Nextel CEO Tim Donahue, left, holds a phone painted to resemble the
NASCAR vehicle of Jeff Gordon, center, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks
on. NASCAR got a new title sponsor for its top stock car racing
series beginning in 2004, signing a 10-year deal with Nextel
Thursday in New York.
Claremore, Okla., first baseman Trent Short, left, and catcher Eric
Bunch scramble into the Lawrence Raiders' dugout in pursuit of a
foul ball, which neither caught. The Raiders beat Claremore, 11-1,
Thursday in the first round of the Al Ice Memorial Wood Bat Classic
at Hoglund Ballpark.
Umpire Larry Poncino, left, calls Minnesota's Torii Hunter, right,
safe at second base under the tag of Kansas City shortstop Angel
Berroa. The Twins beat the Royals, 16-2, Thursday in Kansas City,
Minnesota's Corey Koskie strokes a two-run home run in the fifth
inning. Koskie had two home runs and six RBIs, leading the Twins to
a 16-2 victory over the Royals Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.
Ryan Chaney, 14, Lawrence, just completed level one of the Future
Astronaut Training Program at the Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson.
Ryan, an eighth-grader at South Junior High School, spent a week at
the camp. He is the son of Kevin Chaney, Lawrence.
David Shumock, 12, and Cody Williamson, 14, both of Lawrence, hit
the water at Lone Star Lake, trying to beat the heat. As the two
were frolicking Thursday at the county park southwest of Lawrence,
a report was released that showed fecal coliform bacteria levels at
the lake were in check.
Courtney Griffin, 12, left, and Apollonia Shreders, 12, jump back
from a stream of water while washing cars during a Lawrence Parks
and Recreation Summer Playground free car wash at Centennial Park.
The program's Centennial Park and Deerfield Park campers combined
Thursday for a soggy afternoon.
A male red siskin sits on the hand of a researcher. Scientists have
discovered a previously unknown population of the breed, once
feared to be nearing extinction in the wild.
Driver Max Papis is interviewed about the G.I. Joe's 200 CART
event. The race is Sunday in Portland, Ore.
Nascar driver Boris Said gets ready for practice in this file
photo. Said is one of several specialists recruited to drive in the
two road races on the Winston Cup schedule each season. There will
be a handful trying to qualify for Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at
Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
Cal State Fullerton's Jason Corapci lands on top of Stanford's
Chris Carter at second base after a throwing error. The Cardinal
won Thursday's elimination game, 7-5 in 10 innings, at Rosenblatt
Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
Israeli soldiers and police carry a metal closet as Jewish settlers
push it from the other side as they attempt to prevent troops from
dismantling the settlement outpost of Mitzpeh Yitzhar Thursday near
the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus. Secretary of State Colin
Powell is scheduled to visit the area today to encourage the "road
map" peace plan.
Cubs pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, left, punches Cincinnati's Paul
Wilson as catcher Damian Miller tries to pull them apart.
Farnsworth and Wilson were ejected during the Reds' 3-1 victory
Thursday in Cincinnati.
Gen. Tommy Franks, right, introduces President Bush to U.S. troops
at Camp As Sayliyah in Doha, Qatar, in this June 5 file photo.
Franks has described for the first time in detail how plans for the
war in Iraq came together.
Ticks appear to be thriving in the warm and moist weather, and
hikers and campers should be aware of the bloodsucking parasites.
This engorged tick was picked off a pet at the Animal Hospital of
Lawrence, 701 Mich.
The construction of Kansas University's addition to the school of
engineering will receive a boost from a $5 million donation from
Robert Eaton, a KU alumnus and former chairman of Chrysler Corp.
The building will carry Eaton's name.
Snapdragons frame Mark Krull and Anne-Marie Good, who planted a
wildflower garden on an empty lot next to their house in an attempt
to beautify their neighborhood. The city, however, mowed the lot.
Thursday, the couple and their dog, Mario, visited the mowed lot,
where a few flowers survived the city mower.
Cardinal Bernard Law, former archbishop of Boston, attends the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in St. Louis.
Kaitlin Webster, 14, reads her copy of "Harry Potter and the Order
of the Phoenix" in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her sister, Hailey, 8, back,
found the book Wednesday at a Walgreens drugstore in Daytona Beach,
although the book's official release is set for 12:01 a.m.
Saturday. The store has since taken remaining copies of the book
off its shelves.
Martha Stewart leaves federal court in New York where she appeared
for a status conference. A federal judge Thursday set a Jan. 12
trial date for Stewart, the home decorating and cooking maven who
faces charges arising from a stock-trading scandal.
Pat Kehde, co-owner of the Raven Bookstore, 8 E. Seventh St., is
like bookstore owners all across the country who must wait until
midnight to open cartons of "Harry Potter and the Order of the
Phoenix." The fifth book in the series goes on sale at midnight
Lawrence's hardaways re-create the famous 1969 album cover to The
Beatles' "Abbey Road" in front of The Replay Lounge at 10th and
Singer Andrew W.K. will bring his unpredictable stage show to this
year's Warped Tour, which comes to Bonner Springs on Tuesday.
Jennifer Connelly, left, and Eric Bana star in "The Hulk."