In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 photo provided by Johnny Nguyen, Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Johnny Huu Nguyen)

Photos: The lasting images of 2014

In a world growing more fragmented with every passing year, here are the stories that captured the world’s attention in 2014.

A crib (MGN Online, file)

Jack Daniels’ son is Jim Beam

Jim Beam Leathers was born Nov. 14, turning grandparental pique into tradition. Jack Daniels Leathers says his parents named him to upset th…

A kayaker is rescued from the Willamette River near West Linn, Dec. 24, 2014 (TVF&R)

Kayakers bump, flip in Willamette River

Three kayakers were rescued from the Willamette River near West Linn Wednesday afternoon after they flipped while going over a low-head dam.

Portland artist Robert Collins, 14, December 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Hard work is an art for Team Collins

One day when he was about 5 or 6, Robert Collins told his mother, Amanda, he wanted to be an artist. “I was just, like, OK,” she said.