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THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Rock Bridge sports, shaved heads, vandalized bur oak tree

Monday, April 15, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:37 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 21, 2013
The word "PROM?" was spray painted on the bur oak tree. John Sam Williamson Jr., who looks after the tree on his property, said the paint won't damage the tree because the bark is already dead. He's learned from experience that the best approach is to let it come off on its own.

COLUMBIA — This week, Missourian photographers captured images of Rock Bridge sports, heads being shaved for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the vandalized bur oak tree.

Missourian photographer Greg Kendall-Ball captured this image of Rock Bridge senior Matt Bush as he clears 14 feet, 3 inches in pole vault during the 54th annual Capital City Relays at Jefferson City High School on Saturday.

Kyle Riggs gets his hair shaved by Anna Clemens of Pela Cura Downtown Salon at the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser Saturday night in this photo by Ben Walton. The foundation raises money for childhood cancer research, primarily through head-shaving events. Volunteers such as Kyle get their heads shaved to show support for children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment.

In this photo by Roxana Pop, students give blood at the spring blood drive at the MU Student Recreation Center. The blood drive collected 1,700 units of blood during the three-day event.

Missourian photographer Jessica Salmond captured this image of Payton Covert, Rebecca Vargon and Meredith Norfleet from Caring for Columbia picking up trash on Saturday morning in Douglass Park for Cleanup Columbia 2013. More than 200 volunteers for Caring for Columbia cleaned up 30 sites around Columbia.

In this photo by Whitney Hayward, Rock Bridge tennis players Ian Pohl, left, and Alex Wasden put their hands inside their sweatshirts as they watch their teammates play Edwardsville on Friday at Cosmo-Bethel Park. Temperatures were in the lower 40s during the matches.

Ben Walton captured this image of the word "PROM?" spray painted on the bur oak tree. John Sam Williamson Jr., who looks after the tree on his property, said the paint won't damage the tree because the bark is already dead, but it might take several months for the spray paint to wear off.

In this photo by Whitney Hayward, Thornton Jenkins sits in his living room chair at Lenoir Woods Senior Living on Tuesday. Jenkins helped to hire Norm Stewart as the freshman coach at Missouri and officiated the famous 1966 Texas Western-Kentucky national championship game.


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