Youths from Hiratsuka, Japan, Lawrence's sister city, cool themselves with fans at a gathering in Holcom Park, 27th Street and Lawrence Avenue. Eighteen students from the Japanese city will leave Lawrence today after spending more than a week in town as part of Lawrence's Sister Cities program. Pictured are, top row from left, Rasa Suzuki, 15, Saho Nakano, 15, Ai Naito, 17, Erina Miyazaki, 14, and, bottom row from left, Konomi Suzuki, 7, and her sister Yukimi Suzuki, 4.
Connor Ventura, 4, waits for his mom to enroll him Tuesday in the early education speech and hearing program at an Early Education Center in Olathe. Enrollment for the Olathe school district was Tuesday, and school starts Aug. 16.
Wichita Mayor Carlos Mayans, center, proclaims Clown Week during the Tuesday City Commission meeting in Wichita. Looking on are, from left, Dan "Troubles" Warner, Roberta "Purty Birdie" Warner, Carol "Peaceful Suzy Q" Hemphill and Linda "Pockets" Presley.
Su Lin, the San Diego Zoo's giant panda cub, celebrates her first birthday by playing with special treats including icicles spelling her name. Su Lin is the third giant panda born at the San Diego Zoo. Giant pandas are critically endangered. There are an estimated 1,600 pandas left in the world.
Zach Lockwood, 7, slides through the water in his front yard in North Lawrence, while trying to cool off in the 102-degree heat Wednesday. Today's high is expected to be only in the mid-80s.
Ray Katzer, an employee of Luminous Neon Art & Sign Systems, of Lawrence, works on the new Lied Center sign Wednesday morning at Bob Billings Parkway and Iowa Street.
LouEdith Hara, Lawrence, an employee at Haskell Indian Nations University, checks herself into a mock jail as Kathy Bellew, Kansas City, Mo., with March of Dimes, prepares to photograph Hara behind bars. March of Dimes staged its Jail and Bail fundraiser Thursday at Montana Mike's, 1015 Iowa. "Jailbirds" were required to rely on a network of friends and colleagues to raise money for their release.
More than 170 first-year students from Kansas University School of Medicine spent Thursday volunteering with nonprofits in Wyandotte County. At a Heartland Habitat for Humanity worksite, students, from left, Cameron Ledford, Curtis Mick, Sushant Govindan and Megan Jones installed fascia on an eave of the house.
A hummingbird takes a cool drink from a feeder. Temperatures will be in the low 90s today and will heat up again this weekend. For a complete forecast, see page 10B.
Payton Bauer, 8, winces as he hits the dirt during the Mutton Busting competition at the Greeley County Fair on Wednesday in Tribune.
A 1940s Cessna 120 is escorted down Interstate 80 by personnel from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wyoming Highway Patrol and Albany County Sheriff's Office. The plane received the escort Friday from the summit east of Laramie, Wyo., to the Laramie airport after its pilot had to make an emergency landing due to lack of power from high altitude. Neither pilot Nick Robles, 19, of Denair, Calif., nor his passenger, Rami Andrawes, 26, of New Zealand, was injured.
A kayaker crosses under the State Road 206 bridge Saturday in St. Augustine, Fla., going north on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Motorcycles fill Main Street at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on Saturday in Sturgis, S.D. The rally officially begins Monday and runs for seven days.
Lawrence High School seniors, from left, Jenica Wessels, Amanda Weishaar and Lisa Lord laugh as they sign each other's yearbooks Monday night in the school's cafeteria.
Lena Tsiovlch, LHS senior, shows her delight at getting a particular class on her fall schedule during a visit with Assistant Principal Jan Gentry. Tsiovlch was enrolling with other seniors Monday at LHS. School starts Aug. 16.
Molly Parisien, St. Louis junior at Kansas University, wears a crown on her 21st birthday. Parisien also led the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, along with possible new members, in song in front of the house Monday.
Former U.S. servicemen who fought in the Korean War, from left, Navy sailor Elmer F. Winterfeld; Marine Philip J. Sullivan Jr.; Marine Frederick Singer; and Army soldier Ernest G. Merker, salute as they attend a medal presentation ceremony Monday in Paramus, N.J. The Korean War veterans received Distinguished Service, Korean Service and Meritorious Service medals from their respective branches during the ceremony at the office of U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J.
Haskell Indian Nations University football players go through the second of two practices on the first day of two-a-days. HINU drills began Monday outside Haskell Stadium.
Firefighters in Phoenix freed a construction worker trapped for hours under tons of concrete Tuesday after a portion of the city's old convention center abruptly collapsed during demolition work. Casey Johansen, 28, was conscious and talking during the ordeal but suffered life-threatening injuries to his legs.
Andrew Eubanks, 16, of Homedale, Idaho, finds a little time for some relaxation on his horse, Sage, as the judges tally the scores Tuesday during the Senior Bareback Equitation competition at the Owyhee County 4-H Horse Show in Homedale, Idaho. Eubanks placed fourth in the competition.
