In this photo released March 31 by Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection Agency is an unmanned aircraft used to monitor Red River flooding as it lands at Grand Forks, N.D., Air Force Base on Feb. 16.
This file photo taken Jan. 4, 2009, originally provided by French Defense Ministry, shows suspected pirates arrested by marine commandos of the French navy in the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia’s coast. French government officials say the Jean de Vienne,background, intercepted and captured 19 pirates as they tried to take over two cargo ships. Many captured Somali pirates once were freed because nations feared the complications of putting them on trial. But the world is now grappling with how to prosecute the bandits — and even considering a special tribunal.
Tulips are covered with ice and snow in Denver on Friday as a spring storm sweeps over the intermountain West. Forecasters predict that the storm could leave up to 20 inches of snow in the Denver metropolitan area and even more in the neighboring foothills before moving out on the plains of eastern Colorado today.
In this March 19 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he leaves following a special mass at the Amadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon. The Vatican on Friday said that some negative reactions to the pope’s comments about condoms and AIDS during a trip to Africa were an “unprecedented’’ attempt to intimidate him.
Chesterfield Township Library Director Marion Ashen Lusardi unloads a cart of books in an unfinished area of the library April 2 in Chesterfield Township, Mich. While there’s federal money for highway paving, education spending, wind turbines and even hybrid car discounts, when it comes to spending on the brick-and-mortar cornerstones of the community life, from town halls to local roads to recreation centers, the funding stream is largely dry.
Braden Robert Burd, 3, left, and Brett Charles Nicodemus, 3, right, of Iowa, are great-grandsons of Amos and Myrtle Wrightsman, of Lawrence, near Baldwin City. The photo was taken in the home of Carolyn Wrightsman Burd, the boys’ grandmother, formerly of Lawrence, now living in Ankeny, Iowa. Robert Burd, Ankeny, submitted the picture.
Danette Roth offers a toy Tuesday to her son, Lance Roth, 10, at their home in Parkville, Mo. Lance, born deaf and nearly blind, is now able to communicate better after taking part in a Kansas University study exploring communication methods for deaf-blind children.
Michael Gard, 9, leads fellow classmate Cooper Catlin, 9, both Langston Hughes School students, in a sprint to the finish line Friday at Fred DeVictor Park. Langston Hughes and Quail Run School students participated in a fun run on Friday and also collected running shoes and canned food.
Jeremy Elliot finished first in the javelin on Thursday at the Tonganoxie Invitational with a throw of 142 feet, 8 inches. Elliott’s dad, Rex Elliott, is in the background. Jeremy died in his sleep Thursday night from a heart condition.
Mary Huntimer, graduate teaching assistant at Kansas University, directs students in the KU Jazz Ensemble III class rehearsal of “Blues Du Jour” on Friday in Murphy Hall. The state’s revenue forecast was revised downward on Friday by nearly $330 million, and lawmakers will have to make further budget cuts or other adjustments when they return for their wrap-up session later this month. Education and social services may have to tighten their belts even more if Republicans have their way.
Duane Goossen, left, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ budget director, and Alan Conroy, director of the Kansas Legislative Research Department, explain the latest revenue estimate for the state budget. The news wasn’t good: Revenue estimates were revised downward $328 million.
This July 10, 2007, file photo shows smog covering midtown Manhattan in New York. The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday declared that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases sent off by cars and many industrial plants “endanger public health and welfare,” setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws. New rules could affect proposed coal-fired plants in Kansas. See story, page 4A.
President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez before the opening session of the 5th Summit of the Americas on Friday in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Chavez has been a fierce critic of the United States during President George W. Bush’s tenure. “We shook each other’s hands like gentlemen, and it was predictable this would happen,” Chavez said. “We don’t have any complexes that would prevent us from extending our hands to each other. I’m grateful for his gesture.”
This image shows a 3-foot maquette created by sculptor Lei Yixin, depicting the final version of the Stone of Hope.
Polar bears Bill, right, and Lara react at their first meeting Friday at the Zoom Erlebniswelt zoo, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Polar bear Bill came from the zoo in Bruenn, Czech Republic, as a new partner for Lara.
Robert Hill, world-renowned scientist and professor of biochemistry at Duke University, and Jacqueline Z. Davis, executive director of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, are two of the recipients of the 2008-09 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University. The two winners were on hand Friday for a reception in their honor at the Kansas Union Ballroom. Other recipients are Sheila Bair, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Deanell Reece Tacha, Lawrence resident and federal appellate judge.
Free State’s Haley Francis runs the first leg of the girls distance medley relay. The Firebirds placed fifth in the event at the Kansas Relays on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
KU Freshman shot putter Micah Wesley throws the shot on Friday April 17, 2009 during the finals of the women's shot put.
KU's Kelsy Erb clears the bar in the women's high jump on Friday April 17, 2009.
FSHS's Drue Davis tries to finish good in the prelims of the girls' 100 meter.
Kansas' Crystal Manning, comes off the block in the triple jump on Friday April 17, 2009.
KU freshman Clint Robinson bends the pole trying to qualify in men's pole vault
KU's Elizabeth Beisner clears the bar in the prelims of the women's high jump.