From left are Katie Markle, Olathe; Emily Robert, Lawrence; Josh
Markle, Olathe; Debbie Ellebracht, Lawrence; Erik Anderson,
Lawrence; and Ali Jacobsen, Lawrence. Ellebracht's piano students
gave a recital on May 14 at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
They gave the recital in honor of National Nursing Home Week, which
was May 9-15.
The 17 valedictorians in the Free State High School Class of 2004
receive honors during a commencement ceremony. From left, Ryan
Bodensteiner, Jessica Carlyle, Thomas Duermeier, Evan Ferrier,
Brian Garland, Jennifer Gwaltney and Anne Laue-Minden, Hazel Morley
and Dominique Nunez can be seen. At right is Supt. Randy Weseman.
The ceremony was May 15 at Memorial Stadium.
Free State High School seniors Kamesha Moore, left, and Tyree Payne
participate in the Class of 2004 commencement ceremony. They
received their diplomas May 15 during the ceremony at Kansas
University's Memorial Stadium.
Lawrence High School senior Don Carbaugh blows bubbles during the
LHS Class of 2004 commencement ceremony. He received his diploma
May 16 during the ceremony at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium.
From left, Ron Bisel, his wife Dee Bisel, owner of Minuteman Press,
and their children Ryan Bisel and Adele Bisel accept the 2003
Spirit of Caring Award in the sole proprietor category. They
received the honor April 23 during a Leadership Lawrence
Celebration at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott.
Representatives from organizations receiving the 2003 Spirit of
Caring Awards are, from left, Richard Chappelle, Wal-Mart store
484; Dee Bisel, Minuteman Press; Todd Harris, Peoples Bank; and Ted
Haggart, Douglas County Bank. On April 23, the United Way of
Douglas County and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce recognized
local businesses that are leaders in strengthening the Douglas
County community through charitable giving and the promotion of
Members of AARP's Lawrence chapter 1696 pose for a picture at the
American Legion, 3408 W. Sixth St. They gathered May 13 to prepare
and send care packages to the soldiers serving in Iraq. Pictured
are, from left back row, Mary Kanous, Darlene Hill, Janice Whitham,
Phyllis Cross and Lauraine Mulally; front row from left, Thelma
Hehn, Marilyn McCleary, Suzanne McColl and Jane Pracht.
rom left, Wint Winter, Michelle Fales and Todd Harris,
representatives of Peoples Bank, accept the Spirit of Caring Award
for a small business. They received the award April 23 at the
SpringHill Suites by Marriott. The award is given by the United Way
of Douglas County and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Robert Sellers, 12, a cadet with the Pittsburg Composite Squadron,
Civil Air Patrol, places flags on the graves of veterans at
National Cemetery No. 1 in Fort Scott, Friday. The cemetery is
preparing for Memorial Day ceremonies scheduled for Monday.
Lawrence AquaHawks Jessica Boyer, left, and Maggie Holcomb practice
at the Lawrence Aquatic Center, 727 Ky. While the team has been
practicing outdoors since Monday, the aquatic center opens to the
public at 1 p.m. today.
Cincinnati's Sean Casey, left, congratulates teammate Ken Griffey
Jr. after Griffey hit a two-run home run against Montreal. The Reds
defeated the Expos, 7-6, Friday night in Montreal.
Free State High shortstop Robby Price, right, throws past Blue
Valley West runner Austin Smith for a force out at first base. The
Firebirds won, 3-2, Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Free State High catcher Ryne Price, left, tags out a Blue Valley
West runner during a rundown between third base and home. Free
State's Cory Cooper is at right.
The Free State High baseball team celebrates its extra-inning
victory over Blue Valley West. The Firebirds' 3-2, eight-inning win
Friday at Hoglund Ballpark advanced FSHS to the Class 6A state
semifinals. BV West pitcher Lance Hoge is at right.
Free State High's Samantha Houston unfurls a throw in the discus
competition at the state tournament. Houston placed third Friday in
Free State High's Samantha Frisbie clears the high-jump bar during
the Kansas state meet. Frisbie won the event after a jump of 5
feet, 6 inches Friday at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.
Reed Dougherty, left, 10, slides into home as his mother, Carole,
races for the Frisbie during a game of Frisbie baseball at Clinton
Lake. The Doughertys, from Edwardsville, played outside on Friday
after setting up camp for Memorial Day weekend.
Norman Gardner, left, and his son, Chris Gardner, both of Baldwin,
secure their boat after an afternoon of fishing at Clinton Lake.
The Gardners' summer plans include trying to snag that elusive big
Hannah Wilson, 5, from San Antonio, watches as bubbles escape from
her campsite at Clinton Lake. Wilson and her extended family from
northeast Kansas helped to fill the campgrounds on Friday for
Memorial Day weekend.
Detainees of the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq, wave from a
bus as they are escorted out of the prison. Friday saw another
major release of prisoners from the facility since the scandal
broke over the abuse of prisoners last month.
Erv Hodges, left, and Walter Hicks have helped to spearhead the
Veterans Memorial project at the Lawrence Visitor Center, 402 N.
Second St. The two are pictured on Wednesday at the construction
Sarah Michelle Gellar plays Buffy Summers in the "Buffy the Vampire
Slayer" TV series. Scholars from around the world are meeting this
weekend in Nashville to discuss various theories and
interpretations of the show.
The landscaping at Dr. Daniel Ranjbar's office at 4828 Quail Crest
Place is one of 10 displays at Lawrence businesses slated to
receive a Lawrence Commercial Landscape Award from the Extension
Master Gardeners of Douglas County. The office's landscape,
pictured Friday, features a goldfish-filled lily pond.
FROM LEFT, St. John parishioners Bert and Marge Rowell share coffee
with the Rev. Charles Polifka after a morning Mass Thursday.
MARGE ROWELL, LEFT, and the Rev. Charles Polifka look over
photographs from a scrapbook titled "Pilgrimage to Victoria --
Another Day in the Life of Father Charles Polifka." The photos were
taken during a visit by Polifka to Victoria, where he will be
taking on new positions after leaving St. John the Evangelist
Russian pianist Eldar Djangirov, 17, will perform at 7 p.m. today
and Sunday at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.
Forensic investigators looking into the 1975 disappearance of
Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa check the floor in a Detroit house where
traces of blood were uncovered by the Fox News Channel. According
to an upcoming book by Charles Brandt, former Teamsters official
Frank Sheeran said he shot Hoffa inside the home in 1975.
Ricardo Espinoza and Mimi Quezada, two of the parents of the three
children found slain in a Baltimore apartment, console each other
outside the apartment complex's leasing office. Officials on Friday
charged two male relatives of the dead children, Adan Espinoza
Canela, 17, and Policarpio Espinoza, 22, with the murder of the
three children found dead late Thursday night in the northwest
"We're number one!" At only 18 months, Avry Wilcoxson already knows the Rock Chalk chant and is proud of his Jayhawk gear. He is the son of Kory and Erica Wilcoxson, Lawrence.