Economy professor scratches head

Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz scratches his head Jan. 26 during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Stiglitz and others worry that too much money flowing to developing economies will form bubbles in stocks and housing prices that could burst. Such money has already inflated worldwide commodity prices to historic levels.

High-rise buildings in Shanghai

High-rise buildings are seen at the Pudong New Development Zone on Dec. 7, 2010, in Shanghai. Never before have China, India and other developing economies grown so much faster than the United States, Japan and the rich countries of Europe. To an unprecedented degree, developing countries that once looked to the United States to lead the world economy are themselves driving the recovery from the worst downturn since the 1930s.

Sen. Claire McCaskill speaks at news conference

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 1. McCaskill once turned a political opponent's use of a plane to her advantage. Now, she is seeing the issue from a different vantage point. With a tough re-election race in 2012, the Missouri Democrat has come under heavy criticism for her use of a plane she owns with her husband.

Matt Painter

Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter instructs his team in a February game this season. After meeting with MU officials on Tuesday about the opening with the Tigers, Painter decided Wednesday to accept a new contract offer from Purdue.

Louie Conti takes aim

MU sophomore Louie Conti practices his shooting Friday at at Prairie Grove Shooting Sports.

MU Shooting Club Team President Louie Conti

Louie Conti, the president of the MU Shooting Team president, holds his Browning 625 Sporting shotgun and watches his teammates shoot on Friday at Prairie Grove Shooting Sports.

The First Ward candidates

The candidates competing for the Columbia City Council's First Ward seat are (clockwise, from top left) Fred Schmidt, Mitch Richards, Darrell Foster and Pam Forbes.

The Fifth Ward candidates

Glen Ehrhardt and Helen Anthony are the candidates competing to win the Fifth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council.

Brandon Hoops

Brandon Hoops is a 2005 graduate of the MU School of Journalism and works as a teaching assistant at the Missourian.

Liz Reed works on a story at Newsy

Writer Liz Reed works on a story about depression and Facebook on Monday at Newsy. The Columbia-based online video news service announced Monday that it acquired $1.5 million in funding from a St. Louis-based private equity firm.

Jim Flink shows off Newsy video in Chinese

Jim Flink, vice president of news operations at Newsy, shows an unpublished Newsy video spoken in Chinese on his iPad on Monday. The Columbia company is studying the feasibility of introducing Newsy applications in languages other than English.

Jonathan Sessions

Columbia School Board candidate Jonathan Sessions

Sara Dickson

Columbia School Board candidate Sara Dickson

Tom Rose

Columbia School Board candidate Tom Rose

Dave Raithel

Columbia School Board candidate Dave Raithel

Helen Wade

Columbia School Board candidate Helen Wade

Liz Peterson

Columbia School Board candidate Liz Peterson

FastLane 66 security photos

In this series of images provided by the Boone County Sheriff's Department, Friday night's robbery of the FastLane66 convenience store 7701 Roanoke Drive is shown.

Sparky and Rhonda to perform at Big Muddy Folk Festival

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker travel around the country singing songs and telling American folk stories. Their music includes old-time blues, slave songs, spirituals, Civil War music and many other types. They are among the artists performing at the Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville on Friday and Saturday.

The Rain Dogs to perform at Big Muddy Folk Festival

The Rain Dogs pay tribute to the old southern string bands and classic blues masters. They are among the groups preforming at the Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville on Friday and Saturday.