September 1, 2008
Fire crews found one car completely engulfed in flames and two other vehicles that sustained fire damage in the parking of 1804 Holly Ave. late Sunday night.
Brazil declared its independence from Portugal on Sept. 7, 1822, and for about 10 years a group of native Brazilians meet on Labor Day at Stephens Lake Park to celebrate. Grilling the food for the day was graduate student Leonardo Linares, who also brought a number of flags to be hung around the pavilion.
Leonardo Linares prepares the food for the Brazilian Independence Day celebration which included turkey wings, chicken legs and bratwurst, along with side dishes brought by others on Monday at Stephens Lake Park. Labor Day is the time when Linares meets with his countrymen for the Sept. 7 holiday.
Fran Quinn, 8, is immersed in Brazilian culture as she spends Labor Day listening to Brazilian pop music, speaking Portuguese and playing at a barbecue with her family at Stephens Lake Park. The holiday occurs on Sept. 7, but the group meets on Labor Day because of the convenience.
After taking a moment to relax, Jim Gunderson, 55, heads home with his family, wearing his medal proudly. He has participated in 42 marathons before this year's Heart of America Marathon.
Tim Ferrell, of Ashland, talks with other runners about their experiences in this and other marathons while cooling off in a tub of ice-cold water.
After crossing the finish line, many runners removed their shoes and socks to soak in a tub of ice.
Chuck Engle of New York City triumphantly finishes the Heart of America Marathon in second place, just 7 minutes after Matt Laye, who was first. Engle was first place last year.
Destiny Thomas, the first female to complete the marathon at a time of 3:38:42, keeps hydrated while talking with Dick Hessler, who guided runners after the 8 mile mark. "This is only my third marathon," Thomas said. "Not that many."
Missouri defensive end Stryker Sulak sacks Illinois quarterback Juice Williams during the second half of the Tigers' victory Saturday night in St. Louis.
August 31, 2008
Supporters of Sen. John McCain cheer as Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gives a speech Sunday afternoon at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon.
Republican presidential nominee John McCain and vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin make an entrance across the dugout at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon on Sunday.
Vicki Freelon: “I’ve never voted but I’m voting this year because of Obama.”
Sereatha Branham: “It’s not about him being black. I’m thrilled he is black, but it’s not about that. It’s really time for a change.”
Mike Hill: “I don’t see it so much as an issue of black and white as much as an issue of good integrity and relating to the common people.”
Dennis Coats: “The majority of blacks I know are pulling for him.”
Darylicia Wilkerson: “I don’t want to see it as a black thing. I want to look at it as what he can do for everybody.”
The Patriot Guard Riders ride down Broadway in the funeral procession for Steven Fitzmorris, a fallen Army soldier, on Sunday morning. The procession traveled along Broadway on the way from Columbia Regional Airport to Memorial Funeral Home.
Steven Fitzmorris' casket is carried past a line of mourners, including his family, the Patriot Guard Riders and others, who gathered at the Columbia Regional Airport on Sunday morning to honor the return of a fallen soldier. Fitzmorris was killed Aug. 25 in Baghdad and was flown home to Columbia. His funeral and burial will be Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008.
Stepfather Michael Currier, right, and sister Michaela Fitzmorris console each other as Steven Fitzmorris' casket passes during a ceremony Sunday morning at Columbia Regional Airport to honor the return of Fitzmorris' remains. Fitzmorris served in the Army in A Battery, 329th Field Artillery, as an E-4.