Winter clothes for Afghan security escorts

Sara Reichert collects donated winter clothing from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Her husband, Matt, who has been deployed to Afghanistan, saw that many of the low-wage military security escorts at his base were without winter clothing. Sara has since collected clothing from neighbors and from the church to send to the military escorts.

MU wrestler Todd Schavrien

MU wrestler Todd Schavrien, bottom, came to Missouri after a disappointing season at Arizona State.

Flat Daddy

Amanda Stapp and Kathleen Kaumans, both of Columbia, watch as friends take their turns bowling on Sunday. A life-size cardboard mock-up of Stapp's husband, Jason Stapp, a National Guardsman deployed to Kosovo in May, accompanies the group to Town and Country Lanes almost every Sunday. The figure is designed to help loved ones cope with the absence of family members in the military.

Douglass Park renovations

From right, recreation specialist and Vice President of Douglass Neighborhood Association Bill Thompson, Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs and senior parks planner Michael Snyder discuss renovations to Douglass Park Monday evening in a conference room at the Armory Sports Center in Columbia.

Discussing Taser use

Linda Green of the mid-Missouri chapter of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom spoke Monday morning at the Labor Temple in Columbia. She talked about cases in which she said the Columbia Police Department used questionable judgment in Taser use on citizens.

MU offensive coordinator Dave Christensen

MU offensive coordinator Dave Christensen

Author Dick Burhans studied potato chips

Dick Burhans of Harrisburg is the author of "Crunch! A History of the Great American Potato Chip." The inspiration for his new book came after a shopping trip in Ohio where regional brands of chips are prevalent.

Trish Vincent picture

Trish Vincent is the chief of staff for Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt.

Mike Criner and his 10 puppies

Mike Criner poses with 10 of his German Shepherds at 9371 South Smith Hatchery Road on Nov. 13. Criner is trying to sell the puppies for $100 each; their mother gave birth to the litter eight weeks ago.

10 puppies at play

The 10 German shepherd puppies being sold play in their pen on Nov. 13. Mike Criner's German shepherd, Lady, gave birth to the litter eight weeks ago.

Lady and Rusty, mother and father

Mike Criner pets his German shepherd, Lady, while Rusty looks on. Criner said he tried to keep Rusty and Lady separate while she was in heat, but the two dogs had a litter of puppies about eight weeks ago.

Puppies for sale sign

A homemade sign advertises puppies for sale. Mike Criner is trying to sell 10 German shepherd puppies for $100 each.

Puppies play in their pen

Ten 8-week-old German shepherds scamper about in their pen. Mike Criner is trying to sell the puppies for $100 each.

Owner plays with Lady, mother to 10 puppies

Mike Criner plays with Lady, the mother of the 10 puppies he is trying to sell.

Youth soccer coach Stan Porter

Stan Porter, left, spent the weekend keeping track of seven teams at the Show-Me State 3v3 Soccer Tournament at MU's Stankowski Field.

Fraternity holds Thanksgiving food drive

MU senior Brian Washington sorts food for Alpha Phi Alpha's Thanksgiving food drive. The fraternity collected and distributed meals for 30 families.

Children gather candy at parade

Children gather candy thrown out by participants in the 29th annual Jaycees' Holiday Parade held in downtown Columbia on Sunday afternoon. Many of the parade participants dressed in costume, with characters including Winnie the Pooh, a penguin, circus clowns, and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, among others.

Holiday parade marches through downtown

Jaycees' 29th Annual Holiday Parade was held in downtown Columbia on Sunday afternoon. Several marching bands, floats, classic cars, and dance troupes took to Broadway to march in the environment-themed parade, dubbed "We're Dreaming Of A Green Christmas."

MU men's basketball player DeMarre Carroll vs. USC

Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll dribbles past USC defender Kasey Cunningham in the Tigers' victory Sunday at the Puerto Rico Tip-off Tournament.

Haggard returns

This image taken from video, supplied by Magnolia Pictures, shows the Rev. Ted Haggard preaching in the documentary film Jesus Camp. While his exact plans remain unclear, Haggard is unmistakably making himself a public figure again, nine months after his former church said he walked away from an oversight process meant to restore him.