The Angels of Emanuel AME


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Drawn by Madeleine, age 7.

This drawing started at a quiet Mount Pleasant home with a simple yet difficult question by Madeleine: “Why is the world full of broken people?”

Melanie, the mother of two including young Madeleine, said while Madeleine asked a lot of questions about what happened Wednesday night, Madeleine’s twin sister Emma Kate talked very little about it.

“Why can’t the good people teach the bad people to be good?” Madeleine asked her mother, another question that seems simple to a 7-year-old mind but is anything but simple for an adult. “Just because someone is different doesn’t mean you have to do something bad to them.”

During the conversation, Melanie says her daughter also asked to see a picture of the church where the shooting happened. Madeleine also Googled instructions on how to draw an angel.

Her mother gave Madeleine photos of the nine victims.

“Madeleine wanted the Angels to be a good representation,” Melanie said.

So Madeleine armed with blank sheets of paper and crayons looked on the faces of the people killed — Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, and Myra Thompson — and started to draw.

Mother Emanuel AME Church stands large in the picture, taking up most of the page. Flying above are the nine slain church members, most holding a peace symbol or a heart.

Three have their arms outstretched, seemingly welcoming an embrace.

John Boehner on Ted Cruz: ‘Lucifer in the Flesh’ – Yahoo Finance


It’s safe to say that Ted Cruz shouldn’t be counting on an endorsement from former House Speaker John Boehner anytime soon. The longtime Ohio representative who left Congress in October of last year appeared at Stanford University on Wednesday and said that while he would support either billionaire frontrunner Donald Trump or his home state governor, John Kasich, if either of them won the Republican nomination, he would not cast a vote for the senator from Texas. Asked for his thoughts on Cruz, Boehner was unsparingly derisive.

 

John Boehner on Ted Cruz: ‘Lucifer in the Flesh’

Source: John Boehner on Ted Cruz: ‘Lucifer in the Flesh’ – Yahoo Finance

Glorified tool shed listed for ‘only’ $500K in Brooklyn | New York Post


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Source: Glorified tool shed listed for ‘only’ $500K in Brooklyn | New York Post

The Best-Run Public Companies in the Raleigh-Durham area – Triangle Business Journal


In this week’s cover story, Triangle Business Journal set out to see how the largest public companies in North Carolina are run. We wanted to gauge whether some of them simply are more efficient than others, regardless of their industry. With some assistance from Greg Brown, who heads the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill, and help from our sister papers in Charlotte and Greensboro, we came up with a ranking that we call “North Carolina’s Best-Run Public Companies.”

Source: The Best-Run Public Companies in the Raleigh-Durham area – Triangle Business Journal

Fellowship, and a Cry for Justice – The bustling throngs that gathered for this year’s Million Man March, billed – The New York Times


The bustling throngs that gathered for this year’s Million Man March were edified by fellowship and collective longing for change. Here are the stories of some of those who came.

Source: Fellowship, and a Cry for Justice – The bustling throngs that gathered for this year’s Million Man March, billed – The New York Times