Thanksgiving favorites [Photo]

Columbians discuss their Thanksgiving traditions [Audio]

Columbia residents have a variety of traditions and memories about Thanksgiving, but they all agree on what's most important: food, family and friends.

CHART: Pollutants and conditions in Hinkson Creek [Graphic]

The pollutants and conditions at Hinkson Creek come from a variety of sources, including roads, sewers, litter and runoff.

Firefighter surveys damage at house fire [Photo]

Boone County Fire Department Training Officer Josh Creamer surveys the damage of a house fire Sunday evening on Bon Gor Court, north of Columbia. While no residents were injured, the damage from a fire, which started in the kitchen, exceeded $60,000.

Moore on sidelines [Photo]

Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore watches from the sidelines during Sunday's game in St. Louis.

Moore, Weatherspoon focus on defense [Photo]

Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore, left, and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon focus on the St. Louis Rams offense during Sunday's game at the Edward Jones Dome.

Columbia Jaycees Holiday Parade [Slideshow]

Columbia residents turned out Sunday afternoon for the 31st annual Columbia Jaycees Holiday Parade downtown.

Remembering the Capitol Christmas tree [Photo]

Hunter Acton, 11, takes a photograph of his signature, which his father, Victor, points to, on the side of the semi-truck carrying the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on Sunday.

Signing the Capitol Christmas tree truck [Photo]

Taylor Boyd signs her name on the tarp of the semi-truck carrying the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree which parked at the Holiday Inn on Interstate 70 Drive on Sunday.

Moore continues to wear No. 25 [Photo]

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Laurent Robinson is tackled by Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore on Sunday in St. Louis. Moore continues to wear No. 25 to honor his former Missouri teammate Aaron O'Neal.

Injured girl loaded into ambulance [Photo]

A 7-year-old girl who participated in the Columbia Jaycees Holiday Parade is rolled into a Boone Hospital Center ambulance after being run over by the float she was walking alongside. The girl's costume got caught in the wheel of the trailer carrying the float, and she was dragged under it. Police on site said the wheel "barely missed her head."

Pelini yells at team [Photo]

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, right, yells at his players during the third quarter Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

Petty congratulates Edwards [Photo]

NASCAR legend Richard Petty congratulates driver Carl Edwards in the No. 99 Aflac Ford after Edwards won the Ford 400.

Edwards celebrates with fans [Photo]

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, center, high fives fans after winning the Ford 400. In addition to his victory backflips, Edwards has started going into the grandstands to celebrate with fans.

Edwards takes checkered flag [Photo]

Carl Edwards takes the checkered flag to win the Ford 400 on Sunday in Homestead, Fla. Edwards cruised to the victory and joked with crew chief Bob Osborne after the race: "Why didn't you set the cars up like this before, Bob? That was the best performance down the straightaway I've had in a long time."

Edwards dominates [Photo]

Carl Edwards' victory Saturday in Homestead, Fla., was close to domination. He led 190 of 267 laps for his second consecutive NASCAR race win.

Edwards wins again [Photo]

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards celebrates after winning the Ford 400 on Sunday in Homestead, Fla.

Donald Kaul [Photo]

Donald Kaul is a guest columnist.

Grabner gets a first down [Photo]

MU punter Matt Grabner gets the first down on a trick play against Iowa State on Saturday.

MU Defensive Jacquies Smith tackles quarterback [Photo]

MU Defensive Lineman Jacquies Smith tackles Iowa State Quarterback Jerome Tiller on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010.