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Brandon Deavers practices piano

Brandon Deavers, 14, squeezes in some last-minute practice for his piano lesson in the show room of Palen's Music in Columbia on June 29. Deavers has been able to play music from movies and video games by ear since he was young, but he began taking lessons to learn how to read sheet music.

Benefits of technology

Guy Wilson holds a clicker and explains the benefits of its use in a classroom at a seminar in the MU Memorial Union.

Wide receiver L'Damian Washington

Freshman wide receiver L'Damian Washington runs after catching a football at practice on Saturday.

Freshman wide receiver Jerrell Jackson

Freshman wide receiver Jerrell Jackson catches a football during practice on Saturday.

Wide receiver Jaleel Clark

Freshman wide receiver Jaleel Clark catches a football during practice on Saturday.

Wide receiver Rolandis Woodland

Freshman wide receiver Rolandis Woodland catches a football during practice on Saturday.

Paddle wrestlers

Missouri River 340 organizer Travis Worley presents Illinois residents Wally Werderich and Nick Josefik with their awards for third place in the men's tandem division at the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center in St. Charles on Friday. Werderich and Josefik called themselves Los Humungos Paddleos and dressed as Mexican wrestlers during the race.

Cowboy casual

Chris Campbell, a member of the support crew for the Texan Lone Star team, dresses down for the Missouri River 340 barbecue held just before the awards ceremony honoring the finishers of the boat race on Friday.

Tandem win

Washington State brothers David and Will Anderson accept their first-place awards in the men's tandem division of the Missouri River 340 race from Travis Worley at the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center in St. Charles on Friday.

Ultimate prize

From left, Hannah Grow, 14, and Marissa Weber,12, walk up to the awards podium to accept their third-place prizes in the women's tandem division at the Missouri River 340 awards ceremony in St. Charles on Friday. Grow and Weber entered the race to raise funds for breast cancer research and several other winners chose to add their own winnings to the girls' cause.

Picture-perfect finish

Friends and family photograph Columbia kayakers Wil Reeves and John Thomas just after their completion of the Missouri River 340 paddling race in St. Charles on Friday.

Providence, Mo.

Shown at left is the former home of William A. Thornton, a night patrolman on the MKT Railroad, and a one-time general store and warehouse, later used as a barn, on Oct. 8, 1956.

The old chimney

The fireplace chimney at the hotel in Providence on Nov. 7, 1973.

Abandoned house

A house in Providence on Jan. 16, 1964.

The last house

Luther Perkins poses for a portrait outside his house in Providence on Aug. 3. Perkins owns the last livable house in Providence. The town began faltering after Missouri's first railroads were built in the late 1800s.

Nashville founder's grave

Rick Goodman shows the supposed burial location of Ira Nash, founder of Nashville, Mo., on his property on Aug. 3.

Folding clothes

Gianina Beusan, a volunteer from Commerce Bank, folds clothes from the Salvation Army during the Project Homeless Connect event at the Silverthorne Arena of Stephens College on Friday. There were about 100 volunteers from various businesses and organizations at the event.

All spruced up

Michael Walton enjoys a haircut and shave from Sarah Loaiza Hooibrink during the Project Homeless Connect event on Friday at Stephens College. "I love it," Walton said about his shave. Hooibrink is one of several students from Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science who volunteered at the event.

Shave and a haircut

John Kriegshauser and Michael Walton enjoy haircuts and shaves given by students from Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science during the Project Homeless Connect event. The haircut booth, manned by Merrell students, was very popular throughout the event. The event was held to connect individuals experiencing homelessness with in-site medical care and a variety of social services.

Blessed voyage

Dick Brumley holds the flag of the Chinook Tribal Nation a few moments after his team, the Its Woot Rivermen, completed the Missouri River 340 race in St. Charles on Thursday. Brumley is flanked on the left by Chinook Nation chairman Ray Gardner and Donnie Deerpath Wright. Wright blessed the canoe with a smudging ceremony before its departure from Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday, and Gardner greeted the team in St. Charles with a gift of smoked salmon and uncirculated commemorative Lewis and Clark nickels.
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