December 31, 2010
First Night patrons exit City Hall as the fire alarms go off inside because of fog from the Videology dance room on Friday. Events being held inside were put on hold until the fire alarm could be turned off.
A soldier takes a picture of a home and car destroyed by a tornado that touched down at the Fort Leonard Wood Army base in southern Missouri Friday morning.
Shown are the homes and cars destroyed by a tornado that touched down at the Fort Leonard Wood Army base in southern Missouri on Friday morning. In the neighborhood of about 75 homes, an estimated 75 percent were destroyed.
In this Sept. 8, 2010, file photo, Pastor Terry Jones, center, of the Dove World Outreach Center speaks at a news conference in Gainesville, Fla., about burning copies of the Quran at his church on Sept. 11. His threats stirred a worldwide response.
In this Aug. 26, 2010, file picture, an image of Florencio Avalos, one of the 33 miners trapped in the San Jose collapsed mine, is seen on a television set near the mine in Copiapo, Chile. If you needed any evidence that the U.S. has become a nation of watchers, look no further than 2010. The spectacle that was the past year made certain that the image — the weird, wonderful, horrifying, mesmerizing image — reigned supreme.
Time chips are removed from the runners' shoes after they finished the 5K on Friday.
Magnus Holmstrom of Jefferson City placed first in the First Night 5K with a time of 15:44.8 on Friday afternoon.
First Night 5K runners make their way down Sixth Street at the beginning of the race on Friday. Runners were surprised by the nice weather during the race.
Archer Fried-Socarides waits for his mother, Alex Socarides, to cross the finish line during the First Night 5K on Friday.
This March 31, 1975, file photo shows UCLA basketball coach John Wooden wearing a basketball net around his neck after his team won the NCAA basketball championship over Kentucky, 92-85, in San Diego, Calif. Wooden and George Steinbrenner, two towering figures in sports, died in 2010, each having transformed his game in a distinct but enduring way.
This Feb. 17, 2004, file photo shows New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner waving to fans in Tampa, Fla. Steinbrenner and John Wooden, two towering figures in sports, died in 2010, each having transformed his game in a distinct but enduring way.
In this Feb. 10, 2010, file photo, a pedestrian walks down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House as the snow continues to fall in Washington during a blizzard affecting the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.
In this Oct. 30, 2010, file photo, a tsunami survivor walks across his village which was hit by an earthquake-triggered tsunami at Munte, North Pagai island, West Sumatra, Indonesia.
In this Feb. 27, 2010, file photo, vehicles in Santiago, Chile, that were driving on an elevated highway that collapsed lie overturned on the asphalt after a strong earthquake struck central Chile.
In this April 16, 2010, file photo, the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air just prior to sunset. This was the year the Earth struck back. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters in 2010 than have been killed in terrorist attacks in the past 40 years combined. But it wasn't just nature's fault. Mankind had a hand in it, too.
This 1957 file photo shows Jefferson Thomas, one of nine African Americans who integrated Little Rock Central High School while federal troops patrolled the campus. Jefferson Thomas died Sept. 5, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio, said fellow Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Trickey Brown. He was 68.
This 1988 file photo provided by Paramount, shows actor Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin in the movie "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" The Canadian-born Nielsen, who went from drama to inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in "Airplane!" and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in "The Naked Gun" comedies, has died. He was 84. His agent John S. Kelly said the actor died Nov. 28, 2010, at a hospital near his home in Florida where he was being treated for pneumonia.
This Jan. 28, 2010, picture shows copies of J.D. Salinger's classic novel "The Catcher in the Rye" as well as his volume of short stories called "Nine Stories" at the Orange Public Library in Orange Village, Ohio. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, died Jan. 27 at the age of 91. At left is a 1951 photo of the author.
The foundation of a home is shown after a tornado tore through the small town of Cincinnati, Ark., in western Washington County early in the morning on Friday.
Margie Sizemore cleans up in the after a tornado destroyed several homes in the small town of Cincinnati, Ark., in western Washington County early in the morning on Friday. A tornado fueled by an unusually warm winter air sliced through parts of northwestern Arkansas early on New Year's Eve, killing three people, injuring several others and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses.