Missouri

12:35pm

Wed August 14, 2013
The Two-Way

'Nothing Racist' Implied In 'Obama' Act, Says Rodeo Clown

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:40 am

A photo taken of the clown who wore a mask resembling President Obama during a rodeo Saturday at the Missouri State Fair.
Jameson Hsieh AP

Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a man wearing a President Obama mask was mocked, says "nothing racist was ever implied."

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5:18am

Tue August 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Rodeo Clown Behind Obama Skit Is Banned From State Fair

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 12:54 pm

A photo taken of the clown who wore a mask resembling President Obama during a rodeo Saturday at the Missouri State Fair.
Jameson Hsieh AP

(Click here to see why we've edited our headline and struckthrough six words at the top of this post.)

Missouri State Fair officials have now banned the rodeo clown who wore a President Obama mask during was responsible for a performance that mocked President Obama.

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8:23am

Mon August 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Rodeo Clown In Obama Mask Sparks Outrage, Apologies

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 9:42 am

A photo taken of the clown who wore a mask resembling President Obama during a rodeo at the Missouri State Fair on Saturday.
Jameson Hsieh AP

"It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally."

That's the reaction of spectator Perry Beam to Saturday's appearance at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo., of a rodeo clown wearing a mask meant to look like President Obama and what happened during his performance.

Videos that Beam took show some of the scene and capture some of what the rodeo announcer and another clown were saying. The Kansas City Star has posted two of the clips on its YouTube channel.

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9:49am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Oh Snap! U.S. Tourist Breaks Finger Off 600-Year-Old Statue

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 3:23 pm

A close-up of the damaged statue at Florence's Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
Maurizio Degl' Innocenti EPA/LANDOV

Add this to the list of damages done in recent years to important pieces of art:

"An American tourist in Italy has generated shock and outrage by snapping the finger off a 600-year-old statue at a museum in Florence." (NBC News)

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6:00am

Sun August 4, 2013
Agriculture

My Farm Roots: Providing From The Land

As a child Robert Harris Jr. worked picking cotton. Now, he’s back out in the fields, this time growing produce for the needy.
Credit Jacob McCleland / Harvest Public Media

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