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Put your left foot in

Mayor Darwin Hindman sticks his left foot in with Emma Plunkett, 3, and her brother Jesse Plunkett, 4. The three did the hokeypokey at the sixth annual Bike, Walk and Wheel Week wrap-up at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday afternoon.

The gasps were audible over the Ironweed Bluegrass Band as Mike Bowman rolled up on his gleaming Schwinn Black Phantom replica. The wheel inserts mesmerized those gathered, gyring in the spiderweb of spokes.

Legislators hammer out HealthNet

JEFFERSON CITY — The five-month legislative session ended Friday with a spurt of activity as the legislature attempted to approve the major issues Gov. Matt Blunt outlined during his State of the State address in January.

Armyworms marching to Missouri

NEVADA, Mo. — After coping with a severe spring freeze and days of torrential rain, farmers in parts of southern and western Missouri are confronting yet another enemy: armyworms.

‘Not guilty’ verdict adds to families’ grief

Two families were looking for justice as they sat in a Boone County courtroom last week at the trial of former Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Forler.

Despite wrongs, Bush won’t be impeached

A couple of weeks ago, an MU law professor published an essay in The New York Times explaining how Attorney General Alberto Gonzales could be impeached.

Five Ideas

How can Missouri generate more revenue to maintain its bridges? How would you rate Phyllis Chase’s accomplishments as superintendent? Do you think the discussion of gangs is important? Would Kenny Hulshof be a good choice to lead UM? What did you think of Jerry Falwell?

Mud, Blood and Ponytails

“You get to hit people,” says Mel SanMiguel, a rugby veteran. “It’s definitely an aggression releaser.” A predecessor of football, rugby has struggled to gain prominence in the U.S. It’s a game relegated to college club level, that carries the tarnished reputation of heavy drinking and bad behavior.

Missouri baseball finishes second in Big 12

STILLWATER, Okla. — MU’s baseball team will finish in second place in the Big 12 Conference after taking an 8-5 over Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

Missouri softball reaches finals

CARBONDALE, ILL — The Missouri softball team reached the NCAA Regional Championship game with a 7-4 win over Southern Illinois University yesterday and will face No.-1 seed Depaul at noon today.

Preakness parlay

BALTIMORE — It wasn’t a dazzling 10-length runaway of the type that other recent Preakness winners have scored, but Curlin’s photo-finish victory Saturday was a stunning, brilliant performance.

Extra Points

With three laps to go, Martin Truex used a three-wide pass on pole-sitter Carl Edwards and Johnny Sauter to take the lead and go on to win the Nextel Open on Saturday night in Concord, N.C.

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