Two female deer and their young graze in a soybean field north of Lawrence, coming out in the cool after a brief rainshower earlier this week.
Lawrence High School drum line members, from left, Mariah Whitmore, Chelsea Dirks-Ham, Dave Liston and Alex Webster practiced in front of LHS, 19th and Louisiana streets. Tuesday's high was 96 degrees, but temperatures today are expected to soar to 102 degrees, with heat indices reaching 110 degrees.
Noah Mercer 8, Lawrence, cools off Wednesday afternoon at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center while the temperature reached a high of106 degrees. Today the high is expected to be 98, and cooler weather is expected Friday.
Chris Flattery, one of the owners of Ottaway Amusement, works on the Ferris wheel Wednesday as the carnival is set up for the Tri-Rivers Fair in Salina.
A pair of motorcyclists pause at a field of more than 2,000 U.S. flags honoring the military dead from Iraq and Afghanistan, at the 440-acre Buffalo Chip campground Thursday near Sturgis, S.D., during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Five new flags were added this week.
Illinois State Fair apple judge Chris Doll awards the first, second and third place ribbons to the winning entries Thursday for Illinois-grown apples at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois State Fair is scheduled to start today.
Bride Murandalee Hagedorn, sheltered from a light rain and surrounded by her John Deere-themed bridesmaids, prepares to board a John Deere tractor pulling a hay-filled flatbed wagon that will take her to her wedding Thursday in Walla Walla, Wash. Murandalee married her Walla Walla sweetheart, Roy Cate, who arrived at the wedding on an antique John Deere tractor.
A pedestrian looks across at a few of the hundreds of markers set up as "Arlington Northwest Memorial," on a lawn at the University of Washington campus Friday in Seattle as part of the national convention of Veterans for Peace. The convention continues through Sunday. Hundreds of markers and crosses, intended to represent each of the U.S. service members killed in Iraq, covered the lawn but space restricted organizers from putting up all of the 2,497 they had ready.
Youngsters go for the gold in the sack race Friday at the Vinland Fair. The 99th annual event runs through today. To get to the fairgrounds, go south on U.S. Highway 59 three miles from 31st and Iowa streets. Turn east onto County Road 458. Turn south onto County Road 1055. Follow the curve to Vinland.
Scott LoBaido, of New York, waves to a motorist who honked the horn as he drove past a building Saturday in Lewiston, Maine. LoBaido is on a mission to paint the American flag on 50 rooftops in all 50 states by the end of the year. LoBaido says this is one of his favorites and that it will be the last time he does one on a roof with such a steep pitch.
Ella Galbraith and her cousin Maggie McKee ride the Paratrooper on Saturday during the Old Settlers Celebration in Halstead.
Weston Kennedy, 7, Seattle, shows proof of his work on a mud fort as part of the "Kids, Let's Build a Mud Fort, Day 1" workshop. The event taught children the history of mud forts, and the group practiced their skills Tuesday along the Kansas River just west of the city bridges. Kennedy is a grandson of Keith and Barbara Wood, Lawrence.
Rachel Price, Lawrence, foreground from left, and Maggie Ziegler, 6, Lawrence, dig with others to create a mud fort. In the 1850s, Lawrence residents built mud forts to protect the city from Missourians camped along the Wakarusa River. The workshop is part of events for this year's Civil War on the Western Frontier.
Kansas University freshmen Spoorthi Tammareddi, left, and Harlen Rana, both of Overland Park, enjoyed sharing their KU-color snow cones during Hawk Week festivities. The two were among the crowd at Tuesday night's Beach 'n' Boulevard event on Jayhawk Boulevard, in front of Wescoe Hall.
KU graduate student Bradley Barger displays his juggling talents at Beach 'n' Boulevard. Barger is a member of the KU Juggling Club. Many KU clubs and organizations were recruiting students at Tuesday night's event. Classes at KU start Thursday.
Roseline, a Lawrence-based band, plays for freshman Tuesday evening on Wescoe Beach as part of Hawk Week, which provides ways for new students to get together.
Brayden Whitchurch, 8, maneuvers his fishing pole while angling for perch Monday at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita.
Neva Herd glazes fresh doughnuts at Joe's Bakery, 616 W. Ninth St. Herd joined a handful of employees and the bakery's new owners to prepare 36 Rice Krispy treats, 156 cinnamon twists, 168 cookies and more than 2,000 doughnuts to be fully stocked for Tuesday's 5 p.m. reopening of the business. The place was scheduled to stay open until 2 a.m. this morning, then reopen at 6 a.m. for a full-day's 20-hour run.
Sisters, from left, Madeline, Ella and Lydia Anstoetter, and their friend, Grace Spaniol, relax with cool treats while offering free water for dogs being walked past the Anstoetter home in Leawood. Tuesday's sunny skies will give way to clouds and a chance of morning showers today.
