December 23, 2008
MU's DeMarre Carroll falls in a scramble for the ball Tuesday in the Braggin Rights game against Illinois in St. Louis.
Read the report from the Missouri Department of Higher Education on how budget cuts could affect universities and colleges that receive public funding.
Michael Kasten, 22, sings Christmas carols instead of ringing a bell for the Salvation Army while Renee Baxter donates money Tuesday at Hy-Vee shopping center. "He's wonderful," Baxter said, "and it really gets you in the Christmas mood."
The magic tree at 303 Hickam Drive in Columbia has been lit for 14 consecutive years. The 28-foot-tall crab apple tree is 45 years old. It is decorated with 75,000 LED lights, which take owner Randy Fletcher about 120 hours to string on the branches. Lighting costs $10 per night for the tree.
Missouri guard Zaire Taylor says Tuesday's game against Illinois in St. Louis is a chance for the Tigers "to prove something as far as where we’re coming along as a team.”
Former MU swimmer Max Jaben
December 22, 2008
Tausha L. Fields, 33, of Dickinson, Texas, has been charged with the first-degree murder of her estranged husband, Mitchell Wayne Kemp, a Columbia man who was shot and killed in 2004, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department. Fields' ex-husband, Gregory Warren Morton, was arrested on the same charges in Columbia earlier this year.
Mary Watkins talks of life after the Great Depression.
Katherine Finley speaks about her grandfather's "fairy Christmas tree" made from tinsel.
Claude Havens talks about living on nothing while at an orphanage during the Depression.
Mary Watkins, shown in her Columbia apartment, was born in 1940 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She said her family didn't have a lot of money after the Depression so the children learned not to expect expensive holiday gifts.
Katherine Finley was born in 1919 in Bosworth. While posing for a portrait in her Columbia apartment, she shared memories of holidays during the Great Depression. She said her most memorable Christmas involved her grandfather's makeshift "fairy Christmas tree" covered in homemade tinsel.
Claude Havens, who was born in 1915 in New York City, looks through a photo album in his Columbia apartment. He grew up in an orphanage and was sent to Missouri on an orphan train. He said the Great Depression didn't have a big effect on him because he was used to living on nothing.
Clint Pickett plays with his two sons, Cody, 3, on his back, and Luke, 21 months, at their Wardsville home on Dec. 6, 2008. The Picketts said Luke and Clint's trip to China gave the two time to bond.
Cheryl Pickett holds her son Luke while her other son, Cody, 3, peers out from under the chair on Dec. 6, 2008. Cheryl, who recently gave birth to twins, stayed in Missouri with Cody while Clint and Luke were in China.
Luke Pickett grasps his father, Clint PIckett's, finger on Dec. 6, 2008. Luke, who recently had a cord blood stem cell transplant to try and treat his cerebral palsy, has been able to use his fingers with more purpose, according to his parents.
Luke Pickett, 21 months, of Wardsville went to Chengyang People's Hospital in Qingdao, China, for a cord blood stem cell transplant.
Luke Pickett poses with nurses at the Chengyang People's Hospital in Qingdao, China. “The nurses couldn’t get enough of him,” Clint Pickett, Luke's father, said. “I couldn’t walk down the hall without them stopping and holding his hands or rubbing his little face.”