Who'll be home for Christmas?

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George Clooney films in St. Louis

George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air."

Newlyweds struggle over which family gets their holiday time

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Missouri men's basketball player J.T. Tiller vs. Illinois in 2008

Missouri's J.T. Tiller tries to drive through the Illinois defense during last year's Braggin Rights game. Tiller had five points and six rebounds in the Tigers' 75-59 loss. Wednesday night is Tiler's last shot at a Braggin' Rights win.

Brady Deaton

Brady Deaton is the MU chancellor.

Stacks of answer sheets

Testing materials sit among other documents inside the Academic Resource Center's (ARC) warehouse in Columbia. The ARC serves more than 135 colleges and universities across the country as well as organizations such as the Missouri Bar Association and the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator.

Scanning testing materials

Aaron McGee, senior computer operator, scans testing materials at the Academic Resource Center (ARC) in Columbia on Dec. 7. The NCS Pearson 5000i Imaging Scanning System has an input capacity of 750 sheets and is used to process some of the over 1 million assessments, surveys and other documents that the ARC handles annually.

Answer sheets wait to be processed

Answer sheets wait to be processed at the Assessment Resource Center (ARC) in Columbia on Dec. 7. ARC uses optical mark and image scanning to process projects with a scanning capacity of up to 38,000 sheets per hour.

James Cook

James Cook.

Vintage lights add to Christmas nostalgia

Gary Barksdale's home in Norman, Okla., is decorated with a mix of vintage incandescent bulbs and LED lights for the holidays. While acknowledging LEDs are more durable and use up to one-hundredth the amount of electricity as incandescents, Barksdale grows nostalgic sorting through broken bulbs and overloaded fuses every year. "It's part of the holiday tradition," Barksdale said.

Electronic medical records help physicians order tests, prescriptions

A survey by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2008 found that about one in five office-based physicians use electronic medical records to perform tasks such as ordering tests and prescriptions, viewing laboratory or imaging results, or completing clinical notes.

Missouri men's basketball player John Underwood vs. Texas-Pan American

Missouri's John Underwood drives past Texas-Pan American's Ben Smith in a November game at Mizzou Arena. Underwood, a 6-foot-9 freshman forward, weighed just 198 pounds when he arrived at MU.

Flores leads Tigers

Missouri's Christine Flores drives to the basket against Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Shay Holmes. Flores scored a career-high 19 points and added a career-high 14 rebounds.

Jones injured in first half

Missouri forward Shakara Jones attempts a jump shot over Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Camille Cooper during the first half of Monday's game at Mizzou Arena. Jones scored 13 points in the half before leaving with an ankle injury.

Van crashes through McDonald's

Yellow tape blocks off the area surrounding the spot where a car ran into the side of the McDonald's on Smiley Lane on Monday.

Columbia police release photos of suspects' car

An overhead security camera captures a vehicle that Columbia police believe to belong to the suspects of a shooting that occurred on Dec. 14. as it leaves the parking lot of the Walmart on Conley Road. The suspects shot a 54-year-old male employee as he returned to work from a scheduled break.

Police release photos of Walmart shooting vehicle

A photo taken from a surveillance camera at the Walmart on Conley Road shows a vehicle which Columbia police believe belongs to the suspects of a shooting that took place on Dec. 14. Police are encouraging anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the shooting to contact them.

A Christmas story

Members of First Christian Church act out the Christmas story during a living nativity on Dec. 4. Any member who wanted to participate was given a role in the nativity.

"Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child"

Fourth- and fifth-grade church members sing during the 77th annual Christmas pageant at First Christian Church on Dec. 13. They sang "Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child."

Parks have a lot to offer families

Owen Jones, 4, learns how to ride his bike at Cosmopolitan Park the first weekend of December. The Jones' frequent the park for many reasons including the trails, skate park and the shelters for family gatherings.