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Mama Bessie's Cleaners holds annual Halloween party [Slideshow]

Mama Bessie's Cleaners hosted its annual Keep the Kids off the Street Halloween Party, but this year, candy and costumes were not the only high points of the event. Like every Halloween party hostess, Margaret Hickem-Smith, owner of Mama Bessie's, gave away candy, hot chocolate and food, but this year, piles of winter clothes, toys and school supplies were up for grabs.

With the help of donations from loyal customers, family and friends, Hickem-Smith organizes the annual gathering to give parents and their kids a safe place to celebrate.

"Most of the time, parents are at home, passing out candy while their kid is trick-or-treating," Hickem-Smith said. "This way, the parents know what their kid is doing, and they can have fun together on Halloween."

This year, Hickem-Smith received toys, socks and hats from the Columbia Fire Department and decided to help families who are struggling to pay for school supplies and winter clothes halfway through the school year.

Customers, churches and businesses chipped in, donating scarves, gloves, clothes and coats for the 150 kids who attended the party.

Parkade kids celebrate Halloween [Slideshow]

The Parkade neighborhood was alive with young trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Perfect weather and Halloween falling on a Saturday probably contributed to the crowds.

Ensemble Galilei plays music to images from Hubble [Photo]

Ensemble Galilei plays classical music to complement images from the Hubble space telescope during the Universe of Dreams multimedia concert Saturday evening at Jesse Auditorium at MU.

NPR host narrates poems to Hubble images [Photo]

NPR radio host Neal Conan narrates poems and short stories to images from the Hubble telescope during the Universe of Dreams show Saturday evening, Nov. 14, 2009, in Jesse Auditorium at MU.

The cast of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" [Photo]

From left, the cast of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" includes Ames Adamson, Quin Gresham, Jacob Knoll, Liz Ali and Anne Marie Bills. Because the play is set up as a play within a play, each actor plays multiple parts throughout the show. "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" opens on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 in Arrow Rock.

Liz Ali and Jacob Knoll perform as Mary and George Bailey [Photo]

Liz Ali, left, and Jacob Knoll, right, perform a scene as Mary and George Bailey during a dress rehearsal of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at the Lyceum Theatre. The show is a play within a play of a radio crew producing a radio version of "It's a Wonderful Life" and opens on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

Actors share a moment during "It's a Wonderful Life" dress rehearsal [Photo]

Jacob Knoll and Liz Ali share a moment onstage as George and Mary Bailey during a dress rehearsal of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at the Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009. The play opens Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, and runs through Nov. 22, 2009.

Universe of Dreams show [Photo]

NPR radio host Neal Conan narrates images from the Hubble Space Telescope during the Universe of Dreams show in Jesse Auditorium at Mu on Saturday.

Farewell Field Fair [Photo]

Field Elementary hosted a “Farewell Field Fair” Saturday evening to celebrate the school’s history before all the staff and students move to Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary in January.

Ensemble Universe of Dreams show [Photo]

Ensemble Galilei plays classical music to complement images from the Hubble Space Telescope during the Universe of Dreams multimedia concert in Jesse Auditorium at MU on Saturday.

OralHealth [Graphic]

The American Dental Association recommends reading food labels and choosing foods and beverages that are low in added sugars to monitor the amount of sugar consumed. Added sugars can be found in soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries. Too much sugar can contribute to cavities, gum disease or other oral health problems, which can be mitigated by regular cleanings and brushing.

Dance Marathon at MU [Video]

On Saturday, Children’s Miracle Network held a dancing marathon to raise funds for the children’s hospital.

Missouri defeats Kansas State [Slideshow]

Missouri beat Kansas State 38-12 in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday.

Missouri defense surrounds K-State receiver Brandon Banks [Photo]

Missouri defenders Kenji Jackson, left, Will Ebner, center, and Jasper Simmons, right, converge on Kansas State wide receiver Brandon Banks in Saturday's Tigers victory.

Alexander leads Missouri football team against K-State [Photo]

Senior Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander runs for a long score after a third-quarter reception Saturday against Kansas State.

Feeling the love [Photo]

Missouri senior Leslie Horn reaches out to senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon after Missouri defeated Kansas State 38-12 at the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday.

Break Through [Photo]

Missouri tailback Derrick Washington, a junior, evades Kansas State sophomore defensive back Emmanuel Lamur to score the Tigers' final touchdown Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.

Denmon - MU Basketball [Photo]

Missouri sophomore guard Marcus Denmon drives down the court during the Tigers' game against Northwest Missouri State on Friday night at Mizzou Arena.

Coach Mike Anderson [Photo]

Missouri head coach Mike Anderson reacts to a play during the Tigers game against Northwest Missouri State in November at Mizzou Arena.

Ramsey - MU Basketball [Photo]

Missouri senior forward Keith Ramsey fights for the ball with Northwest Missouri State junior forward Elijah Allen on Friday night at Mizzou Arena.
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