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Preparing for the race

A handful of racers warm up before the start of the 2007 Missouri RIver 340 race at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan. This year’s event, which begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, features a large increase in participants, with more than 500 racers entered.

Racers reach checkpoint

Participants in the Missouri River 340 make their way to Check Point 5 in Cooper's Landing on Wednesday evening. Many racers took a break here to fuel up on food and beverages before heading back out to the river.

Cami Ronchetto prepares for the MR340

Cami Ronchetto of Columbia stands with her two-person kayak "Jordan" on Saturday, three days before she embarks on the MR 340 race with partner Linda LaFontaine. The boat race takes participants from Kansas City to St. Louis via the Missouri River, and Ronchetto expects that it will take her tandem about 75 hours to complete the course.

Cami Ronchetto and her partner for the MR340

Kayaking partners Cami Ronchetto, left, and Linda LaFontaine sit in Ronchetto's garage among gear and supplies as they prepare for the upcoming 340 mile boat race from Kansas City to St. Louis. Ronchetto originally planned to participate in the race as a solo entrant, but recruited LaFontaine to the cause four months ago.

Officer receives ribbon

Victoria Craig pins the Ribbon of Meritorious Service onto her husband, Columbia Police Officer Chad Craig, during a ceremony.

Two officers receive award for meritorious service

Matt Hibler, left, accepts the Ribbon of Meritorious Service from Chief of Police Ken Burton on August 3, 2009. At the scene of a fire on May 20, Officers Hibler and Chad Craig performed CPR on Delbert Porter, until medical personnel arrived.

Tips sweeten the deal

Tips are an added bonus to Trey Aldridge's workday. Aldridge, an MU student, is working as a hot-dog vendor this summer so that he can support himself. "That's where my summer job comes (in) ... I decided I wanted to get a job to make extra money and stuff like that," Aldridge said.

Lunch on the fly

Sales of hot dogs are best when the weather isn't too hot, said hot-dog vendor Trey Aldridge. "Usually if it's really hot, (customers) prefer not to get a hot dog; they just want to get a drink," Aldridge said. His afternoon shift outside the post office offers a quick lunch for passers-by.

Fresh off the grill

A fresh-off-the-grill bratwurst is prepared by Trey Aldridge for a waiting customer. Aldridge says grilling is what sets the hot dogs he sells apart from other competitors who boil their hot dogs.

Rohit Rao of Columbia

Rohit Rao, 12, of Columbia, returns a ball to Vaughn Mueller, 12, during the USTA Junior Tournament on Sunday. Mueller won the set (6-3, 6-4) to take the championship.

Vaughn Mueller of Rocheport takes championship

Vaughn Mueller, 12, of Rocheport, returns a ball to Rohit Rao, 12, of Columbia, during the USTA Junior Tournament on Sunday. Mueller won the set (6-3, 6-4) to take the championship.

Witnesses call Taser use unnecessary

A frame extracted from a video shot by Jessica Giles on Saturday night outside of Cafe Berlin after an incident where her brother Alan Giles was Tasered and pepper sprayed by Columbia police officers.

Rain washes out Pocono race

Crews stand with the cars of Tony Stewart, left, and Jimmie Johnson on pit row in a light rain Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. The NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 auto race was postponed until Monday by rain.

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Brian Wallstin, a Missourian columnist, is a Columbia resident and a former city editor for the Missourian.

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Jordan Paul is the MU student body president.

Trading cash for clunkers

Amanda and Jimmy Heiner inspect their newly purchased 2006 Chevy Silverado at Bob McCosh Chevrolet in Columbia on Saturday. The Heiners brought in their 1993 Subaru Legacy, bottom left, hoping it could be traded in as part of the federal "cash for clunkers" program, but the car was deemed too gas-efficient to qualify. The Heiners decided to purchase the truck regardless.

Participants receive $4,500 credit in 'cash for clunkers' program

Gary Ball hands the title to his old pickup truck to sales associate Brad Kennon of Bob McCosh Chevrolet in Columbia. Ball is participating in the federal "cash for clunkers" program and will receive a credit of up to $4,500 toward a new car by bringing in the old vehicle.

Hemingway's Wine and Bistro at the Taste of the Market

From left, Calvin Rolark, restaurant consultant for Hemingway's Wine and Bistro, and Greg Brockmeier, Hemingway's sous-chef, serve corn and black bean risotto with chipotle beef and dark chocolate sauce at the Taste of the Market. It took the chefs at Hemingway's 12 man-hours to prepare the food and many more in planning for this event.
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