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Decorating for others

Barbara O'Brien decorates a house for the holidays in Spanish Lake, Mo, on Nov. 29. Her business The Silver Garden, with partner David Sacks, keeps them busy during the holidays decorating for others - who can afford it.

MU volleyball players huddle up before their match

Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow said when he first saw his players' pregame huddle, it reminded him of the chants of men’s basketball teams. His players say the huddle both energizes them and allows them to get a little goofy. “We all love it,” senior libero Caitlyn Vann said. “It gets us jacked up, and it’s kind of funny.”

Hickman boys basketball coach David Johnson

After college Hickman boys basketball coach David Johnson played professionally in and around Melbourne, Australia for the Sunbury Jets and Bendigo Braves.

Loading up for Christmas

Tammy Adkins, a volunteer for the Voluntary Action Center, helps load presents into the back of a van while Jordan Dudley-Logan, nine months, waits in his car seat at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Wrapping presents at Voluntary Action Center

David Finke, a volunteer for the Voluntary Action Center, loads up a cart with boxes of presents to give away to families at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Thursday. Finke, who has volunteered for 14 years, said the program is "a visceral, visual, tangible example of the generosity of the community meeting the needs of the community."

MU swimmer Lauren Lavigna at Mizzou Invite

Missouri senior Lauren Lavigna competes last weekend at the Mizzou Invite. "Nothing is bigger than the Olympic Games and to reach that goal would be an amazing accomplishment,” she said.

MU swimmer Lauren Lavigna

Missouri senior swimmer Lauren Lavigna is a Canadian national record holder in the women's 200-meter backstroke.

MU men's basketball player Ricardo Ratliffe vs. Vanderbilt

Missouri's Ricardo Ratliffe shoots over Vanderbilt's Festus Ezeli in the Tigers' overtime victory Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

Denmon's winning layup

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon goes up for a layup with less than six seconds left in overtime Wednesday at Mizzou Arena. Denmon's layup and free throw proved to be the decisive play. The heroics were preceded by a pivotal steal.

Dixon drives past Vanderbilt

Sophomore guard Michael Dixon drives past Vanderbilt's Steve Tchiengang on Wednesday at Mizzou Arena. Dixon played 37 minutes and scored 15 points.

MU men's basketball player Laurence Bowers vs. Vanderbilt

Missouri's Laurence Bowers moves to pass around Vanderbilt's Lance Goulbourne in Wednesday's game at Mizzou Arena.

MU basketball player Marcus Denmon vs. Vanderbilt

Missouri Marcus Denmon drives against Vanderbilt's Jeffery Taylor. Denmon's steal and layup at the end of overtime pushed the Tigers to a 85-82 victory Wednesday at Mizzou Arena.

Early morning shooting

Greg Stegemen, a forward for the Columbia College basketball team, laughs as Dean Baxter, center, and Bob Bryant prepare to shoot baskets on Monday at Columbia College. Stegemen said that he stumbled upon Baxter and Bryant playing in the arena one day after class more than a year ago, and he decided to join them for their early morning shoot arounds.

Putting up with 'the old guys'

Columbia College senior Greg Stegeman, left, rests with Dean Baxter center and Bob Bryant after a lively round of shooting hoops on Monday morning at Southwell Complex. Stegeman has been shooting with Baxter and Bryant almost three mornings a week since October 2009. "There's no one else that wants to put up with a couple of old guys," Bryant joked.

Iowa receiver faces drug charges

Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, second from left, walks away from the Johnson County District Court House with his attorney John Beasley, left, following his initial appearance on drug charges Wednesday in Iowa City, Iowa. The 23-year-old and his roommate, 21-year-old Brady Cooper Johnson, were charged on Tuesday after police officers raided their Iowa City home.

Giving to the Salvation Army

Salvation Army bell ringer Amanda Long watches as a young customer donates money on Wednesday outside of Walgreens on Providence Road. Long said her favorite part of the job is watching the children put money in the kettle.

Santa bell ringer

Frank Kilbourn dresses as Santa while he works for the Salvation Army as a bell ringer outside of Sam’s Club on Conley Road on Wednesday. “When I’m dressed up as Santa, more people seem to give,” Kilbourn said.

Salvation Army bell ringer

Dewayne Kemp greets customers outside of Walmart on Conley Road during his shift as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army on Wednesday. Kemp said he feels very passionate about the cause and enjoys the job. “It’s worthwhile and I love it,” he said.

Ice on Saturn's moon

This image provided by NASA of Saturn's moon Enceladus was made by the Casini spacecraft during a fly-by on Aug. 11, 2008. Areas that are greenish in appearance are believed to represent deposits of coarser grained ice and solid boulders that are too small to be seen at this scale. The whitish deposits represent finer grained ice. (AP Photo/NASA)

Heavy medal

Kate Walker's first place medal from the World Drug-Free Federation World Powerlifting Championship in Ireland this November. She placed first for her weight and age.
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