Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, left, announces the team's decision to exercise a $4 million option for 2006 on outfielder Jose Guillen. The announcement came Friday in Washington.
Former tennis player Anna Kournikova tosses out the first pitch before the San Diego Padres game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game was played Friday in San Diego.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, center, flexes his muscles with Spider-Man, left, and Captain America at the Pentagon. The Marvel Enterprises superheroes took part in "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day" on Thursday at the Pentagon.
Buhler Elementary third-grader Olivia Wolfer, front, along with classmates Erin Kirchoff, left, and Cortney Pattinson give it their all during a tug-of-war against other classmates during Kansas Kids Fitness Day at Don Michael Field Thursday in Hutchinson.
The keelboat from the Corps of Discovery moves past King Hill in the background at St. Joseph, Mo., on its way to dock Wednesday on the Missouri River. The boat is part of the Lewis and Clark re-enactment that started up the Missouri River last year. The keelboat is scheduled to be in Atchison today.
Free State High's Nicki Riggins, front, tries to maintain position against Shawnee Mission West's Alix Schiraldi during the first half. Free State's Clare Robinson is at right. The Vikings beat the Firebirds, 4-0, Thursday at Free State.
Members of the U.S. tennis team, from left to right, Venus Williams, Zina Garrison, Corina Morariu, Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport, celebrate after defeating Belgium during the Fed Cup quarterfinals Sunday in Delray Beach, Fla.
Wendy, left, and Gretchen are neighbors and best friends. They have weekly play dates in Tonganoxie. Wendy belongs to Rochelle and Curt Lukens. Gretchen belongs to Jerry and Denise Baker. Denise submitted the photo.
Competitors in the 2005 Fort Hays State University Rodeo warm up their horses before the start of the saddle bronc event in Hays. The N.I.R.A. event attracted more than 600 contestants on Friday.
Boston's Raef Lafrentz slams a dunk in the first half during the first round of the NBA Playoffs. LaFrentz set a Celtics record for three-pointers, making all three of his attempts, in a 102-82 rout of Indiana on Saturday night in Boston.
High school students, from right, Kellie Roy, a Hays junior, Kevin Herman, a Free State sophomore, Sharley Schrainer, a Hays sophomore, and Lindsey Weber, a Hays senior, watch the girls 4x400 relay at the Kansas Relays. Temperatures dropped to the low 50s for Friday's events at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium.
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Three-year-old Max Martin of Indianapolis gets a look Friday at a life-size Yoda doll during "Star Wars Celebration" at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. More than 30,000 "Star Wars" fans are expected to attend the four-day convention.
Dressed as various Madonna characters and a condom, volunteers and coordinators from the Douglas County AIDS Project make their way down Jayhawk Boulevard, passing out condoms to passers-by. Those who dressed up included, from left, Royce Matthews, as a condom, John Huff, as a pink Madonna, Kyle Tholen, as Madonna playing Marilyn Monroe, and Buck Rowland, as a punk Madonna. Friday's event helped celebrate Queer Week and sought to educate passers-by about HIV prevention.
Baltimore's Melvin Mora, right, is tagged out during a collision with Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun in the first inning. The Orioles beat the Blue Jays, 13-5, Friday night in Toronto.
A 12-day-old female gorilla grabs the finger of caretaker Clara Beatty Wednesday at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb. The baby gorilla was born April 8 at the zoo to Timu, the world's first test-tube gorilla, who lost interest in her baby seven hours after giving birth.
Free State High School sophomore Amanda Hill talks to Free State sophomore Hannah Somers during the FSHS baseball game against K.C. Washington. Hill recently rode her horse, Star, into town to watch the game and give it some exercise.
Lawrence High's Matt Falk makes contact during the fifth inning against Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst High. The Lions lost their River City Baseball Festival opener, 11-9, Thursday at Ice Field.
Lawrence High's Scott Penny whirls around during the hammer throw on the first day of the Kansas Relays. Penny tossed 50.44 meters Thursday at Memorial Stadium, setting a school record.
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A pair of fledgling great horned owls surveys their surroundings in a Janesville, Wis., back yard. The birds have been seen in the area since last week and are estimated to be about 5 or 6 weeks old.
Asia, a 9,000-pound Asian elephant with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Circus, stretches her trunk after mailing the circus' taxes. Asia put the tax return in a special box set up for her Friday -- tax deadline day -- in State College, Pa., outside the Bryce Jordan Center where the circus is performing. Standing right is Asia's handler, Sacha Houke.
Lawrence High's Kendal Forio brings the ball upfield against Washburn Rural. The Lions lost, 6-1, Friday at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.
Ecko, a 14 week-old Indian rhino born at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, offers what appears to be a smile while wandering his enclosure in San Diego. The 3-month-old rhino born at the San Diego Wild Animal Park was named in honor of the designer Marc Ecko, who donated $150,000 to launch the International Rhino Foundation's project to save the species, park officials announced Thursday.
