Scenes From a Southern Gothic Murder Trial
October 26, 2012
Americans love a good procedural, and the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case is right up there with O.J. Simpson in the true crime genre. Ever since MacDonald, a Green Beret doctor at Fort Bragg, was arrested for allegedly murdering his wife and two young daughters over 40 years ago, Americans have been captivated by the sordid tale, and bitterly divided over its meaning. The result of the military's initial investigation was that the evidence and charges against MacDonald were "not true," so he was released.
Up in the Air
June 23, 2012
LATE ON THE MORNING of July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart climbed into the cockpit of her Lockheed Electra airplane on a small grass runway in Lae, New Guinea. She was 22,000 flight miles into her daring attempt to fly around the world, a journey that had captivated Americans since she lifted off from Miami a month earlier. Now Earhart was facing the most dangerous leg of the trip: a 19-hour, 2,556-mile flight to a tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean known as Howland Island. Earhart’s celebrity had grown formidable in the decade since her transatlantic flight, the first ever by a female pilot.
Mike Castle Versus the Tea Party
September 15, 2010
WILMINGTON, Del.--On the eve of the primary that would end his electoral career, Rep. Mike Castle was in a reflective mood.
It Ain't Easy Being Green
January 25, 2007
What's wrong with this picture of Bush de-boarding Air Force One? The fact that it was taken upon his return from Wilmington, Delaware, where he'd gone, according to the accompanying NYT article, to make "a sales pitch for [his] plan to reduce projected gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next 10 years." Wilmington is about 100 miles from D.C. I realize the President of the United States probably can't travel 100 miles in a motorcade--and I wouldn't wish the unreliability of Amtrak even on Bush--but does he really need to take a behemoth-like 747 to jump a puddle . . .