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.

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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.

BP oil spill haunted June

In this June 4 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by National Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen, makes a statement after being briefed on the BP oil spill relief efforts in the Gulf Coast region, at Louis Armstrong International New Orleans Airport in Kenner, La.

Wrapping up the year

In this Dec. 16 file photo, President Barack Obama walks off stage after speaking at the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Interior Department in Washington.

Fans take sides at Braggin' Rights game

It wasn't difficult to tell who was routing for who on Wednesday night at the Braggin' Rights game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Bowers comes back at Illinois

Missouri forward Laurence Bowers takes a shot as he is intentionally fouled by Illinois' Mike Tisdale on Wednesday. Since it was an intentional foul, Bowers got two free throw shots, rather than just one. He made them both. The play came after Illinois had cut the lead to 62-61 with 37 seconds left in the game.

MU men's basketball player Marcus Denmon vs. Illinois

Missouri Marcus Denmon drives for a shot over Illinois defender Mike Tisdale in the Tigers' 75-64 victory over the Illini on Wednesday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Denmon led the Tigers with 15 points, three assists and three steals.

MU men's basketball player Ricardo Ratliffe vs. Illinois

Missouri junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe defends against Illinois' Demitri McCamey on Wednesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Ratliffe scored 12 points and had five rebounds for the Tigers.

MU basketball player Justin Safford vs. Illinois

Missouri senior forward Justin Safford reaches for a steal in the Tigers' victory over Illinois on Wednesday night in St. Louis. Safford totaled 11 points and three rebounds for Missouri.