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The D-word: Working with a job counselor

Dwayne Speller, 22, waits to talk to a counselor at the Nevada Jobconnect Career Center in Las Vegas on March 6. The nation's unemployment rate bolted to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs amid a deepening recession.

Tigers practice in Arizona

Missouri coach Mike Anderson, far left, watches his team practice on Wednesday in Glendale, Ariz. The Tigers face Memphis in the West regional semifinal, which is scheduled to start at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Columbia College basketball player Jason Ellis

Columbia College's Jason Ellis, a Columbia native, drives down the court during a regular season game. Ellis says he fondly remembers playing basketball at Douglass Park as a child.

Memphis coach John Calipari

John Calipari's Memphis team last loss to a Conference USA opponent came at the hands of Anderson's team at Alabama-Birmingham. Since then, Memphis is 61-0 against teams within the Conference USA.

Missouri coach Mike Anderson

Missouri coach Mike Anderson watches his team practice on March 25 in Glendale, Ariz., where the Tigers fell to Connecticut in the Elite Eight. After speculation that he would be hired by other teams, Anderson signed a seven-year contract with MU.

Blood pressure checkup

Dwight Woods, left, sits quietly as nursing student Meghan Welsh takes his blood pressure at Flotrin's Barber Shop on March 18 in St. Louis. In several cities, health workers are going to barbershops, long a gathering place for black men, to provide medical screenings to those who might not get regular checkups. Nursing students in St. Louis are joining with the nonprofit organization 100 Black Men and a professional nursing sorority, Chi Eta Phi, to measure blood pressure.

Haircuts and a health checkup

Dwight Woods, right, smiles as nursing student Meghan Welsh takes his blood pressure at Flotrin's Barber Shop in St. Louis. Nursing students in St. Louis are focusing on blood pressure checks for African-American men. High blood pressure affects over 40 percent of African-Americans, and the complications can be serious, even deadly, if left untreated. The American Heart Association says compared with whites, black people have a 1.8 times greater rate of fatal stroke, a 1.5 times greater rate of heart disease death and a 4.2 times greater rate of end-stage kidney disease.

Columbia College fans cheer for team

Columbia College junior Whitney Widaman, center, cheers as the team is introduced before the start of the NAIA National Championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

Columbia College forward Quintin Totta battles

Columbia College forward Quintin Totta battles with Rocky Mountain's Anthony Allen for a loose ball in the second half.

Columbia College coach Bob Burchard addresses his team

Columbia College coach Bob Burchard addresses his team during a timeout in the first half of the NAIA championship. The Cougars were down by 21 at halftime, 45-24.

Columbia College guard Brett Hoskins drives to the hoop

Columbia College guard Brett Hoskins drives against Rocky Mountain's Chase Sukut during the second half.

Rocky Mountain College's Anthony Allen goes for a layup

Rocky Mountain College's Anthony Allen goes in for a layup during the first half.

Columbia College falls in NAIA national championship

Columbia College's Terrell Turner, left, embraces Quintin Totta, right, after the Cougars 77-61 defeat against Rocky Mountain in the NAIA National Championship on Tuesday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

Gold medalist

KaShaye Mathews, 15, goes in for a shot during a Three-on-Three game at the New Haven Elementary School. KaShaye's team, the Columbia Twisters, won two out of two games on Saturday to win the gold medal at the State Championships. "The other kids on the team know to pass the ball to her, and she shoots and scores. It's kind of our team play," coach Trish Wallace said.

Michelle Pruitt and members of her book club

From left, Karen Pasley, Michelle Pruitt and Lori Galaske talk during the monthly meeting of the Rowdy Readers Book Club before discussing "The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti" at Upper Crust Bakery on Green Meadows Way in Columbia. Pruitt is a candidate for the upcoming Columbia School Board election on April 7.

William Fay

William P. Fay, MU professor and director of the division of cardiovascular medicine: "Small cells can regrow through a stent like snowflakes getting through chicken wire and building up."

Checking for closure

William Fay examines a coronary angiogram to determine whether the stent inserted in the patient has re-narrowed. The slight dark outline near his fingertip is the stent's outline.

MU Sendoff: Holding the baby

MU guard JT Tiller holds Camilla Freeman while her dad, Brian Freeman, takes a photo with his phone.

MU Sendoff: A hug for Kim English

Donna Snyder hugs Kim English at the sendoff for the Tiger basketball team Tuesday. Now retired, Snyder is the former assistant to several MU basketball coaches.

MU Sendoff: Steve Moore holds a sign

Freshman Steve Moore holds up a sign made by children at the MU Child Development Center at the sendoff for the Tiger basketball team Tuesday.
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