Diplomats attend Berlin Wall commemoration [Photo]

Front row from left, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, German President Horst Koehler, Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Monday during the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov.9, 1989.

Unemployment Rates [Graphic]

The rate in Missouri has consistently been higher than the national unemployment rate until the beginning of this year. The unemployment rate represents the number of people unemployed as a percent of the labor force.

Coaches conference [Photo]

Hickman girls basketball coach Tonya Mirts talks with members of the Kewpies girls basketball team during the first day of tryouts on Monday.

Basketball workout [Photo]

Hickman senior Adam Baker encourages sophomore Collin Gilmore during a push-up drill Monday during the conditioning portion of the first day of basketball tryouts Monday.

Rock Bridge basketball manager [Photo]

Rock Bridge sophomore Arid Henderson watches the Bruins' basketball team scrimmage while running the scoreboard. "I was a point guard, but I tore my ACL," Henderson said. "Now I'm the manager."

Hickman's Cheyenne Finney shoots [Photo]

Hickman sophomore Cheyenne Finney lines up her shot during the first day of basketball tryouts Monday. Finney helped Oakland Jr. High finish 19-0 last season.

Columbia College women's basketball players Whitney Davis and Whitney Widaman [Photo]

Columbia College teammates Whitney Davis, left, and Whitney Widaman celebrate a successful play in the Cougars' victory Monday night over Avila in their 2009 women's basketball home opener.

Pile of rope [Photo]

Each rope the teams use for the circuit-style workout is 25-feet long and weighs one pound per foot, making each of the ropes 25 pounds.

Plank practice [Photo]

Missouri junior Spenser Lauver, left, practices planks as part of the rope training that the men's and women's swimming teams are using.

Missouri rope training [Photo]

The Missouri women's swimming team trains with 25-foot ropes and bands at the pull-up bars on the east side of Stankowski Field. The ropes are part of a new training technique the team has implemented.

Miss Africa Mizzou 2009 [Video]

On Sunday, the African Students Association of MU hosted the Miss Africa Mizzou 2009.

Pinkel argues call [Photo]

Missouri's Gary Pinkel argues a call during the first quarter of Saturday's game against Baylor.

Boone Life Bike Polo [Slideshow]

COMOPOLO, a Columbia-based bicycle polo organization, held its championships at Cosmopolitan Park this weekend. The event attracted teams from across the country, including newcomers from Lawrence, Kan.

Matt Pearce [Photo]

Matt Pearce is a graduate student in the Missouri School of Journalism from Cleveland, Mo.

Baylor Bears upset Missouri [Slideshow]

Despite being ahead at halftime, the Missouri Tigers' weak second half lead to a 40-32 loss to Baylor on Saturday in Columbia.

Sedalia couples plays a dulcimer [Photo]

Linda and George McCollum sit together playing a courting dulcimer in the living room of their home northeast of Sedalia on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.

Sedalia couple practices old traditions [Photo]

Linda and George McCollum spend time together traveling to various festivals performing music on their dulcimers or demonstrating how to weave chair seats from hickory bark and corn shucks.

Artist collects branches for sculpture [Photo]

Artist Rachel Wilson of Avilla gathers fallen limbs, Oct. 26, 2009. Wilson uses fallen hedge branches as art supplies since they are cheap and close to home.

Avilla artist stands next to hedgewood horse [Photo]

Artist Rachel Wilson of Avilla stands with one of her hedgewood creations. With four young children, a farm to run and limited financial resources, Rachel Wilson needed some art supplies that were close to home and cheap. She found fallen hedge branches.

Piece of Berlin Wall is placed at Westminster College [Photo]

Students gathered near a piece of history Thursday, September 28, 1990, when a section of the Berlin Wall was placed at Westminster College in Fulton.