VIDEO: Pets pose for pictures with Santa [Video]

Pet owners brought in their animals for pictures with Santa on Saturday at Lizzi and Rocco's Natural Pet Market. The event was a fundraiser for the Central Missouri Humane Society and Columbia Second Chance, which finds homes for rescued pets. Kyle Schlosser, who owns the store along with his wife Jessica, said a little under $1,000 was raised over two weekends to benefit the organizations. The store also hosts pet friendly photo events for charity on Easter and Halloween.

GRAPH: Cost to operate holiday lights [Graphic]

For today’s holiday enthusiast, there are many more options available than traditional, incandescent holiday lights. LED lights use less electricity, which can lead to a lower electric bill. See how much it will cost the average Columbia resident to operate strands of each type of lights for 8 hours a night, every night for the month of December.

City's response to EPA [Document]

This letter was sent to the EPA on behalf of the city. It details the objections the city has to the EPA's plan to clean up Hinkson Creek.

Joint Commission Report [Document]

Here is a pdf of the most recent Joint Commission report on University Hospital and Clinics.

Poetry read in remembrance [Photo]

The Rev. Susan Spencer of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia reads "We Remember Them," a poem by Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer during the Compassionate Friends candle lighting on Sunday.

Lighting candles of remembrance [Photo]

The Rev. Susan Spencer of Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia lights the first candle during the Compassionate Friends candle lighting on Sunday. The vigil was in remembrance of children who have died.

Remembering dear ones [Photo]

From left, Emma Farrell, Maria Oropallo and the Rev. Susan Spencer look at memorial photos during the Worldwide Compassionate Friends candle lighting on Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia.

MU Quidditch team gets off the ground [Slideshow]

The MU Quidditch team scrimmages every Wednesday and Sunday on the north end of Francis Quadrangle. The team was started earlier this year by MU sophomore Wendy Walden and is growing in popularity with every practice session. The game is relatively new worldwide, inspired by J. K. Rowling’s well-known "Harry Potter" book and movie series. It had to be adapted for Muggles, or non-magical humans, because in the series the game is played hundreds of feet in the air on flying brooms.

Preparing the next edition [Photo]

Jim Nilges works on designing and editing the next edition of The Hartsburg Truth. It's a monthly newspaper for the town of Hartsburg.

The newspaper's morgue [Photo]

Stacks of previous issues of The Hartsburg Truth are available. Storage areas of back issues for newspapers are called morgues.

Back issues set aside [Photo]

Previous issues of The Hartsburg Truth can be found Jim Nilges's home office as he works on the upcoming January issue on Monday.

The editor at work [Photo]

Jim Nilges looks over notes for an article to be published in the January issue of The Hartsburg Truth on Monday. The Truth stopped running in 1939, but Nilges revamped the newspaper this year.

Hazardous road conditions leads to Broadway closing [Photo]

A car slid into a Columbia Police Department patrol car Saturday evening on Anthony Street, near Boone Hospital Center. Broadway, which runs parallel to Anthony Street, was closed for about an hour Saturday night because of the hazardous driving conditions.

MU women's basketball player BreAnna Brock vs. UMKC [Photo]

Missouri's junior forward BreAnna Brock scored a career-high 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in the Missouri women’s basketball team’s 72-48 win over Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Flores family at MU women's basketball game [Photo]

Joyce Mollgaard, Connie Flores, Christine Flores, Ralph Flores and Dennis Mollgaard met after the Missouri women's basketball team's victory Saturday at Mizzou Arena

Adding a bit more makeup [Photo]

Bradley Morgan applies powder as he transforms into his female persona, LaDreama Funn.

Making the transformation [Photo]

Bradley Morgan transforms into his female persona, LaDreama Funn, at the Courtyard Marriott hours before the Miss City of Columbia on Saturday. Morgan spent three hours applying make up to prepare for the preliminary to the Miss Gay Missouri.

Sparkles abound in gown competition [Photo]

Bradley Morgan stands on the stage as LaDreama Funn during the evening gown portion of the Miss City of Columbia on Saturday. The preliminary, which was held at Soco, will determine who competes in Miss Gay Missouri.

Competiting for title [Photo]

Bradley Morgan completes the talent portion of Miss City of Columbia as LaDreama Funn on Saturday. Last year, Morgan was the first alternate in Miss City of Columbia. The contest is a preliminary stage in the female impersonator pageant circuit. The winner will vie for the title of Miss Gay Missouri.

Fans of Ricardo Ratliffe [Photo]

Ricardo Ratliffe's girlfriend, Ryane Lally, and mother, Kismyt Ratliffe, watch the Missouri men's basketball team play against Presbyterian College on Saturday.