THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Missouri softball, Earth Day and a strip mall fire

Sunday, April 1, 2012 | 4:33 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Images from a Missouri softball game, Earth Hour in a Columbia restaurant and a fire at a strip mall were some of the best photos by Missourian staff in the past week.

In a photo by Christopher Parks, Cis Hinkle calls steps to dancers during the 24th annual Spring Breakdown, a three-day event organized by Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers. The three-day event was held at Stephens College and concluded Sunday afternoon with a farewell dance.

In a photo by Michelle Kanaar, Zi'ion Gray, 6, enjoys the warm weather Thursday at Douglass Park in Columbia. Columbia had a high of 74 degrees, warmer than the average temperature of 65 degrees, according to

Missouri softball player Corrin Genovese, a freshman, gets ready to bat in this photo by Christopher Parks. Missouri won both games in a doubleheader Wednesday against the Evansville Purple Aces.

Customers at Addison's restaurant read their menus by candle — and mobile phone — light in this photo by Parks. Some Columbia establishments participated in Earth Hour, celebrated on the last Saturday of every March, when landmarks and buildings all over the world turn off the electricity to shed some light on climate change.

In this photo by Megan May, firefighters quell the last of a blaze that destroyed four businesses at a strip mall on Garth Avenue and Business Loop 70. The fire originated at O'Reilly Auto Parts on Sunday. No injuries were reported.

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