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The Warsaw Dragons compete in taekwondo at the State Games of Mid-America

The Warsaw Dragons compete in taekwondo at the State Games of Mid-America.

Sarah Ellebracht performs a gymnastics routine at Hearnes Center

Sarah Ellebracht performs her routine on the beam at Hearnes Center on Saturday afternoon. Sarah is a gymnast for Flipz USA in Columbia.

Shomari 'Sho-Tyme' Rozier throws a ball during a dodgeball game in the State Games of Mid-America

Shomari "Sho-Tyme" Rozier of the Average Janes takes a shot at a member of the Awkward Turtles on Saturday morning during the dodgeball tournament of the State Games of Mid-America at the Missouri Athletic Center at Wilson's Total Fitness in Columbia. The Average Janes, composed of co-workers from the Senior and Disability Services of the Department of Health in Columbia, were the tournament's only coed team, which earned them gold medals and an automatic berth in the national tournament.

Connor Wilson retrieves arrows at the Show-Me State Games

Connor Wilson, 8, retrieves arrows after getting marked at the archery competition during the Show-Me State Games. Wilson first started shooting through his 4-H club in Lewistown, Missouri.

Johnny Stevenson receives a taekwondo medal during a State Games of Mid-America event

Nebraska resident Johnny Stevenson receives the gold medal in the weapons portion during taekwondo at the State Games of Mid-America. Stevenson was the only out-of-state participant in the games.

Travis Massie takes the ball to the basket during the Show-Me State Games

Travis Massie, a member of Team Aftershock, takes the ball to the basket during a Show-Me State Games game against Team Tastee Treat on Friday afternoon at the Mizzou Rec Center.

Flipz USA gymnasts receive Show-Me State Games awards

Faith Wright, right, and Abbie Johnson, gymnasts for Flipz USA, receive first and second place for All-Around Level 7 at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday afternoon.

Leslie 'Putter' Wentz scrambles for a ball during a State Games of Mid-America dodgeball game

Leslie "Putter" Wentz, left, of Team Ramrod, scrambles for a ball at the start of his team's dodgeball game against Dream Team on Saturday morning at the Missouri Athletic Center at Wilson's Total Fitness in Columbia. Team Ramrod, composed of Rock Bridge High School seniors, went on to win the silver medal for its age division of the dodgeball tournament in the State Games of Mid-America.

Backstrokes at the Show-Me State Games swim Meet

Danielle Meloy, of the Warrensberg Piranhas, swims the backstroke in the Individual Medley on Friday at the Show-Me State swim meet.

Swimmers relax between events

Mid-Missouri Aquatic Club's Jon Temple, 19, left; Ben Temple, 16, center; and Emily Whitmar, 14, pass time between their swimming events at the Show-me State Games by playing Nintendo and listening to music.

Students campaign, photo 2

Audrey Blumberg, a canvasser for Democratic state House candidate Sean Spence, talks to Paul Iwez on Friday morning. Iwez is holding his puppy, Jigsaw.

Students campaign, photo 1

Jennifer Claxton, left, and Jaqui Rogers, right, both MU students, write out postcards for the Judy Baker Campaign on Thursday afternoon at the campaign headquarters on Tenth Street in downtown Columbia. Claxton and about 30 other volunteers have written about 5,000 postcards to send undecided voters in the past three days.

Voters guide

Tim Kaine mug

Tim Kaine

Ryan Asbridge mug

Ryan Asbridge

Mary Still mug

Mary Still

Sean Spence mug

Sean Spence

Bob Pund mug

Bob Pund

Byron Scott mug

Byron Scott, a veteran newspaper and magazine journalist and professor emeritus of journalism, moderated this discussion in place of Stuart Loory, who holds the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies at the MU School of Journalism. The weekly radio program “Global Journalist” airs at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays on KBIA/91.3 FM or at www.globaljournalist.org.

Scooters in Columbia

Scooters sit on the showroom floor at Columbia Powersports on Monday. Because the scooters have small engines, they are technically considered bicycles, and only a normal driver's license is needed — not a motorcycle license. The scooters can reach speeds of 35 mph and get around 100 miles per gallon.
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