Taking the tea party literally

Rhonda Mantle wears tea bags in her sunglasses to show solidarity with the protesters at the tax day "tea party."

Democratic speaker gets a chance to speak

Rep. J.C. Kuessner, D-Eminence, speaks to the crowd from the steps of the Capitol building during the tax day "tea party."

Addressing the tea party crowd

Rep. J.C. Kuessner, D-Eminence, speaks to the crowd during the tax-day "tea party" sponsored by the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Gymnastics preview

MU senior Adrianne Perry works on her balance beam skills during practice on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Perry's father, James Henderson Perry Jr., died last year.

Missouri Rail Riders play at dance

Bob Rankin plays guitar as part of the Missouri Rail Riders band at the Older American Klub on March 20 in Columbia.

Taking a turn on the dance floor

Wayne and Marie Crump take a turn on the dance floor during the Older American Klub on March 20 at the Stephens Lake Activity Center in Columbia.

Missouri gymnast Adrianne Perry

Missouri senior Adrianne Perry works on her balance beam routine at a practice at Hearnes Center. After her father's death last summer, Perry says she has struggled at times this season, but she has persevered and is set to compete in her fourth NCAA national meet starting Thursday in Lincoln, Neb.

Kristin Nottelmann winds up

Kristin Nottelmann, a relief pitcher, winds up before pitching at the University Field. Missouri softball defeated Missouri University of Science & Technology twice in Wednesday's doubleheader 10-2 and 6-0.

Michael Liberto almost picked-off

MU's Michael Liberto slides back to first as Indiana State's first baseman, Tony Colucci, catches the attempted pick-off from the pitcher.

Missouri catcher Ryan Ampleman

Catcher, Ryan Ampleman, a sophomore, runs towards third base during Missouri's game against Indiana St. on Wednesday.

Beauty in nature

Pinnacles Youth Park is a privately owned, 77-acre piece of land that is open to the public. The park is privately funded through donations and grants. It provides free camping for youth groups like the Boy Scouts.

Walk in the park

Robert Wojcik, left, and Nadia Marks take a walk with their dogs. Wojcik said they came to Pinnacle Youth Park because the weather was nice and this park is generally less busy downtown.

Pinnacle bluffs

Pinnacles Youth Park provides wide open spaces, rivers, streams and cliffs to climb for any visitors who are daring enough. It's not easy to cross the water that surrounds the limestone bluffs, but the park's board members have no plans for a bridge, which would cost thousands of dollars and provide more access for the climbers who contribute to degradation of the limestone.

Hanging out at Pinnacle

Rock climbing is a popular activity at Pinnacles Youth Park, which features tall limestone bluffs surrounded by creeks. Steve Pagan and Tuesday Critz practice on a ridge known as the Shelving Rock.

Three sing after serpent's defeat

Betsey Bledsoe, Stephanie Sander and Rachel Wyss sing a song as the three ladies during Show-Me Opera's rehearsal of the opera "The Magic Flute" inside McKee Gymnasium on April 8. In the opera, the three had just finished slaying a serpent to rescue a prince.

Peeking out from beneath a prop

Clare Huck peers out from underneath a serpent prop as she rehearses in her role as first spirit in "The Magic Flute" inside McKee Gymnasium on April 8. In the opera, the serpent makes a near-deadly attempt on Prince Tamino's life.

Rehearsing the roles of first and second ladies

Betsey Bledsoe and Stephanie Sander rehearse in their roles as first and second ladies during practice inside of McKee Gymnasium on April 8. The rehearsal was for Show-Me Opera's upcoming performance of "The Magic Flute."

JaNay Woolridge, Lana Mims and Alyssa Hollins participate in March Against Racial Stereotypes

From left, JaNay Woolridge, Lana Mims and Alyssa Hollins participate in the March Against Racial Stereotypes on Tuesday. The three are members of Community About Raising Excellence, also known as CARE, an organization for minority athletes that focuses on community service.

Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman against Indiana State

Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman moves to throw out a Indiana State runner trying to steal second base Tuesday at Taylor Stadium.

Tigers gather at practice

Missouri players gather at practice Tuesday.