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Lloyd Calvin has been hybridizing day lilies as a hobby for 15 years. He carries the stamens in his mouth and fertilizes the flowers using tweezers.

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Lloyd Calvin uses pollen from one day lily to fertilize another in hopes of combining certain attributes of both, such as the ruffled edges of this red bloom.

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Lloyd Calvin stores and labels some stamens in a box and freezes others. Each flower in his garden is labeled with the different day lily breeds that created it. Calvin found that cutting up old window blinds works better for labels than paper because plastic is hardier during storms, such as the one Wednesday night the blew away many of his paper labels.

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students get to work shoveling sludge

Marty Swant

UPDATED AT 5 P.M.: Obama speaks on religious faith, societal change in St. Louis

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, greets supporters at the 48th Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Louis, on Saturday, July 5, 2008.

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Obama speaks during his visit to St. Louis.

Blue Thunder Track Club sending seven athletes to national Junior Olympics

Graham Buresh, 9.

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(Center) Niyah McAdoo, 9.

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Randi Overkamp, 8.

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Title: Clearing Weather after Snow at Mt. Fuji and Mt. Ashtaka

From the museum's research: "Ando became famous for his poetic treatment of Japan's climate and topography."
He began experimenting with landscape woodblock images in 1830. He is one of the most well-known traditional Japanese woodblock landscape artists.

Japanese woodblock prints illustrate calming scenes

Title: Clearing Weather after Snow at Mt. Fuji and Mt. Ashtaka
Ando became famous for his poetic treatment of Japan's climate and topography. He began experimenting with landscape woodblock images in 1830. He is one of the most famous traditional Japanese woodblock landscape artists.

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Title: Rain in Maekawa, Soushou, 1932

Hasui was famous for his nighttime rain scenes. The vertical slashes of rain along with the lighted windows help capture the quiet and loneliness of a walk in an evening downpour.

MU grad heads to Arena Football League playoffs

Craig Heimburger, who played football for MU from 1995 to 1998, extended his professional career by playing for the Cleveland Gladiators in the Arena Football League. The team is just two wins away from contending to be the ArenaBowl champions.

Filipino-American July Fourth party grows and grows

Mae Del Rosario flips hamburgers and hot dogs at the annual July Fourth picnic hosted by the Filipino-American Cultural Society of Mid-Missouri at Twin Lakes Recreation Area. Besides American food, traditional Filipino food is served, such as roast pig, called "lechon," and mussels with coconut milk.

Park Hill keeps alive July Fourth tradition

Excitement builds for Elizabeth Henderson, 5, as she waits for the start of the Park Hill Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade. Elizabeth is wearing a red, white and blue dress sewn by her grandmother, who also gave her the ribbons for decorating her bike.

Friends honor Forrest Rose at park dedication

Phil Redmon and Carolyn Orbann, center, wait for music to begin at the dedication of Forrest Rose Park next to Mojo's in Columbia on Friday. The open space was dedicated in honor of the Columbia musician who died in 2005.

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Sadie Sweitzer, 5, blows bubbles at Phil Redmon and Carolyn Orbann at the dedication of Forrest Rose Park on Friday afternoon. Redmon and Orbann came to the dedication for music and foood. "It's an all-around package," Redmon said.

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Jason Bromberger and Atreyee Das play dominoes at the dedication of Forrest Rose Park on Friday. Das said the two came because they enjoy listening to live music.

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Jason Bromberger explains a move of the game of dominoes at the dedication of Forrest Rose Park near Mojo's.

A fabulous night for fireworks

Hundreds of people gathered on the top of Virginia Avenue Garage on the MU campus to watch the fireworks display at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The fireworks were part of the Fire in the Sky event taking place at the stadium.
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