December 28, 2010
Matthew Christ, left, and Andrew Johnson, right, of Fire Good Productions perform a fire spinning move. The group is set to perform at First Night on Friday evening.
Missouri's Steve Moore, top, swats away a shot by Northern Illinois' Xavier Silas while Justin Safford, right, reaches to block Silas' view of the basket. Silas, who was averaging 26.2 points a game entering Monday night's contest, was held to 2-for-12 shooting and scored only eight points.
Raha Obaei is a junior at the Missouri School of Journalism and a reporter for the Missourian.
With associate head coach Melvin Watkins at his side, Missouri men's basketball head coach Mike Anderson, center, cranes his neck around a referee to more clearly see a play during the Tigers' game against Northern Illinois on Monday at Mizzou Arena. The game marked Anderson's 100th win as Missouri's head coach.
Missouri senior forward Justin Safford guards Northern Illinois' Xavier Silas in the Tigers' victory on Monday night at Mizzou Arena.
December 27, 2010
Northern Illinois' Xavier Silas, bottom left, has his shot blocked by Missouri's Steve Moore, top left, as Justin Safford, right, helps on defense. Silas, who was averaging 26.2 points a game entering Monday night's contest, was held to 2-for-12 shooting and scored only eight points.
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said he is confident the way he and his team approach the month leading up to the Tigers' bowl game is effective.
Navy's Cory Finnerty runs against the Missouri defense in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 31, 2009. The Midshipmen ran for 385 yards in their 35-13 victory against the Tigers.
Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz's team began the season ranked No. 9 in the AP poll, but three consecutive losses, the last to lowly Minnesota, dropped the Hawkeyes out of the rankings and into the Insight Bowl.
Members of the Missouri football team are greeted by Insight Bowl representatives after arriving by plane Wednesday at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.
Iowa senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi had thrown for more than 2,800 yards, 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
MU quarterback Blaine Gabbert throws to receiver T.J. Moe in the Missouri vs. Illinois Arch Rivalry game.
Mitch Richards is running for the First Ward seat on the Columbia City Council.
Diane O'Hagan stands in the basement of Pickard Hall with a painting by Hu Boxiang, the father of her Chinese pen pal Hu Gengsheng. The painting was made in 1961 and received by O'Hagan about 30 years ago as a gift. She recently donated it to the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.
Diane O'Hagan flips through old letters from Hu Gengsheng, her Chinese pen pal, that she brought out to display at her home. After an elementary school class assignment in 1946 to send gifts to foreign countries, Gensheng responded to O'Hagan's messages, and the two kept in contact.
Many of Hu Gengsheng's letters included drawings. Gengsheng loved airplanes, machinery, muscle-building and even included depictions of the Missouri state flag and state Capitol building in his correspondence with Diane O'Hagan.
December 26, 2010
Now in his fifth season, Missouri coach Mike Anderson's 100th win with the Tigers is likely to happen at Mizzou Arena. Anderson's record at Missouri is 99-47, and the Tigers play their next three games on Norm Stewart Court.
Angela Mischelle Lawless was killed in 1992 near Benton, south of Cape Girardeau.
Emma Phelps, 3, lays her hand on the box of new boots her mother, Amber, bought at Macy's with extra Christmas cash on Sunday afternoon. Emma got to pick out a necklace.
December 25, 2010
Komini Pardalos smiles at his grandmother Georgia Pardalos after stealing a piece of her spanakopita before lunch on Christmas Day.