A proposed expansion to the Lawrence Public library includes a renovated entrance on Vermont Street, shown in this artist’s rendering.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, left, and Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce scuffle during the first half of Game 7 of the NBA finals. The Lakers won, 83-79.
Mexico’s Francisco Javier Rodriguez, back, competes for the ball with France’s Florent Malouda during the World Cup Group A soccer match Thursday at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa. Mexico knocked off France, 2-0, to move to 1-0-1 in group play. France fell to 0-1-1.
Heath Slocum hits a shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Following the University of Utah’s vote to accept an invitation into the league, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott, left, is invited to be a Ute for a day by Utah president Michael Young, who is holding his grandchildren, Bryce and Trevor, at Rice Eccles Stadium on Thursday in Salt Lake City.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, second from right, receives a traditional Maori welcome after arriving Thursday at Government House in Auckland, New Zealand.
South Carolina Republican candidate for Governor
Rep. Nikki Haley, R-Lexington, participates in a televised debate in this May 3 file photo in Columbia, S.C. She was an obscure state lawmaker just months ago, but now Haley is the odds-on favorite to be South Carolina’s first female governor.
Christopher Barton, 31, of Boulder City, Nev., first tried Rentafriend about six months ago during a business trip training clients for an online university. Spending more than a week on the road on average every month, he hates to eat alone in restaurants and wants to make the most of his downtime. He is pictured on the Las Vegas Strip on Monday.
Back row, from left, are Marcus and Brian Murphy; Verner Newman III, in the red shirt; and Ryan Murphy; and front, from left, are Victoria, 9, and Elizabeth Newman, 5. The group gathered to celebrate Verner’s 80th birthday at his daughter Rebecca Murphy’s home in Lawrence. All of those pictured with Verner are his grandchildren. Verner submitted the picture.
Uzbeks inspect their burned house Thursday in an Uzbek district in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh. Some 400,000 people have been displaced by ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, the United Nations announced Thursday, dramatically increasing the official estimate of a refugee crisis that has left throngs of desperate, fearful people without enough food and water in grim camps along the Uzbekistan border.
Workers move a boom collecting oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill off Queen Bess Island, in this June 16 file photo near Grand Isle, La. Investors aren’t concerned just yet about BP’s $20 billion claims fund, which is just a drop in the bucket for the deep-pocketed oil giant.
BP CEO Tony Hayward testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing on the role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon
explosion and oil spill.
This photo found online shows the infamous tombstone of Nathaniel Grigsby, who is buried near Attica. The stone, which criticizes the Democratic party, even has a Facebook page for admirers.
The Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, is shown Thursday. Ronnie Lee Gardner, a condemned killer at the prison, was executed by firing squad early this morning. Many have criticized the execution method as archaic.
Hat created by David Morales
Children jump into a water pool, part of a drain Thursday on the outskirts of New Delhi, India.
Stephen Vinson, center, is mobbed by Aaron Miles (11) and Mario Chalmers after Vinson scored the winning basket in the final second of the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic. Former Jayhawks participated in the game Thursday night at Free State High.
From left, Runners Nathaniel Mehl, 19, and Aiden Waugh, 18, recount the disturbing scene they encountered during a jog shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday. They came upon a man stabbing a woman on the paved path between the YSI fields and the Clinton Lake dam. The young men explained that they were able to charge the man and run him off before calling the police. Police later were able to apprehend the alleged assailant in the woods. The Lawrence Journal-World caught up with the young men while on their daily run on the trail Thursday.
Brookie Williams, left, secretary at the Adult Learning Center, visits with Ashley Dubree before Dubree was to participate in graduation ceremonies at the GED commencement on Thursday night. “I’m nervous,” said Dubree, who was one of two speakers at the ceremony at Free State High School.
Nina Friesen, Lawrence, reads outside the Lawrence Public Library after checking out a book Thursday. Kansas education officials now have joined 37 other states in adopting national proficiency standards for reading and math.
Free State High quarterback Camren Torneden waits for a play from the sideline. Torneden was the starting quarterback for the Kansas All-Star team, which defeated Missouri, 26-23, on Thursday in the MoKan All-Star Game in Overland Park.