January 17, 2011
A stone column states "I still believe that we shall overcome" at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden on Monday. Members of the Columbia NAACP held their annual ceremony at the memorial to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Shalia Ford, state youth director for the Missouri NAACP branch, speaks Monday during a ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden. Ford said children today should not only recognize the dream of King, but also honor their own dreams as well.
In this Jan. 13 photo, farmer Earl Snell stands next to greenhouse-like structures called high tunnels on his rural farm in Skippersville, Ala. Snell said he now can grow the tomatoes year-round and compete with southern Florida growers, who have been dealing with a severe freeze that caused prices to rise.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is seen through a viewfinder of a TV camera as he gives a press conference in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem Monday. The defense minister abruptly announced Monday that he was leaving his Labor Party and forming a new parliamentary faction inside the governing coalition, completing a split in the iconic party over the handling of peace talks with the Palestinians. The dramatic and unexpected move did not immediately threaten the stability of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's parliamentary majority. Instead, it appeared to strengthen Netanyahu's hardline coalition by leaving it with a smaller, yet largely like-minded majority.
A man tries to breath through a cloth as tear gas fills the street behind on Monday, while police clashed with protesters during a demonstration against former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the center of Tunis. Police used tear gas to break up the demonstration on the main avenue in central Tunis, and helicopters were seen circling overhead.
Protesters cheers a soldier Monday during a demonstration against former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the center of Tunis. Tunisia's interim leaders plan to announce a new government Monday that includes opposition leaders for the first time — a move they hope will stabilize their violence-wracked nation.
Maj. Ben Stillwell, right, listens as the Rev. Eric Ware of House of Prayer pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday during the 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at St. James AME Church in Cape Girardeau.
January 16, 2011
Albert Pujols horses around with former teammate Steve Kline as he signs autographs Sunday for fans at the Cardinals Winter Warm-up in St. Louis.
MU sophomore Nathan McCormick grapples with UTC sophomore Prescott Garner in the 133 weight-class during the "Beauty and the Beast" event at the Hearnes Center on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.
MU senior Todd Schavrien pins UTC freshman Shawn Greevy in the 149 weight-class during the "Beauty and the Beast" event at the Hearnes Center on Jan. 15, 2011.
MU sophomore Sandra Ostad performs on the balance beam on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at the Hearnes Center during the "Beauty and the Beast" event, in which wrestling and gymnastics were held at the same time.
In this Dec. 8, 2010, file photo, participants in Governor-elect Jerry Brown's budget briefing to discuss the state fiscal problems are seen in Sacramento, Calif. Brown has called for courage and sacrifice from lawmakers to fill an estimated $25.4 billion budget gap.
In this Jan. 11 photo, a potential car buyer looks over used cars at a dealership in Sacramento, Calif. States have not seen their sales tax revenues rebound despite the end of the recession. California Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed extending a one-cent sales tax and a one-half percent vehicle license fee increase.
In this April 21, 2010, file photo, a demonstrator dressed as a "skeleton student" is seen at a rally calling for greater investment in public services, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown recently released a state budget proposal that slashes higher education funding. California is just one of many states facing a year of reckoning as they deal with multi-billion dollar budget deficits.
This Jan. 10 file photo shows Leo Perez protesting the state's proposed budget during a rally outside Gov. Jerry Brown's offices in Los Angeles. If 2011 is hinting at a national recovery, there is little sign of it in statehouses across the country. States that already have raided their reserve funds, relied on borrowing or accounting gimmicks and imposed deep cuts on schools, parks and public transit systems.
In this Jan. 10, 2011 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown points to a chart as he explains his approach to dealing with an estimated $25.4 billion state budget deficit during news conference where he released his state spending plan at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California is just one of many states facing a year of reckoning as they deal with multi-billion dollar budget deficits.
In this July 1, 2009, file photo, Diane Greagor, who works for the Department of Corrections in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., joins hundreds of other state employees and supporters in a demonstration against pay cuts and furloughs at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. In an attempt to fill a $25.4 billion budget deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a 10 percent pay cut for state workers.
January 14, 2011
Then-Sgt. Stephen Monticelli of the Columbia Police Department poses in his office on May 27, 2004.
Volunteer Rocket Kirchner counts cots in preparation for the arrival of the homeless men and women seeking shelter on Thursday at the Missouri United Methodist Church.
Clean blankets and bedding are piled inside the gymnasium where the homeless will sleep on Thursday at the Missouri United Methodist Church.