Steve Hall, utility operator at the Kaw River Water Treatment Plant, makes his rounds in this August 2010 file photo, collecting samples of water from the basins at the plant. Many Lawrence residents at the time complained about their water tasting and smelling musty. Officials at the plant attributed the problem to byproducts of algae.
A Pakistani family stands on its farm compound Thursday surrounded by floodwaters as seen from a Pakistan Navy helicopter during an emergency aid distribution near Bachel in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan. The United Nations appeared to have met its target of $460 million in immediate aid for flood-stricken Pakistan on Thursday after the U.S. and other nations significantly upped their pledges. The rush of promised help came after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, addressing a hastily called meeting of the General Assembly, urged governments and people to be even more generous than they were in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and this year’s Haiti earthquake, because the floods were a bigger “global disaster” with the Pakistan government now saying more than 20 million people need shelter, food and clean water.
Judith McCrea, visual art professor at Kansas University, left, gets a happy surprise Thursday on KU’s first day of classes as Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little informed her that she was a winner of KU’s 2010 W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence. McCrea got a visit from KU’s “Surprise Patrol” while she was meeting with her Life Drawing class in the snack bar of the Art and Design building.
Valoise Armstrong, an archivist at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, pulls a box of White House files from the library’s archives in Abilene. In July, Armstrong discovered among the library’s papers a document written by a federal judge in 1794.
In this 2006 file photo, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, is dressed as a Somali Elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia.
A job seeker checks for new job postings Thursday at Glendale Workforce Services Center in Glendale, Calif. Employers appear to be laying off workers again as the economic recovery weakens. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November.
Kansas quarterback Kale Pick (7) cracks a smile as he and his teammates run through drills during practice on Tuesday at KU’s practice fields. KU coach Turner Gill declared Pick the starting quarterback on Thursday.
New England Patriots running back Fred Taylor (21) reacts with teammates, including Chris Taylor (29), after Fred Taylor scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Falcons. The Patriots beat the Falcons, 28-10, in the preseason game on Thursday in Atlanta.
Chicago’s Alexi Ramirez, right, is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run off Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins. The White Sox crushed the Twins, 11-0, on Thursday in Minneapolis.
Street performer Glenn Singer gets into character as El Gleno Grande.
Puppeteer Bob Aiken performing as his creation, Bruiser the Dog.
Results from Mentoc the Mind Fuggler bending metal at a show in Nixa, Mo.