Teen's Make-A-Wish dream gives donation to food pantry

Julie Brock-Garcia, 13, is hugged by Vickie Lopez, director of the Guardian Angels Food Pantry, right, after Julie gave a $5,000 check to the facility in the Westport area of Kansas City on Nov. 21. The teenager, who suffers from a rare heart disease, asked the Make-A-Wish foundation give her funds to the local food pantry.

Man repairs 100-year-old cabin

Bill Buessink inspects the sawed off section of an oak log in the log cabin that he is rebuilding south of Jackson on Nov. 12, that Buessink's grandfather originally built in 1902. Bill Beussink is currently fighting Alzheimer's, but he's holding on tight to what he knows and loves. The 84-year-old former bricklayer is helping his son-in-law, Earl Bennett, complete the restoration of a cabin built from 100-year-old oak logs.

Diana Bentley

Diana Bentley died of cancer in 1978 at age 55. She was raised in working class north London, the daughter of a London bus driver. When World War II broke out in 1939, she joined the fire brigade — serving, among other things, as the volunteer who jumped out of windows so fire fighters could practice catching people in nets. After the war, she performed in musical theater and was on a London roller derby team.

Uncertain plans for jeresey

Kurtis Gregory, middle, helps hoist Grant Ressel after Ressel kicked the game winning field goal against Kansas on Saturday. When asked what plans he had for his jersey, Gregory sighed and said, “I don’t know.”

Three dead near Topeka; former Columbia official in custody

This home near Burlingame, Kan., was the scene of a triple homicide Saturday afternoon. A 12-hour manhunt ended Sunday with the arrest of James Kraig Kahler, 46, the former director of Columbia Water and Light.

Julie Nichols of Columbia Public Schools

Julie Nichols is manager of instructional technology for the Columbia Public Schools. She teaches an online civics class through the Virtual High School Global Consortium and has students from coast to coast.

Alaska girl is student in Columbia teacher's online course

Josephine Kahklen, 11, logs into Julie Nichols' online civics course daily from Klukwan, Alaska. Nichols course is part of the Virtual High School Global Consortium

Movember mustaches

From left, Jeremy Bowles, Brice Cox, Dave Igleheart, Billy Giordano and Logan Carter enjoy a moment while showing off their mustaches Nov. 18 at Room 38 Restaurant and Lounge. The men grew mustaches for Movember, a cause aimed to raise awareness of men's health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer.

Raising donations during Movember

Amber Treece tapes mustaches to the wall Nov. 18 at Room 38 Restaurant and Lounge. People could sign their names on the mustaches after donating one dollar for Movember, a movement that encourages men to grow mustaches to increase awareness for men's health issues and raise money for cancer research.

Mustache power

Elliot Hasse, 23, co-owner of Rad Tank Tops, began growing his mustache this summer. Hasse is a senior at MU.

No Shave November

No Shave November is the annual, monthlong dedication to not shaving for men to celebrate masculinity. Mike Stagg and Craig Eck pose for a portrait.

'Staches come into style

Davis Dunavin shows off his mustache outside of Lakota Coffee Company on Nov. 12. Davis has been sporting a mustache since September 2008.

Tigers emerge victorious in Border Showdown

The MU football team bangs on the drum awarded to the winner of the Border Showdown following their last-minute win over the Kansas Jayhawks on Nov. 28 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Furniture Ministry warehouse helps low income residents get furniture

Nancy and Chris Cady move a donated table into the Furniture Ministry warehouse Saturday, Oct. 24. The couple started the non-profit in Columbia after Hurricane Katrina.

Roy Parker and Scott Eohl move a donated armoire

Roy Parker and Scott Eohl move a donated armoire into the Furniture Ministry warehouse Saturday, Oct. 24. The Furniture Ministry was hosting a donation drive to provide for immigrants, low-income families and others in need.

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.