Spencer Lott crosses the stage in a dragon suit as Free State High School vocalists sing "Puff, the Magic Dragon" during a rehearsal for Encore '05. The annual variety show, which features juniors and seniors in Free State's choral program singing solos, duets and ensemble numbers, opens Thursday and runs through Saturday in the school's auditorium, 4700 Overland Drive. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6, and tickets may be purchased at both Hy-Vee locations, in the school's financial office and at the door a half hour before each performance.
As the Denver Nuggets line up in the background, 7-year-old Lindy Moe, of Emporia, granddaughter of Nuggets assistant coach Doug Moe, sings the national anthem as the Nuggets host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday in Denver. The girl's father is David Moe, basketball coach at Emporia State University.
Shelise White, 14, left, strains for a shot as Cassie Surles, 14, watches. The Central Junior High eighth-graders played a little pool Thursday during their spring break at the East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St.
Family members and colleagues mourn the loss of Missouri State Highway Patrolman Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. on Thursday in Clarkton, Mo. Graham was slain by a sniper in front of his home in Van Buren, Mo. The funeral drew hundreds of police officers from a four-state area.
St. Louis hall of famer Stan Musial waves to the crowd at a Cardinals spring-training game. Musial attended the Cardinals' 5-1 victory against Washington on Thursday in Jupiter, Fla.
Recent warm temperatures brought out herds of deer that were looking for fresh greenery. This small group of deer was grazing alongside Kansas Highway 32 northeast of Lawrence.
Kansas City Art Institute junior Sarah Bruton, of Dallas, left, is helped by Michael Colbert, purchasing manager of Ash Grove Cement Co., as they position Bruton's fiber artwork on Wednesday, in the company's headquarters in Overland Park. Bruton's art and that of 24 other students will be open to public view there April 1 through April 29.
Tommy Sutton installs a sign notifying drivers of pedestrians near the intersection of 23rd and Louisiana streets. The new signage was installed in response to complaints that motorists don't properly yield to pedestrians crossing the street. Sutton, an employee with the Lawrence Public Works department, bolted the sign to the traffic pole on Monday.
Visitors enjoy a nice day while walking on a likeness of Salvador Dali on the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum is hosting an exhibit of the surrealist's works through May 16.
Olive Olson, 3, totes her pink umbrella along Massachusetts Street. Snow fell Tuesday as Olive and her mother, Stefanie, ran errands around downtown.
Olivia Schmeltz, left, takes a close look at the barre as Sarah Cerr watches herself in the mirror Tuesday during a preschooler dance class at Julie's Dance Studio in Bowling Green, Ohio.
A young hooded penitent yawns as she takes part in a Holy Week procession Tuesday in Cordoba, southern Spain.
In a cold rain and brisk wind, two women pass a window display at Weaver's Department Store, 901 Mass., meant to inspire thoughts of better weather soon to come. The blustery weather will continue for several days this week.
Elle Bray, 2, of Topeka, was one of several children who came to see "Invasion of the Creepy Crawlies," an exhibit at Kansas University's Natural History Museum. The exhibit about insects runs through Saturday.
Georgia women's basketball coach Andy Landers holds player Alexis Kendrick around the neck as he protests a foul call to a referee. Landers' Bulldogs beat Texas on Monday in Dallas to advance in the NCAA Tournament.
Abigail Scantlin, of Overland Park, searches for candy-filled plastic eggs Saturday during the 12th annual Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt in Leawood.
Langston Hughes School Principal Lisa Williams-Thompson, center, helps second-graders Sara Pool, 8, left, and Lizzy McEntire, 8, with some homework. Williams-Thompson gave Langston Hughes students a reading challenge, and she agreed to wear Kansas University's colors if they met it and Kansas State University's colors if they did not. Students read for 31,526 minutes, so Williams-Thompson wore KU's red and blue Friday.
Backstreet Boys, from left, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, A.J. McLea and Howie Dorough perform at a benefit concert for tsunami victims in Kuala Lumpur. The Backstreet Boys, Black Eyed Peas and Boyz II Men were among other acts that entertained an enthusiastic crowd of 15,000 people today, raising more than $2.6 million to rebuild tsunami-devastated communities in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.
Kansas University second baseman Ryne Price attempts to field a ground ball. The Jayhawks beat Western Illinois, 13-7, Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Lawrence High's Kendal Forio, left, tries to control the ball under pressure from Topeka Seaman's Alisha Barranco. The Lions won their season opener, 2-0, Thursday at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.
Adam Highland 33, of Lawrence, is one of several workers at Sun Creations, 826 Pa., who were printing NCAA T-shirts Tuesday for Prairie Graphics, which distributes them to NCAA game sites. Kansas University's men's basketball team will play Bucknell at 8:50 p.m. Friday at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.
This photo provided by the Idaho National Guard shows a newly discovered species of fairy shrimp. At left is the female and on the right is a male. Biologists with the Idaho National Guard have discovered the species living in the oft-dry lake beds of Idaho's desert. Though they look delicate enough to match their name, they are strong enough to survive, unhatched, for years in the baking heat of summer and the frozen tundra of winter until enough rain falls and the pools return.
Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger Jr., right, congratulates Master Sgt. Kelly Mahon, 40, of Virgil, after awarding him a Silver Star, the Army's third highest award for actions in combat. Mahon, a Green Beret who carried a wounded comrade out of danger as gunfire continued around him in Iraq, received the medal Thursday during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky.
This building, constructed in 1890, was one of at least 10 buildings in historic downtown Fort Scott consumed or heavily damaged by a raging fire Friday. See story and photos, page 2B.
Brittaney Sandow, 7, of Roeland Park, casts a long shadow on the pavement while making chalk drawings Wednesday in Roeland Park.
Kansas University pitcher Christina Ross hurls a pitch against Southwest Missouri State. KU beat the Bears, 7-1, and Louisville, 12-2, Friday at Arrocha Ballpark during the Jayhawk Classic.
Ashley Schulte, 19, a freshman from Columbia, Mo., kicks off her sandals and listens to some music while studying in the sun behind Wescoe Hall on the Kansas University campus. Temperatures climbed into the low 60s Thursday, despite some high winds.
Rebecca Phipps, left, director of the Watkins Community Museum, and Kerry Lippincott, the newly hired curator, arrange a display case for the upcoming show featuring contemporary and historic needlework at the museum, 1047 Mass.
South Florida's Brian Swift celebrates in the final moments against Cincinnati. South Florida won, 80-68, Thursday in Memphis, Tenn.
Tonganoxie's Addie Heim shoots against Royal Valley. The Chieftains won, 55-29, in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament Thursday in Salina to advance to the semifinals.
Brian Reynolds applies lipstick before dress rehearsal for the Rock Chalk Revue backstage Wednesday at the Lied Center. Reynolds, a Topeka freshman in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, plays the lead role in the skit "Greece," which he practiced with his fraternity brothers and members of the Chi Omega sorority. Each night's show begins at 7 p.m. today through Saturday at the Lied Center.
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Chevelle Brockway, of Lawrence, carves up her pancakes for a mouthful of enjoyment in this 2005 file photo.
It was all action Saturday at Crown Chevrolet-Oldsmobile, 3400 Iowa, as children put their pinewood derby racers to the test. From left, Brenden Koenigsman, 7, of Hays, and Ethan Moyer, 6, of Emporia, watched their entries streak to the finish line.
Andrew Severn, 3, from left, Max Grassy, 4, and Lulu Davis, 5, fly kites made from plastic shopping bags in the lot north of the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The preschoolers had no trouble getting their kites aloft with Friday's warm, breezy air. Meteorologists say the mild weather will continue through the weekend.
Anna Gorski introduces 4-month-old Tristan to his father, Petty Officer 1st Class Chad Gorski. Father and son met Friday after the USS Abraham Lincoln pulled into its home port of Everett, Wash. It was the first time Gorski had seen his son in person, as he had been onboard the Lincoln since it left in October 2004 for a four-month deployment in the western Pacific. It was diverted in December to south Asia, where it was the hub of a relief operation to help victims of the devastating Dec. 26 tsunami.
De Soto's Amy Petty, left, and Jessica Blankenship, right, struggle to free the ball from K.C. Sumner's Rocki Mitchell. De Soto lost to the Sabres, 59-28, Friday at Basehor-Lindwood High. Prep sub-state on page 3C.
Shiny new vehicles are parked all around, but Christopher Warner, 5, of Leawood, couldn't resist the challenge of a free climbing wall in the Ford Motor Co. display area Thursday at the Greater Kansas City International Auto Show. The show continues through Sunday at Bartle Hall.
Free State High's Jamie Stanclift (21) shoots over Leavenworth's VaShunta Johnson. Free State lost its sub-state game to the Pioneers, 50-41, Thursday in Leavenworth.
Ed Rollins, a former political adviser to Ronald Reagan and campaign manager for Ross Perot in the 1992 presidential race, at right, answers questions from Lawrence High School students. Rollins was at LHS on Wednesday to talk and answer questions about politics and his behind-the-scenes knowledge of the White House. Rollins is the first visiting fellow at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University.
Dalton Wagner, a 6-year-old kindergartner at Auburn Elementary in Auburn, looks up as he tastes the green eggs and ham served for lunch Wednesday. Dalton was having the breakfast made famous by the Dr. Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham," in honor of the late author's 101st birthday.
Hillcrest Elementary kindergartners listen to Lawrence Free State High School seniors read a Dr. Seuss book as part of Read Across America. Fifty-one Free State seniors participated in the event Wednesday, reading to elementary students around the district. Later in the day, students were going to throw their hats in the air together during a "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss" tribute.
a junior from Tyro Community Christian School, ponders a question about a heart model during a biology test at the 34th annual Independence Community College High School Invitational Competition Day. About 650 students from 23 schools attended the annual competition Tuesday
at the community college campus.