Crew members push Carl Edwards

Crew members push driver Carl Edwards' car during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Rain delay at Coca-Cola 600

Carl Edwards, right, and Jimmie Johnson look out from pit road during a rain delay in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Big 12 baseball champs

From left, Texas seniors Preston Clark, Austin Wood, Travis Tucker and Michael Torres hold the Big 12 baseball tournament championship trophy.

Spellers pick a song for karaoke

From left, Yulkendy Valdez, 14, of St. Louis; Shyamala Ramakrishna, 13, of Montgomery, N.J.; Brittany Hamling, 12, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; Eesha Ramanujam, 12, of Ocean Township, N.J.; and Paige Vasseur, 13, of Los Angeles pick a song to sing karaoke together at the annual picnic Monday for the Scripps National Spelling Bee participants in McLean, Va.

Spelling participants picnic together

From second to left, Luxi Peng, 12, of Albany, N.Y.; Lauren Kirk, 14, of Bloomington, Ind.; and Michael Whalon, 14, of Richmond, Va., spend time together at the annual picnic Monday for the Scripps National Spelling Bee participants in McLean, Va.

T-shirt spells good luck for participant

Caroline Willett, 11, of Virginia Beach, Va., wears a good-luck shirt at the annual picnic Monday for the Scripps National Spelling Bee participants in McLean, Va.

A young patriot

Joshua Campbell, 2, watches the Memorial Day parade on the corner of Fifth Street and Broadway.

Crowds gather for the parade

Crowds came out to support the community's veterans and enjoy the Memorial Day parade in downtown Columbia. The rain that dampened streets in the morning held off for the duration of the parade.

Standing at the ready

Myron Thomas, far left, Richard Sykes, Andrew Stewart and Rob Pfeil, far right, stand in preparation for the beginning of the Memorial Day parade in downtown Columbia on Monday. The four men led the parade.

Greeting the crowd

Capt. Robert Gibson, a NASA astronaut, waves to the crowd during the Salute to Veterans 2009 Memorial Day parade. Despite early morning rain, the parade marched down Broadway before ending at Fifth Street.

Fallen soldier returns

An Army Corps carry team holds the transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Paul F. Brooks, 34, of Joplin, Mo., during a transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Brooks was one of three soldiers killed May 21 near Baghdad from wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device.

Preparing for milking

Darrell Kraus prepares equipment before milking on his dairy farm in Barnhart in mid-March. Dairy farmers across the country have seen a decline in the prices they are paid for raw milk. Some farmers are being forced to sell or destroy their herds to pay bills.

Texas slams Missouri

Texas designated hitter Cameron Rupp (3) celebrates after hitting a grand slam against Missouri in the fourth inning.

Missouri pitchers struggle

Missouri coach Tim Jamieson (9) comes out to the mound to take pitcher Phil McCormick, right, out in the fourth inning Sunday in the Big 12 baseball tournament championship game against Texas in Oklahoma City.

Greetings from the wing

Travis Akers, an in-flight technician based out of Jacksonville, Fla., greets air show attendees from the wing.

Peering out the cockpit

Air show attendees were allowed to explore the cockpit of a variety of planes.

Flying in formation

Stanley Emmeich watches an air show demonstration Sunday.

Admiring from below

Attendees at the Salute to Veterans 2009 Air Show admire a demonstration at the Columbia Regional Airport on Sunday.

Floating hearts

Katy Disinger watches as the AeroShell Demonstration Planes create two hearts in the sky at the Memorial Weekend Salute to Veterans 2009 Airshow on Sunday.

A grand greeting for veterans

Bob Kennish hugs a Southwest Airlines employee during the veterans reception at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, in Washington D.C. on May 5. Kennish was part of a group of mid-Missouri veterans who went to see the World War II National Memorial.