President Barack Obama, accompanied by National Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen, makes a statement after being briefed on the BP oil spill relief efforts in the Gulf Coast region June 4 at Louis Armstrong International New Orleans Airport in Kenner, La.
Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill washes ashore Saturday in Orange Beach, Ala. Large amounts of the oil battered the Alabama coast, leaving deposits of the slick mess some 4-6 inches thick on the beach in some parts.
“9-Part Self Portrait” Polaroid photo collage by Chuck Close is seen.
The Photo above provided by Sotheby’s shows Ansel Adams’ “Canyon de Chelle National Monument, Arizona, 1942.” The image is among 1,000 Polaroid and gelatin silver prints by some of the biggest names in 20th-century photography being offered at Sotheby’s on June 21-22 as part of a bankruptcy court-approved sale.The largest number of works were taken by Adams, about 400 Polaroid and non-Polaroid images.
Troops of the First U.S. Cavalry Division land ashore July 19, 1950, at Pohang on the east coast of Korea during the Korean War. The war that began in Korea 60 years ago, on June 25, 1950, a ghastly conflict that killed millions and left the peninsula in ruins, became “The Forgotten War” in many American minds.
Korean War veterans Henry F. Reed, 78, of Butte, Mont., left, and Lynn A. Freeman, 87, of Concord, Calif., right, talk as veterans of the 2nd Infantry Division and the 5th Regimental Combat Team, listen during a tour of a war monument June 2 at Dabu-Ri, South Korea. Some were among the troops who held out in mid-1950 on the last-ditch “Pusan Perimeter,’’ staving off final North Korean conquest of the south.
A mobile phone reads the results from a bar code on the sign on the window from outside of Phil’z Coffee in San Francisco. Bar codes that look like a jumble of little squares randomly arranged within a larger square are popping up on everything from bus stop billboards to restaurant doors. If you spot one and scan it with your cell phone camera and a special application, it will lead to anything from a website to a photo or video online.
Members of the Hogwarts Choir sing for guests Wednesday at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The entrance to Hogwarts Castle is seen Wednesday at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando theme park in Orlando, Fla. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens to general admission ticket holders Friday.
This undated image provided May 26 by Tribune Media Services Inc. shows the character Annie and her beloved pooch, Sandy, riding in a car from the “Annie” comic strip. The comic strip, which debuted in 1924, will disappear from the funny pages after today’s strip. They will have a future, but for now, where that will be is unknown.
Ethnic Uzbeks gather Saturday near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border in southern Kyrgyzstan trying to seek refuge in Uzbekistan from mobs of Kyrgyz men attacking the minority Uzbek community. The country’s second-largest city, Osh, slid into chaos Friday when gangs of young Kyrgyz men with firearms and metal rods marched on Uzbek neighborhoods and set their homes on fire.
Fans in Los Angeles celebrate Mexico’s goal during the opening game of the World Cup between Mexico and South Africa on Friday. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Football fans at Memorial Stadium in in Lincoln, Neb., pictured above, will call the Big Ten Conference home after the school announced it was leaving the Big 12 on Friday. The Cornhuskers will attempt to begin play in the Big Ten in 2011.
From left, Taylor Easum and Allison Potter, cousins from Perry, both 17, show off a plaque following the Perry-Lecompton regional softball game. Taylor is the daughter of Amy Easum and Andy Easum. Allison is the daughter of Kelly and Stacy Potter, Perry, who submitted the picture.
Charlotte Tigchelaar and her mother enjoy lunch April 22 at Runza during a Relay For Life fundraiser for Kids First Preschool teachers at First United Methodist Church.
Betsy Kelly, left, and Patsy Huffman, right, Kids First Preschool teachers at First United Methodist Church, celebrate Mother Goose Day in April with their students in the Friendship Forest room.
Lied Center executive director Tim Van Leer welcomes Friends of the Lied and guests to the 2010-11 Season Announcement Party on April 16. Tickets for the new season are now on sale to the general public.
The 25th Annual Wallace Galluzzi Outstanding Volunteer Awards were presented April 21 at the Lawrence Community Theatre. Twenty-four adults and four youth volunteers were recognized for their exemplary volunteer leadership and selfless service to not-for-profit organizations in Douglas County.
Susan and Mark Henderson break ground April 16 at the Lied Center’s 2010-11 Season Announcement Party. Susan is the 2010-11 Friends of the Lied campaign chairwoman.
The Corpus Christi Catholic School’s sixth-grade retreat was May 7 at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg. The class of 21 along with six chaperones spent a day at the Ranch. Prayer, fellowship, fun, team challenges and a 66-foot rock wall were just a few of the activities the group participated in.
Recent graduates of the Douglas County Community Emergency Response Team are pictured on May 25. Back row, from left, are Charles Baars, Dillon Barnes, Michelle Derusseau, Alexandria Norman, Schuyler Bailey, Jim Phillips, Dave Maas, William Dietz and Willard Epling; front row, Paul Gottesburen, Kristine Chapman-Keezer, Ruby Ducate, Paul Stagner, Paula Hladky, Liz Phillips, Barb Starrett, Elmer Fetters and Mary Lou Strong.
Callahan Creek employees volunteered to paint the exterior trim on The Villages’ facility for the United Way’s Spring Day of Caring on April 24. Pictured, back row, from left, are Emily Peterson, David Unekis, Marissa Sharkey, Sara Schifelbein, Claudette Menefee, Liz Johnson and Cindy Maude; front row, Keisha and Kaliyah Townsend. Menefee is a social worker at the Villages.
Members of Sigma Alpha Lambda and Golden Key take a break at Hidden Valley during the United Way’s Spring Day of Caring on April 24. The group was maintaining the Girl Scout camp’s Memorial Butterfly Garden and preparing the site for a new brick patio. The memorial garden was first planted in 2000, and dedicated in memory of Terrell Graham and Ruth Fauhl. The brick memorial patio will honor the many volunteers and contributors of the past 53 years.
The children of John and Janine Leslie — pictured in white LIVE UNITED T-shirts, from left, Morgan, Kyleigh and Addison — entertained Pioneer Ridge residents with a game of balloon volleyball during the April 24 United Way’s Spring Day of Caring. Nearly 300 volunteers signed up for approximately 50 projects in the county. The day began with a volunteer breakfast at Free State High School.
Ashley Thompson and Sarah Worthington
Dr. Bob Gatti and Marisa Steinbach
Ashley Huerter and Fredrik Josefsson
Robert and Hazel Meggison
Robert George and Marcella Kay Gorden
Jill and Ryan Stueve
Jacqueline and Larry Gadt, Lawrence, study photojournalist Melina Mara’s picture of Sens. Elizabeth and Bob Dole riding the U.S. Senate subway together. The exhibit “Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate” opened Friday and runs through July 21.
Dole Institute of Politics Senior Archivist Morgan Davis opens the institute’s exhibit by photojournalist Melina Mara. The far left photo captures U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., almost being pulled off a stage by well-wishers. Mara took the photos in 2001-2003. She is now a photographer for the Washington Post.
Brandon M. (Bryant) Sims
Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating a Mass on Friday in St. Peter’s Square concelebrated by 15,000 white-robed priests, all marking the end of the Vatican’s Year of the Priest.
A female supporter of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad displays her hand painted with the Iranian flag, also used as a sign for his party, at his final election campaign rally June 10, 2009, on Azadi Street in western Tehran, Iran. Today marks the first anniversary of the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley, R-Lexington, who garnered the most votes in the GOP gubernatorial primary, gives a victory speech to supporters at the Capital City Club in Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday. Haley will face Rep. Gresham Barrett in a runoff election in two weeks for the GOP nomination.
A shore bird walks along the sand at sunset Friday at the Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, Ala. Authorities closed the pass to boat traffic Friday afternoon during the tidal change fearing that swift-moving water would bring oil into the bay.
Abby Sunderland, 16, looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland, who was feared lost at sea while sailing solo around the world, has been found alive and well, adrift in the southern Indian Ocean with rescue boats headed toward her, officials said.
A woman walks past a room filled with names of victims at a new exhibition on the ordeal of Poles and Jews in Krakow under Nazi occupation between 1939-45. The exhibit opened on Friday in Krakow, Poland, at the building of the former pot factory run by German businessman Oskar Schindler, who rescued some 1,110 Jews by employing them there.
A convenience store flooded by the Caddo River is seen in Glenwood, Ark., on Friday after flash floods swamped campgrounds along a pair of southwestern Arkansas rivers early Friday.
Brent Ballay watches storm clouds as he stands on his boat near cleanup operations for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Friday near Venice, La. Scientists now say the blown-out well could have been spewing as much as 2 million gallons of crude before a cut-and-cap maneuver started capturing some of the flow, meaning more than 100 million gallons may have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since the start of the disaster in April. That is more than nine times the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, previously the worst oil spill in U.S. history.