In this file photo taken Sept. 11, 2002, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, left, now Pope Benedict XVI, is seen with late Pope John Paul II during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The Vatican is facing one of its gravest crises of modern times as sex abuse scandals move ever closer to former Benedict — threatening not only his own legacy but also that of his revered predecessor.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele speaks Feb. 3 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. A federal court Friday denied a Republican Party bid to raise soft money, the unlimited donations from corporations and individuals banned by a 2002 campaign finance law.
This black-and-white handout photo provided by the General Accountability Office shows a product billed as an air room cleaner that was actually a space heater with a feather duster and fly strips attached. Fifteen phony products, including the air cleaner, won a label from the government certifying them as energy efficient in a test of the federal “Energy Star” program.
‘Eternal’ writer Cynthia Leitich Smith and two of her books. "Eternal” hit No. 5 on The New York Times young adult best-sellers list a couple weeks ago.
Members of Tennola Literary Club attended the annual Founder’s Day luncheon March 2 at the Lawrence Country Club. The club was founded in 1902. Members are, back row, from left, Marianna Beach, Jane Budde, Polly Miranda, Marilyn Gridley, Connie Sollars, Pete Mynsted, Harriet Larkin, Jane Johnson, Susie Lacy and Alison Carter; front row, from left, Nancy Hudnall, Kay Hale, Frances Van Blaircum, Mary Jennings, Nancy Haggart, Karen Van Blaircum and Carolyn Phillips.
Cans for the Community donated $1,000 to Lawrence Meals On Wheels on Feb. 17. From left are Suzanne McColl and Jan Willey, Meals on Wheels board members; Mona McManigal, Cans for Community board member; Fred Madaus, Meals on Wheels board member; Tom Wilkerson, Meals on Wheels board chairman; John Priddle, Meals on Wheels board member and volunteer operations supervisor; and Fred McElhenie, Meals on Wheels board member. McManigal, Madaus, Wilkerson and McElhenie also are volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers. Not pictured are Kim Culliss, Meals on Wheels executive director; Jeri Safarik, board secretary; and Susan Postalwaite, board treasurer.
From left, Diane Ash, Lawrence High School prevention specialist, and Valerie Schrag, social studies teacher, enjoy a breakfast prepared by male faculty members on Jan. 4. The men prepare breakfast for the women every year at the beginning of the second semester.
Boys of the Paloc minority, dressed in their traditional clothing, pour buckets of water on a girl Friday in the village of Holloko, 62 miles northeast of Budapest, Hungary, during a practice performance of this typical Hungarian Easter tradition.
President Barack Obama, accompanied by, from left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, makes a statement on the new nuclear arms reduction treaty between the U.S. and Russia. Obama spoke Friday in the press briefing room of the White House.
A foreclosed house is shown Feb. 19 in East Palo Alto, Calif. After months of criticism that it hasn’t done enough to prevent foreclosures, the Obama administration is announcing a plan to reduce the amount some troubled borrowers owe on their home loans.
Duke's Brian Zoubek battles for a rebound against Purdue's Keaton Grant (5), Chris Kramer and Patrick Bade, right, during the first half of an NCAA South Regional semifinal college basketball game in Houston, Friday, March 26, 2010.
Michigan State players celebrate in the closing seconds of their 59-52 win over Northern Iowa in an NCAA Midwest Regional college basketball game Friday, March 26, 2010, in St. Louis.
Baylor's Quincy Acy, left, and Tweety Carter, right, go for a rebound against Saint Mary's Omar Samhan during the first half of an NCAA South Regional semifinal college basketball game in Houston, Friday, March 26, 2010.
Tennessee's Scotty Hopson, left, and Steven Pearl embrace after their 76-73 win over Ohio State of an NCAA Midwest Regional college basketball game Friday, March 26, 2010, in St. Louis. At left are Ohio State players David Lighty (23) and Evan Turner (21).
Education majors Avaree McDonald, a senior at Baker University from Beloit, front, and Megan Lutz, Kansas State junior from Topeka, pictured Friday at Deerfield School, will lead more than 80 college students volunteering with landscaping and other projects at four Lawrence elementary schools today. The future teachers are in town for a conference with the Kansas National Education Association.
Shannon Kauffman, 9, left, attempts to kick a soccer ball past her teammate, Sarah Hibbeler, 9, Friday at YSI field. The two play for the Qwest U9 team and will be competing in this weekend’s Qwest Kaw Valley Cup soccer tournament in Lawrence.
Lisa Hallberg, of Lawrence, prepares her income taxes, surrounded by receipts and other paperwork. Hallberg has been doing her taxes online for 11 years.
Robert Sudlow, pictured in this June 2002 file photo, has died. A nationally acclaimed landscape artist, he taught at Kansas University for 40 years. Tom Russell, Baldwin City, a longtime artist friend, says Sudlow was “just a very likeable guy. We talked about everything.”