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Pictures of the Week: May 2-8, 2016

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Hope, the new polar bear cub at the Toledo Zoo, plays with her mother, Crystal, after going on display for the first time Friday, May 6, 2016.

The Blade/Dave Zapotosky
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An explosion ripped through the Maumee Chemical plant at Oak and Front Streets in Toledo killing 10 and injuring 46. The May 10, 1962, blast caused widespread damage and the smoke could be seen as far away as Grand Rapids, Ohio. In this photo taken by Blade photographer Herral Long, firefighters were focusing streams of water on the plant, and nearby gas storage tanks. Pungent fumes permeated the air as smoke of varied colors – bright yellow, light gray, bluish-green, brown, pink, and white – mushroomed from the plant.

The Blade/Herral Long
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Hope, the new polar bear cub at the Toledo Zoo, shakes off water after going for a swim.

The Blade/Dave Zapotosky
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Hope, the new polar bear cub at the Toledo Zoo, with mother, Crystal.

The Blade/Dave Zapotosky
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Chelsea Dudley raises her arms and smiles while processing with the graduates during Bowling Green State University's Spring Commencement for graduates of Arts and Sciences at Stroh Center on May 7, 2016.

The Blade/Amy E. Voigt
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Fifth Third Bank employee Luther Thomas carries newly planted seeds to the garden area Monday, May 2, 2016, at the Sofia Quintero Arts & Cultural Center in Toledo, Ohio. Fifth Third Bank employees help build a community garden for Sofia Quintero Arts & Cultural Center as part of Fifth Third Day (May 3). For more than 20 years, the Bank has used its holiday to recognize the contribution of its employees, thank its valued customers and support communities where it operates. Across their 12-state footprint, Fifth Third employees have provided more than 2.4 million meals since making Feeding Our Communities the focus of Fifth Third Day in 2012.

The Blade/Jeremy Wadsworth
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Coaster enthusiasts enjoy the new new Valravn coaster during a media preview at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Wednesday, May 5, 2016.

The Blade/Andy Morrison
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Eric Shanteau, of Maumee, stands in "The Spot," in Oak Openings Preserve Metropark on May 1, 2016. The area has become a magnet for photographers and a sensation on Instagram thanks to a unique configuration of pine trees, and the stream of photographers from all over who have flocked to shoot it.

The Blade/Amy E. Voigt
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Allie Ralph, Monroe, left, and Casey Kish, Bedford Township, soak their feet in the River Raisin at Veterans Park in Monroe, Thursday, May 5, 2016.

The Blade/Andy Morrison
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Actors Lane Hackel relaxes before a rehearsal of Tomfoolery The Musical Monday, May 2, 2016, at the Village Players Theater in Toledo, Ohio.

THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
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CTY seagate4 A meeting room on the third floor at SeaGate Centre, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Blade/Andy Morrison

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Ben Snyder, left, of Wood County, and Jonathan Osley, right, of Lucas County, shake hands before their volleyball game during the northwest Ohio area Special Olympics games at Southview High School on May 7, 2016.

The Blade/Amy E. Voigt
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A.J. Bertram installs Owens Corning™ Thermafiber® Rainbarrier 45 insulation in an exterior wall of the library. A.J. Bertram, 18 and a senior at Waite High School, at work in Sylvania, Ohio on May 5, 2016. Bertram is working on the construction of the King Road Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library as part of his studies.

The Blade/Jetta Fraser
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Julia Brescol, left, 8, and Reece Tate, right, 6, both of Milford, MI, compete against each other in the bungee run during the first Hensville Inflatable Theme Park next to Fifth Third Field on May 8, 2016.

The Blade/Amy E. Voigt
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Hayley Baumgartner, center, sported a decorate cap as she lined up with other graduates before the second Spring Commencement Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the University of Toledo's Savage Arena. The ceremony was the second graduation of the day and featured a keynote address from Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and the first African-American female president of Spelman College. There were 2,843 graduates in total, including 234 doctoral candidates, 677 master's candidates and 1,840 bachelorís candidates.

The Blade/Katie Rausch
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Ibrahim Schafau, center, raises his arms after receiving his diploma during the second Spring Commencement Saturday, May 7.

The Blade/Katie Rausch
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Early Childhood Education graduates Kristen Smith, of South Toledo, left, and Kristeen Hill, of West Toledo, right, stand with their decorated mortarboards before the start of the 50th Annual Spring Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 6, 2016, at Owens Community College in Perrysburg. Randy Oostra, president and chief executive officer of ProMedica Health Systems, served as the keynote speaker.

The Blade/Katie Rausch
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University of Toledo students Riley Broyles, left, Belinda Collier, center, and Luke Haberkamp, right, plant species native to the Oak Openings area together Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in the roundabout at the intersection of Dorr Street and King Road in Springfield Township. The University of Toledo is partnering with the Lucas County Engineer’s Office to plant more than 9,000 native species, including include black eyed susans, butterfly milkweed, dotted horsemint, prairie thimbleweed, rattlesnake master, rough blazing star, wild bergamot and wild blue lupine. Students who volunteered, many of whom are in the university's Department of Environmental Sciences, received extra credit.

The Blade/Katie Rausch
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Mary Byram, of Toledo, cradles her daughter Sofia Byram, 16 months, while attending a Mother's Day themed service at All Saints Lutheran Church on May 8, 2016.

The Blade/Amy E. Voigt
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Construction crews work to remove the towers from the steam plant Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Toledo, Ohio.

THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
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Construction crews work to remove the towers from the steam plant Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Toledo, Ohio.

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Official John Trendell fires the starters gun during the girls 400 meter dash at the Eagle Track and Field Invitational at Oregon Clay High School, Friday, May 6, 2016.

The Blade/Andy Morrison
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Athletes race during the 300 meter hurdles at the Eagle Track and Field Invitational at Oregon Clay High School, Friday, May 6, 2016.

The Blade/Andy Morrison
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Muddonna, left, and Muddy the Mud Hen at the announcement where Joe Napoli, president and CEO of the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye, and Bob LaClair, president of Fifth Third Bank Northwestern Ohio, announce the continuation of the bank's naming rights to the downtown stadium for an additional 12 years at a press conference at the stadium in Toledo, Ohio on May 3, 2016.

The Blade/Jetta Fraser
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Ottawa Hills pitcher Tyler Gargas (44) makes a throw to first base against Cardinal Stritch during a baseball game Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Oregon, Ohio. Ottawa Hills defeated Cardinal Stritch 4-1.

THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
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Gavin Shropshire, 9, of Luckey enjoys StarWars night as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers during a baseball game Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
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Toledo Mud Hens RF Steven Moya celebrates hitting a home run against the Columbus Clippers during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
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