Esterhazy Quartet practices

From left, Eva Szekely, Susan Jensen, Leslie Perna and Darry Dolezal of the Esterhazy Quartet practice in the Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building at MU on March 20. The quartet, a university faculty string ensemble, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in April of this year.

Photo illustration of Barbara Hoppe and Rod Robison

Rod Robison, left, and Barbara Hoppe are running for the Sixth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council. The election is April 7.

Hoppe campaigns door to door

Barbara Hoppe, who is running as a candidate for the Sixth Ward in the upcoming Columbia City Council election April 7, goes door to door to campaign on March 21.

Hoppe talks on a campaign stop

Barbara Hoppe, left, who is running as a Sixth Ward City Council candidate, talks to Debby Riley as she goes door to door to campaign March 21.

Barbara Hoppe runs for re-election

Barbara Hoppe is running for re-election to a second term as the Sixth Ward repredsentative on the Columbia City Council.

Robison campaigns in the Sixth Ward

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.

Robison and Hamm talk across the fence

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.

Rod Robison runs for Sixth Ward council seat

Sixth Ward City Council candidate Rod Robison.

Submarine crew taking in the sights

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.

Observing Tiger Plaza

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.

Cigarette tax increases by 62 cents

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.

Cigarette sales slow for Hitt Mini Mart

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."

Coleman throws the runner out at first

Catcher Trevor Coleman throws out a player at first.

Looking out at Busch Stadium

Austin Holt, Andrew Thigpen and Rex Meyr look out onto Busch Stadium on April 1, 2009.

High five from the team

MU baseball player Ryan Lollis, center, gets congratulated by teammates.

Tobacco tax might cause cigarette cutback

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.

Cluttering up the Cardinals dugout

MU baseball players' hats, gloves and bags litter the St. Louis Cardinals dugout.

Hustling to home plate

Michael Liberto hustles home to score a run for the Tigers.

National anthem at Busch Stadium

Phil McCormick holds his hat over his heart during the national anthem.

Trying for the double play

Shortstop Michael Liberto throws the ball to first after making a tag at second.