Phil Lesh and Warren Haynes
Cheri Bowers and her son, Tegan, 3, both of Oskaloosa, check out
some of the rides Wednesday afternoon in downtown Oskaloosa.
Festivities begin today for the annual "Old Settler's Days." The
event ends Sunday.
A firefighting plane drops a load of retardant on the edge of a
fire in the North Cascades near Carlton, Wash. Four firefighters
were killed and four others injured Tuesday in another fire, one of
three burning in the North Cascades.
Investigators leave the apartment of Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif.,
after concluding their search for clues in the disappearance of
intern Chandra Levy. The search was completed Wednesday morning in
Dr. William E. Gibbons, chairman of the OB-GYN Department at
Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, oversees all research
done at the Jones Institute of Reproductive Medicine. Scientists at
the institute have created human embryos for the sole purpose of
harvesting embryonic stem cells to research their role in treating
disease, according to a study published Wednesday.
Researcher Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the University of California,
Berkley, led a team at a site in Ethiopia that found what may be
the oldest known traces of human-like life teeth and bones from up
to 5.8 million years ago.
Ronald Decker makes his first appearance Wednesday in Jefferson
County District Court. Decker, of rural McLouth, has been charged
with murder in the death of Lloyd Green.
Clarence Rusk, 104, Baldwin, is one of the few remaining veterans
of World War I. He celebrated his birthday Wednesday at the Baldwin
Care Center by sharing stories about living in Oklahoma in the late
1800s. Childhood pictures of Rusk, along with military photos,
adorn a board behind him.
A rottweiler puppy named Rah is back home with his owner, Aaron
Wright, left, after Wright's friend Paul Nuzum, right, helped
search for the dog. Rah was stolen from Wright's truck Sunday
night. Wright and Nuzum posted fliers and sent out thousands of
e-mails to help locate the dog, which was eventually returned.
Gentle rapture of youth, Drift to my intoxicated eyelids. I rest,
While, like a nocturnal torch, My dreams fire Freely into flight. I
am languid, Full of secret desire, Desire to awake. My mind widens,
Expands, and, with spread wings, My soul soars Into a cloud Of
golden pleasure, Incarnate incantations of flaming orange sunsets.
I savor the subtle longing That pools in my concealed pupils, The
secret yearning to eternally sleep. My dreams are momentarily
scorched By a rising thread of smoke, Soon settling on my
declaration of rest. I will grant my mind the pleasure of
wandering, As I dream, As I wait, For the gentle rapture of youth
To fall upon My weary, Love-lost soul. by Sarah Lockwood, inspired
by Frederick Leighton's "Flaming June"
Autumn sits warm Upon her shoulders. Her chocolate skin glows With
calm anticipation; She is ready early. She studies herself askance
in her ancient mirror. How will she seem tonight? Should she
present herself shy, As a dazzling wallflower? Or could she be
brash, With feathered earrings swinging To the music? Who will she
be tonight? Should she radiate disdain, And fill her laughter with
cruel sarcasm? Or will she be warm, Like Autumn, And wrap her self
around those In need? Perhaps she shall go as is, And put on no
act, For each mask is As thin as vanity. by Caity Kennedy, inspired
by Andrew Wyeth's "Thin as Vanity"
Away from the maddening crowd, I wander. A place, Like a desert,
Barren of humanity, I seek. Barely touched By human hands, My
surroundings are. Here I find Sanctuary, solace and peace. Only
faint impressions Of human presence, Like film Twice exposed,
Inform this scene. Faith, I have, In this bridge To direct me In
its near-immortal grace. Direct me To a realm Apart from this one.
by Esther Turmes, inspired by Ernest Savage's "Trees by the Bridge"
Already the mask Casts away Your terrible, beautiful, flaming blue.
Shattered light Seeps into the veil, And I choke in its smoke. Blue
heat evaporates my wet chill, Coming going mistaken. They told me
my eyes Were honey-amber-golden-brown. They said my heart was
Sylver. They sang to me Songs of Mercurie. Somehow, I thought This
knife would love me. I'm standing inside you, Playing with shadows
and light, Under a quiet ocean That ruptured And spilled across the
floor. I'm looking at your blue, Staring at your blue, Gasping for
your blue, And I understand, The solidity of fog. by Andrea Perdue,
inspired by Luigi Russolo's "The Solidity of Fog"
I lie, wilting on my peach fabric Which cascades solemnly down,
Underneath my pale, sullen face. I spin my strands, golden, of
hair, And gather them aimlessly Beneath my undulating feet. Winds
wisp away my body, And I disappear, My soul aphonic, My words
indiscernible, And my eyes furtive. I realize what I am: Only
pieces of you, Fractions of all that I apprehend with fear. I am my
own worst enemy, A prowling panther Seizing my ravaged heart
Recklessly in his teeth With every intent to destroy my beauty, To
destroy my ignorance, To destroy my hope. I lie, focused on myself,
Realizing manifest truths Beyond these rose-colored glasses, Beyond
the obvious. Knowing I will not change, A teardrop falls in shame.
