Giving blood at the blood drive [Photo]

Kathleen Mitchell, American Red Cross collection technician, helps Kara Lappin, 19, donate blood during the Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive on Thursday at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. Lappin was giving blood for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, as part of homecoming week.

Nervous about giving blood at the blood drive [Photo]

Kara Lappin, 19, shows her anxiousness before donating blood during the Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive on Thursday at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. Though Lappin has donated blood before, she was a bit anxious about it, but still donated for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi.

Jodie Ferguson reviews a form with daugher [Photo]

Jodie Ferguson, left, Hans Chrisman, center, and their 8-year-old daughter, Juniper Chrisman, right, go over a form for her elementary school at their home on Sept. 24. When she was younger, Ferguson underwent chemotherapy for cancer, and now that she is 26, she has found insurance premiums, which are higher because of her medical history, to be unaffordable. Instead, Ferguson lives without health insurance but has given legal guardianship of her daughter to her parents, who live nearby, so that she can be covered under their own health insurance plan. Ferguson, a hair stylist of eight years, is also a full-time student at Columbia College, enrolled in night classes. While the couple is longer together, Hans lives in Columbia and is active in his daughter's life. "He takes her on nights when I have class and that makes it tons easier," Jodie said.

Fergus Moore working in his office [Photo]

Fergus Moore, working from his remote office at Lakota Coffee Company, grades test papers from the art history class he teaches at Moberly Area Community College. He chooses not to carry health insurance.

Jim Widner playing [Photo]

Jim Widner. As part of the “We Always Swing” jazz series, the Jim Widner Big Band and special guest Bobby Watson will perform a scholarship benefit concert at 8 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, 203 S. Ninth St.

The Thomas Hickman House almost ready for tours [Photo]

Built in 1819, the Thomas Hickman House in New Franklin stands almost ready for public tours on Thursday. The house is one of Missouri's oldest intact brick houses and will open to the public on Saturday during the seventh annual Missouri Chestnut Roast.

Kitchen building at Thomas Hickman House [Photo]

The Thomas Hickman House includes a separate building that served as the summer kitchen, pictured here on Thursday. The family's servants in the 19th century would have prepared meals, sewed and done laundry in this one-room building, which features a functional hearth.

Attic of Thomas Hickman house [Photo]

The attic of the Thomas Hickman House in New Franklin remains the house's only unfurnished room as of Thursday. Walnut timber and brick walls are the attic's only guard against the elements. The Hickmans, who had nine slaves in the 1850s, would lock their slaves in this attic at night.

Buck's Ice Cream celebrates anniversary [Slideshow]

Buck’s Ice Cream Place celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday with free samples, special presentations and discounted ice cream.

William Clinch [Photo]

William Clinch

Jeremy Bohannon [Photo]

Jerry Bohannon

Becky Doisy [Photo]

Becky Doisy

Missouri safety Jarrell Harrison [Photo]

Missouri safety Jarrell Harrison runs drills during Missouri football practice Tuesday on Kadlec Field.

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon [Photo]

The passion Sean Weatherspoon has for football is clear. ""Every time we step out there, no matter who we're playing, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else," Weatherspoon said.

Winning smile of Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon [Photo]

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has always stood out in a crowd. "He met no strangers," his mother Elwanda Weatherspoon said.

How To Hit Like Spoon [Graphic]

Ever wonder how Sean Weatherspoon hits his opponents with the force of a train? Ever wish that you could do the same? Well, wish no more. Follow the steps below and as long as you’re 6-foot-2, 250 pounds and can run a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, you could become the next “Spoon.”

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Serving Columbia at night [Photo]

Tim Mallory serves customers at his concession stand located near Ninth and Locust. In addition to hot dogs, Mallory offers brats, burgers, and nachos. He gets most of his business late at night after the bars close.

Grilling midnight snacks [Photo]

Tim Mallory prepares hot dogs, brats, and burgers for his concession stand located near the corner of Ninth and Locust. Mallory opened his stand about a year ago, working into the night to serve those looking for a late night snack.

Dogfighting raid: Junior [Photo]

Junior, one of hundreds of American pit bulls that were seized July 8 in a dozen states from the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history, gets a little friendly petting from volunteer Tiffany McBee at the Humane Society of Missouri headquarters Wednesday, Oct. 14, in St. Louis. Junior and five others seized during the raids will soon leave the Humane Society's emergency shelter in St. Louis for new homes.