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Tigers arrive in Arizona

Members of the Missouri football team are greeted by Insight Bowl representatives after arriving by plane Wednesday at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.

Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi

Iowa senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi had thrown for more than 2,800 yards, 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

MU quarterback Blaine Gabbert

MU quarterback Blaine Gabbert throws to receiver T.J. Moe in the Missouri vs. Illinois Arch Rivalry game.

MItch Richards, candidate for First Ward council

Mitch Richards is running for the First Ward seat on the Columbia City Council.

Painting donated to MU art museum

Diane O'Hagan stands in the basement of Pickard Hall with a painting by Hu Boxiang, the father of her Chinese pen pal Hu Gengsheng. The painting was made in 1961 and received by O'Hagan about 30 years ago as a gift. She recently donated it to the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Reviewing letters from pen pal

Diane O'Hagan flips through old letters from Hu Gengsheng, her Chinese pen pal, that she brought out to display at her home. After an elementary school class assignment in 1946 to send gifts to foreign countries, Gensheng responded to O'Hagan's messages, and the two kept in contact.

Drawings included in pen pal's letters

Many of Hu Gengsheng's letters included drawings. Gengsheng loved airplanes, machinery, muscle-building and even included depictions of the Missouri state flag and state Capitol building in his correspondence with Diane O'Hagan.

Anderson due for 100th win

Now in his fifth season, Missouri coach Mike Anderson's 100th win with the Tigers is likely to happen at Mizzou Arena. Anderson's record at Missouri is 99-47, and the Tigers play their next three games on Norm Stewart Court.

Angela Mischelle Lawless

Angela Mischelle Lawless was killed in 1992 near Benton, south of Cape Girardeau.

Emma Phelps shops at Macy's the day after Christmas

Emma Phelps, 3, lays her hand on the box of new boots her mother, Amber, bought at Macy's with extra Christmas cash on Sunday afternoon. Emma got to pick out a necklace.

Sneaking a bite before dinner

Komini Pardalos smiles at his grandmother Georgia Pardalos after stealing a piece of her spanakopita before lunch on Christmas Day.

Setting the table for Christmas dinner

Georgia Pardalos leans over dishes of spanakopita and yiaprakia as she sets the table for Christmas.

Remembering animals during the holidays

Donated pet food is stacked at Columbia Second Chance on Friday. "We need about $150,000 a year to keep this place running," said Betsy Casteel, one of the founding members of the organization. The majority of the organization's funding comes from donations.

Delivering food to firefighters

Shakespeare's Pizza employees Jessie Roebuck, left, and Jana Remington volunteer their time on Friday afternoon to deliver pizza to Columbia fire stations. In total, Shakespeare's Pizza delivered 19 pizzas to nine different fire stations.

Finishing up Christmas shopping

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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.
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