Decade's End: Coffee by design [Photo]

This Aug. 1, 2006, file photo shows a cup of Starbucks coffee in Freeport, Maine.

Decade's End: Bloggers [Photo]

This July 16, 2005, file photo shows Singaporean blogger Wendy Cheng, who goes by the name Xiaxue when she is online, blogging from the bar at Singapore's first blogging convention in Singapore.

Decade's End: i-everything [Photo]

This Nov. 3, 2006, file photo shows the then new Apple iPod Shuffle, right, next to a Red iPod Nano, center, and 60GB iPod, left, at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif.

Decade's end: Netflix [Photo]

This promotional photo released by Netflix shows a special holiday edition of the Netflix trademark red envelop, featuring original artwork by Peter Jackson. Netflix, the world's largest online movie rental service, and Martin Scorsese's nonprofit organization, The Film Foundation, unveiled the special holiday envelops featuring original artwork by some of Hollywood's most prominent filmmakers and actors, including Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and Martin Scorsese.

Decade of change [Photo]

From $4 cups of coffee to the iPod: the things that have defined the decade.

Cell phone radiation [Photo]

Photo illustration/Missourian

The spectrum of radiation [Graphic]

Radiation is a type of energy that can travel through space in the form of a wave. Most of the radiation people are exposed to on a regular basis is electromagnetic radiation, which is composed of electrical and magnetic energy. There is ongoing debate about whether exposure to cell phone and smart phone radiation may lead to cancer.

Decade's End: Facing ahead [Photo]

This Feb. 5, 2007, file photo shows founder Mark Zuckerberg smiling at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Facebook Inc. has avoided the acquisition frenzy that's gobbled up, 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.

Helping in the kitchen [Photo]

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.

A family moment [Photo]

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 Ted Roberts [Photo]

Santa Claus, known from January to November as Ted Roberts.

Three generations of Boy Scouts [Photo]

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)

Collection of Scouting handbooks [Photo]

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.

Father, son share love of Scouting [Photo]

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.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus [Slideshow]

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.
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.

Santa stocking [Photo]

Made by Jasper, second grade, Lee Elementary. Click for a slideshow of other Christmas art.

Holiday lights traditions [Video]

These folks see holiday decorations as a way of giving back to their community.

Wary drivers [Photo]

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.

Storm tracking [Photo]

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.

Slow going [Photo]

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.