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Ben Denney places his thumb on his gun

Ben Denney places his thumb on the butt of his Taylor's & Company Runnin' Iron, a balanced, single-action pistol designed specifically for mounted shooting, during the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out on Friday.

Shayla Harmon blasts a red balloon

Shayla Harmon blasts a red balloon during the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out at the Central Missouri Events Center on Friday. No projectiles are used in the competition. Rather, the heat and grit from blanks loaded with black theatrical powder burst the balloons, the announcer said.

Laura Wilson concentrates while taking aim

Laura Wilson concentrates while taking aim at one of 10 balloons during the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out at the Central Missouri Events Center on Friday.

A rider walks his horse before the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out

More than 50 horseback riders participated in the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out during the Boone County Fair at the Central Missouri Events Center on Friday.

Robbie Hamm rests on his horse

Robbie Hamm rests on his horse, Chisum, before the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out on Friday. He named his horse for the 1970 film starring John Wayne, he said.

Rams quarterbacks drop back at football camp

St. Louis Rams quarterbacks, from left, Austin Davis, Sam Bradford, Garrett Gilbert and Shaun Hill drop back to pass during training camp at the NFL football team's practice facility Friday in St. Louis.

Michael Sam takes part in a drill

St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, 96, takes part in a drill during training camp at the NFL football team's practice facility Friday in St. Louis.

Michael Sam tries to get around Cory Harkey

St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, right, tries to get around tight end Cory Harkey during training camp at the NFL football team's practice facility on Friday in St. Louis.

Luis Valbuena slides past Tony Cruz to score

Chicago Cubs' Luis Valbuena slides safely into home past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz on a single by Ryan Sweeney off a pitch from Joe Kelly during the third inning of a baseball game Friday in Chicago. St. Louis lost its fourth straight game, 7-6.

Ida Mae Dimmitt stands at the counter of her shop

Ida Mae Dimmitt, owner and sole proprietor of Show-Me Antiques, stands at the counter of her shop July 7 in the historic district of Hannibal. Dimmitt, who turned 95 on July 10, has run the business for 48 years and works seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ShowMe Brass Band visits Robert and Carolyn Spier

From left, Marc Lewis, bass trombone; Lisa Sattenspiel, horn; Steve Fair, cornet; and Jeff Miner, cornet, play as part of the ShowMe Brass Band during a small concert for a longtime local music supporter, Robert Spier and his wife, Carolyn, in the Spiers' home on Friday.

The Corinthian Hall staircase rises on Sunday

The main staircase of Corinthian Hall rises on Sunday in Kansas City. The site is the once and future location of the Kansas City Museum.

Bubblews user gets paid for contributing

Gerry Kelly, founder of clothing brand Sonas Denim and a Bubblews user, poses near his home in San Francisco. Kelly has already earned nearly $100 from Bubblews since he began using a test version in January. His Bubblews feed serves as a journal about the lessons he has learned in life, as well as a forum for his clothing brand.

Older women share housing, expenses

Carolyn Allen, left, a 69-year-old widow who has suffered two strokes, is shown with roommate Marcia Rosenfeld, who owns the apartment in Brooklyn, New York, where Allen lives. The two women are roommates thanks to a home-sharing program run by the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, a nonprofit agency. Rosenfeld's two-bedroom apartment is too big for her, and even with a senior citizen's rent break, it was too expensive, so she is happy to have Allen help share living expenses. The pair say the home-sharing program works well for them.

The Boone County Fair takes place at the Central Missouri Events Center

The Boone County Fair is one of the main events held at the Central Missouri Events Center. The proposed one-eighth cent county parks sales tax, which will be on the Aug. 5 ballot, is designed to provide funding for the events center. Without a more stable source of funding, the future of events such the Boone County Fair is in jeopardy.

Moustakas celebrates with Royals

Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas, right, celebrates with Salvador Perez and other players after hitting an inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning Thursday against the Cleveland Indians.

Two cars hit another at about the same time during the Figure Eight Race Event

Two competitors rear-end Team Dummy's car 18.9, which is driven by Jason Giesing. "It takes pretty good concentration, you try to play nice out there generally," Giesing said.

Nathan Dummermuth does a quick fix after an early heat

Nathan Dummermuth pries the fender away from his wheel after the first heat. "I'm trying to get this unstuck so I get driving," Dummermuth said.

Jason Giesing secures the hood of his car

Jason Giesing latches the hood back to the frame of his car during the event. "It's great, there's an adrenaline rush, you almost need it," Giesing said.


Car 15 hits Car 20.8 during the race

A challenger hits Team Dummy's car 20.8, which is driven by Nathan Dummermuth.
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