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Mark Coggeshall, a research analyst at MU's Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center, demonstrates grafting part of a bur oak onto another bur oak on May 30. Although Coggeshall is not grafting wood from McBaine's champion bur oak, the process is the same.

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The champion bur oak tree in McBaine, just south of Columbia, in the spring of 2007.

Young girl killed in car accident

Rare bear cub snarls traffic

Mother embraces challenges and joys of daughter with disability

Alex Basi, 3, and his sister Julianna, 15 months, play together on the couch. “She’s got every bit as much personality as Alex did at her age. She’s feisty, opinionated, vocal,” her mother said.

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Kate Basi brushes the hair out of Julianna’s face before she eats lunch. Julianna’s disability slows her learning, but right now she is experiencing a developmental spurt.

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Air conditioner exchange helps low-income Columbians

Nick Meyer, right, carries a new air conditioner to Benita Nichols' car while Alex Koenig, center, carries away her old unit during the Window Air Conditioner Exchange Program at the Boone County Family Resource Center on Monday. The program allows low-income individuals and families to exchange old window air conditioner units for more efficient models.

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Alex Koenig carries a used air conditioner unit to the back of a truck at the Boone County Family Resource Center on Wilkes Boulevard. The Window Air Conditioner Exchange Program allows low-income individuals and families to exchange old units for more energy-efficient models.

Rain causes delay in corn planting

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From left, Brian Flatt, 36, Jadon Flatt, 9, and Ron Flatt, 60, stand in a corn field on their farm in Audrain County on May 30. Because of an unusually wet season, only 70 percent of their corn crop has been planted. Ideally, all of the corn would have been planted by late April and the stalks would be about waist-high by now.

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A corn plant about 1 inch tall grows on the Flatts' farm in Audrain County on May 30.

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The corn in this Audrain County field is unusually small for this time of year. The plants visible are weeds, which tower over the inch-tall corn plants.

MU grad student to represent home country in Olympics

Nickie Peters, 30, stretches before a run at the Audrey J. Walton Track at MU on May 28. Peters said there is a good chance he will compete in the Summer Olympics, but first he needs to improve his speed. "Right now, I'm trying to figure out why I'm not running as fast as I should," he said.

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Nickie Peters jogs to warm up before running. Peters says he has a good chance of competing in the Summer Olympics for St. Vincent & Grenadines.

"Blind" Boone festival kicks off

Morten Gunnar Larsen plays ragtime favorites at the historic Missouri Theatre on Sunday afternoon. His was the opening performance of The "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival.

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Audience members watch in excitement as Morten Gunnar Larsen, ragtime pianist, begins the second half of his performance Sunday afternoon. The performance kicked off the "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival held at the historic Missouri Theatre.

Rock Bridge runner holds five state titles

Lauren Borduin stretches before heading out on a four-mile training run Friday afternoon. Borduin, a recent graduate of Rock Bridge High School, will be running track for Georgetown University in the fall.

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Lauren Borduin discusses her afternoon training schedule with her coach Neal Blackburn.

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Racers compete at a motocross event at Finger Lakes State Park on Saturday. The event, organized by Motocross Parents, included competitors from ages four to sixty years old.

Families enjoy motocross races

A racer crosses the finish line at a motocross event at Finger Lakes State Park on Saturday. The event was organized by Motocross Parents, a nonprofit organization.
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