December 31, 2010
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.
Tommy Ney works with tech Annalise Evans at The Center for Head Injury Services. Ney is participating in a work program that pays him to fill boxes with nuts and bolts.
Tommy Ney, 22, of Overland decorates the Christmas tree with his mother Christy Ney. Tommy Ney is a low-functioning autistic who does not fit into other day programs because of extreme behavioral issues. He is participating in a brand new program for autistic adults whose only other option might be institutionalization.
Gary Laforce, left, and Don Moore, right, begin sound checks at the Missouri United Methodist Church on Ninth Street in preparation for the First Night events on Friday. Laforce and Moore work for Nelson Audio, which is managing all of the lights and sound for the New Years Eve celebration.
Rock Bridge's Kortney Betz, left, and Blue Springs' Alyssa Aubuchon, right, launch off their platform at the start of a race Thursday during the COMO High School Invitational.
Rock Bridge swimmer Annie Murphey competes in the 500-yard freestyle event Thursday at the COMO High School Invitational.
December 30, 2010
Missouri junior guard Matt Pressey drives against Old Dominion guard Darius James in the Tigers' victory on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe shoots over Old Dominion forward Keyon Carter in Thursday night's Tigers victory.
Sparkling wines and Champagnes line the shelves of Top Ten Wines at 111 S. 9th St. Champagnes and other bubbly beverages often are associated with celebrations such as New Year's Eve.
Director Gary Taylor leads the MU Alumni Band during its performance on Wednesday at the Missouri women's basketball game against Alabama-Birmingham at Mizzou Arena.
Roger Smith listens during his Student Success Center learning strategies class in Middlebush Hall on Nov. 16. Smith attended community college for four years without obtaining a degree and is now enrolled in Mizzou pursuing a degree in Health Sciences.
Roger Smith talks with his son Roman, 8, about his day at school, while Smith's daughter Quenecia, 10, works on her homework at the dining room table as well. As soon as the kids got home from school, they sat down at the dining room table to start working on their homework. Smith has returned to school at Mizzou to study Health Sciences.