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Pictures of the Week: November 28 to December 4, 2016

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On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese fighter planes bombed the naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu,. More than 2,000 American soldiers and sailors died in the attack. Twenty American Naval vessels and 300 airplanes at the base were destroyed. The United States declared war on Japan the next day, with declarations against Germany and Italy shortly thereafter. Almost two years after the war had begun, the United States became embroiled in World War II. Here at home, many Toledo industries quickly shifted from peacetime to wartime production. One example was automotive producer Willys-Overland. This Blade archive photo published January 13, 1942, shows an Army inspector checking out parts for 155-millimeter artillery shells that were being produced at the plant. In January, 1942, the plant employed 7,500, including many women, with plans to grow to 10,000 workers. Willys-Overland had war contracts that topped $142 million for Jeeps, light reconnaissance cars, shells, fuses, airplane parts, breech housings, recoil cylinders and miscellaneous war materials. Jeeps were rolling off the line at the rate of 400 a day, and orders indicated that volume would be needed for at least nine months. Two hundred to 250 smaller plants in the Toledo area were called upon to supply Willys-Overland with needed parts. Buildings and machinery were being reconditioned and put in shape for the great volume of business on hand and to come.

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The tugboat George Gradel carries Santa Claus down the Maumee River Saturday, December 3, 2016, to the National Museum of the Great Lakes. The tug was also delivering Christmas trees to museum members, with 10 extra for veterans and active service member's families with the help of the organization Heroes in Action. Children were also able to visit with Santa inside the museum. This was the fourth year of the annual event.

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Melissa Borden, owner of The Devoted Barn, cuddles with Bruce, a four-year-old male Pit Bull, in a kennel as part of a fundraiser for the Monroe County Animal Shelter held Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at the shelter in Monroe. The Devoted Barn, an animal rescue organization, surpassed their original $3,000 goal early Tuesday and continued to help fundraising. The volunteers were locked up in the kennels until they reached their donation goal to "pay their bail."

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Construction in the Overland Industrial Park with the expansion of an existing Dana Inc. factory and the a new building for Detroit Manufacturing Systems, in Toledo, Ohio on November 29, 2016.

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Maumee High School sophomore Jordan Saleh wraps a present as members of the schools Interact Club wrap hundreds of Christmas presents donated by one family, Thursday, December 1, 2016. One hundred and two Maumee children with receive seven gifts each from the family.

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Workers from Total Environmental Services remove asbestos panels from the Nasby Building at the corner of Madison Avenue and Huron Street, Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

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Derailment Crews assess a 187-car CSX train that derailed Sunday morning near the intersection of York Street and Reineck Drive in East Toledo. Toledo fire Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld said one of the cars caused damage to a tower supporting high tension power lines, which have dropped slightly. Toledo Fire and Toledo Edison are on scene.

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Plexus no. 35, a site specific installation piece, by artist Gabriel Dawe is made of thread, wood, and hooks on display Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio.

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Sten Neuber, studio glass artist, makes a glass penguin ornament Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio.

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Sten Neuber, studio glass artist, makes a glass penguin ornament.

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Toledo Police Officer Don Comes, and his K-9, Luke, poses for a picture for a passerby while selling Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association Charity Edition newspapers on Michigan Street Friday, December 2, 2016, in downtown Toledo. Luke rests patiently on the trunk of Officer Comes' patrol car as he sells the papers. Officer Comes exercises him periodically.

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Donte Schmidt ollies onto a curb during his daily skateboarding session at the Highland Park skate park on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

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Donte Schmidt, left, takes a break from skateboarding at the Highland Park skate park to sit with his girlfriend, Naomi Grays, and watch video clips that she recorded of the session in Toledo, Oh. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

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Toledo Police Department sergeant Michael A. Smith Jr. speaks about the concept of community policing, as well as the phycological aspects of policing during the Black Lives/Blue Lives panel discussion at the First Unitarian Church of Toledo in the South Side of Toledo, Oh. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

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The cafeteria and main lobby of Penta Career Center is set for the annual Penta Career Center Scholarship Dinner at the Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Oh. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

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Bowsher high School's Tavian Smith's (15) layup is blocked by Springfield High School forward Cullen Pullum (33) during the boys basketball game at Bowsher High School in Toledo, Oh. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

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Fremont Ross' head coach Mark Gedeon, center, calls out to his players in the first half of the Friday, Decemeber 2, 2016, match up at Woodward High School in Toledo. Woodward won, 75-69.

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Anthony Wayne's Abigail Yunker steals the ball Northview's Kyley Keene from Northview's during an NLL basketball game at Anthony Wayne High School in Toledo, Ohio.

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Bowling Green State University forward Wes Alcegaire (14) drives to the basket against Notre Dame College (Ohio) forward Will Vorhees (41) during a basketball game Tuesday, November 29, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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St. Francis goalie Jacob Coward (29) blocks a shot against Bowling Green during the first period of a hockey game Friday, December 2, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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St. Francis' John Burnham (320 and Kenny Coleman-Graham (11) defend against Sylvania Northview's Colton Snow (33) during a basketball game Thursday, December 1, 2016, in Toledo, Ohio.

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University of Toledo player Kaayla McIntyre (15) battles for a loose ball with University of Illinois at Chicago player Melita Emanuel-Carr (1) during their basketball game at Savage Arena in Toledo, Thursday, December 1, 2016.

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University of Toledo player Sophie Reecher (43) fights for a rebound against University of Illinois at Chicago player Laura Litchfield (4).

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Whitmer High School player Derrick Rayford Jr. (1) sticks his tongue out at Sylvania Southview High School player Nate Kalniz (4) after making a basket during their basketball game at Southview, Saturday, December 3, 2016.

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BGwomen5p BGSU center Abby Siefker (43) jumps for the tipoff against University of Virginia guard Aliyah Huland El (23) during the women's basketball game at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Oh. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.

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Toledo Walleye forward A.J. Jenks (27) faces off with Quad City Mallards forward Alex Petan during the ECHL hockey game at the Huntington Center on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. The Walleye won the game 3-0.

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