Hickman falls to Moberly [Photo]

Hickman's Paige Nelson defends Tierney Seifert in the Kewpies 43-26 loss to Moberly on Saturday.

Leis drives for Columbia College [Photo]

Columbia College Senior guard Cara Leis, right, challenges Becca Stroman of Manhattan Christian College. Leis scored 10 points for the Cougars, who won 73-47.

Stephens College tries a new style of play [Photo]

Stephens College coach Bill Bixon instructs his players against Manhattan Christian on Saturday. With nine freshmen, Bixon's emphasis has been on basketball concepts rather than strategy. he says he's tried to give his team more freedom and more creativity without having to worry about a playbook.

Holiday Home Tour [Slideshow]

The 27th Annual Holiday Home Tour — featuring four Columbia homes — was presented Saturday by the Women’s Symphony League of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. It continues on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Living Windows in The District [Video]

On Friday, stores in "The District" put people in window displays for the holiday season. "Living Windows" is a Christmas festival where shoppers and residents can witness these holiday performances in downtown Columbia.

A Grinch at the Living Windows [Photo]

The Grinch entertains passerbys with her Jim Carrey impressions Friday at the Living Windows event.

Shelter Insurance annual Christmas tree lighting [Video]

A large crowd gathered outside Shelter Insurance on West Broadway on Friday to witness the annual Christmas tree lighting. West Junior High School's band and choir provided music for the event, and Santa came to take pictures with the children.

MU volleyball player Brittney Brimmage vs. Northern Iowa [Photo]

Missouri's Brittney Brimmage, left, and Lisa Henning, right, leap for a block against Northern Iowa's Beth Discher on Friday in the Tigers' first-round NCAA tournament victory in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

At the home care workshop [Photo]

Michael Goldschmidt leads the city's Homeworks Home Maintenance Training workshop on Saturday.

Black Friday spending vs November unemployment rate [Graphic]

According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers on average spent more during the Black Friday Weekend this year than over that weekend in 2009. Consumers spent an estimated $45 billion throughout the weekend, 9.2 percent more than last year. Last year’s low average occurred as the nation’s November unemployment rate reached its highest mark since 1982.

Black Friday shoppers start early [Graphic]

Black Friday shoppers got an early start this year. More shoppers lined up for bargains between midnight and 1 a.m. on Friday this year than in the past, but the percent of their shopping lists completed when the shopping weekend was over varied little from previous years.

Fred Schmidt [Photo]

Tree Lighting [Photo]

Sophia White, 4, explores an evergreen tree Friday night at Columbia College.

SLIDESHOW: Holiday Lights [Slideshow]

As the holiday celebrations begin in Columbia, Missourian photographers captured the holiday spirit of the Living Windows, Columbia College Tree Lighting, Cherry Hill Magic Tree celebration and the 45th Annual Shelter Insurance Christmas Tree Lighting.

Kenyan family starts a new life in Columbia [Video]

Habiba and Mohamed Badil, along with their children, are trying to make a life for themselves in Columbia after escaping their family's disapproval of their relationship.

Columbia Transit Rider Rates [Graphic]

In August 2010, Columbia Transit changed its bus routes. This change has since resulted overall in a 12 percent increase in ridership between Aug.2 and Oct. 31. This graph illustrates the increases in individual route ridership in November 2010 as compared to November 2009.

Crowd celebrating at Thompson Center [Photo]

The crowd celebrates after the ribbon cutting at the Thompson Center on Friday. The $5 million renovation of the facility will provide patients with greater access to doctors through high-tech innovations such as Telehealth units.

Thompson Center ribbon cutting [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon and William Thompson cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the Thompson Center on Friday. The 26,000-square-foot facility specializes in treating and researching autism and is equipped with more cameras and space to better help the visitors. "The technology is overwhelming, but it has been very convenient for the providers and families," Clinical Assistant Professor Elena Drewel said.

MU basketball player Marcus Denmon vs. Oregon [Photo]

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon drives to the basket against Oregon's Jay-R Strowbridge (55) and E.J. Singler, right. "We came out with the W, and that’s the most important thing,” Denmon said of the 83-80 victory.

Rock Bridge player Lindsey Cunningham vs. Rolla [Photo]

Rock Bridge junior point guard Lindsey Cunningham scored 14 points Thursday night in Rock Bridge’s 63-43 win over visiting Rolla. “As a point guard, she’s the coach’s right-hand person,” Bruins coach Jill Nagel said. “She sets the tone for us.”