Saphire Gin from left to right, Greg Bush, Joe Doran, Micah Woulfe
and Tai Vokins.
Chuck Garcia, corporate counsel for the Public Service Company of
New Mexico, takes a break during testimony by Western Resources
counsel at the Kansas Corporation Commission. The hearing was
Tuesday in Topeka. The New Mexico utility company has agreed to
acquire Kansas utility companies KPL and KGE in a $4.4 billion
transaction. The deal could collapse if KCC blocks Western
Resources' restructuring plan, of which Garcia's client is a part.
The Lawrence Jaycees say they'll have fewer "big blasts" in their
fireworks display this year because of financial constraints. But
that probably won't stop people from loading up on their own
pyrotechnics for the Fourth of July. Getting ready for the annual
rite of summer at the Pine's Fireworks stand at Tee-Pee Junction
north of Lawrence are Jamie Stanclift, left, and Marvin Pine.
Someone's taking money from parking meters in downtown Lawrence,
and police are stumped. Dozens of the money makers were struck in
the past week alone.
The Defense Department budget will increase spending by more than
$18 billion, most of it to improve living conditions for troops.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld outlined the proposed budget
Wednesday at the Pentagon.
Fingerprinting technology has come a long way in the century since
Scotland Yard opened its fingerprint bureau. A handheld electronic
fingerprint identification unit was displayed Wednesday at an
international conference on identification in London.
Pope John Paul II on Wednesday wraps up a visit to Ukraine. The
pontiff was accompanied to the airport in Lviv by President Leonid
The health of Cuban President Fidel Castro is a hot topic among
Cuban exiles in Florida. Castro was helped by aides after he
appeared to faint Saturday two hours into a speech under the hot
Caribbean sun in Cotorro, Cuba, outside the capital, Havana.
The Rio Grande is overtaken by beach sand that has grown to a
300-foot barrier near Boca Chica State Park, Tex. A family recently
looked at the end of the river near the U.S.-Mexico border.
The United Nations General Assembly has a new Declaration of
Commitment on HIV/AIDS. Delegates to the special session on
HIV/AIDS collected copies of the report Wednesday after the vote at
the United Nations in New York.
Kansas University signee Lauren Phlegar finished third after
carding an 81 on Wednesday, helping Kansas win the Four State Team
Play Championship on Wednesday at Alvamar.
Emily Milberger, a recent Olathe North graduate, chips onto the
18th green Wednesday during the final round of the Four State Team
Play Championship at Alvamar. Milberger finished with a 74 round to
lead Kansas to the team title.
Former Kansas guard Rex Walters drives on KU guard Jeff Boschee.
KU's current players beat a team of former Jayhawks at Roy
Williams' camp on Wednesday at Horejsi Center.
See the 6Sports report on the game.
TORONTO CATCHER DARRIN FLETCHER, RIGHT, awaits the umpire's call
after Baltimore's Jerry Hairston slides home. Hairston was ruled
safe in the Orioles' 7-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday.
Russell Yates says goodbye to his oldest son, Noah, during a
graveside service for the five Yates children who were slain June
20. Andrea Yates, mother of the children ranging from 6 months to 7
years old, is accused of drowning her children at their home. The
children were buried Wednesday in Houston.
The Union Pacific railroad line from Topeka and Lawrence to Kansas
City, Mo., has been identified as an option for a commuter rail
line. Here, a coal train passes Wednesday on the Union Pacific
tracks in North Lawrence.
One of Lynn Feng's duties at the Chengdu Research Base in Sichuan,
China, is to help with the daily feedings. The Lawrence teen is
shown here with Cheng Gong, a female panda cub.
"Carnival" also features Aber Dutton Miller, left, who portrays a
Taylor White makes a striking Marco the Magnificent in "Carnival,"
one of the Summer Youth Theatre's six productions. The plays are
selected, in part, because they feature a large cast.
The Summer Youth Theatre at the Lawrence Arts Center offers
students who will be in kindergarten through 12th grade a chance to
be a star. Here, Gabe Murphy and Kate Naramore practice for
tonight's debut of "Carnival," which will also be presented Friday,
Saturday and Sunday.
Marty Tuley, owner of Total Fitness Athletic Center, is mulling a
business move to Plaza Six Theaters, 2339 Iowa.
The Federal Reserve's quarter-move point disappointed investors,
who wanted another half-point cut. The Dow Jones industrial
average, which had been up about 25 points before the Fed's
announcement Wednesday afternoon, closed down 37.64 at 10,434.84.
Specialist Patrick King pondered the numbers as he followed a quote
screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Some of the fine bread baked and sold at Wheatfields by Rita York
and her staff.
Rita York stands by the wood-fired oven in Wheatfields' bakery.
Patrick Cassidy and Simone headline the cast of "Aida."
"Dali on Water," by local photographer Don Gates is among the works
on display at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
"Gold and Gulls," by local photographer Don Gates is among the
works on display at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Assistant chef Jeff Van Dycke cooks up a chicken rice bowl for a
customer at La Parrilla, 814 Mass. From quesadillas layered with
avocados and onions to fish tacos, La Parrilla excels at
Gwyneth Paltrow, left, portrays a starlet who attends a Hollywood
gathering hosted by a veteran actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) in the
insider comedy "The Anniversary Party."
Jay Hernandez, left, plays a popular, athletic student who falls
for an out-of-control rich girl in director John Stockwell's
Haley Joel Osment, right, portrays an artificially created boy who
runs away, aided by a fellow fugitive robot (Jude Law), believing
he can find a method that will transform him into a human.
Guided By Voices is made up of singer-songwriter Robert Pollard,
seated right, and an ever-evolving cast of musicians.
Guided By Voices released its critically acclaimed effort,
"Isolation Drills," earlier this year.
From left, Matt Sorum, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy have just
released a comeback CD, "Beyond Good and Evil," as The Cult.
Humidity confirms that summer is here in Lawrence. Early Wednesday, the air was heavy over the city, making distant objects and comfort difficult to come by. The cyclist is crossing 11th Street headed for the alley between Tennessee and Ohio streets. The Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets, is at the top right. For today's forecast, see page 8B.
A good-natured water fight keeps things cool during a Lawrence Parks and Recreation Summer Playgrounds session at Broken Arrow Park. Pictured Wednesday are, from left, Noreen Nieder, 10, Arron McManness, 13, Adonis Johnson, 10, Chris Duver, 14, and Cody Robertson, 12. The monthlong session includes trips, swimming and games.