THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Missouri men's basketball; Ron Paul visits MU

Sunday, March 18, 2012 | 6:18 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Images of the Missouri men's basketball team and from Ron Paul's rally at MU were among last week's best photos by the Missourian staff.

In a photo by Megan May, Braelynn Hampton, 9, waits with her dad, Chad Hampton, at the Columbia Daily Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday at Christian Fellowship School. Students competed with hopes of earning the honor to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington. The event featured 53 students from the seven counties in the Tribune's delivery area ranging from third to eighth grade.

In a photo by Katie Alaimo, students from the Sentries pre-kindergarten class of the Academy of Early Childhood Learning wait for the Missouri men's basketball team at a send-off event at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday. They were among many other fans who were there to send the team off to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Omaha, Neb. The Tigers eventually lost to Norfolk State, 86-84.

In a photo by Megan May, Joshua Stockwell fixes a wheel spoke at Klunk Bicycles & Repair on Monday. The store, located on Broadway, sells and trades new, used and vintage bikes.

In a photo by Grant Hindsley, Greg McClure and Sarah Williams of Columbia show their support for Ron Paul. The Republican presidential candidate came to speak Thursday at MU with hopes of rallying support in advance of Missouri's caucus Saturday. Paul spoke to a large group of students and other central Missouri residents about economics and foreign policy, among other topics at Mel Carnahan Quadrangle.

In a photo by Alyssa Goodman, Shelia Lankford, left, Tonisha Jones and Resa Dudley attend a candlelight vigil held for 17-year-old Deaudre Orlando Johnson, of Columbia, who died of a gunshot wound Tuesday morning. The vigil was held in the circular drive at the Columbia Housing Authority Administration building Tuesday evening. Deaudre Johnson was shot Monday evening at Trinity and Switzler streets near Douglass Park.

In a photo by Alyssa Goodman, Norfolk State center Kyle O'Quinn hugs Missouri guard Phil Pressey at the end of the NCAA Tournament game in Omaha, Neb., on Friday. Pressey missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer and Missouri lost 86-84.

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