Spreading cheer

Headlights of a passing car illuminate the lawn of Sharon Emery's yard as it slowly drives pass the intricate Christmas light display on Saturday. Emery's late husband, Bob, created all of the displays by hand. Sharon Emery originally wasn't going to erect the display this year, fearing it would be too hard, but after an outpouring of requests and help from friends, she gave in.

Candy canes aglow

A colorful display of candy canes and Christmas lights decorates a house on Stratford Court to spread holiday cheer in northwest Columbia.

A deal is made

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, left, is congratulated by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, during a health care news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. From left are, Reid; Harkin; Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.; Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

Cleanup after fire

Columbia Firefighters wait to clean up the remains of a 1993 Nissan Altima that erupted into flames at a stop light off Grindstone Parkway and U.S. 63. Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said a hole in the muffler caused the fire.

Adding to the family

Donna Crook, left, her grandson Rico, center, and her husband, Sgt. Raymond Crook, greeting Meyer, a three-and-a-half-year-old shepherd/akita mix. “I should have named him Shadow — he follows me everywhere,” Crook said.

Puppy love

Will Acevedo cuddles Xena, a Jack Russell mix. “She’s done wonders for me,” Acevedo says of Xena. “Instead of you focusing on yourself and your battle wounds, you focus on the dog.”

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.