KU players jump out of the dugout and run on to the field after the Jayhawks defeated Missouri 6-3 Friday, May 18, 2012, at Hoglund Ballpark. The win assured KU a spot in the Big 12 baseball tournament.
Lawrence High discus thrower Matia Finley winds up for a throw in the 6A regional track meet Friday, May 18, 2012, at Free State High.
Free State sophomore Lucy Sirimongkhon-Dyck placed sixth in the 200-yard individual medley prelim on Friday with a 2:16.69 finish to advance to the 6A state championship final on Saturday in Topeka.
Lawrence High sophomore Gretchen Frick recorded the top time (2:10.27) in the 6A state 200-yard individual medley prelims on Friday in Topeka.
Free State freshman Courtney Caldwell smiles after breaking a six-year-old state record in the 50-yard freestyle during Friday's state prelims in Topeka. Caldwell placed first with a 0:23.49 finish to advance to Saturday's state final.
Actors Todd Schwartz, left, and Dean Bevan perform the Samuel Beckett play "Waiting For Godot" Friday outside at Haskell Indian Nations University's powwow grounds on campus. Crowd members are encouraged to bring picnics for the play, which will have performances at 6 p.m. May 25 and 26.
This undated photo provided by the Grassroots Art Center shows the entrance to the Bowl Plaza, a giant toilet-shaped building in Lucas, Kan. The town has been working on its $100,000 public restroom project for the past four years, which is scheduled to open on June 2.
Lawrence High javelin thrower Manny Romero competes Friday, May 18, 2012, at Free State High in the 6A regional track meet.
Imam Omar Hazim of Topeka speaks Friday against a bill that targets Sharia law. Several Muslim groups have called on Gov. Sam Brownback to veto the legislation.
Free State junior Brooke Leslie advanced to the 1-meter dive state championship on Friday, May 18 in Topeka.
Free State junior Annie Soderberg placed fourth in Thursday's semifinal to advance to the 1-meter dive state championship on Friday, May 18 in Topeka.
Free State junior Annie Soderberg advanced to the state diving final in Topeka on Friday, May 18.
Free State high jumper Alexa Harmon-Thomas competes Friday, May 18, 2012, at Free State High.
Bill Cassity will be carrying a POW/MIA bracelet that his mother received during the Vietnam War. The Cassitys will visit Russell Dean Martin’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery and then, on the way home, will deliver the bracelet to Martin’s daughter.
Lawrence Police Officer Vince Casagrande places a wreath on Officer Allen Moore’s grave Friday in Maple Grove Cemetery. One hundred and eleven years ago, Allen was the first Lawrence police officer to die in the line of duty, on May 2, 1901.
After fielding a ground ball back to the mound, Kansas pitcher Wes Benjamin throws to first for an out. The Jayhawks defeated Missouri, 6-3, Friday, May 18, 2012, at Hoglund Ballpark. The win assured KU a spot in the Big 12 baseball tournament.
Freshman pitcher Wes Benjamin delivers a pitch during the Jayhawks' 6-3 victory over Missouri on Friday, May 18, 2012, at Hoglund Ballpark. The win assured KU a spot in the Big 12 baseball tournament.
Nate Arnold, left, congratulates James Stanfield after Stanfield's double drove in a run in the thrid inning and gave KU a 3-0 lead. The Jayhawks defeated Missouri, 6-3, Friday, May 18, 2012, at Hoglund Ballpark. The win assured KU a spot in the Big 12 baseball tournament.
Free State's Courtney Huffman pole vaults during a regional track meet on Friday, May 18, 2012, at FSHS.
Free State's Alexa Harmon-Thomas cruises during the prelims of the girls 100 hurdles on Friday, May 18, 2012, at FSHS.
Lawrence High's Blake Hocking releases the shot during a regional track meet on Friday, May 18, 2012, at FSHS.
Lawrence High's Caitlin Broadwell competes in the triple jump during the regional track meet on Friday, May 18, 2012, at FSHS.
Alina Zheng, a 14-year-old valedictorian senior at Free State High, performs “Swan,” by Saint-Saens at Carnegie Hall on May 27, 2012, as the winner of American Protégé International Piano and String Competition. Alina is also the winner of 2013 American Protégé International Concerto Competition and will perform “Cello Concerto in D Major,” by Haydn, at Carnegie Hall this year on May 27. Alina studies cello from KU professor Edward Laut. The photo is submitted by Xiaohong Xu.
On April 26, Gov. Sam Brownback signed Substitute Senate Bill 397 into law. The bill, also known as “Rosa’s law,” eliminates the words “mentally retarded” and “mental retardation” from Kansas statute, replacing them with “people with intellectual disabilities.” This legislation is considered a major victory in the recognition of the dignity of Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Present at the signing were three Lawrence residents, Hal Schultz, second row, third from left, Tim Wood, second row, fourth from left, and Kathy Lobb, second row, second from right. Craig Knutson, of Lawrence, submitted the photo.