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THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Veterans Day, a bow tie and free-falling pingpong balls

Sunday, November 13, 2011 | 9:19 p.m. CST

A patriotic remembrance, a Southern fashion statement and 11,111 pingpong balls dropped from the MU Student Center were subjects of the Columbia Missourian's best photos last week.

In this photo by Matthew Busch, Army Captain Daniel Hartman reads the names of U.S. soldiers who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during Friday's Veterans Day event at Columbia College. Hartman served five years in the Army and did two tours in Iraq, where he was a platoon leader during the troop surge.

Benjamin Zack took this photo of John Fabsits, who shows off his new "Southern thing" bow tie Saturday while tailgating before Missouri's 17-5 football victory against Texas. Fabsits bought the bow tie after Missouri announced it's moving to the SEC.

Harper Wright and Katie Radel, both 15, head out to pick up decoy ducks from the Missouri River in this photo from Zack. The pair arrived long before dawn to take part in an annual youth duck hunt.

Nick Michael captured this image of hundreds of people watching as 11,111 pingpong balls tumble from the second-story balcony of the MU Student Center on Friday — Nov. 11, 2011, or 11/11/11. Most of the pingpong balls, some of which were redeemable for prizes, fell into the first few rows of the crowd.

Sarah Hoffman took this photo of Zane Rice, 9, and volunteer Steve Bornemeier gazing into a telescope at the Morrison Observatory, which was built in 1875 in Glasgow, 12 miles west of Fayette. The observatory has several telescopes, including one that is more than 130 years old.


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