December 25, 2009
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.
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.
December 24, 2009
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.
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.
Made by Jasper, second grade, Lee Elementary. Click for a slideshow of other Christmas art.
These folks see holiday decorations as a way of giving back to their community.
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.
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.
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.
Christian priests hold a Christmas procession outside the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Thursday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' bodyguards stand guard outside the Church of Nativity, background, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Thursday. The top Roman Catholic cleric in the cradle of Christianity delivered Christmas wishes Thursday for the peace that has eluded the Middle East, and prayed for the day when Palestinians would no longer be confined by Israeli barriers.
Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, a Missouri recruit who has had academic troubles, says he has gained 15 pounds and improved his speed while playing for the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.
Kathy Cruise was the only girl on the Hickman team during the preseason.
Becca Schranck, practicing with teammate Patrick Fleenor, became the second girl on the Kewpies squad when she joined the team shortly after the season started. “It’s not part of who I am to quit things,” Schranck said about finishing the year.
SLIDESHOW: Tigers end Braggin' Rights drought
Missouri and Illinois cheerleaders perform during the first half of Wednesday's Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis.
Leslie Anderson, program manager at Services for Independent Living, sits for a portrait at her desk on Dec. 14. Anderson has been working for the agency since 2007 but has been involved with organizations that provide assistance to the disabled since 1993.
Eli Paul, vice president of museum programs at the National World War I Museum, showed an Austrian Schwarlose machine gun from the World War I era that was part of a large private collection of machine guns and items related to machine gunners donated to the museum by the estate of Carl H. Hauber, whose widow decided her husband's collection was best housed in Kansas City.
A Russian M1910 Maxim M6 machine gun with a Sokolov mount, along with a uniform worn by a machine gunner in World War I, are part of a large private collection of machine guns and items related to machine gunners donated to the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.
December 23, 2009
Missouri forward Laurence Bowers shows off the Braggin' Rights trophy to fans after Wednesday night's victory over Illinois in St. Louis.
The tradition of holiday lighting originated centuries ago, but LED lights available today promise improved safety, reduced energy costs as well as overall better illumination.