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Dog fight rescue

A dog stands chained before being taken away by officials from the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis Wednesday. Officials siad they need help finding shelters for about 300 dogs that were seized in raids of dog fighting operations in Missouri and Illinois.

Dog fighting rescue

Dogs are taken from a St. Louis location by Humane Society officials Wednesday. About 300 dogs were seized in raids of dog fighting operations in Missouri and Illinois, about 350 dogs, mostly American Pit Bulls, were seized during raids in five states Wednesday.

Dog fighting raid

Dogs stand chained before being taken away by Humane Society officials in St. Louis on Wednesday. The Humane Society of Missouri seized about 300 dogs in raids of dog fighting operations in Missouri and Illinois.

Mushroom sale at Columbia Farmers' Market

Heather Willman, a full-time mushroom farmer located six miles outside of Ashland, sells a bag of oyster mushrooms to Jack Wax at the Columbia Farmers' Market on Saturday. Wax's favorite kind is shiitake, but Willman did not have any at the time.

Oyster and lion's mane mushrooms

Oyster and lion's mane mushrooms are two varieties that Heather Willman was selling at the Columbia Farmers' Market last week. Willman grows mushrooms year-round.

Shiitake mushrooms growing on logs

Fred Fry, owner of The Mushroom Farm outside Montgomery City, grows shiitake mushrooms on logs inside an old wine cellar. Fry drills holes into the logs to insert the fungus and waits for the mushrooms to break through. The whole process can take anywhere from 7 to 15 months, depending on a variety of factors such as temperature and humidity. "It's amazing to me how something as fragile as a mushroom can bust through the surface of a log," Fry said.

Mushroom-growing logs

A row of mushroom-growing logs at The Mushroom Farm outside Montgomery City stands in the woods. Mushrooms break through the wood in cooler temperatures.

Fred Fry with mushroom-growing logs

Fred Fry touches a pile of inoculated logs. Fry drills holes into the logs to insert sawdust with mushroom cultures.

ID checks a must in Columbia bars

Alex Apter, bouncer at Harpo's Bar & Grill in Columbia, checks Margaret Salisbury's ID on Saturday. Apter must check every patron's ID before allowing entry into the bar in order to avoid serving minors.

Disc golf toss

Lindsey Keith, 27, of Kansas City, aims for the third hole in a round of disc golf during the Mid-America Open at Albert-Oakland Park on Saturday. Keith has been playing the sport for more than two years.

Finding Frisbee

Lindsey Keith, 27, of Kansas City, left; Nicki Victor (cq), 29, of Columbia; and Christina Gerber, 24, of Columbia wait as a fellow competitor looks for her Frisbee among the trees of the second hole during a round of disc golf during the Mid-America Open at Albert-Oakland Park on Saturday.

Last chance toss

Nicki Victor, 29, of Columbia, makes her final toss into the third hole during a round of disc golf during the Mid-America Open at Albert-Oakland Park on Saturday.

Swimming in time

Jan Bleakley, left, and Paula Donoho practice their routine for the Show-Me State games' 50-plus division of synchronized swimming. Donoho and Bleakley, along with several other friends that will compete, were part of the MO Maids, an intramural synchronized swim team, that trained at MU in the 1970's.

Cheering for the team

Taryn Johnson from Columbia's Southwest Swim Club cheers on as teammate Ellen Terry touches for a first-place finish during the 9 to 10-year-old girls relay at the Summer League's Youth Swim Championships on Saturday at Fulton Municipal Pool.

Robnett-Spence Hall at Columbia College

The Robnett-Spence Hall at Columbia College houses the lab science program that has expanded greatly in the past six years. The program now includes forensic science, chemistry, natural science and biology. Along with Robnett-Spence Hall, the lab department only has a double-wide trailer for additional space.

Cramped lab space at Columbia College

A typical science lab at Columbia College has become cramped and filled with supplies. The developers at the college are coordinating funds and creating plans for a new science lab to be built on the spare softball field.

Dish prepared by Rock Bridge graduate

Ben Truesdell, a Rock Bridge High School graduate, prepared a hand-fried chicken cutlet with rice pilaf, sauteed green beans, glazed carrots with a lemon demi-glace for his first entree at the SkillsUSA national culinary arts competition in Kansas City last week.

Rock Bridge graduate places 4th out of 40 in national cooking competition

Margaret Hughes, Rock Bridge High School graduate, competed in the commercial baking competition on June 25 at the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City. She was required to bake a variety of pastries, including pan and braided bread, a pineapple pie, cinnamon rolls and an iced and decorated cake. Hughes placed fourth out of 40 in her competition.

Rock Bridge graduate competes in SkillsUSA

Ben Truesdell, a Rock Bridge High School graduate, slices potatoes to prepare his second entree, a poached salmon with parsley potatoes and stewed zucchini with an herbed beurre blanc. Truesdell competed June 25 in the culinary arts competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City. Contestants were required to prepare a green salad, a chicken and vegetable soup and two entrees. Truesdell placed fourth out of 42 contestants.

Luke Adrian, meet Curious George

Luke Adrian is comforted by his nanny, Teryn Bowman, during a meeting Thursday with a lifesize Curious George at the YouZeum. After a while, Luke was no longer crying, and he posed for a photograph with the representation of the popular children's book character.
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