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R. Paul Crabb instructs the performers to warm up their voices with a “lip trill” before they practice.

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The MU Summer Singers will perform Orlando di Lasso's "Missa super Osculetur me" and "Osculetur me Osculo" on Thursday.

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R. Paul Crabb instructs the performers to warm up their voices with a “lip trill” before they practice.

Together, MU's Summer Singers make beautiful music

MU Summer Singers is a mixed group of performers from various educational backgrounds and levels of singing experience.

Columbia couple dedicates their lives to saving wild animals

Dale Tolentino says hello to Tony, a three year old, 500-pound Siberian tiger, at D-D Farm Animal Sanctuary on Sunday. Tony was a "picture tiger" - he was used to pose with people for studio portraiture. However, Tony became too big and unmanageable after six months of age and came to Tolentino's farm to live out his life.

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A coatimundi sits atop Shannon De Clue's head during play time. A coatimundi is a South American raccoonlike carnivore that has a long snout.

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Katana, an African cervil, nuzzles the hand of Dale Tolentino at the D-D Farm Animal Sanctuary on Sunday. Katana was obtained from a Sea World, where she was a teaching animal working with children, before the park decided that she did not have the proper, or desired, demeanor.

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A coatimundi sits peers out of his cage at the D-D Farm Animal Sanctuary on Sunday. The coatimundi is a South American raccoonlike carnivore that has a long snout.

MU opera grad sings for the spotlight

MU grad and Sikeston native Neal Boyd has earned a spot at the Las Vegas callbacks for the show "America's Got Talent."

Obama defends his patriotism

Barack Obama hugs Stephanie Alloush and her daughter, Tayler, in Independence on Monday.

Columbia family sells fireworks from home

Christina Gardner, 20, decorates the fireworks display table in her family's barn. Gardner's Discount Fireworks is owned by John Gardner and located behind his home on Old Field Road.

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Fireworks are on display in John Gardner's barn. Gardner is the owner of Gardner's Discount Fireworks located on Old Field Road. The fireworks stand is located behind the family home and mostly serves nearby neighborhood residents.

Flood terminology needs re-evaluation

A farm in northern St. Charles County is seen in this aerial photo Friday. Some scientists and disaster officials say flooding terms such as "100-year" and "500-year" are misleading, especially since the recent flooding came only 15 years after the Great Flood of '93.

Teen wants people to draw their own conclusions about his art

Bob Dynamite uses wood slabs instead of canvas and paints with Wite-Out, acrylics and watercolors. With the exception of the clown painting, which is titled Toothache, the titles of his paintings are the same as the word in each speech bubble.

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MU graduate makes zero-budget movie

Sarah Phillips, 22, checks a shot before filming a scene in a Rock Bridge High School classroom on June 9, 2008. Phillips intends to make her film, "Memory, Loss," with no budget by using a volunteer cast and crew.

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Director Sarah Phillips, center, and Ben Ogawa, left, a member of the crew, give direction to Rock Bridge High School principal Kathy Ritter in a Rock Bridge classroom on June 9, 2008. Like the other members of the cast and crew, Ritter is acting for free.
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