Six-year-old German wire-haired pointer, Providence, kisses her
owner, Penny Shaffer, at Heritage Park in Olathe. The dog survived
mouth cancer and a series of surgeries during the past week and
will return to ringing the bell for Salvation Army this holiday
season. She has rung the bell for the past four years.
Jeff Kienzler helps his 10-month-old son, Brandon, with his bottle
in Springfield, Ill. Soldiers with the 183rd Fighter Wing of the
Illinois Air National Guard reunited with their families Thursday
after serving in the war effort in Iraq. Despite calls for delays,
President Bush said Thursday that elections would go on as
scheduled Jan. 30 in Iraq.
Lawrence Alternative High School senior Rachel Moore, 17, left,
talks with social studies instructor Kim Grinnell, who's been at
the school for nine years, and senior Kicki Metz, 17.
Lawrence Alternative High School senior Becky Wehner, 18, works on
an art project for this year's art show. LAHS will close, and its
students will be integrated into the two Lawrence public high
schools next year. Supt. Randy Weseman said the LAHS program was
Kameron Orr, whose parents and three brothers were killed in an
Olathe fire in October, says school has helped her get on with life
since the tragedy. Orr studied Latin in the lobby of Joseph R.
Pearson Hall on Thursday.
Mississippi State's Shane Power passes the ball over South
Alabama's Jeffrey Collins. Power, a former Iowa State player,
scored 16 points in the No. 15 Bulldogs' 66-52 victory Thursday in
Mike Fratello, left, shakes hands with Jerry West, president of
basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies. Fratello was
introduced Thursday in Memphis, Tenn., as the new head coach of the
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, right, drives past Houston's Maurice Taylor.
Nowitzki scored a career-high 53 points in the Mavericks' 113-106
overtime win Thursday night in Dallas.
"In a previous game I had a shot like that and the defense was
in my face. This time I was open. I was not really expecting it to
go in, but it did. I said, 'Oh well, nice.'" -- KU freshman
Sasha Kaun, on a 17-foot jump shot he sank during Monday's game
KU coach Bonnie Henrickson discusses her thoughts on a call with a
referee during the second half.
Kansas University's Sharita Smith, right, fights for a loose ball
with Washburn's Juwanna Rivers during the first half. The Division
Two Lady Blues beat the Jayhawks, 62-59, Thursday at Allen
Purdue coach Gene Keady watches from the sidelines during a game
against North Carolina State. Keady, whose Boilermakers lost 60-53,
Monday in Raleigh, N.C., has announced he will retire at the end of
Free State High freshman Danny Wolff competes in the 200 individual
medley. Wolff won two events as the Firebirds placed second at a
five-team swim meet Thursday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
Lawrence High placed fourth.
President Bush sings Christmas Carols with Opera singers Carl
Tanner, left, and Darren Holden. They sang Thursday during
ceremonies for the lighting of the national Christmas tree.
Buffalo running back Willis McGahee (21) eludes New York Jets
defender David Barrett. McGahee, shown Nov. 7 in Orchard Park,
N.Y., will return to his hometown Sunday for a game against the
Jerry Samp, left, Tracy Kerdyk, center, and Miles Schnaer chat on a
fairway at Eagle Bend Golf Course. Kerdyk, an executive with the
LPGA Futures Tour, met with Lawrence businessmen Samp and Schnaer
on Thursday after announcing that Eagle Bend would play host to a
tour event in May.
Supporters cheer Viktor Yushchenko as he addresses the crowd at the
Independence Square in Kiev. Thousands of upbeat opposition
supporters waving Ukrainian flags and wearing orange armbands
gathered Thursday in the capital for the 11th straight day.
The body of Shirley Vian is carried from her house in Wichita in
1977. Vian's death was one of the BTK serial killings that
terrorized the city in the 1970s. The suspect goes by the name BTK,
which stands for "bind, torture, kill." Authorities said earlier
Thursday they were testing the DNA of a man arrested Wednesday on
minor trespassing and housing code violations, state police said,
but Wichita authorities denied the arrest was related to BTK.
Raegann Berger, Lawrence, washes her SUV Thursday at a Lawrence car
wash. The number of Kansans driving sport utility vehicles went up
30 percent between 1997 and 2002, according to U.S. Census data.
But that's still behind the national growth in SUV ownership, which
increased 56 percent.
Failed novelist and wine aficionado Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti)
takes a pre-wedding road trip with soon-to-be groom Jack (Thomas
Haden Church) in Alexander Payne's "Sideways."
Peter Thornhill, Lawrence, looks over a DVD he received in the
mail. He subscribes to Netflix, an online DVD service based in Los
Clive Owen, left, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Jude Law star
in th film adaptation of Patrick Marber's play, "Closer."
Patrick Chagnon, a Connecticut State Police detective and national
counterterrorism instructor, speaks to security, rescue and police
personnel in Manchester, Conn. He recently gave a training class on
how to spot a suicide bomber at a mall.
The Rev. Irene Elizabeth Stroud, left, hugs her partner, Chris
Paige, center, and Carolyn Paige, mother of Chris. A jury made up
of United Methodist Church clergy convicted the lesbian minister
for violating the denomination's ban on actively gay clergy.
Lawrence High's Zach Colwell competes in the 200 IM. The Lions and the Firebirds squared off at a five-team meet Thursday at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
Local historian Tolly Wildcat, left, tells a group touring Underground Railroad sites about abolitionists who hung lanterns in the old "Signal Oak" that formerly stood on the property near Baldwin to indicate when slave catchers were near. The tour group, from left, are Debby Lowery, Lawrence, Ramona Brice, Topeka, Brenda Pitts, Columbus, Ind., and Cyrene Holt, Topeka. Brenda Pitts is a relative of John Copeland, who was with John Brown at Harper's Ferry, Va., in 1859.