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Three days of music

Laura Wick, center, performs a flag routine with the Missouri Lions All-State Band on Wednesday afternoon at the Boone County Courthouse Square in the first performance of their three-day tour. Wick, from Hamilton, Mo., who will be a junior this fall, said that she enjoys participating in the band and meeting new people, but learning the moves is hard because of the small time frame. The group, sponsored by the Missouri Lions Club, first gathered at South East Missouri State last Thursday for several days of rehearsal before playing various venues in the state.

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Students in the Missouri Lions All-State Band perform in the Boone County Courthouse Square on Wednesday afternoon at the start of its three-day performance tour. The band began rehearsing last Thursday and will play its final show in the VP Parade in St. Louis on Friday.

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Students in the Missouri Lions All-State Band perform in the Boone County Courthouse Square on Wednesday afternoon at the start of its three-day performance tour. The band began rehearsing last Thursday and will play its final show in the VP Parade in St. Louis on Friday.

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

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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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