Planks eroding [Photo]

It's not only the timber supports that have deteriorated with time on Bridge 12 on the MKT Trail. A close-up of some of the planks of Bridge 12 show signs of age on Tuesday.

Time for repairs [Photo]

A jogger runs across Bridge 13 on the MKT Trail on Tuesday. Bridges 12 and 13 will be closed beginning Jan. 4, 2010, to facilitate their replacement. The 100-year-old bridges' timber supports have deteriorated with time, and the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department decided to replace them over the winter months when it would cause the least amount of inconvenience.

House of lights [Photo]

A forest of trees dance to Christmas music as part of Bill and Kris Tenny-Brittian's Christmas display, located between Worley and Ash streets on West Boulevard, on Sunday. The Tenny-Brittians' goal with their display is to encourage others and spread Christmas cheer.

A helping holiday [Photo]

Sharon Emery, left, visits with two well-wishers on Tuesday. Emery and her late husband, Bob, collect donations for Habitat for Humanity, with the goal of gathering enough money to fund a house. And even after that goal is reached, Emery plans on continuing to put out her display. "I don't think Bob's friends will let me stop," she said jokingly.

Spreading cheer [Photo]

Headlights of a passing car illuminate the lawn of Sharon Emery's yard as it slowly drives pass the intricate Christmas light display on Saturday. Emery's late husband, Bob, created all of the displays by hand. Sharon Emery originally wasn't going to erect the display this year, fearing it would be too hard, but after an outpouring of requests and help from friends, she gave in.

Candy canes aglow [Photo]

A colorful display of candy canes and Christmas lights decorates a house on Stratford Court to spread holiday cheer in northwest Columbia.

A deal is made [Photo]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, left, is congratulated by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, during a health care news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. From left are, Reid; Harkin; Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.; Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

Cleanup after fire [Photo]

Columbia Firefighters wait to clean up the remains of a 1993 Nissan Altima that erupted into flames at a stop light off Grindstone Parkway and U.S. 63. Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said a hole in the muffler caused the fire.

Adding to the family [Photo]

Donna Crook, left, her grandson Rico, center, and her husband, Sgt. Raymond Crook, greeting Meyer, a three-and-a-half-year-old shepherd/akita mix. “I should have named him Shadow — he follows me everywhere,” Crook said.

Puppy love [Photo]

Will Acevedo cuddles Xena, a Jack Russell mix. “She’s done wonders for me,” Acevedo says of Xena. “Instead of you focusing on yourself and your battle wounds, you focus on the dog.”

Who'll be home for Christmas? [Photo]

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George Clooney films in St. Louis [Photo]

George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air."

Newlyweds struggle over which family gets their holiday time [Photo]

Photo illustration.

Missouri men's basketball player J.T. Tiller vs. Illinois in 2008 [Photo]

Missouri's J.T. Tiller tries to drive through the Illinois defense during last year's Braggin Rights game. Tiller had five points and six rebounds in the Tigers' 75-59 loss. Wednesday night is Tiler's last shot at a Braggin' Rights win.

Brady Deaton [Photo]

Brady Deaton is the MU chancellor.

Stacks of answer sheets [Photo]

Testing materials sit among other documents inside the Academic Resource Center's (ARC) warehouse in Columbia. The ARC serves more than 135 colleges and universities across the country as well as organizations such as the Missouri Bar Association and the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator.

Scanning testing materials [Photo]

Aaron McGee, senior computer operator, scans testing materials at the Academic Resource Center (ARC) in Columbia on Dec. 7. The NCS Pearson 5000i Imaging Scanning System has an input capacity of 750 sheets and is used to process some of the over 1 million assessments, surveys and other documents that the ARC handles annually.

Answer sheets wait to be processed [Photo]

Answer sheets wait to be processed at the Assessment Resource Center (ARC) in Columbia on Dec. 7. ARC uses optical mark and image scanning to process projects with a scanning capacity of up to 38,000 sheets per hour.

James Cook [Photo]

James Cook.

Vintage lights add to Christmas nostalgia [Photo]

Gary Barksdale's home in Norman, Okla., is decorated with a mix of vintage incandescent bulbs and LED lights for the holidays. While acknowledging LEDs are more durable and use up to one-hundredth the amount of electricity as incandescents, Barksdale grows nostalgic sorting through broken bulbs and overloaded fuses every year. "It's part of the holiday tradition," Barksdale said.