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Happy Birthday, Mill Creek Elementary

First-grader Turner DeArmond, 7, blows a horn in the face of classmate Riley Snider, 6, as she returns the favor on Friday at Mill Creek Elementary School. Students spent the last hour of the school day celebrating the school's 20th birthday with noise makers, popcorn and music.

Joe Schroeder's spikes from 50 years ago

Joe Schroeder wore the royal blue Adidas track spikes when he won the first Heart of America Marathon 50 years ago. He used taped cotton to cover the spikes of the shoes for running on concrete and later in the race, the spikes offered him a better grip on the asphalt.

Joe Schroeder puts on track shoes

Joe Schroeder puts on a pair of track shoes. Schroeder won the first Heart of America Marathon 50 years ago.

Rock Bridge tailback Trey Millard

At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, Trey Millard is surprisingly quick, with a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash.

Hickman volleyball drops game

Rolla’s Sam Maples, left, watches as Hickman’s Kortney Heidy, center, falls attempting to set the ball for her teammates in Thursday's Bulldogs victory over the Kewpies.

Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel

Dave Steckel is entering his first season as the Missouri football team's defensive coordinator, but has been working for Pinkel at Missouri since 2001. Before that he worked for Pinkel at Toledo.

Motorcycle accident victim lies in hammock

Clifford Schafer died Thursday morning after crashing his motorcycle.

Clifford Schafer

Clifford Schafer.

National Guard Clark and daughter

Missouri National Guard Capt. Jordan Clark of Shawnee, Kan., left center, playfully sticks his tongue out to mimic his daughter, Abigail, 1, before the start of a deployment ceremony at the Ike Skelton National Guard Training Site in Jefferson City on Thursday. Clark and sixty other National Guard soldiers and the Agri-Business Development Team III will soon be deployed to Afghanistan to provide agricultural training and assistance to Afghan citizens.

National Guard and Jay Nixon

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addresses the Missouri National Guard Agri-Business Development Team III during a deployment ceremony at the Ike Skelton National Guard Training Site in Jefferson City on Thursday. The team will soon be deployed to Afghanistan after additional training in Indiana.

National Guard promotion

Cpl. Michael Norman, left, is promoted to the rank of sergeant by Adjutant Gen. Stephen Danner of the Missouri National Guard, during a deployment ceremony at the Ike Skelton National Guard Training Site in Jefferson City on Thursday.

National Guard Assembly

The Agri-Business Development Team III, consisting of 60 Missouri National Guard soldiers and airmen, listen as the guests of honor are introduced during a deployment ceremony at the Ike Skelton National Guard Training Site in Jefferson City on Thursday.

National Guard prayer

Members of the Agri-Business Development Team III, consisting of 60 Missouri National Guard soldiers and airmen, bow their heads in prayer at the conclusion of a deployment ceremony at the Ike Skelton National Guard Training Site in Jefferson City on Thursday.

Blaine Gabbert high school

Blaine Gabbert, left, shown while playing in high school at Parkway West High School, was ranked as one of the top recruits in the nation before becoming a Tiger.

Blaine Gabbert pocket pass

Sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert has taken over as the centerpiece of Missouri's spread offense.

Blaine Gabbert practice

Sophomore Blaine Gabbert, left, will be the starting quarterback in David Yost's first season as the Missouri offensive coordinator.

Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard

This undated photo provided Sept. 1 by the US Marine Corps shows Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard.

Afghanistan Marines patrol

Marine Cpl. Braxton Russell, left, tells one of his Marines to "light it up" if he sees any movement from a pomegranate grove where Taliban are believed to be lying in wait less than 100 yards away while on patrol through the village of Dahaneh, Aug. 14, in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Shortly after, Taliban fighters opened fire with an rocket propelled grenade which killed Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard who was on point.

Marines tend to injured Bernard

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Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard is helped by fellow Marines after being wounded by a rocket propelled grenade during a firefight against the Taliban in the village of Dahaneh on Aug. 14, in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Bernard was evacuated out by helicopter to Camp Leatherneck where he later died of his wounds.

Lumpkins found guilty

Keyonda Lumpkins, sitting between defense attorney Kevin O'Brien and his assistant Heidi Terryberry, reacts to being found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, Cortez Johnson. Lumpkins faces 10 years to life in prison.
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