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2009's hot toy: robotic hamster

The Zhu Zhu Pets robotic hamster costs only about $10 and is made by a St. Louis company. Demand is exceeding supply, though, so if you want for Christmas, you might have to hunt hard.

Even the little ones are helpful at Everybody Eats

Six-year-old Christopher Grant moves plates of pumpkin and pecan pie at the annual Everybody Eats dinner, held this year at Stephens College. Volunteers had prepared enough food for 300 people.

Volunteers fry turkeys for Everybody Eats

Mike Hayes, left, holds a tray for Johnny Bethea, who lowers in a deep-fried turkey for the Everybody Eats dinner.

Volunteers deliver food from Everybody Eats

Volunteers Zamora Rolley, center, and Briana Grant walk the food line to fill takeout containers at the Everybody Eats dinner on Thanksgiving Day. The dinner is held every year by former City Councilwoman Almeta Crayton for those who might not otherwise enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. The volunteers will deliver the takeout meals to people who can't get out to attend the event.

MU international students discuss health care

Clockwise, from top left: Tom MacLean, Lischen Reeves, Giang Nguyen, Annie Liao, Cecilia Turin and Jerryl Peralta.

Tom MacLean

Tom MacLean, 20, is an exchange student in journalism from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

Lischen Reeves

Lischen Reeves, 20, is an undergraduate student in magazine journalism and political science, and vice president of African Student Association, from Liberia.

Jerryl Peralta

Jerryl Peralta, 21, is an undergraduate student in pre-nursing program and president of the Filipino Students Association. He is from St. Louis.

Giang Nguyen

Giang Nguyen is a 19-year-old student in business and finance from Vietnam.

Cecilia Turin

Cecilia Turin is a 38-year-old doctorate student Peru.

Annie Liao

Annie Liao is a 23-year-old graduate student from Taiwan.

Columbia running coach Dana Hughes

Dana Hughes discusses nutrition with members of Columbia’s chapter of Team in Training at a recent workout at the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail. The group is preparing for next year’s GO! St. Louis Marathon and raising at least $1,700 each for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

MU football recruit Nick Demien

MU recruit Nick Demien, right, of Wentzville, was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing

Not seeming like a blatant homer is not the easiest of tasks. Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing and the Jayhawks have not had the best season in 2009.

Rock Bridge basketball team spending the night at the gym

Orreisha Chatman looks at Caraline Trecha while she plays with a basketball on the floor of the Rock Bridge High School gym. The Rock Bridge girls' basketball team had its annual overnight retreat on Tuesday.

Cougars prepare for national tournament

Columbia College's Maria Omondi, a senior and team captain, said an upcoming appearance in the NAIA national tournament won't change the her approach. "I don't think it's a bigger deal. ... I just have to do what I've done all year."

Millard returns to basketball court

Rock Bridge senior Trey Millard did not let his commitment to play football for the University of Oklahoma deter him from playing basketball this season for the Bruins.

Fraud Suspect

This man is one of two suspects in a debit card fraud case at various locations around the city. Police are asking for help identifying them.

Debit Card Fraud Suspect

Police are asking for public help in identifying this man, who is a suspect in a possible case of debit card fraud.
Police said the debit card numbers were somehow obtained by the suspects, who then imprinted them onto another card or cards.

Les Bourgeois winemaker tastes the Norton grape wine

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Les Bourgeois winemaker Jacob Holman tastes the Norton grape wine to make sure that the process is going along smoothly in the back of Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport.
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