Richardson keeps eyes on Missouri football [Photo]

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.

Hickman female wrestler Kathy Cruise [Photo]

Kathy Cruise was the only girl on the Hickman team during the preseason.

Hickman female wrestler Becca Schranck [Photo]

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.

Tigers end Braggin' Rights drought [Slideshow]

SLIDESHOW: Tigers end Braggin' Rights drought

Cheerleaders at Braggin' Rights game. [Photo]

Missouri and Illinois cheerleaders perform during the first half of Wednesday's Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis.

Working for others [Photo]

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.

World War I museum gets large donation [Photo]

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.

Artifacts of war [Photo]

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.

Missouri men's basketbal player Laurence Bowers celebrates the Tigers' 2009 victory over Illinois [Photo]

Missouri forward Laurence Bowers shows off the Braggin' Rights trophy to fans after Wednesday night's victory over Illinois in St. Louis.

This little light [Graphic]

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.

Frugal festivities [Graphic]

Closing ahead [Photo]

Zach Gibbons and Justin Spencer walk across Bridge 12 on the MKT Trail between the Twin Lakes Recreation Area and the entrance at Scott Boulevard on Tuesday. Plans are in place to close this portion of the Trail beginning Jan. 4, 2010, to facilitate the replacement of Bridges 12 and 13. Portions of Bridge 12 will be saved for a future display.

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.