Columbia unemployment [Graphic]

Columbia's unemployment rate has been lower than national and statewide figures during the economic downturn.

Arrest for drug paraphernalia [Photo]

St. Louis County police officer Justin Sparks, right, arrests a man for having drug paraphernalia after the man allegedly attempted to purchase an over-the-counter cold medication containing pseudoephedrine on Dec. 23 in Fenton. The man was denied the sale because he'd already purchased the legal limit of pseudoephedrine for the month. Police use an electronic database to track pseudoephedrine sales in real time.

Adding a note to the memorial [Photo]

Rachel Cooper-Blackmore, 9, adds a note to a make-shift memorial at Mesa Verde Elementary, where Christina Taylor Green was a third-grader.

Walking from the South Lawn [Photo]

Government employees walk from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday after observing a moment of silence with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to honor those who were killed and injured in the shooting in Tucson, Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., is in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Mesa Verde Elementary School memorial [Photo]

A student plays near a make-shift memorial at Mesa Verde Elementary School, where Christina Taylor Green was a third-grader, in Tucson, Ariz. Green, 9, a student at Mesa Verde, was shot and killed while attending an event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., at a supermarket Saturday.

Crime scene investigators pause [Photo]

Crime scene investigators pause Monday during a national moment of silence at the site of Saturday's shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

Congress takes a moment of silence [Photo]

Members of Congress and staff members observe a moment of silence Monday for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and other shooting victims on the east steps of the Capitol in Washington. Pictured from left to right: Wilson Livingood, sergeant at arms, U.S. House of Representatives; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.; Steve Lawrence, chief of staff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif.; Barry Jackson, chief of staff to House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio; Del. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam; Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga.; and Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer.

The President and First Lady observe a moment [Photo]

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama return to the White House in Washington on Monday after observing a moment of silence for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and the other victims of an assassination attempt against her. The shooting at a town hall-style event outside a supermarket in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday left six dead, including a federal judge, and wounded Giffords.

A moment of silence with his son [Photo]

State Rep. Greg Morris observes a moment of silence with his son Jonathan, 8, for the shooting that injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, D-Ariz., at the beginning of the new session of the Georgia House of Representatives on Monday in Atlanta.

University hospital inspections [Document]

This is a 47-page inspection report you can download that details violations at University Hospital.

The Columbia Missourian filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the report. The survey was conducted at University Hospital after a complaint was filed. The inspection occurred from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5.

Six who died in Arizona rampage [Photo]

The six who died in the Tucson shooting rampage on Saturday, clockwise from top left: Christina Taylor Green, 9; Dorothy Morris, 76; John Roll, 73; Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79.

Flags at half-staff after Giffords assassination attempt [Photo]

Flags fly at half-staff on the Mall in Washington on Sunday, the day after a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., in which six people were killed and Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was among several others seriously wounded. President Obama ordered flags at public facilities to remain at half-staff until sunset Friday.

Helen Anthony [Photo]

Attorney and Planning and Zoning Commissioner Helen Anthony has decided to run for the Fifth Ward City Council seat being vacated by Laura Nauser.

Tyrell Coley displays his iPhone [Photo]

Tyrell Coley, 21, holds his iPhone, displaying his Twitter account in the Queens borough of New York City on Jan. 5. As mobile technology puts computers in our pockets, Latinos and blacks are more likely than the general population to access the Web by cellular phones, and they use their phones more often to do more things. But now some see a new "digital divide" emerging — with Latinos and blacks being challenged by more, not less, access to technology.

Miguel Amador in his store [Photo]

Ritmo Records owner Miguel Amador works in one of his stores in Camden, N.J. on Dec. 22. Amador said Facebook and Internet access are what most ofhis customers want when they enter his two locations in Latino neighborhoods. Five years ago, the majority of his revenue came from music CDs. Now his mobile device sales are up 50 percent from last year.

Miguel Amador speaks with a customer [Photo]

Ritmo Records owner Miguel Amador meets with customer on Dec. 22.

Tyrell Coley with his phone [Photo]

Tyrell Coley displays his iPhone on Jan. 5.

Breaking down the digital divide [Graphic]

The Pew Research Center released a survey in July breaking down mobile phone use by minorities. The data, put together as part of Pew’s Internet and American Life Project, show that blacks and Latinos use data applications on cell phones more often than whites.
Source: Pew Research Center

MU women's basketball player Shakara Jones vs. Texas [Photo]

Missouri senior forward Shakara Jones puts up a layup against Texas on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Texas women's basketball player Yvonne Anderson [Photo]

Texas junior guard Yvonne Anderson, the daughter of MU men's basketball coach Mike Anderson, drives against Missouri junior forward Christine Flores on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Flores had four blocks in the game. Yvonne Anderson was held to nine points.