Photo gallery: The day in photos, July 19, 2011

photo by: Richard Gwin

Law enforcement officers speak with a group of people who were on a float trip down the Kansas River on Sunday evening. The group was made up of mostly teenagers who had little or no contact with their parents, who then became concerned. Rescue teams searched for the group and there were no injuries.

photo by: Shaun Hittle

Ken Wade, operations project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City district, talked July 17 about the high-levels of blue green algae officials found at Perry Lake. Several portions of the lake were closed, but now have reopened.

photo by: Mike Yoder

Lawrence Arts Center Instructor Madison Rhea and Jodi Gore, 10, work on Gore's cardboard creation as they participate in Gotham City Arts Camp at the Lawrence Arts Center.

photo by: John Young

Olivia Bond, 9, practices a song at the piano as Taylor Morstorf, 10 and Drew Bond, 11, sing along June 23 at piano instructor Karla Grether’s home.

photo by: John Young

Surrounded by baskets full of vintage rings, bracelets and other jewelry, Lawrence resident Tricia Rock tries on a necklace at her home.

photo by: Kevin Anderson

Katherine Dinsdale is a freelance writer and an advocate for the homeless. She founded Five Loaves House in Lawrence.