April 2, 2009
Barbara Hoppe is running for re-election to a second term as the Sixth Ward repredsentative on the Columbia City Council.
Kim Hickey, left, and Rod Robison walk down Bucks Run while campaigning in the Sixth Ward on March 22. Robison is running for the Sixth Ward City Council seat.
Chuck Hamm, left, talks with Rod Robison outside Hamm's house in the Sixth Ward on March 22. Robison and a group of his supporters were campaigning door to door.
Sixth Ward City Council candidate Rod Robison.
MU tour guide Dave Thiessen explains the benefits of the Student Success Center to Cmdr. Dale Green, who will be captain of the USS Missouri, during a campus tour for the crew members of the submarine Wednesday. The crew was on campus to foster a relationship with their submarine's namesake state.
Lt. Michael Keating listens to facts about Tiger Plaza during a tour of campus on Wednesday. Keating, who works as a naval science instructor at MU, was accompanying three officers of the USS Missouri on their tour of the school.
Marlboro Milds, priced at $4.55 per pack with the new federal tax and $4.89 total, wait behind the counter to be purchased by smokers at Hitt Mini Mart on Wednesday. The price of cigarettes increased recently as the federal tax on them was raised from .39 cents to $1.01, the highest increase in tobacco taxes thus far.
Tom Newell buys a pack of cigarettes at Hitt Mini Mart on Wednesday. "Cigarette purchases are slowing down," said owner Sunny Patel. "But we're doing all right."
Catcher Trevor Coleman throws out a player at first.
Austin Holt, Andrew Thigpen and Rex Meyr look out onto Busch Stadium on April 1, 2009.
MU baseball player Ryan Lollis, center, gets congratulated by teammates.
Rachel Puidk counts cash to pay Hitt Mini Mart owner Sunny Patel for her pack of Camel No. 9s on Wednesday April 1. As a result of the tax hike on cigarettes, "Some people have cut down — they used to buy two packs a day, and now only buy one," said Patel.
MU baseball players' hats, gloves and bags litter the St. Louis Cardinals dugout.
Michael Liberto hustles home to score a run for the Tigers.
Phil McCormick holds his hat over his heart during the national anthem.
Shortstop Michael Liberto throws the ball to first after making a tag at second.
Tigers outfielder Ryan Lollis stretches before the game against SLU at Busch Stadium on April 1, 2009.
April 1, 2009
From left to right, Austin Holt, Andrew Thigpen and Rex Meyr watch from behind the batting cage, as the Arch and Busch Stadium loom in the background during the Tigers' batting practice session before Wednesday's game against Saint Louis University.
John Coffman is general counsel of the Consumers Council of Missouri. This piece was submitted as a guest column to the Missourian.