Word of Nelson Mandela's death spread quickly across the United States, bringing with it a mix of reverence and grief for a man who was born in South Africa but in the end belonged to the world.
President Barack Obama ordered American flags to be lowered immediately to half-staff until Monday in tribute to Mandela, a rare honor for a foreign leader.
Memorials to the former South African president popped up from Los Angeles to Chicago, where flowers and candles were laid in front of murals bearing his likeness. In Washington, people gathered in front of South Africa's embassy.
Back in chilly Grundy Center, Iowa in late December of 2007, I wrote this story about why Hillary Clinton was probably going to lose the Iowa caucuses a few weeks later. Part of the problem was Clinton didn't define herself.
One day she was courting women by bringing in her mother and daughter; the next she was chasing the military vote by appearing with former generals.
An elementary school in Frisco, Texas is believed to be the first in the state to violate "The Merry Christmas Law" after they banned Christmas trees and the colors red & green from an upcoming "winter" party.
Boys and girls who attend the Nichols Elementary School "Winter Party" will not be able to make any reference to Christmas or any other religious holiday. Christmas trees are also banned - along with the colors red and green.