Miami Herald’s David Ovalle with Who killed Joaquin March? (thanks, Nigel): On a dark May morning, Joaquin March threw on a red T-shirt backward, slipped out of his house and pedaled away on his bicycle.
Three hours later, his body was found on the side of the road.
March, 18, lay on his left side, his left arm extended, his head resting on the South Miami-Dade curb. He had been run over — but the injuries to his smallish body suggested he was lying down when the wheels crushed him. His bicycle lay nearby without a scratch.
Dallas Morning News’ Michael Mooney with some gray skaters (thanks, Nigel): Wind lashes Greg Stubbs’ cheeks as he whips his skateboard down a cement embankment at 35 mph. He balances himself and rides the force of gravity.
Mr. Stubbs is 40 and still as intense a skateboarding enthusiast as they come. He started skating in the 1970s, when skateboarding was first popular, and he never let go. Not when he got married. Not when he had a daughter. Not when he started a job as a business-suit-wearing legal consultant.
He shreds with more than 30 veteran skaters – almost all in their 40s and 50s. Often ducking the police, these middle-aged thrashers jump the fences of closed motels to sip beer and grind their boards across the empty pools. They trespass into back yards. They swarm local skate parks, speeding past kids half their age.
They also own their own businesses. They have families and mortgages and disposable incomes. “I vote Republican,” said Mr. Stubbs, who lives in Dallas.
Hartford Courant’s Jesse Hamilton with Love and Pain (thanks, Vanessa): He wasn’t listed in the program, but he was first on everybody’s minds.
As William Petit’s wife and daughters were tinted with the sainthood of tragedy at this Saturday service, he sat and watched. The survivor.
Central Connecticut State University’s 1,800-seat auditorium had been filled, with hundreds more watching on screens in overflow rooms. They cried for the mother and two daughters, killed together Monday in their Cheshire home, but they wondered about Petit: How will he go on?
Then the man stood, climbed unexpectedly to the stage and began answering the unspoken question.