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Air conditioning expands summer school locations

From left, Nidjha Jackmon, Dariana Coleman, Ania Chatman and Vanessa Bell, second graders at Benton Elementary, play with the parachute in their Sports Adventure summer class on Wednesday. The students were thrilled to get underneath and see how the air held the parachute up.

Iowa floods create hardship for community

Beth Malicki is a news anchor at KCRG in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Cia Johnson of the Pinch Hitters Softball Team finishes chaining up her bike after riding to Cosmopolitan Park for a game on Tuesday night. The team likes to use alternate forms of transportation to get around Columbia.

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A softball rests on a bike seat as members of the Pinch Hitters prepare for their upcoming softball game on Tuesday night.

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From left, Cia Johnson, Jian Qu, Robert Johnson and Ian Thomas chain up their bikes at Cosmo Park for before playing in their weekly softball game.

Askren showing lots of confidence

Former Missouri wrestler Ben Askren said his goal has always been to make the Olympic team after his collegiate career ended.

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Officer Brian Grove goes through a sobriety check with Devon Lovato, 13. Grove instructs Lovato to follow his finger with his eyes only. Grove told the kids one way to identify a drunk driver is when they follow his finger with their head instead of their eyes. The DWI Enforcement Unit bus was set up to show the participants of the Columbia Police Department Youth Academy what they would see if they were to come upon a sobriety check point.

Learning from the Law

John Warner of the Columbia Police Department rides next to Taylor Huston, 14, as she drives through the obstacle course wearing Fatal Vision Goggles in Cosmopolitan Park on Tuesday. The participants of the Columbia Police Department Youth Academy were able to maneuver through the obstacle course first without any goggles and then a second time with impaired vision. "For many of these kids, this is close to the first time they've driven anything," said Sgt. Eric White. The officers told the youths to think of each cone as a small child. When someone asked Kuriston White, 14, how many cones she hit she responded, "Only 13."

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Joshua Smith, 14, uses a radar to read how fast Officer Robert Bennett is driving on his motorcycle. The Columbia Police Department hosted the Columbia Police Department Youth Academy on Tuesday. The group met in Cosmo Park and were able to participate in various activities to give the youths an idea of what a police officer encounters throughout his or her career. The youths worked their way through the speed check, a mini obstacle course, a driving area, a crash scene and a drunk driver checkpoint.

Rain delays construction

Storms and flooding keeps construction workers from working at the new Retina Associates Eye Surgeons Clinic construction site.

Summer school begins

Students at West Boulevard Elementary School walk to the buses at the end of their first day of summer school on Monday. About 7,000 students are enrolled in the program.

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Walter Bennet, left, and Kay Davis compare prices while shopping at Moser's on Friday afternoon. "They used to give you deals on frozen pizza's, three for the price of one, but they don't do that anymore," Walter said.

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"I'm trying to find a cheap version of Bush's Baked Beans," said Kay Davis while browsing the aisles of Moser's on Friday afternoon. Kay prefers the Bush's brand, but searched extensively for an alternative with a lower price.

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Kay Davis said she opted to purchase a 28-ounce can of baked beans while shopping at Moser's on Friday afternoon because it was a better value than a smaller can.

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Kasmir Lawson purchases Enfamil baby formula for her newborn, Maliah, using Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) vouchers. Kasmir said that with increasing food prices, WIC has "tried not to change how much you can get, just what you can get."

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Walter Bennet, left, and Kay Davis compare prices while shopping at Moser's on Friday afternoon. "They used to give you deals on frozen pizzas, three for the price of one, but they don't do that anymore," Walter said.

Coming in for a landing

Dylan Bebeszko, 14, takes flight as he ramps off the concrete formations at Cosmopolitan Park's skate park. Bebeszko didn't land this trick but got a little closer with each attempt.

Columbia picks ‘The Whistling Season’ for One Read

Ivan Doig’s novel ‘The Whistling Season’ has been chosen as the 2008 One Read book.

Columbia residents change food consumption habits

Walter Bennet, left, and Kay Davis compare prices while shopping at Moser's on Friday afternoon. "They used to give you deals on frozen pizzas, three for the price of one, but they don't do that anymore," Bennet said.

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"I'm trying to find a cheap version of Bush's Baked Beans," said Kay Davis while browsing the aisles of Moser's on Friday afternoon. Davis prefers the Bush's brand but searched extensively for an alternative with a lower price.
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