Lawrence resident Donna Obenland, serves up mashed potatoes during the annual LINK community Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 25, at First Christian Church.
A house destroyed by a Wednesday morning fire smolders Thursday in Big Springs. The blaze started in the house at 87 U.S. Highway 40 and spread next door and destroyed an antiques store as well, said H. Wayne Riley, chief of Lecompton Fire/EMS. The fire about 1 mile east of the Shawnee County line started about 9:15 a.m., and it took firefighters from several townships about three hours to get it under control. Officials also closed the highway until about 3 p.m. Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, said the couple at the damaged home don’t have family in the area. The Red Cross will put them up in a hotel through Sunday. No injuries were reported other than a cat that was not found, Riley said. The residents of the house were not home at the time.
Chris Rogge, left, director of solar design with Cromwell Environmental, and Nick Gardner, installer, mount several solar panels on the roof of the Douglas County Extension Office building in this November 2010 file photo. The units will supply about 15 percent of the building’s energy and will also be used for educational purposes.
Sheila and Roger Miller, Bonner Springs, were ready to enjoy a seven-day cruise on the Carnival Splendor when this photo was taken. Little did they know that a day into the cruise an engine room fire would cripple the ship and leave all 4,500 people onboard without electricity, hot water and working toilets.
Swapan Chakrabarti carves the Thanksgiving turkey while Dhananjay Pal watches and Joe Sambataro cuts it into smaller pieces. Chakrabarti, an associate professor of electrical engineering at Kansas University, was at Pal’s home for a Bengali Thanksgiving, complete with American favorites such as turkey, plus traditional Indian foods.
Members of the New York Police Department stand by as the Shrek balloon makes its way across 42nd Street during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday in New York. Tens of thousands of people from across the country — and world — attended. The Macy’s parade started in 1924 when employees from the department store marched in costume from Harlem to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street. The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 because rubber and helium were needed for World War II, making Thursday’s parade the 84th.
Kansas players, clockwise from left, Thomas Robinson, Conner Teahan, Royce Woolridge and Niko Roberts prepare their plates during the team’s Thanksgiving meal Thursday at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas.
Detroit Lions fan Jim Halley sports a Thanksgiving hat during the Lions' 45-24 loss to New England in their traditional Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit.
Members of the Kansas men’s basketball team huddle around the cutting table as they fill their plates for a Thanksgiving meal Thursday at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas.
Texas A&M’s Cyrus Gray (32) celebrates with teammates Nehemiah Hicks (87) and Ryan Swope after he scored a third-quarter touchdown. The Aggies held off Texas, 24-17, Thursday in Austin, Texas.