D. Sanders [Photo]

D. Sanders

MU's Carroll ready for California [Photo]

DeMarre Carroll plays defense on Nov. 30 against Oral Roberts. Carroll suffered a high-ankle sprain in a frustrating loss at California last season that bothered him the rest of the season. "I really don't even want to think about that game," Carroll said. "It was one of those nightmares."

Windows come to life in downtown Columbia [Slideshow]

On Friday, 16 downtown businesses participated in the Living Windows Festival staging performances of various holiday themes. Despite the cold, many families enjoyed extended store hours, carriage rides, music, refreshments and visiting Santa. The festival celebrates the upcoming holiday season and marks the beginning of downtown Columbia’s extended holiday hours.

Columbia College holiday lighting ceremony [Slideshow]

Columbia College celebrated the beginning of the holiday season Friday evening with a lighting ceremony on Bass Commons at the Columbia College campus. Afterwards, students, faculty and their families ate, visited and met with Santa.

Mice for a price [Photo]

Ele Dockweiler and Cully Dale stand behind the church mice they made and taught others to make for Calvary Episcopal Church's annual St. Nicholas Advent Bazaar on Saturday.

Mice for sale [Photo]

Joel Putnam displays a Nutcracker Suite-themed church mouse at Calvary Episcopal Church's annual St. Nicholas Advent Bazaar on Saturday.

Stephens College's Cara Leis [Photo]

Stephens forward Cara Leis, right, dribbles the ball closer to the basket before passing to a teammate as Manhattan Christian College players Whitney Stotts and Kristy Reigle fail to stop her during the first half on Friday at Stephens College. The Stars won 77-54.

Stoops, Pinkel talk about Big 12 title tilt [Photo]

Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel, left, and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops pose for a photo during The Big 12 press conference on Friday in Kansas City.

Columbia College student takes online courses [Photo]

Jutsin Lawzano, a Columbia resident and Columbia College student, takes online courses because he is stationed at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo as a military police officer in traffic accident investigations.

2008 compliance check locations [Document]

Here is the list of the 143 establishments that were visited since May when the Columbia Police Department began its alcohol compliance check program. Those businesses who received a failing grade were caught selling alcohol to a minor working in conjunction with police efforts.

Daniel Sanders indicted for second-degree murder [Photo]

Daniel Sanders, 19, was indicted Friday for second-degree murder in the death of his mother, Helen Sanders, who was found dead in the trunk of a car he was driving.

Reading from Barakat's book [Photo]

Columbia author Ibtisam Barakat gave a lecture and read from her new book "Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood" at MU on Oct. 2. The book describes Barakat's childhood memories from Palestine and her family's struggles during the Six-Day War.

Barakat's lecture [Photo]

Ibtisam Barakat gave a lecture and book reading at MU Oct. 2. Her book "Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood" is about the Columbia author's childhood in Palestine and her family's struggles during the Six-Day War.

Tasting the Sky [Photo]

"Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood," a book by Ibtisam Barakat, was released last year.

Listening to Barakat [Photo]

Mohammed Khalilia rests his head on the shoulder of Keila E. Pena-Hernandez during a reading by Ibtisam Barakat. Barakat gave a lecture and read from her new book, "Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood" at MU on Oct. 2.

A neighborhood divided [Photo]

Houses on Kipling Way in Columbia stand on a dividing line between jurisdictions of the city fire department and the county fire district. Houses on the left of the photo are under the county's protection while houses on the right are under the city's protection.

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Rios trial goes into jury deliberations [Photo]

Special prosecutor Morley Swingle demonstrates how he says Steven Rios grabbed Jesse Valencia, which left Rios' arm hairs on Valencia's chest when he was murdered.

Kisses for mom [Photo]

Chris Willow-Schomaker plays with her youngest son, Silas, 3.

"Nessie Von Kelpie" [Photo]

"Nessie Von Kelpie" is photographed at Chris Willow-Schomaker's home. According to Willow-Schomaker's Web site, she was inspired to make the toy because her son was fascinated by the "Nessie and the Water Horse" story.