December 26, 2009
This Feb. 5, 2007, file photo shows Facebook.com founder Mark Zuckerberg smiling at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Facebook Inc. has avoided the acquisition frenzy that's gobbled up MySpace.com, YouTube and other startups, and the company is now striving to become a general portal like Yahoo, not just a social networking site for college students.
December 25, 2009
Tres McCullon cleans the chocolate-chip cookie dough out of the beaters of his aunt, Lori Stoll's, electric mixer, on Monday. McCullon stayed with Lori and Barry Stoll for a summer. The Stolls frequently take in children in need, adding to their family of five. They currently are fostering five Vietnamese-American children.
Tres McCullon, 12, reacts to his aunt, Lori Stoll's laughter as they make chocolate chip cookies on Monday. Stoll and her husband, Barry, have been fostering children for about 9 years but have also worked in children's homes such as Coyote Hill and Rainbow House.
Santa Claus, known from January to November as Ted Roberts.
Tenderfoot Scout Bradley Corr, 11, left; his father Warren Corr, Troop 29 committee member, right; and his grandfather Ted Corr, who is Unit Commissioner with the Forks of the Delaware district of the Minis Trails Council, walk along the shore of Stillwater Lake at Boy Scout camp at Camp Minsi in Pocono Summit, Pa., in October. As the Boy Scouts of America heads toward its 100th anniversary in February, its first century adds up to a remarkable saga, full of achievement, complexity and contradiction.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Boy Scout handbooks from over the years are seen at the Lippincott family campsite in Sciota, Pa, in this October file photo. Many longtime Scouts say they enjoy the leadership skills that their participation has taught them.
Andrew Theodore Corr, left, and his father Edgar A. Corr, are seen posing for a photo in their Boy Scout uniforms in this 1935 photo provided by Warren Corr. The Boy Scouts of America heads toward its 100th anniversary in February.
December 24, 2009
The Missourian's general manager, Dan Potter, read the letter for us, and children were invited to share their Christmas art. The stockings are from the students of Marilyn Andre's second grade class at Lee Elementary.
Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.
Made by Jasper, second grade, Lee Elementary. Click for a slideshow of other Christmas art.
These folks see holiday decorations as a way of giving back to their community.
Travelers make their way through the rain on Interstate I-35/80 on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. A major winter storm lumbering across the nation's midsection promised a white Christmas for some but brought headaches for travelers caught on slick, icy roads or dealing with canceled and delayed flights.
This NOAA satellite image taken at 11:45 p.m. Thursday shows a mass of clouds in the East as a major winter storm is tracking through the Plains and Mississippi Valley. Widespread rain is noted in the Mississippi Valley, and heavy snow is falling in the Plains. Winter Storm Warnings are posted for the Plains as snow will hamper holiday travel.
Vehicles travel in blizzard conditions on Dodge Street in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday. A powerful storm spreading snow, sleet and rain across the nation's midsection glazed roads and disrupted flights Thursday, making last-minute holiday travel treacherous but promising a white Christmas for some.
Christian priests hold a Christmas procession outside the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Thursday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' bodyguards stand guard outside the Church of Nativity, background, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Thursday. The top Roman Catholic cleric in the cradle of Christianity delivered Christmas wishes Thursday for the peace that has eluded the Middle East, and prayed for the day when Palestinians would no longer be confined by Israeli barriers.
Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, a Missouri recruit who has had academic troubles, says he has gained 15 pounds and improved his speed while playing for the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.
Kathy Cruise was the only girl on the Hickman team during the preseason.
Becca Schranck, practicing with teammate Patrick Fleenor, became the second girl on the Kewpies squad when she joined the team shortly after the season started. “It’s not part of who I am to quit things,” Schranck said about finishing the year.
SLIDESHOW: Tigers end Braggin' Rights drought
Missouri and Illinois cheerleaders perform during the first half of Wednesday's Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis.