People dance to Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys at the Lied Center’s free indoor concert Friday. Friday night’s rain storm didn’t keep a crowd away from the annual concert that kicks off the Kansas University school year.
Pictured are organizers of the Wise Women Build Conference. Sitting front row, from left, are Margaret Johnson and Daphne Payne. In back row, from left, are Monica Green, Charlene Haines, Cynthia Eubanks and Cynthia Jackson. The three-day conference, which begins Friday, is hosted by the Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church. It will include fellowship, worship, speakers and a prayer breakfast, and is designed as a spiritual retreat for women.
Free State High School agricultural teacher Laura Priest, right, and her students are excited about a new garden project that will be located on the southwest corner of the campus where they are standing. The project will include a school garden and community garden. Priest is looking forward to using the garden project for hands-on lessons.
Delilah Pellow, 3, Lawrence, is crowned with a balloon princess hat during Busker Fest in downtown Lawrence. Although Friday night's activities were cut short due to severe weather, the festival runs through the rest of the weekend.
Balloon artist Gene Hernandez blows up a balloon as he prepares to create a princess hat during Busker Fest. Hernandez has been creating balloon art for 20 years.
Claire Anderson, 2, receives a balloon penguin from balloon artist Gene Hernandez as her sisters Allison, 4, and Katie, 5, watch.
Top spinning artist Hiroshi Tada hands Addison Jones, 3, a spinning top as her father, Rob Jones, helps to steady her hand during Busker Fest Friday evening in downtown Lawrence.
With help from her mother Shannon Jones, 3-year-old Addison Jones holds a spinning top Friday during Buskerfest in downtown Lawrence.
Carson Orchard, 10, of Overland Park, smiles as John Rasmussen draws a caricature of her. Rasmussen, who has been drawing caricatures for about five years, was part of Busker Fest, held Friday evening in downtown Lawrence.
A crowd watches as Valerie Wolf pulls sharp razor blades out of her mouth during the 2010 Busker Fest. Wolf was one of many performers putting on street shows during the annual festival.
Spectators at Buskerfest in downtown Lawrence crowd under large umbrellas as a heavy downpour begins. Rain caused the festival to shut down early Friday evening. It continues today, beginning at noon.
Issac Evans, 9, smells a green ball of "belly button lint" as he helps Robert Wolf perform a magic trick during The Wicked Liars show at Busker Fest.
Lawrence firefighter Earl Barnes lost the lower part of his right leg after a motorcycle accident in 1997. Barnes thought he would never be a firefighter again, but 14 months and eight surgeries later, Barnes was back in the firehouse with a prosthetic leg.
A job seeker checks for new job postings Thursday at Glendale Workforce Services Center in Glendale, Calif., in this 2010 file photo. It will take Kansas three more years to fully recover the jobs lost in the Great Recession that started in 2008, according to a recent national economic analysis.
New England Patriots running back Fred Taylor (21) reacts with teammates, including Chris Taylor (29), after Fred Taylor scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Falcons. The Patriots beat the Falcons, 28-10, in the preseason game on Thursday in Atlanta.
Chicago’s Alexi Ramirez, right, is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run off Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins. The White Sox crushed the Twins, 11-0, on Thursday in Minneapolis.
A Pakistani family stands on its farm compound Thursday surrounded by floodwaters as seen from a Pakistan Navy helicopter during an emergency aid distribution near Bachel in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan. The United Nations appeared to have met its target of $460 million in immediate aid for flood-stricken Pakistan on Thursday after the U.S. and other nations significantly upped their pledges. The rush of promised help came after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, addressing a hastily called meeting of the General Assembly, urged governments and people to be even more generous than they were in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and this year’s Haiti earthquake, because the floods were a bigger “global disaster” with the Pakistan government now saying more than 20 million people need shelter, food and clean water.
Valoise Armstrong, an archivist at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, pulls a box of White House files from the library’s archives in Abilene. In July, Armstrong discovered among the library’s papers a document written by a federal judge in 1794.
Gene Mullen, from left, Rick Mullen, Tom Groninger and John Butler, all of Lawrence, won the Cooper’s Cause Foundation’s third annual golf tournament at Alvamar Golf and Country Club.
A job seeker checks for new job postings Thursday at Glendale Workforce Services Center in Glendale, Calif. Employers appear to be laying off workers again as the economic recovery weakens. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November.
In this 2006 file photo, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, is dressed as a Somali Elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia.