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Emergency service workers trade hair for wishes

Monday, July 13, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 10:24 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 13, 2009

COLUMBIA — The atmosphere was gloomy Sunday afternoon at Cosmo-Bethel Park as rain had blanketed the area all morning. But under one pavilion, people displayed a mixture of gratitude, hope and pride as 16 members of local emergency response agencies prepared to make an important sacrifice for charity: their hair.

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