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Horses receive formal assessment

Stable Manager Nichole Sandner and Brittany Penrod of the Team Red Bull Gives you Wings wash down Smokey at this year's Mega Rally. Rally participants are required to present themselves and their horses prior to the beginning of competition for a formal assessment not only of their horse's grooming and upkeep but also of the rider's attire.

Members rest before competion

Members of Hinkson Valley's Jump 4 Dressage team rest before the start of competition on the first day of this year's Mega Rally. Although riding is typically thought of as an individual sport, Pony Club encourages teamwork through team competitions and awards in annual events such as Quiz Rally, Mega Rally and Games Rally. Jump 4 Dressage placed first in its section for show jumping.

Missouri safety closes in on teammate

Mizzou safety senior Hardy Ricks, left, closes in on teammate sophomore Kenji Jackson on Tuesday. The MU secondary is hoping to dispel doubts that they are not able to hold opponents in the passing game.

Corey Morris

Corey Morris drowned after trying to save an 8-year-old boy who had been swept away by the current in the Missouri River.

Training younger workers to replace city retirees

Vic Winn, left, gives direction to two city employees at the top of a telephone pole while apprentice lineman Kyle Allinson feeds them wire Thursday, Aug. 13. Winn is a retired city utility employee who still works 2-3 days a week training apprentices.

ENGAGING PEOPLE: Sydney Hemwall and her horses

Sydney Hemwall nuzzles with Moonbeam and Dixie, two of her family's horses, on their farm in Pierpont on Aug. 11. Syndey and her sister Ava walked down to the back pasture behind their house to show the horses to children who were visiting with their parents to pick up their weekly allotment of Community Supported Agriculture produce.

ENGAGING PEOPLE: Sydney Hemwall in the garden

Eleven-year-old Sydney Hemwall looks for ripe tomatoes to pick as she walks down a row of plants growing in polythene tunnels on her family's farm in Pierpont on Aug. 3. The tunnels protect the produce from the elements and extend the growing season.

ENGAGING PEOPLE: Sydney Hemwall runs the register

Community Supported Agriculture member Jeannie Taylor waits while Sydney Hemwall rings up her purchases at Pierpont Farms on Aug. 11.

States raid 911 fund for officer uniforms

Dispatcher Angelo Daga works at the Albany Police Department call center in New York. In New York, only 19 cents of the $1.20 the state collects from each cell phone subscriber each month goes to emergency calling services.

Most of NY fee goes to officer uniforms

Senior dispatcher Ken Marks works at the Albany Police Department call center in Albany, N.Y. In New York, more than $1 of the $1.20 the state collects from each cell phone subscriber each month goes to uniforms for state police, a wireless network for emergency responders and the state's general expenditures.

Director of PedNet Coalition discusses bike harassment ordinance

Ian Thomas, executive director of the PedNet Coalition, discusses the City Council's ordinance on the harassment of bicyclists on Aug. 17.

John Yettaw leaves Myannmar

John Yettaw of Falcon steps from the plane as he arrives in Bangkok on a U.S. government plane in this image taken from television on Sunday. Yettaw, who had been imprisoned in Myanmar for sneaking into the home of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, flew out of Myanmar after a visiting U.S. Sen. Jim Webb won his release. He is hospitalized in Bangkok, family members say.

Katy Bridge on Missouri River

The historic railroad bridge in Boonville has spanned the Missouri River since 1932, but it is no longer in use. Federal stimulus money being requested by the Missouri Department of Transportation could save the bridge from being dismantled. Union Pacific, the railroad company that owns the bridge, intends to dismantle it and recycle the steel for a new bridge over the Osage River.

Vickers celebrates victory

Brian Vickers ends up on the infield while doing a burnout after winning the NASCAR Carfax 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

Christensen watches team

Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen watches his team practice in Laramie, Wyo. Christensen embraces any competition that determines winners and losers because he believes competition breeds success.

Bowe catching on

Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe's effort in early preseason practices has put him in coach Todd Haley's doghouse. But Haley said over the past two days of practices "(Bowe has) definitely started to show up."

Senior athlete practices his shot

Bill Mabrey warms up by practicing his shooting in Cape Girardeau. He has been competing in the Senior Olympics for 20 years after retiring as a physical education teacher.

Displaying many medals

Bill Mabrey, 75, of Cape Girardeau has been competing in the Senior Olympics for 20 years. He has won more than 270 gold medals and has competed on a national level.

Celebrating 90 years with a balloon ride

Mabel Fischer and her sister Joy Underwood show the leaves they picked from trees during their hot-air balloon ride. The balloon ride was how Fischer celebrated her 90th birthday.

A special before-school treat

Jocelyn Ash, 6, and her mother, Aubrey, take a hot-air balloon ride for fun on Aug. 4 before going back to school. Jan Sines, owner of BalloonStormers, controlled the balloon.
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