Law enforcement officers from various cities and towns cross Highway 50 near Newton while walking to the funeral of Harvey County Sheriff Deputy Kurt Ford. Ford was shot and killed last week while responding to a domestic call. His funeral was Wednesday.
Scott Boring is serving in the Marine Corps at Iraq's Camp Gannon. This photo was sent to family and friends along with a note saying that the mention of his home state got a lot of "Yellow Brick Road" and "Toto" comments. Scott is the son of Bill Boring and Ginger Boring and the stepson of Connie Boring. Since being deployed to Iraq in February, Lance Cpl. Boring has been e-mailing photos to his friends and family. He is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Kansas University. His mother, of Eudora, forwarded some of his photos to us. <br><br>We're also asking for photos from our readers to add to the Iraq-Afghanistan photo gallery on our Web site, <a href="http://www.ljworld.com/section/citynews/story/198921">www.ljworld.com</a>. Please send photos of troops now serving or recently returned from overseas duty along with caption information to <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>, or by regular mail to Snead, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044.
De Soto High's Jennifer Hill (7) tries to control a ball under pressure from Seabury Academy's Katie Pottorff. The Wildcats won, 6-0, Thursday in De Soto.
Boston center fielder Johnny Damon throws the ball back to the infield after a single by New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield. The Red Sox won, 8-5, Thursday in Boston.
Lea Morgan with Tangles Hair Design shaves the head of Jacob Fitzpatrick, 4, Saturday at Highland Baptist Church in Junction City for St. Baldrick's, where volunteers agree to shave their heads to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Jacob's sister, Jordyn, died May 8, 2000, from acute myeloid leukemia. The event Saturday raised $2,000.
Violet Ely, 5, hitches a ride on a skateboard as she's pulled by her father, Tim. The duo skated earlier this week under overcast skies at Centennial Park, Ninth and Iowa streets.
Chase Edgerton, 20, left, and Kevin Burke, 21, took their kayaks to the waters below the Kansas River Bridge. The Kansas University students spent Thursday afternoon sharpening their skills in short kayaks.
Woodlawn school kindergartner Carson Schmid attempts to scoop up a tennis ball that rolled between her legs during physical education class. Students in the class honed their hand-eye coordination skills on Wednesday.
Students from the Baldwin School District exit a bus that collided with a Ford Windstar, at right, at the intersection of county roads 1055 and 458. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the bus pulled out into the path of the minivan headed west on County Road 458. The driver of the minivan was treated at the scene for injuries, then taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The driver's child wasn't injured. The bus driver and 12 children riding on the bus were not injured.
Jack Nicklaus smiles at the gallery as he walks to the 15th tee at the Masters. Nicklaus played Thursday in Augusta, Ga.
South Junior High eighth-grader Jacob Wilson watches his Rube Goldberg Machine in its task to pop a balloon. Students at the school held a science fair Wednesday to show off their creations which needed to perform a specific task, popping a balloon.
Workers paint a water tower in Montezuma while a co-worker takes a break on top Saturday. Beautiful weather statewide has been ideal for outdoor work.
Mike Mustain, 15, pilots his go-kart during the closing laps of the Wal-Mart 500 Karting Championships at Sadler's Indoor Racing in Olathe. Mustain and co-driver Joe Lambeth, both of Wellsville, won Saturday's charity race for the third year in a row in addition to raising more money than any other driving duo. Their team, named Hurricane Sherry's, raised more than $4,000, which was donated to the Children's Miracle Network.
Katie Carttar, 7, joins Brownie and Girl Scout Troops No. 585 and No. 740 during a spring clean-up on the Hillcrest School grounds. The girls picked up trash, raked leaves and replaced mulch recently in the school's flower and plant beds.
Kansas University student Danny Loental, a senior from Rolla, Mo., tests his balance while slack lining outside Hoch Auditorium. Loental and other KU students set up the slack line between two trees and then walked the rope Friday.
Lee Webb, left, is congratulated by Elizabeth Sheils during a recognition luncheon at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, 200 Maine. Webb received the 2005 Employee of the Year Award on Friday from Bert Nash for his strong work ethic and dedication in the center's Supported Employment Services program. Webb is a dietary aide at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, where he has worked for the past four years. Sheils was the featured speaker at the event.
Renie Smith, left, presents Joyce Donham with the 2005 Employer of the Year Award during a luncheon at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, 200 Maine. Donham, owner of Wild Territory, was recognized Friday as an outstanding employer in partnership with Bert Nash's Supported Employment Services program.
A Los Angeles Dodgers fan taunts Anaheim fans during an exhibition game Friday in Anaheim, Calif. The sign is in reference to the Angels' recent name change to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Wrapped in bandages and ice, New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez laughs while watching an exhibition game. The Mets played the Dodgers on Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.