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More than just teammates

Andrell "Jean Slay" Bower comforts Maya "Adderoller" Wallace after she fell during a bout at the Boone County Fairgrounds on April 4.

A mother and an athlete

Meg "Raoul Duchess" Walsh plays with Anne "Brick James" Griffin and her 3-week-old son, William, after Walsh was injured during a practice session at Empire Roller Rink on April 16. Griffin has been on temporary leave since she had her son, but is ready to get back to compete on the rink.

Colorful personalities

Chrissy "Slamrock" Darby lets a bit of roller derby glam out of the rink during a ribbon cutting for the new facilities of TimeLine Recruiting, the health care recruiting company where she and A.J. "Momma" Harrison work. The ribbon cutting was held with the local Chamber of Commerce on May 1.

Beginners' practice

Kristin "Ninja Sqwidd" Smart, right, and Melodie "Hearse DieMond" Record demonstrate how to whip as Sarah "PWN Star" Tollerton Huffman looks on during a beginners' class at Empire Roller Rink on April 23.

Greeting a comrade

Col. Karl Miller, a retired Marine, and Lt. Cmdr. Allan Purdy, who served in the Navy, greet one another before the start of the Memorial Day parade in Columbia. The men rode on the Military Order of the Purple Heart float. Miller is also an opinion columnist for the Missourian.

Edwards leads the pack

Carl Edwards (60) leads the field at the start of Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide series Carquest Auto Parts 300 auto race.

Edwards in the pits

Crew members perform a pit stop on driver Carl Edwards' car during Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide series Carquest Auto Parts 300.

Catcher could return for Missouri

“Trevor (Coleman) has been around the block, and he’s also caught in two regionals," Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said.

Carl Edwards preps for racing

Carl Edwards looks out from the garage area during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Crew members push Carl Edwards

Crew members push driver Carl Edwards' car during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Rain delay at Coca-Cola 600

Carl Edwards, right, and Jimmie Johnson look out from pit road during a rain delay in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Big 12 baseball champs

From left, Texas seniors Preston Clark, Austin Wood, Travis Tucker and Michael Torres hold the Big 12 baseball tournament championship trophy.

Spellers pick a song for karaoke

From left, Yulkendy Valdez, 14, of St. Louis; Shyamala Ramakrishna, 13, of Montgomery, N.J.; Brittany Hamling, 12, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; Eesha Ramanujam, 12, of Ocean Township, N.J.; and Paige Vasseur, 13, of Los Angeles pick a song to sing karaoke together at the annual picnic Monday for the Scripps National Spelling Bee participants in McLean, Va.

Spelling participants picnic together

From second to left, Luxi Peng, 12, of Albany, N.Y.; Lauren Kirk, 14, of Bloomington, Ind.; and Michael Whalon, 14, of Richmond, Va., spend time together at the annual picnic Monday for the Scripps National Spelling Bee participants in McLean, Va.

T-shirt spells good luck for participant

Caroline Willett, 11, of Virginia Beach, Va., wears a good-luck shirt at the annual picnic Monday for the Scripps National Spelling Bee participants in McLean, Va.

A young patriot

Joshua Campbell, 2, watches the Memorial Day parade on the corner of Fifth Street and Broadway.

Crowds gather for the parade

Crowds came out to support the community's veterans and enjoy the Memorial Day parade in downtown Columbia. The rain that dampened streets in the morning held off for the duration of the parade.

Standing at the ready

Myron Thomas, far left, Richard Sykes, Andrew Stewart and Rob Pfeil, far right, stand in preparation for the beginning of the Memorial Day parade in downtown Columbia on Monday. The four men led the parade.

Greeting the crowd

Capt. Robert Gibson, a NASA astronaut, waves to the crowd during the Salute to Veterans 2009 Memorial Day parade. Despite early morning rain, the parade marched down Broadway before ending at Fifth Street.

Fallen soldier returns

An Army Corps carry team holds the transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Paul F. Brooks, 34, of Joplin, Mo., during a transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Brooks was one of three soldiers killed May 21 near Baghdad from wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device.
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