2010 Kansas Relays
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James watches his shot. James scored 40 points to lead the Cavs to a 112-102 victory against the Chicago Bulls on Monday in Cleveland.
Toronto’s Travis Snider, left, is congratulated by teammates Adam Lind, center, and Vernon Wells after hitting a solo home run off Kansas City’s Brian Bannister. The Blue Jays silenced the Royals, 8-1, Monday in Toronto.
Wayne Parks leans against his great-grandfather’s grave marker last week in Arlington National Cemetery. In one area of the cemetery, rows of small, unassuming white tombstones are the only visible reminders that part of the nation’s most storied burial ground sits atop what used to be a thriving black town — “Freedman’s Village,” built on land confiscated from Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to reporters Monday after a private meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner regarding financial reform at her office on Capitol Hill. Geithner met with Collins in an effort to gain her support of a sweeping financial regulatory bill.
A Kansas University watch group assembles in The Villages, Fla. Almost all are KU graduates, and several are former Lawrence residents. Tom Brown, of The Villages, submitted the picture.
Huw Thomas, of England, eats his breakfast in his cot Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Before the volcano in Iceland brought European air travel to a halt, Thomas and his family were supposed to fly back to England from a vacation in New York on Friday, but now they are unsure of when they’ll be able to return home.
Photo from Cammie Braden. Here's a view of my old backyard that Mr. Johnson
Photo from Cammie Braden. Here's a picture of some of the Old West Lawrence
girls in 1970. We had our 1978 Class Reunion a couple of years ago. We
walked through the old neighborhood and found the Johnson's as they were
coming home. It was so fun to see them with the OWL Gang Girls!
From top left: Cammie Pulliam Braden, Amy Adams Finney. From bottom left: Jessie Johnson, Mindy Moore, Melissa Penny Swanson.
Photo from Cammie Braden. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson at their house last year with some of the Old West Lawrence girls.
My check-in photo taken in Albany, Ga. NAS Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Twelve. Taken January, 1970 just prior to Vietnam deployment.
Photo from Thorold (Tod) Roberts.
This photo was taken outside the Douglas County courthouse in
May 1970, a few weeks after I had begun my new job as Chief Juvenile
Probation Officer. (My first day on the job was the day the Student
Union at K.U. burned; a major arson suspect was one of the juveniles
well known to the court and my predecessor.) The smiling visage did not
last for the entire summer. It was eventually replaced by a look of
fatigue and dismay, but fortunately this was not a permanent condition.
A screenshot from "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."
In the wake of the firing of Gary Jackson, an assistant to the dean of men, the Black Student Union urged students go on strike in early December of 1970.
During December of 1970, black students protest the firing of Gary Jackson, an assistant to the dean of man who had bought ammunition in the day following Rick "Tiger" Dowdell's death.
To quell violent protest at Lawrence High School, the Lawrence Police Department used tear gas and mace during the spring of 1970.
Police with riot gear walk toward the Lawrence High School, a scene of frequent violence between white and black students during the spring of 1970.
A group stands next to the blood-stained spot where Nick Rice died on July 20, 1970. Rice was shot when police fired into a crowd on Oread Avenue.
Protesters speak out against the death of Rick "Tiger" Dowdell at KU. Dowdell was killed by police on July 16, 1970.
A man stands on the roof of a house along Oread Avenue, a hot spot for civil unrest during the summer of 1970.
Black students protest in December of 1970.
Angered by the firing of Gary Jackson, a graduate student who was an assistant to the Dean of Men at KU, the Black Student Union urged students to go on strike. Jackson had purchased ammunition in Topeka in the day following Rick "Tiger" Dowdell's death.
During the spring of 1970, black students at Lawrence High School protested the lack of black cheerleaders and homecoming queens. They also demanded an expanded black studies curriculum and more black teachers.
The Gaslight Tavern, which was where the Kansas Union parking garage is today, was where many radicals, hippies and street people would meet during 1970.
Highway Patrol Col. William Albott talks to young men on Oread Avenue in 1970. Following the deaths of Nick Rice and Tiger Dowdell, Albott's arrival to the neighborhood helped ease tensions.
On April 20, 1970, the Kansas Union was set on fire. The blaze, which was the work of an arsonist, destroyed the top two floors of the six-story building. No one was ever charged with the crime.
From moving furniture and art out of the building to pulling hoses off fire trucks, Kansas University students helped firefighters the night the Kansas Union burned.
As the end of the 1970 school year approached, KU protesters urged students to go on strike. After the US invasion of Cambodia and four student deaths at Kent State, the campus was on high alert.
More than 13,000 students fill the stands on May 8, 1970 during the Day of Alternatives. Chancellor Larry Chalmers gave the students the option of finishing class early or participating in group activities or workshops.
The burning of the Kansas Union wasn't the first incident of social unrest in 1970. In February, members of the Black Student Union confiscate all copies of the University Daily Kansan and threw them into Potter Lake. The BSU was protesting the refusal of employees at the KU Printing Service to print what they consider to be a “highly inflammatory and obscene publication” for the BSU.
