Climate conference opens

Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing gestures during the opening of the U.S. center at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday.

Global warning

A globe is projected as people are seen in Town Hall Square on the opening day of the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday. What is being called the largest and most important U.N. climate change conference in history opened Monday, with organizers warning diplomats from 192 nations that this could be the best, last chance for a deal to protect the world from calamitous global warming.

Alpacas & Artisans

Diane Peckham, right, helps John Engleking choose a toy bear on Wednesday at Alpacas & Artisans. Engleking reserved a hat made of alpaca fibers and wants to return to the store with his family. Engleking said he plans to have his own alpacas one day if he "can ever afford the land."

Alpaca products

Gloves, hats and a toy bear made out of alpaca fibers are displayed on Wednesday at the Alpacas & Artisans holiday store. Alpacas are easy to care for and they don't need nearly as much as a horse, said alpaca breeder Diane Peckham.

Cape Girardeau adopts twin boys from Ethopia

Jamie and Michelle Outman of Cape Girardeau, relax in their home with their family on Nov. 21, from clockwise left: Jamie, Paeton, Michelle, Phelix, Parker, and Phisher.

Inmates create Braille books

Offenders in the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Jefferson City translate numerous books and papers into Braille for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. They all work in the Center for Braille and Narration Production at the correctional facility.

Austin Nelson, kidney donor

At age 15 Austin Nelson began telling his mother that if anything happened to him he wanted to be an organ donor. When Nelson died in a car accident five of his organs were transplanted, including his kidney.

Hickman boys basketball player Marcus Whitt vs. Popular Bluff

Hickman guard Marcus Whitt drives past Popular Bluff's Jordan Marler on Sunday in the Kewpies' loss.

Pinkel talks about Texas Bowl

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel, left, and Mark Alnutt, an MU associate athletics director, speak to media Sunday after the Tigers accepted a bid to play in the Texas Bowl.

Going with a raw vegan diet

Dave Williams and Glenda Nickell choose to eat a diet of vegan, raw food. Besides the groceries they buy at least once a week, the couple also grows their own vegetables. The ones in the outdoor hoop house get a "haircut every other day" says Williams, which means that they pick their own spinach, leeks, radishes or beet greens.

Waiting at the market

Not even the cold can keep people away from waiting in line at the Columbia Farmers' Market on Saturday. Despite near-freezing temperatures, the market has extended its season into the December month.

Selling, despite the cold

Tammy and Greg Sellmeyer of Sellmeyer Farm showcase their dried fruit, jams and produce all while fighting near-freezing temperatures at the Columbia Farmers' Market on Saturday. Even with the cold, the market saw it's fair share of shoppers and everybody seemed to be in high spirits.

Browsing the wares

Judy Thimesch examines one of the church mice for sale at the St. Nicholas Bazaar on Saturday. Shoppers could also enter a raffle, eat a "country-style" breakfast in the parish hall, and browse books, crafts and decorative trinkets.

Popular mice

Shirley Farrah, left, views decorative church mice displayed by Kathy Digges at the St. Nicholas Bazaar on Saturday morning. The church mice's popularity had shoppers waiting in line to enter the foyer where the mice were sold. "Limit two until everyone gets through the line," Digges told customers as they browsed.

Jewelry for sale

Holiday ornaments decorate a tree while Nancy Davenport presides over her jewelry for sale at the United Methodist Church's holiday Bazaar on Saturday. Davenport has been involved with the jewelry trade for 10 years, and hasn't missed the church's holiday bazaar since.

Sophomore Marcus Denmon goes for a rebound

Missouri sophomore guard Marcus Denmon grabs the ball for a rebound against Oregon's Jeremy Jacob on Dec. 5 at Mizzou Arena. Denmon tied his career-high game total with 17 points toward Missouri's 106-69 victory.

Rock Bridge boys basketball player Dave Duffleck vs. Moberly

Rock Bridge forward Dave Duffleck avoids a block by Moberly's Brennan Hughes 44, during the Bruins' victory Saturday.

MU junior plays defense

MU junior guard Jarrett Sutton plays defense against Oregon guard Malcolm Armstead on Saturday night. The Tigers had a blowout game beating the Ducks 106-69.

Hickman girls basketball player Ashley Davis vs. Jefferson City

Hickman senior center Ashley Davis, top right, fights for possession of the ball against Jefferson City's Sadie Theroff.

Missouri basketball players cheer

Members of the MU men's basketball team cheer after a slam dunk during the fourth quarter against Oregon on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. MU won 106-69.