As a sacrifice, I unveil my melancholy grin, I wilt, And I die. by
Suzy Mosher, inspired by George Fredrick Watts' "Hope"
While Liang Liang is the panda that causes its caretakers the most
trouble, it's also the cub that Lynn Feng will miss most when she
returns to Lawrence this summer.
The supercomputer's processors allow researchers to run programs at
speeds of 528 billion operations per second, or about 620 times
faster than a high-speed desktop computer.
Paris Zhu and other assemblers build computers by hand at Microtech
Computers Inc. Zhu installed mother boards and CD ROMs Wednesday in
hard drives for the Lawrence school district.
Mike Zheng, president of Microtech Computers Inc., and Bret
Stouder, director of Atipa Technologies, recently shipped a $1
million supercomputer to Clemson University. The Lawrence company
is making a similar, smaller system, above, for a lab in
This image released by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
shows an aging star with a bigger mass than the sun. Astronomers
have found a cloud of water vapor around the distant dying star.
Protestant children hold a British Union Jack flag and a toy AK-47
rifle at the Shankill Road bonfire. The fire was lit early today in
West Belfast, Northern Ireland to celebrate the 1690 Battle of the
Boyne, where the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the
Catholic King James II.
Dora appears with two animal friends in this drawing from the
Nickelodeon's "Dora the Explorer," the animated series about the
adventures of a Latina girl. Less than a year after its debut, Dora
is watched by1.2 million children ages 2 to 5, the most popular
television show among viewers of that age group.
Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the Busch series Jani-King
300 last March at Texas Motor Speedway.
Washington's Annie Burgess prepares to pass the ball after battling
Detroit's Claudia Maria das Neve. The Shock defeated the Mystics,
64-52, Wednesday in Washington.
Pete Krsnich putts on the second hole during the KJGA Match Play
Tournament at Lawrence Country Club Wednesday.
Simon Thompson follows through on his drive off the fourth tee at
Lawrence Country Club. The Shawnee Mission East golfer won his
match against Wichita's Pete Krsnich on Wednesday.
St. Louis outfielder J.D. Drew pulls a parachute attached to his
waist during a leg-strengthening drill Wednesday at Busch Stadium
in St. Louis. While Drew is on the disabled list with an injured
right hand, the rest of the Cardinals return from the All-Star
break tonight for a home game against Detroit.
Spinach or cheese pies and a vegetarian plate featuring hummus,
baba ghannooj and ajvar are among the fresh dishes presented by
employee Liz Morel, left, and owner Mohammad Al-Zaiti at
Mediterranean Market & Cafe, 3300 W. 15th St.
Matt Abasolo reveals the welts incurred by paintball fire.
Seth Jones, center, learns the reasons for wearing protective
headgear at a recent Drop Zone Paintball outing.
Robert De Niro, left, plays a successful jewel thief who hooks up
with a con man (Edward Norton) to steal a valuable artifact in "The
Reese Witherspoon plays a California gal who follows her
ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School in "Legally Blonde."
Aki, right, (voiced by Ming-Na) leads Earth's forces against alien
invaders in "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within."
Animators spent three years perfecting the detailed look of "Final
Fantasy: The Spirits Within" lead character Aki.
Scientist Aki Ross, left, Capt. Gray Edwards and Dr. Sid help
combat an alien menace in the animated feature "Final Fantasy: The
Jeff Timmons is making a name for himself by playing classical
music on the saxophone.
Victoria Williams is touring as a member of the Original Harmony
Ridge Creek Dippers.
Deepsky is currently in its Los Angeles home studio, finishing
tracks for an upcoming album.
Peppercorn encrusted Kansas City Strip with fresh salsa verde,
served with a root vegetable gratin and fresh green beans
Chicken Marsala stuffed with feta cheese and pepronata, served with
new potatoes and fresh green beans.
Chef Jeremy Tawney can stand the heat.
Dalton Winter, 9, knows it's all about focus as he prepares to knock one out of the park. Dalton was playing with friends Tuesday in Haven.