Senator Barack Obama is the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party.
Chicago's Paul Konerko, left, greets Jim Thome after Thome hit a two-run homer. Konerko hit a two-run shot of his own in the 15th inning to sink Kansas City on Wednesday in Chicago.
An oak tree with a five foot base is seen Wednesday after high winds toppled it during an afternoon storm onto a historic home built in the 1890s in Arlington, Va. A band of storms that moved east from Indiana on Wednesday splintered homes, swept vehicles from flooded roads and dumped a historic covered bridge into a river. Three people were killed.
Peggy Wallert, community relations director of Cottonwood Inc., left, is with Susan Nelson, Laura Bittenbender, Terri Pyles and John Schmidt, all of Lawrence, at The Lodge motel in Baldwin City as they get ready for a carriage ride during the Cottonwood Mini Masters event. Schmidt, who works at the University Book Shop, was recently honored as the winner of the 2008 Bert Nash Reliability Award.
Kent Desormeaux rides Big Brown to victory during the 134th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in this May 3 file photo. Get ready for Big Brown-themed Beanie Babies, lapel pins, ball caps and maybe even booze. As Saturday's Belmont Stakes draw closer, the prized colt is the favorite to capture the first Triple Crown in 30 years. His handlers are already eyeing ways to cash in on the feat, if he wins, and that means merchandising - lots of it. "We're definitely going to mass market in a way that's never been done in our industry," said Kelly Wietsma, president of Equisponse, a horse racing marketing agency that represents Big Brown's owner, IEAH Stables. "I want every kid in America to be able to walk into a Wal-Mart and buy a Big Brown shirt or a Big Brown Beanie Babie." To make that happen, IEAH has partnered with sports marketing firm 16W Marketing, which handles licensing and sponsorship deals for current and former players from the National Football League. Big Brown's team is betting that big TV exposure for the Belmont coupled with the rarity of a Triple Crown shot will translate into major licensing and endorsements deals.