Stephen Johnson was chosen from among four high-profile artist finalists to design the “Freedom Rings” sculpture.
Stephen Johnson looks over his latest project called “Freedom Rings,” at the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum. The sculpture, which was still yet to be painted, will serve as a beacon of light and symbol of freedom to represent the history of the region and the Underground Railroad.
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, center right, addresses supporters Thursday at a demonstration in Tehran, Iran, in this image made available from Mousavi’s election campaign media operation Ghalam News. Tens of thousands of black-clad protesters filled the streets of Tehran again Thursday, joining opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi to mourn demonstrators killed in clashes over Iran’s disputed election.
A subway rider looks through a window during heavy rainfall Thursday in Brooklyn, New York City. Forecasters at the National Weather Service warned that up to 2 inches of rain could fall Thursday.
Groundkeepers Gordy Lowe, left, James Tonner, right, and Zach Woodrow at work at Deer Creek state park golf course May 29 in Mount Sterling, Ohio. Despite strict limits on adding new employees imposed last year, Ohio still hired 17 administrators earning six-figure salaries, two workers for state park golf courses and a prison chaplain, records show. The golf course workers were hired for state-run courses at Deer Creek State Park south of Columbus and Shawnee State Park in southern Ohio. The state’s six golf courses bring in nearly $2 million a year in greens fees, and these workers are critical to maintaining that revenue stream, said Natural Resources spokeswoman Beth Ruth.
Wyatt Woods, 15, center, is ith his grandparents Jim and Clenece Hills, left, and Jody and Jim Woods, right, all of Lawrence, after receiving the McDonald’s Business Education Partnership Scholarship during the recent awards assembly at South Junior High School. McDonald’s gives four scholarships each spring to four ninth-graders at the school. Wyatt is the son of Doug and Anne Woods, Lawrence, who submitted the picture.
South Korean kindergartners play Thursday near displays of models of North Korea’s Scud-B missile, right, and other South Korean missiles at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea may fire a long-range ballistic missile toward Hawaii in early July, a Japanese news report said Thursday, as Russia and China urged the regime to return to international disarmament talks on its rogue nuclear program.
An Atlas V rocket blasts off Thursday, headed to the moon and carrying a pair of science probes that will scout out potential landing spots for astronauts. It was NASA’s first moon launch in a decade.
Cayla, right, and Marco Bosnich, Marysville, Wash., return completed information sheets at a job fair Wednesday in Seattle. The government said Thursday the number of people on unemployment insurance rolls dropped, while first-time claims for benefits rose slightly.
Andy Brown, human services director at the Ballard Center, 708 Elm St., sorts food items at the center’s food pantry. Food banks and nonprofits in Lawrence have joined an online virtual food bank network that allows donors to give money online to local food banks.