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Belmont brings out Columbia’s horse racing enthusiasts

Lonnie Pritchard of St. Louis shouts in disappointment as Big Brown loses his shot at a Triple Crown win at Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Sports Zone at Columbia's Holiday Inn hosted a watch party for the event.

How to buy and sell a church

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A variety of images from Flickr, taken by Lisa Fecther, Abbie Brown and Notley Hawkins.

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A variety of images from Flickr, taken by photographers Notley Hawkins, Abbie Brown and Lisa Fechter.

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A runner’s passion sparks a streak

Mikel Burlingame, left, and Darrin Young compete in the Jeff Shikles Memorial 8K Run/Walk in Columbia on Sunday. Burlingame traveled from Lee's Summit to run in his first race with his longtime friend.

Downtown Optimist Club helps kids cruise the Soap Box Derby

Hunter Montague, 9, and his dad, Kevin Montague, clean up and make some final adjustments to Hunter's soapbox car. Hunter plans to race on Sunday in the Mid-Missouri Soap Box Derby. It will be his second year racing. Hunter's car is sponsored by Brock's Auto Body.

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Chuck Boots, Downtown Optimist Club member and past president of the Mid-Missouri Soap Box Derby, works on a soapbox car Wednesday at the Downtown Optimist Club. The car is scheduled to race on Sunday at the derby.

Police identify suspect, issue warrant request in Sanford Avenue shooting

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Twilight Festival's return features bands, entertainment and magic

Marq Marshall, 13, and Rachel Mooney, 11, don costumes and distribute promotional materials for Victory Christian Church at the Twilight Festival at Flat Branch Park on June 5.

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Iceiss Starr blows fire during a fire show at the Twilight Festival on June 5.

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Buddy Kirchner and his dog, Jackpot, enjoy the music of Frank Bang's Secret Stash on Ninth Street at the Twilight Festival on June 5.

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Carl Justice, 4, takes a break in the grass of Flat Branch Park at the Twilight Festival on June 5.

Man wants Army to reopen investigation into daughter's death in Iraq

Army Pfc. LaVena Lynn Johnson is seen in a November 2004 photo taken at basic training. Johnson was found dead July 19, 2005, in a small contractor's tent in Balad, Iraq. Her death was ruled a suicide but her father, John Johnson, wants Congress to force the Army to reopen its investigation into her death.

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John Johnson talks about the circumstances surrounding the death of his daughter, Army Pfc. LaVena Lynn Johnson, Tuesday, June 3, 2008, in St. Louis. Private Johnson was found dead July 19, 2005, in a small contractor's tent in Balad, Iraq. Army investigators and coroners ruled she had shot herself in the mouth with an M-16 rifle. Her father wants Congress to force the Army to reopen its investigation into her death.

Last day of school through principals’ eyes

Parkade Elementary Principal Betsy Baker says goodbyes after school let out for the summer on Tuesday. After 12 years as principal at Parkade, Baker is retiring. "Today has been a lot harder than I thought," Baker said.

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Deb Barksdale stands amid a flurry of cards from her students that she received on her birthday in September. Barksdale is retiring this year from Benton Elementary School.

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Nyle Klinginsmith is retiring as principal at Jefferson Junior High School.

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Linda Klopfenstein is retiring as principal at Midway Heights Elementary School.
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