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Three generations of Boy Scouts

Tenderfoot Scout Bradley Corr, 11, left; his father Warren Corr, Troop 29 committee member, right; and his grandfather Ted Corr, who is Unit Commissioner with the Forks of the Delaware district of the Minis Trails Council, walk along the shore of Stillwater Lake at Boy Scout camp at Camp Minsi in Pocono Summit, Pa., in October. As the Boy Scouts of America heads toward its 100th anniversary in February, its first century adds up to a remarkable saga, full of achievement, complexity and contradiction.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Collection of Scouting handbooks

Boy Scout handbooks from over the years are seen at the Lippincott family campsite in Sciota, Pa, in this October file photo. Many longtime Scouts say they enjoy the leadership skills that their participation has taught them.

Father, son share love of Scouting

Andrew Theodore Corr, left, and his father Edgar A. Corr, are seen posing for a photo in their Boy Scout uniforms in this 1935 photo provided by Warren Corr. The Boy Scouts of America heads toward its 100th anniversary in February.

Santa stocking

Made by Jasper, second grade, Lee Elementary. Click for a slideshow of other Christmas art.

Wary drivers

Travelers make their way through the rain on Interstate I-35/80 on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. A major winter storm lumbering across the nation's midsection promised a white Christmas for some but brought headaches for travelers caught on slick, icy roads or dealing with canceled and delayed flights.

Storm tracking

This NOAA satellite image taken at 11:45 p.m. Thursday shows a mass of clouds in the East as a major winter storm is tracking through the Plains and Mississippi Valley. Widespread rain is noted in the Mississippi Valley, and heavy snow is falling in the Plains. Winter Storm Warnings are posted for the Plains as snow will hamper holiday travel.

Slow going

Vehicles travel in blizzard conditions on Dodge Street in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday. A powerful storm spreading snow, sleet and rain across the nation's midsection glazed roads and disrupted flights Thursday, making last-minute holiday travel treacherous but promising a white Christmas for some.

Christmas in Bethlehem

Christian priests hold a Christmas procession outside the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Thursday.

Hoping for peace in Bethlehem

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' bodyguards stand guard outside the Church of Nativity, background, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Thursday. The top Roman Catholic cleric in the cradle of Christianity delivered Christmas wishes Thursday for the peace that has eluded the Middle East, and prayed for the day when Palestinians would no longer be confined by Israeli barriers.

Richardson keeps eyes on Missouri football

Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, a Missouri recruit who has had academic troubles, says he has gained 15 pounds and improved his speed while playing for the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.

Hickman female wrestler Kathy Cruise

Kathy Cruise was the only girl on the Hickman team during the preseason.

Hickman female wrestler Becca Schranck

Becca Schranck, practicing with teammate Patrick Fleenor, became the second girl on the Kewpies squad when she joined the team shortly after the season started. “It’s not part of who I am to quit things,” Schranck said about finishing the year.

Cheerleaders at Braggin' Rights game.

Missouri and Illinois cheerleaders perform during the first half of Wednesday's Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis.

Working for others

Leslie Anderson, program manager at Services for Independent Living, sits for a portrait at her desk on Dec. 14. Anderson has been working for the agency since 2007 but has been involved with organizations that provide assistance to the disabled since 1993.

World War I museum gets large donation

Eli Paul, vice president of museum programs at the National World War I Museum, showed an Austrian Schwarlose machine gun from the World War I era that was part of a large private collection of machine guns and items related to machine gunners donated to the museum by the estate of Carl H. Hauber, whose widow decided her husband's collection was best housed in Kansas City.

Artifacts of war

A Russian M1910 Maxim M6 machine gun with a Sokolov mount, along with a uniform worn by a machine gunner in World War I, are part of a large private collection of machine guns and items related to machine gunners donated to the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.

Missouri men's basketbal player Laurence Bowers celebrates the Tigers' 2009 victory over Illinois

Missouri forward Laurence Bowers shows off the Braggin' Rights trophy to fans after Wednesday night's victory over Illinois in St. Louis.

Closing ahead

Zach Gibbons and Justin Spencer walk across Bridge 12 on the MKT Trail between the Twin Lakes Recreation Area and the entrance at Scott Boulevard on Tuesday. Plans are in place to close this portion of the Trail beginning Jan. 4, 2010, to facilitate the replacement of Bridges 12 and 13. Portions of Bridge 12 will be saved for a future display.

Planks eroding

It's not only the timber supports that have deteriorated with time on Bridge 12 on the MKT Trail. A close-up of some of the planks of Bridge 12 show signs of age on Tuesday.

Time for repairs

A jogger runs across Bridge 13 on the MKT Trail on Tuesday. Bridges 12 and 13 will be closed beginning Jan. 4, 2010, to facilitate their replacement. The 100-year-old bridges' timber supports have deteriorated with time, and the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department decided to replace them over the winter months when it would cause the least amount of inconvenience.
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