Former mortgage industry executive Jason Altneu, pictured Aug. 17 in South Florida on his boat, now has two jobs: charter boat captain and independent insurance agent. He’s one example of what former construction and mortgage industry workers are doing to transition into new work.
Writer Gay Talese, seen here Oct. 22, 2007, at the Third Annual Quill Book Awards at Lincoln Center in New York City, has a new book out: “The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese.”
Michigan State’s Mitchell White, left, and Trenton Robinson celebrate in the fourth quarter. The Spartans beat Northwestern, 35-27, on Saturday in Evanston, Ill.
Scenes from Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., from left: Waverunners Club at the library offers children from ages 7 to 11 to learn about artwork from the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University; the computer lab area located downstairs at the library contains 50 computers, and patrons are limited to two one-hour sessions per day; Seth Outcalt, of Lawrence, scans some books he was checking out using the library’s express checkout counters in this Journal-World file photo.
Artist John Crawford, son of artist Ralston Crawford, sits Oct. 8 in his living room with his father’s abstract photo “Leaves,” left, and painting “St. Gilles,” in Brooklyn, New York. Also pictured are John Crawford’s own sculptures “Arch of Sphere,” left, and “Tower 2,” right.
Claude Rwaganje, a resident of Portland, Maine, for over 13 years, speaks Tuesday at a news conference. Portland residents will vote in November on a proposal that would give legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections.
66-year-old Orah Bessit, foreground left, participates in a road race Sept. 16 in Johannesburg. Bessit, who grows her own vegetables, walks and runs, recognizes that staying healthy requires sacrifices, so she has given up hamburgers and switched from white bread to whole-grain. A growing urban middle class is defying the image of Africa as poor, underfed and under-medicated. And with the comforts of middle-class life, afflictions familiar in the West are making inroads here too: obesity, diabetes, lung cancer, strokes, heart disease.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand arrive at the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala presented by The Recording Academy and Clive Davis on Jan. 30 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Brand and Perry were married Saturday at a luxury resort in a tiger reserve in northwestern India, an official said.
Oklahoma’s Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins speaks to the audience during a debate Tuesday with her gubernatorial opponent U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla. Fallin has cited her motherhood as a key difference between the two candidates.
Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., greets people after a filming of MSNBC’s Hardball on Thursday at Temple University in Philadelphia. Sestak has trailed Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey for months, yet recent polls suggest Sestak has closed the gap. Republican leaders are imploring supporters not to panic even as they question: What’s going on? The Sestak-Toomey race mirrors other Senate contests that are making this one of the most intriguing and unpredictable midterm elections in years.
People carry a coffin containing the remains of a relative who died of cholera Saturday in Robine, Haiti. A spreading cholera outbreak in rural Haiti threatened to outpace aid groups as they stepped up efforts Saturday hoping to keep the disease from reaching the camps of earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince. Health officials said at least 208 people had died and 2,674 others were infected in the outbreak.
Gravediggers set to work as victims of a wave of bombings arrive for burial April 23 in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. Military documents in the biggest leak of secret information in U.S. history suggest that far more Iraqis died than previously acknowledged during the years of sectarian bloodletting and criminal violence unleashed by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey reacts after Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard (6) strikes out to end the NLCS. The Giants won the game, 3-2, on Saturday in Philadelphia to advance to the World Series.
Kansas receiver D.J. Beshears takes off on a run in the wildcat offense before a backdrop of empty stands during the fourth quarter Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at Kivisto Field. The Jayhawks lost to the Aggies 45-10.
The Kansas marching band performs before kickoff against Texas A&M in this Oct. 23, 2010, file photo. Kansas fans are now wondering what will come of the fight song following the departure of Missouri from the Big 12.