won the championship for the third time since they started to play in the late 1990s. "We play every year at the Show-Me State Games because it's tradition," Piccadilly at Manhattan coach Matt Giljum said.

Basketball layup

Mike Edwards of the Brooklyn Cats lays up a ball before the start of the Show-Me State Games 12th-grade boys competitive level championship game Sunday at the MU Student Recreation Complex. The Cats beat the Mineral Area Panthers 62-70.

Show-Me State Games basketball rebound

Keith Wiley, left, of the Brooklyn Cats, tries to steal for the ball from Brock Walker of the Mineral Area Panthers while Blake Walker moves in to assist during the Show-Me State Games 12th-grade boys competitive level basketball championship game Sunday at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

Wiping away sweat

Britt Bradley of the Brooklyn Cats wipes the sweat from his face after defeating the Mineral Area Panthers 70-62 Sunday at the MU Student Recreation Complex during the Show-Me State Games 12th-grade boys competitive level basketball finals.

Show-Me State Games basketball layup

Jay Raulston, left, of the Mineral Area Panthers, pushes past Marshall French of the Brooklyn Cats at the MU Student Recreation Complex during the Show-Me State Games 12th-grade boys competitive level championship game on Sunday. The Cats beat the Panthers 70-62.

Unloading goods at the Really, Really Free Market

Hilary Matney unloads a pickup truck full of goods to be given away Sunday at the Really, Really Free Market outside the Boone County Courthouse. Clothes, toys, dishes and magazines were all free for the taking at the event, and participants had a variety of reasons for bringing their goods. "We'd rather take it here than leave it on the side of the street," Matney said.
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