Atlanta's Charles Thomas, right, is congratulated by Andruw Jones
after Thomas hit a two-run homer off Montreal starter Livan
Hernandez. The Braves scored six times against Hernandez en route
their 14-2 pasting of the Expos on Wednesday at Hiram Bithorn
Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Eric Chang, 16, of Palos Verdes, Calif., plays Ludwig van
Beethoven's "Appassionata" during the first International Piano
Competition finals at the Lied Center. Contestants competed
Wednesday in the contest sponsored by the International Institute
for Young Musicians.
In a blitz of confetti, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John
Kerry, D-Mass., left, and his newly selected running mate, Sen.
John Edwards, D-N.C., acknowledge the crowd during a campaign rally
in Tampa, Fla. Wednesday was the first full day of campaigning for
Kansas City starting pitcher Dennys Reyes (49), right, looks glum
after hitting Minnesota's Corey Koskie. The Twins beat the Royals,
12-0, Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Minnesota's Kyle Lohse, right, is congratulated by Johan Santana,
center, and Brad Radke after a 12-0 win over Kansas City. Each of
the three pitchers shut out the Royals in the series. Lohse won
Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Lawrence Raiders pitcher Ryne Jackson pitches in relief against St.
Joseph (Mo.). The Raiders split a doubleheader Wednesday at Free
Lawrence Raider Ryan Engel chases a low pitch against St. Joseph
(Mo.) Post 359. The Raiders split a doubleheader Wednesday at Free
State High, losing the opener, 6-2, but winning the nightcap, 19-1.
Micah Swimmer of Cherokee NC, Cherokee High School, participates in
drills with the members of the east squad of the Native American
All-Star Football Game at Haskell Indian Nations University. The
game will be 7:30 pm Saturday at Haskell Stadium.
John Sullivan, from Winslow, Ariz., practices with the West squad
for the Native American All-Star Football Game. Sullivan, a recent
high school graduate who worked out Wednesday at Haskell Indian
Nations University, has committed to play football for the Fightin'
New overall leader Lance Armstrong, fifth from right, and his U.S.
Postal Service teammates celebrate their team time-trial victory.
The victory in Wednesday's fourth stage of the Tour de France gave
Armstrong the overall lead for the first time this Tour.
A farmer works his fields as smoke from a wildfire on Mount Graham
rises near Thatcher, Ariz. The fire was within a quarter mile of an
observatory on Wednesday, and also threatened two communities.
This is an image taken from footage by pan-Arab TV channel
Aljazeera purporting to show armed men reading a statement with a
Filipino hostage. The Aljazeera newscaster said the group offered
to release the hostage if the Philippines withdraws its troops from
Iraq within 72 hours.
Robyn Sims, president of the Woodrow Wilson Middle School Home and
School Board, looks over an 1891 Henry Tanner painting, "Horse and
Dogs in a Landscape," that hangs in Principal James McWilliams
office. The school district has uncovered millions of dollars worth
of art in school basements, boiler rooms and hallways.
Kentucky coach Tubby Smith signs basketballs for members of the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kansas City before a news conference at
Town Pavilion in Kansas City, Mo., held to kickoff an awareness
campaign for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Also
appearing at the event Wednesday was Duke University head coach
Mike Krzyzewski, back left, and former Missouri coach Norm Stewart.
A driver leaves the toll booth after paying at the Lecompton
westbound exit. The Kansas Turnpike Authority said Wednesday that
rates on the turnpike would rise an average of 5 percent to pay for
improvements between Lecompton and Topeka.
Charles Robert Jenkins, the husband of Hitomi Soga, one of five
Japanese citizens abducted to North Korea and later freed in Japan,
talks to Kyodo News, beside his family photos, in this Nov. 29,
2002, file photo at a Pyongyang hospital, where he was treated for
extreme fatigue. Jenkins and his two daughters living in North
Korea will fly Friday to Jakarta, Indonesia, to meet his wife.
The owners of Fibber Magees pub, in Eyre Square in Galway, Ireland,
say its business has declined because of a smoking ban approved by
the government. Owners of the pub decided to offer a smoking area
despite the ban. The pub's exterior was pictured Wednesday.
LaVerne Sinnett, an employee at Wood Oil Co. Store 5, stocks
shelves. She said on Wednesday that the city's smoking ban in bars
and restaurants, had not affected tobacco sales at the store, 920
N. Second St.
Here is a computer drawing of a Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner with the
paint scheme of Italy-based charter carrier Blue Panorama. Boeing
announced Wednesday that Blue Panorama, a charter carrier, expected
to buy four of the 7E7s. The 230-passenger planes are scheduled to
enter service in 2008.
Trilla Lyerla, associate professor of music at Baker University,
practices on a donated grand piano. The university in Baldwin
received $3.88 million in capital and endowed gifts during the past
year. The piano, which Lyerla played on Wednesday, was one of the
items given to Baker.
Runners keep ahead of a fighting bull and a steer during the first
San Fermin bull run in Pamplona, Spain. The San Fermin fiesta
Linda Wolf, left, Lawrence, is presented with the Teacher of the Year Award by Becky Castro of the Lawrence Central Rotary Club on April 7. Wolf is a first-grade teacher and reading coach at Kennedy School. She was presented with the award during an all-school gathering. Kennedy School employees submitted the picture.