December 20, 2009
Nathan Curry, 30, died of hypothermia on Dec. 3 in his home in Columbia. His friends were surprised to find out he was living without heat or electricity.
Ryan Sublette, left, skates at the Columbia Skate Park in Cosmopolitan Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, as Alex Hoffman films him. The skate park opened 10 years ago.
A bulldozer used in the construction of an outdoor amphitheater sits dormant at Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The park is nearing the end of its first phase of development.
Grasslands Park in Columbia is empty on Friday, Dec. 4. Cold weather likely kept children inside.
The monkey bars at Grassroots Park off Clarkson Road in Columbia are empty on Friday, Dec. 4. The first cold swing of the season likely kept children inside.
Jim Marz, 34, used to skate around downtown Columbia and the MU campus before the skate park at Cosmopolitan Park opened.
Neil Brock flies stunt kites recreationally and has been to Cosmopolitan Park more than 230 times this year.
December 19, 2009
Missouri sophomore guard Marcus Denmon drives into Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior guard Allen Smith as he moves down the court during the second half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena Saturday night. The Tigers defeated the Lions 88-70.
Missouri sophomore forward Laurence Bowers is swarmed by the Arkansas-Pine Bluff defense during the first half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena Saturday.
Missouri sophomore guard Kim English moves down the court during the first half of the Tigers' win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions Saturday at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor, freshman guard Michael Dixon and Miguel Paul laugh on the bench during the second half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena on Saturday night. Missouri defeated the Lions 88-70.
Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor drives down the court during the game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Saturday. Missouri defeated the Lions 88-70.
Missouri senior forward Keith Ramsey fights for possession with Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior forwards Lebaron Weathers and Tyree Glass during the first half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena on Saturday night.
December 18, 2009
Rock Bridge senior guard Amaya Williams beats the Glendale defense to make a shot on Friday night. The Lady Bruins beat the Lady Falcons 59-47.
Rock Bridge senior Amaya Williams, 12, leads her team on defense with Emily Holt, 54, Carmen Boessen, 30, and Lindsey Cunningham, 11, against Glendale High School on Friday night. Rock Bridge won 59-47.
First-graders Allyson Smith, Serenity Grant, Alan Whittington and Ahmad Anderson cheer as the Columbia College Cougars score on Friday. On Field Elementary's last school day, Columbia College gave each of the children a white T-shirt to commemorate the schools' partnership over the last 22 years.
Columbia College freshman Kaleb Turner pushes forward after a steal late in the second quarter on Friday afternoon. Turner was the top scorer for the Cougars with 13 points in their win against the Lyon (Ark.) College Scots, 72-61.
Warner Roberts readjusts the trash bag covering the fare box of his bus Friday. In appreciation of regular customers, the Columbia Transit Authority didn't charge for rides all day.
Bill McMahon looks out the window of a city bus Friday. McMahon said he rides the bus at least four times a week, usually from the downtown station to Truman Veterans' Hospital. McMahon said he is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict.
Eliot Battle, retired public school administrator, is the author of "A Letter to Young Black Men." Battle has more than 40 years experience in the public school system and in 1960, he worked as a counselor for Hickman, the first fully integrated high school in Columbia.