Finishing up Christmas shopping

BRAD RACINO/Missourian
Shannon Tolson was almost finished shopping for gifts on Friday at Toys R Us off North Stadium Boulevard in Columbia. "I still have to go to Marshalls and then the mall. ... then I'm done," Tolson said.

Moving the white stuff away from parking lot

Scott Schulte, a manager at Sub Shop, shovels snow in the parking lot of the restaurant Friday morning. Schulte said he and his coworker began shoveling around 8:30 a.m.

Perfect day for a snowball fight

Blaine Ravert, 8, prepares to throw a snowball at his mother, April Ravert, of Columbia, on Friday morning at Stephens Lake Park while enjoying the snow on Christmas Eve.

Deaton family snowball fight

Brady Deaton Jr., left, his wife, Justine Richardson, and their son William Brady Deaton take advantage of the snowball-worthy weather and have a snowball fight on Friday morning. The family is in town for Christmas, and is staying at the chancellor's home on Francis Quadrangle.

Ryan C. Bridger

Ryan C. Bridger has been charged in the death of 67-year-old Aletha M.Turner, who was found unconscious Monday at her Dewey Lane home off Lake of the Woods Road and died Wednesday.

Snow falls on Francis Quadrangle

Snow continues to fall on Francis Quadrangle Friday morning. According to meteorologists with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, the forecast calls for 2 to 5 inches in Columbia. The snow on campus made for great ammunition in a snowball fight between Chancellor Brady Deaton's grandchildren and their parents.

Sledding at Stephens Lake Park

Amanda Nicklas, 11, rides on her father Eric Nicklas' back down the hill at Stephens Lake Park on Friday. About 3 inches of snow blanketed Columbia on Christmas Eve. The Nicklas family said they come out to sled every time it snows no matter how cold it gets outside.

Sharing a moment at home

In this photo taken on Dec. 14, Jeremy Williams, left, jokes around with Raymond Spears at their home in St. Louis. Williams had not been in school for three years while living in Cahokia. After Jeremy's mother abandoned him, Raymond Spears, a family friend, took him into his home and enrolled him in Roosevelt High School.

Enjoying time in school

In this photo taken on Dec. 1, Jeremy Williams, left, jokes with student teacher Kirsten Brauch while working on an assignment in his English class at Roosevelt High School in St. Louis.

Friend made room in his home

In this photo taken on Nov, 23, Jeremy Williams watches television next to the mattress where he sleeps each night after getting home from school in St. Louis. Williams had not been in school for three years while living in Cahokia.

Outlining responsibilities for a mother

In this photo taken on Dec. 1, Jeremy Williams works on a class assignment at Roosevelt High School in St. Louis. He made a personalized poster indicating what he believes should be the responsibilities of a mother.

Yes, Virgnia

Missouri practices for 2010 Insight Bowl

The Missouri defensive line runs through drills in preparation for Tuesday's Insight Bowl game against Iowa.

A happy couple

Sadie Turnbull, left, and her boyfriend Andrew Gordon pose for a portrait.

Gordon family takes a walk

Mandi Gordon, left, rides on her brother Andrew Gordon's back as they walk with their parents, Lisa and Mike Gordon. The Gordons celebrated an early Christmas in late October when Andrew was in Columbia on leave.

A Gordon family photo

Andrew Gordon, left, is shown with his sister, Mandi, and their parents, Lisa and Mike. The 19-year-old is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School and is a military policeman in the 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment now on duty in Afghanistan.

Checking out polo shirt for size

Tyrice Whitaker, 11, holds up a polo shirt to see if it will fit as Steve Busby, his big brother from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, watches. When Tyrice tried the polo on he said, "It feels like goat fur."

Stacks of shoes await delivery

Travis Figg has collected more than 1,000 pairs of shoes for the Shoeman Water Project.

Sorting through shoe donations

Travis Figg digs through a bag of donated shoes in his Edward Jones office in Columbia. Figg ask his clients to bring in unneeded shoes during his office party.The shoes will be donated to Shoeman Water Project, which in turn provides clean water to developing countries.

Health care summit dominated February

In this Feb. 25 file photo, President Barack Obama listens during the bipartisan health care summit of Republican and Democrat leaders at the Blair House, across from the street from the White House in Washington. Obama's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year got off to a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start.