Two little girls play in the mist from a fountain at the California Science Center on Wednesday morning, where a board meeting took place to discuss a proposed parking agreement with the Coliseum Commission as part of a planned operating agreement with USC for the Coliseum and Sports Arena.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
Compton mayoral candidate Aja Brown is greeted by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, right, and others at her victory party.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles TimesLink
Randy McDonald is shown with Asian sacred lotuses, at his nursery in Reseda. Eight years ago, McDonald stealthily took a small piece of Echo Park Lake's sacred lotus. He took the piece back to his nursery and grew tons more of it. By 2008, the lotuses had all died off at Echo Park Lake and people working on the Echo Park Lake revitalization project reached out to him. In the end, they agreed to pay him $30,000 for 376 lotus plants, all with roots to the stolen offshoot.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles TimesLink
Charles Ray Smith looks at the clock as he appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday for closing arguments in a retrial of the penalty phase of his case, in which he is accused of four killings, including the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy. Two previous juries have deadlocked on whether to recommend that he be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles TimesLink
A dust cloud rises as people run from the scene of a building collapse on the edge of downtown Philadelphia on Wednesday. At least six people were killed and 14 injured after the structure collapsed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jordan McLaughlin / Associated PressLink
Normandy veteran Bob Barker, 90, looks at the headstones of fallen comrades at Bayeux War Cemetery at a remembrance and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the start of the D-day landings. Across Normandy, several hundred of the surviving veterans of the World War II campaign are gathering to commemorate the 69th anniversary.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images EuropeLink
American World War II veterans, from left, Robert Bearden, Robert Joseph Blatnik and Earl Tweed, attend a ceremony at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on Thursday during the commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: THOMAS BREGARDIS / Agence France-PresseLink
Chelsea Pensioners file past on mobility scooters for inspection by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at the base of a statue of King Charles II during the annual Founders Day Parade at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London on Thursday. The hospital is home to about 300 pensioners, all of whom have served in the British Army and are over 65 years of age.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / Agence France-PresseLink
Spanish matador Juan Jose Padilla is gored by a bull during a bullfight at the Las Ventas bullring as part of the Arte y Cultura Feria on Wednesday in Madrid.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALBERTO SIMON / Agence France-PresseLink
A traveler washes his horse in the waters of the River Eden in preparation for selling at the Appleby Horse Fair on Thursday. The Appleby Horse Fair has existed under the protection of a British charter granted by James II since 1685 and is one of the key gathering points for the Romany, gypsy and traveling communities. The fair is attended by about 5,000 travelers who come to buy and sell horses. The animals are washed and groomed before being ridden at high speed along the "mad mile" for the viewing of potential buyers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images EuropeLink
Three family members try to protect themselves from blowing sand during a sandstorm in New Delhi on Thursday. Rain and strong winds lashed the capital of India on Thursday evening, bringing much-needed relief.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated PressLink
Volunteers and soldiers use sandbags to build a sand dike to protect the city from flood waters in Bitterfeld, eastern Germany, on Thursday. Germany pushed on with frantic efforts to secure saturated river dikes, bracing for a surge of the worst floods in more than a decade, which have claimed 12 lives and forced mass evacuations across central Europe.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ODD ANDERSEN / Agence France-PresseLink
Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and former member of the Chicago Sun-Times photo staff John White, right, is interviewed Thursday during a protest in opposition the the Sun-Times Media Group laying off 28 full-time photographers. About 100 people picketed outside the newspaper's Chicago headquarters, chanting and carrying signs that read "Save the photogs" and "The Sun-Times is out of focus."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: M. Spencer Green / Associated PressLink
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