The National Guard arrived in Lawrence to help control the unrest that followed the Kansas Union fire on April 20, 1970.
The United States’ invasion of Cambodia and the deaths of four students at Kent State puts Lawrence on high alert. More than 13,000 students file into Memorial Stadium where Chancellor Larry Chalmers announces the university will stay open. Students have the choice of finishing the semester, going home or participating in workshops and activities. Some see Chalmers as a hero for keeping violence at bay, while others criticize him for caving to the demands of radicals.
In the wake of the Kent State shootings, protesters urged students across the country to go on strike. In Lawrence, the protest was known as the Day of Alternatives.
During what was known as the Day of Alternatives, students protested the Vietnam War.
Fireman douse water on the Kansas Union fire as a blaze takes over the top two floors of the building. The April 20, 1970 fire was among the many instances of unrest that year.
Three days of curfews followed the Kansas Union fire in April 1970. Those who violated curfew were arrested, overcrowding the jail and causing law enforcement officials to work around the clock.
For three nights following the Kansas Union burning, Lawrence was placed under a curfew. Sixty-five people were arrested, most of them students.
According to the May 8, 1970 issue of the Lawrence Journal-World, KU Chancellor Laurence Chalmers and John Spearman Jr., chairman of the Black Students Union, tug for control of the microphone. Chalmers kept the mic, but told the group they could speak later.
In the months before the Kansas Union fire, tensions rose at Kansas University between black students, anti-war activists and the administration.
More than 13,000 students filled Memorial Stadium on May 8 for the Day of Alternatives.
In the summer of 1970, Oread Avenue was a hotbed of social unrest.
In 1970, George Kimball (on right) ran for Douglas County Sheriff. At the time, Kimball was known as the leader of the street people, who were a collection of radicals, hippies and runaways that lived in the Oread neighborhood.
During the summer of 1970, the Gaslight Tavern was a popular gathering spot for what was known as the street people.
The Gaslight Tavern, a popular meeting place for the radicals, used to stand where the Kansas Union parking garage is today.
George Kimball talks to a Lawrence police officer in front of a crowd that has gathered in the wake of Rick "Tiger" Dowdell's death.
The spot on Oread Avenue where Nick Rice was shot when police fired into a crowd on July 20, 1970. The 18-year-old man from Leawood died.
The street where Nick Rice was killed on July 20, 1970 when police fired into a crowd. Rice's death was four days after Rick "Tiger" Dowdell was shot by a police officer and died.
In December 1970, the Black Student Union encouraged students to strike.
In December 1970, KU black students continue to protest the death of Rick "Tiger" Dowdell, who was shot by a Lawrence police officer.
Students gather on the steps of the Watson Library, where the day before Harry Kirke Snyder, a 21-year-old KU student, was shot in the neck. Snyder had confronted a black man for writing the word "strike" on the library's front stairwell. The Dec. 7, 1970 incident was the only time a KU student was shot on campus.
On December 11, 1970, a time bomb exploded in the computer center at Summerfield Hall. The explosion injured three people.
A woman spray paints the word strike on a bus during black student protests in December 1970.
KU black students continued to protest the death of Rick "Tiger" Dowdell, a 19-year-old black man who was sot by police, in December 1970.
In 1970, KU seniors were allowed to wear a symbol to express their political dissent during commencement ceremonies. Graduation and the semester ends without further violence.
Black youth gathering in Veterans Park during the spring of 1970.
Police stand watch outside the Lawrence High School during the spring of 1970.
The spring of 1970 brought a surge in protests at Lawrence High School. A week before the Kansas Union fire, 50 black youths locked themselves in the school's main office angry over a lack of black cheerleaders and homecoming queens. They also wanted an expanded black curriculum and more black teachers.
Students lounge during the Day of Alternatives in May 1970.
Students at Kansas University during the Day of Alternatives in May 1970.
Violence and protest was frequent at Lawrence High School during the spring of 1970.
KU students protested the Chicago Seven trial in 1970. Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman and seven others were tried for inciting a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
In the spring of 1970, KU Chancellor Larry Chalmers was a polarizing figure. Many student and faculty believed his decisions helped quell further violence. However, across the state, legislators, parents and the Board of Regents believed he was far too lenient on the student activists.
In late February, members of the Black Student Union threw copies of The Kansan into Potter Lake. The incident occurred after printers and plant employees at the KU Printing Service refused to print what they consider to be a “highly inflammatory and obscene publication” for the Black Student Union.
The Kansas Union fire, which destroyed the top two floors of the six-story building, tested the fire department's limits, former firefighters say.
Crews battle the April 20, 1970 Kansas Union fire.
The roof over the Kansas Union ballroom collapsed after the April 20, 1970 fire. The fire, which was set by an arsonist, caused more than a $1 million in damages.