December 24, 2008
Debbie Shenker lights candles for the fourth day of Hanukkah. The Shenkers' extended family celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.
December 23, 2008
MU's DeMarre Carroll falls in a scramble for the ball Tuesday in the Braggin Rights game against Illinois in St. Louis.
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."
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.
Missouri guard Zaire Taylor says Tuesday's game against Illinois in St. Louis is a chance for the Tigers "to prove something as far as where we’re coming along as a team.”
Former MU swimmer Max Jaben
December 22, 2008
Tausha L. Fields, 33, of Dickinson, Texas, has been charged with the first-degree murder of her estranged husband, Mitchell Wayne Kemp, a Columbia man who was shot and killed in 2004, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department. Fields' ex-husband, Gregory Warren Morton, was arrested on the same charges in Columbia earlier this year.
Mary Watkins, shown in her Columbia apartment, was born in 1940 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She said her family didn't have a lot of money after the Depression so the children learned not to expect expensive holiday gifts.
Katherine Finley was born in 1919 in Bosworth. While posing for a portrait in her Columbia apartment, she shared memories of holidays during the Great Depression. She said her most memorable Christmas involved her grandfather's makeshift "fairy Christmas tree" covered in homemade tinsel.
Claude Havens, who was born in 1915 in New York City, looks through a photo album in his Columbia apartment. He grew up in an orphanage and was sent to Missouri on an orphan train. He said the Great Depression didn't have a big effect on him because he was used to living on nothing.
Clint Pickett plays with his two sons, Cody, 3, on his back, and Luke, 21 months, at their Wardsville home on Dec. 6, 2008. The Picketts said Luke and Clint's trip to China gave the two time to bond.
Cheryl Pickett holds her son Luke while her other son, Cody, 3, peers out from under the chair on Dec. 6, 2008. Cheryl, who recently gave birth to twins, stayed in Missouri with Cody while Clint and Luke were in China.
Luke Pickett grasps his father, Clint PIckett's, finger on Dec. 6, 2008. Luke, who recently had a cord blood stem cell transplant to try and treat his cerebral palsy, has been able to use his fingers with more purpose, according to his parents.
Luke Pickett, 21 months, of Wardsville went to Chengyang People's Hospital in Qingdao, China, for a cord blood stem cell transplant.
Luke Pickett poses with nurses at the Chengyang People's Hospital in Qingdao, China. “The nurses couldn’t get enough of him,” Clint Pickett, Luke's father, said. “I couldn’t walk down the hall without them stopping and holding his hands or rubbing his little face.”
Luke Pickett, 21 months old, laughs while he plays with his dad, Clint Pickett, at their Wardsville home on Dec. 6, 2008. Clint and Luke Pickett went to China for more than a month, where Luke had a cord blood stem cell transplant. Luke's parents hope the treatment will help with his cerebral palsy.
Visiting assistant professor of trombone Bill Mann conducts the MU trombone choir during a performance at a mid-Missouri nursing home on Dec. 12. The choir is composed of students ranging from freshmen to graduate students.
Members of the MU trombone choir perform "Feliz Navidad" as part of a caroling tour of Columbia nursing homes on Dec. 12. In addition to performing together as part of their classwork, the choir members participate in extracurricular activities such as this.
December 21, 2008
Mark James uses the Accelerated Recovery Performance machine during a session of physical therapy at Tranformation Fitness Coaching on Thursday.