They came early in the morning and from all over -- the men, women and children of the South, brought together by a shared sense of purpose and promise and a shared determination to write a new chapter in the too often tragic history of our state and nation.
His eyes have studied the faces of some of the most notorious criminals in America. His hands know almost every mark, freckle and hairdo of those who have appeared in courtrooms from Los Angeles to Oklahoma.
President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 46 drug offenders, saying in a video posted online Monday that the men and women were not "hardened criminals" and their punishments didn't match the crimes they committed.
Chicago's Brookfield Zoo is trying to figure out why 54 stringrays died Friday. Veterinary staff said there was a drop in oxygen level at the zoo's Stingray Bay habitat, according to a statement posted Sunday on the zoo's Facebook page.