Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, talks with another legislator
during the opening session Monday. The Legislature had to wait
until Tuesday to hear Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' budget proposal,
which favors a spending increase for higher education.
An evacuated house sits in the Santa Clara River after collapsing
because of floodwaters in Santa Clarita, Calif. Relentless storms
have taken a heavy toll on California, creating floods and
mudslides and closing roads and highways.
Students at right repeat a chant from the Quran as refugees who
shelter the classroom wait outside at Guegajah Elementary School in
Aceh Besar, Indonesia. Schools began reopening across Indonesia's
tsunami-devastated region on Monday.
Oklahoma's Kevin Bookout, left, celebrates a first-half basket with
teammate Kellen Sampson. The Sooners beat Connecticut, 77-65,
Monday in Norman, Okla.
Lori Arnold, fourth-grade teacher at Pinckney School, returned for
her first day back with students after serving in Iraq. Students
and teachers welcomed Arnold Monday at the school, 810 W. Sixth St.
A five-year member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Arnold, 31, spent
seven months in Baghdad.
The Rev. Joe Wright, of Wichita's Central Christian Church, is
among those rallying for an amendment banning same-sex marriage to
pass in this legislative session. The Legislature opened Monday at
the Capitol in Topeka.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius greets members of the Legislature during
opening day. Among those present Monday were Sen. Marci Francisco,
D-Lawrence, front, and Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, right.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius used Monday's State of the State address to
emphasize the need to improve health care coverage and school
financing if the state wants to continue economic growth.
Debbie Wadman, Wichita, and hundreds of other protesters converged
on the Statehouse to protest a proposed same-sex marriage
amendment. Republican legislative leaders announced Monday they
plan to have the Senate vote this week.
New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury watches from the bench late
in this April 6, 2004 file photo. The Knicks' record (17-17) says
they're a .500 team, and they freely admit that the prospect of
finishing in first place with a 41-41 record doesn't sound all that
Minnesota guard Latrell Sprewell, left, reaches in to knock the
ball away from Los Angeles guard Kobe Bryant. The Lakers rallied
for a 105-96 victory in the fourth quarter without Bryant, who did
score 31 points Monday in Minneapolis.
The owner of Abe & Jake's Landing, Mike Elwell, wants to
renegotiate his parking contract with the city of Lawrence. Elwell
now pays $4,800 a year so that patrons may park for free in the
city-owned garage and parking deck outside the bar at Sixth and New
Victor Bailey, director of the Hall Center for the Humanities,
tours the center's new building on the Kansas University campus.
The building opened Monday in the renovated shell of the 1887
powerhouse, formerly the oldest building on the KU campus.
Minnesota receiver Randy Moss bends over to mock moon Packers fans
at Lambeau Field. The Vikings won, 31-17, Sunday in Green Bay,
Wis., but Moss may face a fine for the celebration.
John Barricelli is one of five hosts of "Everyday Food," a new
cooking show on PBS that is a spinoff of Martha Stewart Living
Omnimedia Inc.'s successful magazine of the same name.
New England cornerback Asante Samuel (22) breaks up a pass intended
for Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne in a game earlier this
season. The Patriots beat the Colts on Sept. 9 in Foxboro, Mass.,
and the two teams will play again there Sunday.
Jackson Everett, 5, left, and Storm Auchenbach, 5, show off one of the baseballs that they received during a game at Kauffman Stadium. Rebecca Koerner, Jackson's mother, submitted the picture.