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Rendering of solar house interior

A rendering of team "Show-Me Solar's" solar house interior.

In the game at 70

Stan Kline, 70, says he want to keep playing softball as long as he can.

Swinging away at 73

Norris Kruse connects for a base hit up the middle in an over-50 softball league game on Tuesday at the Rainbow Softball Center at Cosmopolitan Park.

Columbia ordinance prohibits fireworks

Kristy Bare, Hope McDaniels and Shaye McDaniels, light fireworks in the street in front of McDaniels' house in Columbia on July 1, 2006.

Filling out employment applications

Alyssa Essers looks for the addresses of former employers on her phone as she fills out employment applications in her kitchen on Friday. Essers has been job hunting for more than a month. "A lot of places are like, 'We've got everybody we need,'" she said.

Applying for a restaurant job

Alyssa Essers drops off an application at The Rome on Ninth Street on Friday. She has already applied at several restaurants. "I want to get a waitressing job, but I don't have any experience, so they're not giving me the time of day," she said.

Visiting Stephens Lake Park

Nell McCabe, right, takes her two daughters — Freya, left, and Matilda, center — to Stephens Lake Park in the mornings to play in the fountains. Free admission makes it an ideal place for the three to visit.

LaVonda Carter, a Money Smart graduate

LaVonda Carter is a graduate of Columbia's Money Smart program and used the skills she learned to buy her house in July 2004. "Don't sit on your certificate ... use it," she told graduates.

Playing in the backyard

Thomas Carter IV, left, and LaMarco Carter play catch in their front yard on Monday. Their mother, LaVonda Carter, likes that her children can "go outside and play" and avoid dangerous situations.

Accepting a Money Smart certificate

Carol Hagney accepts a certificate at the Money Smart graduation ceremony on Monday.

An early morning run

Runners stride into the entrance to the MKT Trail off of Forum Road to finish a Tuesday morning run with the 5:30 Running Group. The group, which gathers to run early every Tuesday and Thursday morning, marked its anniversary by setting an attendance record.

Bike riding in Citygarden

Jim Neumer of St. Louis rides his bike through a new urban sculpture garden called Citygarden on Tuesday in St. Louis. The garden includes open spaces and art as well as smaller, more intimate spaces in downtown St. Louis.

This is Kiera and Julian Walking

Jadyn Furgason, 2, of St. Louis gets an up close look at a piece of art called This is Kiera and Julian Walking by English artist Julian Opie during the unveiling of a new urban sculpture garden called Citygarden on Tuesday in St. Louis. The garden is on land owned by the city but was constructed and is operated by the Gateway Foundation.

Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels

A statue called Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels by American artist Jim Dine is seen during the unveiling of a new urban sculpture garden called Citygarden on Tuesday in St. Louis. City leaders hope Citygarden, which includes about two dozen sculptures on nearly three acres, will become one of the nation's great public places.

Projects with paint

Fourth-grader Shylah Cox paints a top during her retro recreation class at Russell Boulevard Elementary School on Thursday. “The best thing about summer school is everything,” Shylah said. She is sporting the tie-dyed shirt she made in class the day before.

Dancing at the end of the day

At the end of the day, Kate Weir’s fourth-grade homeroom class dances to “I Like to Move It” from the "Madagascar 2" soundtrack. From left, Audrey Roloff, Hailey Green, Kim Curtis, Yusef Alsharafi and Tiffany Kribbs are pictured.

Tops on the tile

After painting their tops, fourth-graders Jack Fender, left, and Owen Hagan try out their new toys. Students decorated the tops with markers and paint.

Acorn from bur oak tree

John Sam Williamson Jr. holds an acorn fallen from the bur oak tree in his backyard on Sunday. This tree has the exact genetic makeup of the 350-plus-year-old big bur oak it was grafted from, and thus so do the acorns it produces.

Small bur oak tree

A small bur oak tree lies in the Williamson's backyard, not far from its predecessor the big bur oak. Using a technique called grafting, a stem of the big bur oak was cut and planted onto the stump of another tree. The resulting tree is an exact genetic match of the 350-plus-year-old big bur oak.

Bur oak branch

When John Sam Williamson Jr.'s big bur oak was grafted, a portion of the tree, similar in size to the branch above, was removed and placed on a stump so that a new tree with the exact genetic makeup of the big bur oak would grow. One such "cloned" tree lies in Williamson's backyard, though it is about 330 years younger than its predecessor.
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