PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Mall hosts Santa Claus photo booth for pets

The Columbia Mall held a photo booth for pets to get their pictures taken with Santa every Monday from Nov. 17 to Dec. 15.

FROM READERS: A visit with Santa at the Thompson Center

Children with autism and their families were invited to spend time with Santa at MU's Thompson Center on Dec. 6, away from crowds and noise that can sometimes be challenging for children on the autism spectrum.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cherie Rutter volunteers as 'Sugar Angel'

Cherie Rutter has been baking cakes professionally for about 30 years. She is a "Sugar Angel" volunteer baker for the nonprofit organization Icing Smiles that provides cakes for children and teens with illness and disabilities.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball takes down Northern Illinois

The Missouri women's basketball team defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies 47-44 on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. With the win, the Tigers improve to 8-2 on the season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mizzou loses to Xavier

Forward Jakeenan Gant played his first game of the season for the Tigers at Mizzou Arena on Saturday. The Tigers lost to Xavier 74-58.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri's loss to Xavier draws season-high attendance

The Missouri men's basketball team lost to Xavier 74-58 on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jingle Bell runners and walkers hit the street

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on Saturday in downtown Columbia raised more than $42,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. More than 600 people registered to participate.

PHOTO GALLERY: Connie and Gerald Cunningham go back to the Wild West

Connie and Gerald Cunningham run Bucksnort Saloon, a cowboy-themed saloon in Blackwater, Missouri. The saloon is decorated in an 1880s style and contains a collection of antiques.

PHOTO GALLERY: Protestors fill downtown Columbia, block Broadway Friday night

Protestors blocked the intersection of Broadway and Hitt Street on Friday night in response to Roxy's nightclub using the phrase 'Hands Up Pants Up' on wristbands promoting its dress code policy. The protests moved throughout downtown Columbia blocking busy intersections including Cherry and Tenth streets.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball defeats Colorado 53-50

Missouri women's basketball defeated Colorado, 53-50, on Friday behind a strong second half defensive performance.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman boys defeat Northeast

The Hickman Kewpies defeated the Northeast Vikings 85-46 on Friday night at a boys basketball game at Hickman High School in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Members of Phi Sigma Pi honor fraternity decorate cookies with seniors

Members of MU's Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity held a Christmas-cookie decorating event on Friday for residents of Lenoir Woods - Lutheran Senior Services.

GALLERY: Student demonstrators protest police brutality

A group of about 35 students protested police brutality and racism outside the Daniel Boone City Building before marching to Speakers Circle on the University of Missouri campus.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge girls top Battle 62-28

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team made short work of the Battle Spartans, beating them by a score of 62-28.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri basketball skates by against Elon, 78-73

The men's basketball team beat Elon University 78-73 at Mizzou Arena Thursday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students wear red handprints for 'Wage Peace' protest

MU students gathered at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center donning red handprints on their faces to symbolize being slapped in the face by the justice system.

GALLERY: Anastasia Pottinger's 'Centenarian' series goes viral

Anastasia Pottinger's "Centenarians" photo series racked up more than 400,000 views on the website

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School students present 3-D sculptures to preschoolers

Battle High School students present 3-D soft sculptures to preschoolers Wednesday. The high school students created the sculptures from drawings the preschool students made in October, bringing their creation to life.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephen Webber wins fourth term in Missouri House

Stephen Webber won his 2014 re-election bid in an uncontested election for his fourth term in the Missouri House of Representatives, which will be his last because of term limits.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton boys basketball beats Sacred Heart 51-38

The Fr. Tolton Catholic High School boys basketball team faced off against the Sacred Heart Gremlins. The Tolton Trailblazers won 51-38 after a second-half surge.