FROM Kevin Alexander Gray
Clementa Pinckney and Mother Emanuel Church Rev. Clementa Pinckney of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina was one of nine people shot dead at the church last night in what authorities are calling a hate crime. The details are chilling. The shooting took place at a prayer group. The suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was apprehended in Shelby, North Carolina, roughly 250 miles from the scene of the crime. Roof reportedly spent an hour with the prayer group before he began firing, sitting next to Reverend Pinckney. Who was Pinckney, and what’s the significance of the AME Church?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?