Ferguson is hiring a black interim police chief, a local media report says -- a move coming after the U.S. Justice Department examined the shooting of Michael Brown and determined the mostly white police contingent had discriminated against African-Americans in the Missouri city.
The announcement of a new, original Dr. Seuss book sent a wave of nostalgic giddiness across social media, and the number of preorders for "What Pet Should I Get?" has been climbing for months. Now, its time is almost here. The first new book in 25 years by Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Geisel, will debut July 28.
The image sticks in my mind: A female defendant is escorted into the courtroom with shackles around her ankles, making it difficult to walk. Dressed in a jail-issued jumpsuit and flip-flops, she takes a seat at the appointed table up front, until the judge is gaveled in and we all rise. As a newspaper reporter for more than 20 years in Atlanta, I'd observed this scene before. But this time, something was different.