December 31, 2009
"Cookie" Hagan directs the Columbia Parks and Recreation Ukulele Ensemble as they entertain diners in Stamper Commons on Stephens College campus on December 31, 2009. The Ensemble was accompanied by Delia White on keyboard and was joined by Tom "Artie" Lindsey from "Artie's Univibe."
Sally Burnley directs a communal drumming session on Dec. 31 on Stamper Commons at Stephens College. A drum circle facilitator, Burnley provided a mixture of African, Asian and Brazilian hand drums, as well as world percussion woods, shakers and bells.
People wait for their turns as others receive dental care during a clinic held by Remote Area Medical at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn.
People wait for eye exams during a Remote Area Medical clinic held at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn.
Five-year-old Hayden Johnson waits while his mother, Mendy Johnson, receives dental care during a Remote Area Medical clinic held at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn.
People standing in line at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn., waiting for the doors to be opened to receive free health care provided by Remote Area Medical. RAM is a nonprofit organization, whose volunteers offer free health care to the uninsured, the underinsured and the desperate.
Keith Lottes practices his drums for a portrait in his storage unit at Storage Mart. Lottes has drummed since age 7, but had to stop for ten years when he developed rheumatoid arthritis. He now takes Rituxan, a drug used to treat his arthritis, which allows him to play the drums. Two months ago, Lottes started a band, "Downfall," and hopes to start playing in bars around Columbia by next year.
The Hot Club of Cowtown performs a sound check in preparation for their performance at the Missouri Theater Center for the Arts on December 31, 2009. The western swing trio - Whit Smith on guitar, Elana James on fiddle, and Jake Erwin on upright bass - have just returned from spring and summer tours in Australia and the UK.
John Gilbreth adjusts the lights as part of the set up for Thursday's First Night Columbia performances at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The Theatre is hosting four acts, with performances beginning at 6:30 pm.
The Hot Club of Cowtown performs a sound check in preparation for their performance at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Thursday.
Elana James of the Hot Club of Cowtown confers with sound engineers at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts during a sound check on Thursday. The Hot Club of Cowtown is one of four acts performing at the Theatre Thursday as part of Columbia's First Night New Year's celebration. The western swing band - comprised of James on fiddle, Whit Smith on guitar, and Jake Erwin on upright bass - has performed internationally and has toured with Bob Dylan and worked alongside Willie Nelson.
Michael Butterworth of Butterworth Music tunes one of the two baby grand pianos that will be used in Thursday's duel between Sutu Forte and Ken Kehner, as part of the First Night New Year's Eve festivities at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Butterworth began playing the piano at age 4 and has been tuning pianos since he was 14, when his father began teaching him the trade.
Omar Hamoui, Founder and CEO of AdMob, poses at his company's offices in San Mateo, Calif., Dec. 8, 2009.
Shirley Shupp sits in her Houston apartment in late December and talks about how she called Medicare to report receiving medical equipment she never asked for. Shupp contacted her local Senior Medicare Patrol, which did its own research and then referred the matter to investigators. The equipment, worth thousands of dollars, was returned, the case was handed over to prosecutors and the perpetrators were charged with Medicare fraud.
Omar Hamoui, Founder and CEO of AdMob, laughs as he works at his company's offices in San Mateo, Calif., on Dec. 8, 2009.
Cheshire Town Historian and author Ron Gagliardi has written a book titled "Noah's Desktionary and Allmanack."
Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs, right, runs the ball in this year's game against Army
Missouri's Marcus Denmon defends against UMKC's Bakari Lewis on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. Denmon scored 14 points for the Tigers in a 91-57 victory.
In this Dec. 18 photo, Willo O'Brien demonstrates Square on her iPhone in San Francisco. Willo is a designer and illustrator that uses Square for credit card transactions with her customer. Using a Square is pretty simple. Swipe a credit card through a slit on the cube's side, and it will read your credit card number, translate it into an audio signal and send it onto the iPhone, where it is encrypted. Software decodes the signal and the information is sent out over a cell phone network so the purchase can be authorized. Once the transaction goes through, the costumer's credit card data is deleted. Users can sign for purchases by writing with a finger on the iPhone's touch screen.