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Cougars' leading scorer

SIU-Edwardsville guard Mark Yelovich dribbles past MU center Steve Moore. Yelovich led the team in points with 13.

Carroll leads the team

MU guard DeMarre Carroll goes up for a layup after beating SIU-Edwardsville forward Mark Yelovich. Carroll had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers.

Going for a layup

MU freshman guard Miguel Paul leaps past SIU-Edwardsville defender John Edmison for a layup.

Baby U members

Siriyala Kujala and her daughter Medha, 10 months old, attend Baby U at the Lend & Learn Center in Columbia.

Learning together

Mikayla Hahn and her 8-month-old son, Ilia Dimov, left, accompanied by her sister Maegen and 11-month-old Zion Hahn, attend Baby U at the Lend & Learn Center in Columbia, where new parents can learn about early childhood devolopment through the First Chance for Children program.

Darbi Gibson

"Darbi G. Photography," created by Darbi Gibson. A blog about a local photographer's business. blog.darbig.com/

Zac Early

"Living in Misery," created by Zac Early. A blog prompted by the author's move to Missouri, covering topics such as music, beer, politics and why Columbus, Ohio, is superior to Columbia. in-misery.blogspot.com/

Jeff Porter

"Stroke of Faith," created by Jeff Porter. A blog about faith and stroke recovery. stroke-of-faith.blogspot.com/

Landfill and toxic groundwater

A bulldozer moves trash at the Columbia landfill. Trees were planted at the facility in an effort to soak up toxic groundwater before it reaches nearby Hinkson Creek. Dirty groundwater can lead to many problems, including unwelcome smells, mosquitoes and structural damage.

Protecting Columbia's water

A newly planted cottonwood tree stands about 12 inches tall at the Columbia landfill. Last year, 1,800 trees were planted to keep toxins and heavy metals out of the groundwater, which eventually ends up as drinking water.

Drum lession

Pam Fleenor (left) gives a private djembe lesson to aspiring drummer Chad Parmenter at Orr Street Studios. Fleenor said she devoted most of her time at Orr Street working on her visual art, but occasionally gives private drum lessons.

Making drums

Pam Fleenor prepares to cut a fresh piece of wood in her workshop. Fleenor has been making her own drums in Columbia for over twelve years.

Building drums

In addition to building drums, Pam Fleenor also repairs instruments. She said the tone and power of a drum depended on its size and tightness of the skin.

Hand drum

Artist and drummer Pam Fleenor gives a private djembe lesson to aspiring drummer Chad Parmenter at Orr Street Studios. Fleenor said she devotes most of her time at Orr Street working on her visual art, but occasionally gives private drum lessons.

Student tutor Stephanie Gaynor

Stephanie Gaynor sits in the computer lab at the Missouri Athletic Training Complex. Gaynor, an MU senior, is one of about 125 tutors assigned to MU student athletes through the athletic department’s Total Person Program. She started helping athletes with their school work in 2007.

Celebrating twice

Debbie Shenker lights candles for the fourth day of Hanukkah. The Shenkers' extended family celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.

Dolores Mead

Dolores Mead

MU men's basketball vs. Illinois

MU's DeMarre Carroll falls in a scramble for the ball Tuesday in the Braggin Rights game against Illinois in St. Louis.

He's a singer, not a ringer

Michael Kasten, 22, sings Christmas carols instead of ringing a bell for the Salvation Army while Renee Baxter donates money Tuesday at Hy-Vee shopping center. "He's wonderful," Baxter said, "and it really gets you in the Christmas mood."

Magic tree on Hickam Drive

The magic tree at 303 Hickam Drive in Columbia has been lit for 14 consecutive years. The 28-foot-tall crab apple tree is 45 years old. It is decorated with 75,000 LED lights, which take owner Randy Fletcher about 120 hours to string on the branches. Lighting costs $10 per night for the tree.
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