Culinary experts pretty much agree that these four pot and pans are the basics for any properly stocked kitchen. From foreground, clockwise, a 2- to 4-quart sauce pan, a 5- to 8-quart Dutch oven, a 7- to 12-inch skillet and a stockpot.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS RELIEVER JOEL PERALTA, LEFT, is congratulated by John Buck after putting the wraps on an Opening Day victory against the Boston Red Sox. The Royals earned a 7-1 triumph Monday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
BOSTON'S DUSTIN PEDROIA IS TAGGED OUT by Kansas City second baseman Mark Grudzielanek as he tries to stretch a single into a double. The Royals knocked off the Red Sox, 7-1, in Monday's season opener at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA STUDENT CLAUDIA MURRAY gets in the swing of things at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla., while watching the Gators beat Ohio State for the NCAA national championship.
FLORIDA'S COREY BREWER pops his jersey following Monday night's 84-75 victory in Atlanta.
Baldwin ¢ 5-7 ¢ Guard ¢ Sr.
Verhaeghe established herself as the most potent backcourt scorer in the area, averaging 16.4 points per game as the Bulldogs advanced to the Class 4A sub-state semifinals. She drilled 73 three-pointers on the season - shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc.
Santa Fe Trail ¢ 5-10 ¢ Forward ¢ Sr.
Pryor emerged as the area's dominant force on the low blocks, leading not only the Chargers but the area in scoring at 17.5 points per game. She also pulled down 10.9 rebounds per outing while helping Santa Fe Trail to a 14-8 record and a spot in the Class 4A sub-state semifinals.
De Soto ¢ 5-11 ¢ Forward ¢ Sr.
Goleman - last year's Class 4A champion in the high jump - proved she could be a force on the hardwood for the Wildcats this winter as a two-way presence in the paint, averaging nearly a double-double for the season with 13.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Tonganoxie ¢ 5-9 ¢ Guard ¢ Jr.
Baska bounced back from a season-ending knee injury as a sophomore to help the Chieftains to a fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament in Salina. The versatile performer averaged 9.9 points, 4.2 re-bounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Tonganoxie ¢ 6-0 ¢ Guard ¢ Sr.
Pistora, the reigning All-Area Player of the Year, again proved herself to be the most complete player in the area in 2007, averaging 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.8 assists while helping the Chieftains to a fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament in Salina.
Success continued to be a staple for the Chieftains under the watchful eye of their fifth-year coach, who guided them to a 23-3 mark and their second fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament in three seasons. Tonganoxie improved to 103-25 during his tenure.
Tennessee's Candace Parker celebrates the Lady Vols' win in the women's semifinal basketball game at the Final Four Sunday in Cleveland. Tennessee will take on Rutgers in the championship game tonight.
Florida's Corey Brewer goes up for a dunk as Ohio State forward Ivan Harris (3), Florida's Walter Hodge (15) and Joakim Noah (13) watch during the first half of the Final Four basketball championship Monday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
New Arkansas basketball coach Dana Altman speaks to fans and media. Arkansas introduced Altman, the former Creighton coach, at a news conference Monday.
Fischer Daniel Krull, pictured at 2 weeks old, is the son of Anne-Marie and Mark Daniel Krull Jr., Shawnee, grandson of Rozanna and Mark Daniel Krull Sr., Lenexa, and great-grandson of Mary Frances Krull, Tonganoxie, who submitted the picture. Got a shot for Friends & Neighbors? Send it, along with your name, phone number, residence, and children's ages, to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence 66044, or go online at www.ljworld.com.
Girls in school uniforms lie at a hospital bed in Kirkuk, Iraq, 180 miles north of Baghdad. A suicide truck bomber targeted a police station in the oil-rich northern city on Monday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, including many children from a nearby school, police said.
Kristie and Ken Sigler are trying to raise money to complete the adoption of a boy from Guatemala with the help of the Web site realitycharity.com. The Siglers are hoping that strangers sympathetic to their cause will give them the final $8,700 of the $16,000 they need for the adoption.
A member of the Australian Navy, left, helps a Solomon Islands police officer load relief supplies for the tsunami-battered region of Gizo onto a ship in Honiara, Solomon Islands. A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck early Monday off the Solomon Islands, creating a tsunami in the islands' Western Province.
Amish Children make their way to their newly constructed schoolhouse, built to replace the razed West Nickel Mines Amish School, where a gunman killed five students and himself in October 2006. Students who survived the shooting moved into the new building Monday, six months to the day after the massacre.
Eric Nicoli, CEO of EMI Group PLC, left, Damon Albarn, center, of the pop group Blur, and Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs appear together in the lobby of the EMI record company headquarters in London. Jobs was at the launch Monday of digital rights management (DRM)-free recordings that EMI will make available on the Apple iTunes Web site starting in May.
Traffic moves down Wiliston Road in Burlington, Vt. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the federal government to take a fresh look at regulating carbon dioxide emissions from cars, a rebuke to Bush administration policy on global warming. In a 5-4 decision, the court said the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from cars.