A Grinch at the Living Windows

The Grinch entertains passerbys with her Jim Carrey impressions Friday at the Living Windows event.

MU volleyball player Brittney Brimmage vs. Northern Iowa

Missouri's Brittney Brimmage, left, and Lisa Henning, right, leap for a block against Northern Iowa's Beth Discher on Friday in the Tigers' first-round NCAA tournament victory in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

At the home care workshop

Michael Goldschmidt leads the city's Homeworks Home Maintenance Training workshop on Saturday.

Fred Schmidt

Tree Lighting

Sophia White, 4, explores an evergreen tree Friday night at Columbia College.

Crowd celebrating at Thompson Center

The crowd celebrates after the ribbon cutting at the Thompson Center on Friday. The $5 million renovation of the facility will provide patients with greater access to doctors through high-tech innovations such as Telehealth units.

Thompson Center ribbon cutting

Gov. Jay Nixon and William Thompson cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the Thompson Center on Friday. The 26,000-square-foot facility specializes in treating and researching autism and is equipped with more cameras and space to better help the visitors. "The technology is overwhelming, but it has been very convenient for the providers and families," Clinical Assistant Professor Elena Drewel said.

MU basketball player Marcus Denmon vs. Oregon

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon drives to the basket against Oregon's Jay-R Strowbridge (55) and E.J. Singler, right. "We came out with the W, and that’s the most important thing,” Denmon said of the 83-80 victory.

Rock Bridge player Lindsey Cunningham vs. Rolla

Rock Bridge junior point guard Lindsey Cunningham scored 14 points Thursday night in Rock Bridge’s 63-43 win over visiting Rolla. “As a point guard, she’s the coach’s right-hand person,” Bruins coach Jill Nagel said. “She sets the tone for us.”

Hickman girls basketball player Aqua Corpening vs. Helias

Hickman senior Aqua Corpening drives for a layup Thursday against visiting Helias. Corpening scored a game-high 26 points to help the Kewpies come back from a slow first half.

MU junior crowned Miss Missouri USA

Hope Driskill, an MU junior, was crowned Miss Missouri USA in Springfield last month.

MU volleyball players keep superstitions

Missouri volleyball players Caitlyn Vann, left, and Julianna Klein both say they are superstitious and don't want to jinx their team. Vann has a specific routine before matches involving chewing gum, and Klein refused to cut her hair until the regular season ended.

Michael Scott plays Frank Nifong in holiday re-enactment

Michael Scott will play Frank Nifong, a Boone County surgeon who was instrumental in establishing Boone County Hospital, during a re-enactment of Christmas 1905 in the Maplewood House. Actors portraying members of the Lenoir and Nifong families and will interact with visitors, discussing both local and national events from the early 20th century.

Stolen Christmas decorations returned

These Christmas decorations were stolen from the Wetmore residence on Skylark Drive, then later returned after police arrested two suspects.

Shasun founder announces MU partnership

Abhaya Kumar, founding director of Indian pharmaceutical company Shasun, speaks at a press conference at the MU Life Science Business Incubator on Thursday about the partnership between his company and MU researchers to develop new treatments for prostate cancer.

Celebrating a new partnership

MU researchers Raghuraman Kannan and Kattesh Katti, Robert Churchill, dean of the MU School of Medicine, and Abhaya Kumar, the founding director of Shasun celebrate the foundation of the new drug development company, Shasun NBI, which will work on further development of a prostate cancer treatment that uses gold nanoparticles.

Perusing magazines

Alicia Jones, 6, looks through a magazine as she and her dad spend some time perusing the aisles in Village Bookstore while her mom shops at the store next door Tuesday, Nov. 30. In September 2010, Village Books moved to a new location, which was much larger than its original store.

Browsing Village Books

Nathan Spencer, of Ketchikan, Alaska, browses the aisles of Village Books while in town to visit his sister for Thanksgiving on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Spencer works on tugboats during the summer and says that he reads between 50 and 60 books during his free time on the boats. "I saw a used bookstore and I couldn't resist," Spencer said, "On the tugboats we read just about anything."

Reading to her son at Village Books

Becky Cahalin, of Columbia, reads a book to her son, Cooper Cahalin, 4, in the kids section of Village Books on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Cahalin said that she likes coming to Village Books to read to her son because of the quiet atmosphere.

Checking out at Village Books

Kimberly Watkins (left) and Kelly Osborn are checked out by co-owner of Village Books, Becky Asher, on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Watkins and Osborn are both regulars at Village Books and often bring in used books to trade in for store credit, though they left with a box full of books that Asher did not accept.