South Junior High School seventh-grader Kenny Retter flips off the diving board Wednesday afternoon at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center. Kenny and other junior high students received free admission to the pool during the afternoon hours. The first day of the new school year was Wednesday for many Lawrence students.
Fire spinner Shannon Price, 23, Lawrence, who puts on fire spinning shows with her boyfriend, practices her technique this week along Sixth Street.
Ellea Ediger, 7, laughs as she lifts a pig during the 11th annual "Day on the Farm" Saturday on the Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen farm northeast of Goessel.
The St. Louis Zoo's newest baby female elephant stays close to its mother, Ellie, left, and another adult female from the herd Monday in St. Louis. The baby, which has yet to be named, will make its first appearance to the general public Friday.
A firefighter moves as the fire crests a ridge near the top of Emerald Hills Drive in Billings, Mont. A rapidly spreading fire led fire officials to urge people living in the Emerald Hills subdivision east of the city to evacuate Tuesday afternoon as the fire spread to Interstate 90. Billings dispatchers said a section of I-90 was closed and traffic was being routed around the closed section via Interstate 94. Wildfires also blazed Tuesday in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Texas.
A car rides past a vineyard covered in white netting Wednesday near Jordan, Ontario, Canada. The covering prevents birds from eating the grapes before they're picked for wine making.
Kansas River keeper Laura Calwell, right, paddles alongside County Magazine's Andrea Adkins, left, and Gary Bruner of the Natural Resources Conservation Service during a 10-mile canoe trip down the Kansas River from Lecompton to Lawrence. River conservationists and those concerned with the river spent part of Wednesday observing its beauty and potential problems.
Conditions were favorable Thursday at Perry Lake, where a sailor took to the water. Showers move into the region today. For more on the weather, see page 12B.
A section of the Topeka Boulevard bridge falls into the Kansas River after it was blasted Tuesday in Topeka. The 68-year-old bridge was closed Aug. 1 for a $48.8 million replacement project to take two years.
Mallory Gilbert, 7, throws a balloon to Kansas University women's basketball freshman Kelly Kohn during the balloon toss at the team's Welcome Back Picnic. Gilbert attended the event Saturday at Centennial Park with her younger sister and parents.
Samantha Killmer, 2, snacks on ice cream Saturday as Colin Killmer, left, and Noah Long, 2, watch. The three attended the ice cream social for the Kansas Picking and Fiddling Championships at South Park.
The Alferd Packard Memorial String Band played for the past winner showcase and jam session in conjunction with the ice cream social. More events, including contests, concerts, jam sessions, a shape-note-singing workshop and children's activities, resume today from noon to 5 p.m. at South Park.
Lawrence farmer Lowell Neitzel, right, drives his loader alongside a combine driven by Kent Nunemaker as the two harvest a cornfield Friday afternoon near the airport in north Lawrence. The two were able to harvest the field before the weekend's rain.
Kansas City Turner Early Learning Center Principal Becky Letcher guides some of her 450 preschool and kindergarten pupils to their rooms Monday on the first day of school in Kansas City, Kan.
Members of the Lawrence High School snare drum line practice the ending on a piece during marching band rehearsal at LHS. From left are Mariah Whitmore, junior, Chelsea Dirks-Ham, senior, Dave Liston, senior, and Alex Webb, senior. The LHS marching band will perform in the first football game of the season Friday at Haskell Stadium when LHS meets Olathe North.
Large clouds cross the sky above Lawrence residents Ashley Flaskerud, left, and Lindsay Peterson as they gaze at Lawrence and the surrounding landscape from the top of the Wells Overlook Park tower south of Lawrence. The two were enjoying the view Tuesday.
The water begins to flow Tuesday in the fountain of the new Docking Family Gateway at KU's east entrance near 13th Street and Oread Avenue. The project was funded primarily by a $500,000 contribution from KU alumnus Jill Docking and her husband, former Kansas Lt. Gov. Tom Docking.
Staff members and technicians assemble part of the traveling exhibit, "A T. Rex Named Sue," on loan from The Field Museum in Chicago, on Tuesday at Exploration Place in Wichita. Beginning Saturday, Exploration Place will offer the exhibit, which features a replica of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered. The exhibit is the first of a five-year museum plan that includes other big traveling shows as well as new in-house exhibits.
Ed Bearss, of Arlington, Va., third from left with cane, addresses participants of the Blue and Gray Education Society at the Oak Hill Cemetery gravestone dedicated to the victims of Quantrill's Raid. Historians with the society toured historic sites related to the Civil War on Tuesday in Lawrence as part of their weeklong "Bleeding Kansas" tour.
Derek Wolfe, a St. John's Military School cadet from Evergreen, Colo., runs toward his company's formation after his name was called this week during the forming of the corps ceremony in Salina. The ceremony marks the beginning of each school year at the military school.