Charles Branson responds to questions from readers.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.,
acknowledges applause at a campaign rally Wednesday, in Waterloo,
President Bush speaks during a campaign stop at J & D
Manufacturing in Eau Claire, Wis. He also campaigned Wednesday in
Mason City, Iowa.
U.S. Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment cover the
exterior while searching a building in Ramadi, Iraq. The Marines
were on a reconnaissance mission Wednesday in the area. Eleven
American soldiers were injured in two car bombings in Samarra.
This image from the video game "Kuma War" from Kuma Reality Games
shows the likeness of Sen. John Kerry in military attire driving a
Swift boat in this undated promotional photo. Video games have
entered the race for the White House and joined Internet blogs as
the 2004 election's newest format for political expression.
Another rendering of Kansas University's plan for Wescoe Hall shows
the structure of the walkway on the south side.
Under a KU plan, Wescoe Hall would be given a new facade, in brick
or terra cotta, a clock tower and a new entryway on the north side,
commonly called "Wescoe Beach." The projects would be funded with a
$30-per-credit-hour fee to students taking courses from the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is proposing to overhaul
Wescoe Hall at a cost of between $30 million and $40 million. Many
consider the architectural style of Wescoe to be out of place on
With flu shots in high demand, Nancy Mannucci, left, a nurse at
Brandon Woods Retirement Community, talks with resident Nancy Winn
about making arrangements for her flu shot. A county flu shot
clinic will be Saturday, but a long wait in line might be too much
for elderly residents who need the vaccine.
Leman Booher nurses a cup of tea in his apartment at Kansas
University's Stouffer Place. Booher was arrested later Wednesday in
connection with failure to pay child support in Indiana.
Houston-based Space Services CEO Charles Chafer shows a small vile
that is used to carry cremated human remains into space. Chafer was
in Nashville, Tenn., Monday for the National Funeral Directors
Association Convention & Expo.
Kidney patient Bob Hickey, left, of Edwards, Colo., and donor Rob
Smitty, of Chattanooga, Tenn., received word Tuesday at their
Denver hotel that Hickey's transplant would take place Wednesday.
It was originally scheduled for Monday but was postponed because of
ethical considerations; the two arranged the transplant over the
Rescue workers search for the missing through mud and debris caused
by a mudslide in Tamano, western Japan. Typhoon Tokage unleashed
flash floods early today that washed away entire hillsides, killing
at least 51 people and leaving about 30 people missing before it
veered east into the Pacific Ocean.
French Sikhs Bikramjit Singh and Jasvir Singh stand Wednesday at
the Sikh temple of Bobigny, France. The boys have been kept out of
class since the start of September, in accordance with the law
banning all conspicuous religious signs from public schools, which
went into effect at the start of the academic year on Sept. 2. In
the first court case resulting from the law, Sikh leaders have
asked a court to force the school to convene a disciplinary hearing
or let the boys into classrooms. A ruling is expected Friday.
Radio host Jim Cates, right, signals to Rep. Jim Ryun how many
seconds he has left to answer a listener's question during a debate
Tuesday with opponent Nancy Boyda on the AM-1440 KMAJ Jim Cates
Show in Topeka. Ryun and Boyda also are scheduled to debate today
at KTWU, Topeka's public television station.
Publisher, poet and playwright jessica Care moore-poole works with
Lawrence High School students, trying to get them to write and
speak a poem that they created.
Kansas University students Lisa Bartell, left, a Salina freshman,
and Kelly Spencer, Overland Park freshman, chat on their cell
phones between classes Wednesday in front of Wescoe Hall. People
who use only cell phones and don't have land lines often are missed
by pollsters during election season, meaning a large number of
voters -- mostly young people -- aren't included.
Nick Hayek Jr., left, Swatch Group chief executive officer, and
Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, show
the new watch line called "Paparazzi." They touted the product
Wednesday at a news conference in New York.
Hugh Panero, left, chief executive officer of XM Satellite Radio
Holdings Inc., and Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball executive
vice president of business, listen as Allan H. "Bud" Selig,
commissioner of MLB, speaks via telephone Wednesday during a news
conference in New York. MLB and XM Satellite Radio announced an
11-year, $650 million agreement enabling XM to broadcast games of
every MLB team nationwide beginning with the 2005 regular season.
St. Louis slugger Jim Edmonds, center, is mobbed by teammates after
his two-run home run in the 12th inning. Edmonds' blast gave the
Cardinals a 6-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday in St.
Louis, forcing a Game 7 of the N L championship series.
Boston catcher Jason Varitek leaps into the arms of pitcher Alan
Embree after the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 10-3.
Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez celebrates with teammates after the
Red Sox beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the AL championship
series. Boston won, 10-3, Wednesday in New York to complete a
comeback from an 0-3 series deficit.
Players in the St. Louis bullpen celebrate while Houston right
fielder Jason Lane watches a two-run home run by Jim Edmonds land
in the stands. Edmonds' 12th-inning homer gave the Cardinals a 6-4
victory in the sixth game of the NL championship series Wednesday
in St. Louis.
Boston's Johnny Damon celebrates with teammates after hitting a
two-run home run. Damon also belted a grand slam, and the Red Sox
defeated the Yankees, 10-3, Wednesday night in New York to clinch
the American League pennant.
Kurt Busch has a 24-point lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a
74-point edge over Jeff Gordon in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
He's pictured above prior to Saturday's race at Lowe's Motor
Aurora Anderson, 3, of Pittsburgh, Pa., takes a brief ride on a merry-go-round outside Antique Mall of Lawrence. Aurora was in town Wednesday afternoon visiting grandmother Kathy Hird Wright, of Lawrence.
Devin Beckley, 11, a sixth-grader at Rolling Ridge Elementary in Olathe, climbs a skin wall on display at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo. The wall is part of "Grossology," an interactive exhibit based on Sylvia Brazei's books. The exhibit will be at Union Station until Jan. 2, 2005.
The Lawrence Lightning, Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn.'s 9-year-old Select Team, won the state championship in Pittsburg. The team finished its one-month season with a record of 21-4, placing second in the Under-10 Ripken Summer Blowout in Princeton, first in the 9-10 Saddle Club Showdown in Wellsville, and fourth in the NBC "Hap Dumont" Under-9 2004 World Series in Bartlett, Tenn. Back row, from left, are Kevin Stuever, Joe Caldwell, Mike Willoughby and Darren McClure. Second row, from left, are Drake Hofer, Adam Rea, Alex Green, Drew Green, Jacob Caldwell, Cody Scott, Kyle McFarland and Matt Baker. Front row, from left, are Garrick Clapp, CJ Stuever, Shane Willoughby, Stan Skwarlo and Rigby McClure. The picture was submitted by Sue Willoughby.