Sesame Street's Elmo and letter carrier Kelly, played by TV host
Kelly Ripa, learn about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in the
video "Elmo's World: Happy Holidays."
Janet Hubert, left, lawrence clayton and Lynda Gravatt rehearse a
scene from "Crowns" at the Second Stage Theatre in New York. The
play, which chronicles the lives of women who wear church hats,
opens Monday. It was written by Regina Taylor.
Daniel Hoover looks at some of the photography of P.H. Polk
included in the exhibit "Reflections in Black: Smithsonian African
American Photography" at the Atlanta History Center. The
Smithsonian's photography exhibit resembles a massive scrapbook
chronicling the black experience. The Atlanta History Center is the
fourth to host the traveling exhibit in its entirety, but the first
in the South.
Lawrence glassblower Bob Gent will be the featured artist at this
year's Festival of Trees, which benefits The Shelter, Inc. This is
the first year the festival has had a featured artist. Gent will
have some of his glassblown Christmas ornaments sold at the annual
auction, which begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Hall.
Jerry Bottenfield, owner of Soap Momma, 735 Mass., stands next to
his latest creations, purses made from cigar boxes. Bottenfield
buys the boxes and puts hinges and handles on them, creating a
nostalgic look. He calls them Saucy Sigar Box Purses. They're part
of an emerging fashion trend that has women across the country
hunting down cigar boxes to make their own purses. The
nontraditional handbags sell in upscale boutiques for as much as
Cigar box purses like this one are selling for $50 to $75 at Soap
Momma, 735 Mass. Owner Jerry Bottenfield often adds the covers of
pulp fiction magazines to box fronts to dress them up.
The Statue of Liberty stands sentinel over the skyline of lower
Manhattan, where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once
stood. The 9-11 terrorist attacks delivered a crushing blow to New
York tourism, but the city is on the rebound.
Back row, from left, Eric Pingleton, Mill Valley; Andrew Pyle,
Eudora; Dustin Moyer, Eudora; Dan Squires, Santa Fe Trail; Shane
Miles, Santa Fe Trail; Micah Mason, Baldwin. Middle row, from left,
Joe Born, Eudora; Noah Rees, P-L; Luke McCarty, Tonganoxie; Brian
Lauridsen, Baldwin. Front row, from left, Brandon Smith, Mill
Valley; Gregg Webb, Eudora, Coach of year; Lee Baldwin, Ottawa.
Master of the hunt Wes Sandness, mounted, confers with an
unidentified observer as hounds await the resumption of the hunt
during the inaugural fox hunt of the Coal Valley Hounds near
The field of hunters follows the prey during the inaugural fox hunt
of the Coal Valley Hounds near McCune. The hunting club covered
nearly 10,000 acres during the hunt Nov. 23.
Angie Johnson sets her 5-year-old daughter Hailey, who suffers from
cerebral palsy, on top of a hyperbaric chamber in a trailer at her
home in Joplin, Mo. One of a set of triplets, which include brother
Devon and sister Dillon, Hailey is unable to walk, stand or use her
arms or legs.
Jose Tena, 26, left, originally from Madrid, Spain, and his wife,
American Alicia Kalhammer, 31, of Tallahassee, Fla., stand outside
police headquarters in Mombasa, Kenya. The couple was picked up by
Kenyan police about 90 minutes after the attack Thursday on the
Paradise Hotel. They were released Saturday.
United Nations weapons inspectors leave an Iraqi military base near
the town of Balad that once was declared a "sensitive" area by Iraq
and which earlier required advance notice for inspectors to visit.
The visiting inspectors Saturday reported they received
unrestricted access to the site.
Rich Faucher turns on more than a million lights in his holiday
lighting display in New Castle, Del.
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, center, watches as his
fiancee Judith Nathan shakes hands with Spain's King Juan Carlos.
The New Yorkers met with the king Monday in Madrid, Spain, a day
after Giuliani and Nathan became engaged.
Julia Paganucci, 6, from New York City, brushes the hair of
Mattel's Rapunzel Barbie. Rapunzel Barbie, popular since it reached
stores in September, is expected to be this year's hottest toy
overall, according to Play-Date Inc.
Kevin and Julie Sigourney and their daughter Hannah, 3, trim loose
branches on their Christmas tree and prepare to decorate it at
their Lawrence home. The Sigourneys cut the tree Friday at
Strawberry Hill Christmas Farm. Rich Barr, fire marshal with
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical, warns, "Use of a live
tree is always a concern, but it doesn't need to be as much of a
concern if it is kept watered. A dry tree is extremely volatile."
Tom Robinette walks in a mine shaft April 12, 2000, more than 2,000
feet below the surface in Jim Walter Resources No. 5 mine near
Brookwood, Ala. An accident in the mine in September 2001 killed 13
Bill Tuttle, a Kansas University professor of American studies, has
not only had several of his own books published, but also has had
five students publish books on various topics in U.S. history.
Salina central coach Marvin Diener hoists the Class 5A championship
trophy following the Mustangs' 14-6 victory against Topeka West on
Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Olathe North running back Jim Bouknight (22) shakes off a tackle by
Derby's Mitch Wayman (44) while pursued by Josh Pinaire (72),
Michael Rohr (87) and Doug Buchanan (77). Bouknight ran for three
touchdowns as Olathe North won its third straight Class 6A title
and sixth in seven years with a 41-12 victory on Saturday at
Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis looks for running room in a
game last season against Tennessee. Bettis needs 66 yards to move
into 10th place on the NFL's career rushing list.
Chicago's Marcus Fizer (21) looks to pass as Dallas' Raef LaFrentz
defends. LaFrentz, a former Kansas University standout, had five
points in 15 minutes in the Mavericks' 103-90 victory over the
Bulls on Saturady in Dallas. It was LaFrentz' first game since
suffering an ankle injury in the second game of the season.
Duke's Dahntay Jones dunks over UCLA's T.J. Cummings during
Saturday's game in Indianapolis
Seton Hall's Andre Barrett passes the ball between Texas' Royal
Ivey and Brandon Mouton (3) during Saturday's game in Houston. The
Longhorns beat the Pirates, 78-61.
Oklahoma running back Quentin Griffinn, center, is stopped by
Oklahoma State defenders Terrence Robinson, bottom left, Greg
Richmond, top left, and Paul Duren. The Cowboys stunned the
third-ranked Sooners, 38-28, on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.
Southern California's Justin Fargas (25) jumps between Notre Dame's
Courtney Watson, left, and Shane Walton. Southern Cal hammered
Notre Dame, 44-13, on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Colorado's Elizabeth Gower dives for the ball. Kansas defeated the
Buffaloes in four games Saturday night at Horejsi Center.
KU's Sarah Rome dives out of bounds after a tipped serve. The
Jayhawks defeated Colorado in four games Saturday night at Horejsi
Center. Josiane Lima is at right.