Show of spirit

Avid Tigers fan Walter Martin made this banner that hangs on his porch at the corner of Broadway and Stadium in Columbia, on Thursday. "I'm all for 'em, baby," he said. He loves all MU sports, and during football season hangs two other homemade banners: "MIZ" and "ZOU." Martin said he planned to watch the MU v. Memphis Sweet 16 game at a friend's house. "I'm curious to see how many people are gonna show up to work tomorrow," he said. "If we win, there many not be too many."

UConn's Hasheem Thabeet against Purdue

Hasheem Thabeet, center, a 7-foot-3 junior from Tanzania, scored 15 points and had 15 rebounds to help Connecticut defeat Purdue 72-60 in the semifinal of the NCAA West regional in Glendale, Ariz. The Huskies meet Missouri in the reional final Saturday.

Missouri celebrates Sweet 16 victory

Missouri's DeMarre Carroll, left, and Kim English celebrate at the end of Missouri's 102-91 victory against Memphis on Thursday night in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament's West regional.

Missouri fans cheer a great shot against Memphis

Missouri fans cheer after Marcus Denmon made a 3-point basket from beyond halfcourt to end the first half of Thursday's victory against Memphis in the semifinal of the NCAA Tournament's West regional in Glendale, Ariz.

Missouri's defense surrounds Memphis' Memphis guard Tyreke Evans

Missouri's Marcus Denmon, left, Leo Lyons, center, and DeMarre Carroll surround Memphis guard Tyreke Evans Evans had a game-high 33 points, but it was not enough to stop Missouri, which went on to win 102-91.

Missouri guard J.T. TIller against Memphis

Missouri guard J.T. Tiller puts up a shot against Memphis in Thursday night's victory. Tiller finished with a team-high 23 points.

Leo Lyons grabs a rebound against Memphis

Missouri forward Leo Lyons takes away a rebound from Memphis forward Robert Dozier. Lyons finished the game with 15 points.

DeMarre Carroll drives to the basket against Memphis

MU forward DeMarre Carroll puts up a shot surrounded by Memphis players Willie Kemp (No. 1), Robert Dozier (No. 2), Wesley Witherspoon No. 11 and Doneal Mack (No. 20). Carroll finished the game with 17 points and six assists.

Missouri fans cheer their team on against Memphis

Missouri fans cheer on their team Thursday night against Memphis in the semifinal of the NCAA Tournament's West regional final in Glendale, Ariz. Missouri rode a strong first half to a 102-91 victory.

Tiller goes in for dunk

J.T. Tiller goes in for a dunk after being fouled against Memphis.

Missouri's Miguel Paul

Missouri's Miguel Paul, left, takes a jump shot as Memphis's Roburt Sallie looks on.

Demetria Stephens helps teens find jobs, fill out applications

Demetria Stephens, left, a youth development specialist, helps Quincy Hines search for shoe stores that are hiring during a workshop at the Youth Empowerment Zone on March 11. The Zone aims to provide resources for at-risk youth to develop skills that will help them transition into adulthood.

Playing a game at the Youth Empowerment Zone

From left, Lenzie Young, Katie Weston, Quincy Hines and Sentora McMillon play a game during a workshop at the Youth Empowerment Zone on March 11.

J.T. Tiller goes in for the lay-up

MU guard J.T. Tiller puts up a shot over Memphis guard Antonio Anderson.

Columbia College's Valerie Teter

Sophomore Valerie Teter of the Columbia College Cougars watches from the dugout as a teammate bats against the Stephens College Stars on March 18.

Boone County National Bank security camera photo

The Columbia Police Department has released these images of the man who robbed Boone County National Bank at 2711 W. Broadway on Wednesday afternoon. The photos were released Thursday.

The D-word: Civilian Conservation Corp

Civilian Conservation Core workers constructing road, 1933. More than 3 million unemployed young men were taken out of the cities and placed into more than 2,600 work camps managed by the CCC.

The D-word: Long lines in New York

In this file photo from the winter of 1932-33, a long line of jobless and homeless men wait outside to get free dinner at New York’s municipal lodging house during the Great Depression.

The D-word: Unemployment today

In this Feb. 11 file photo thousands of people line up at a federal government job fair in downtown Atlanta. This recession could slice deeper into the U.S. economy, and if it lasts into April 2009, will be on record as the longest in postwar history.

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.