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Fox Lake saga reveals whole story rarely told the first time

The early version of a news story is never the whole story.<p>Of all the things I've learned in my years as a reporter, that may be the most important. It's a lesson not only for people who cover the news but for those who consume it.<p>A shooting, an airplane crash, some famous person's outrageous …

Tyshawn Lee's killer must be charged as a terrorist

Let's start with a simple premise with which we can all agree: Terrorists attempt to assert control over populations by targeting innocents.<p>Now let's go a step further and agree that the most heinous and cowardly terrorist is the one who targets children to achieve his objectives.<p>Think of Malala …

Corruption

The county where no one's gay

Statistically speaking, Franklin County should be straighter than John Wayne eating Chick-fil-A. The middle-of-nowhere rectangle in southwest Mississippi -- known for its pine forests, hog hunting and an infamous hate crime -- is home to exactly zero same-sex couples, according to an analysis of …

Opinion: The most unequal place in America - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: John D. Sutter is a columnist for CNN Opinion and head of CNN's Change the List project. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. E-mail him at ctl@cnn.com.</i><p><b>Lake Providence, Louisiana (CNN)</b> -- Delores Gilmore used to have a dream.<p>The 44-year-old overnight prison guard grew up on …

The rapist next door - CNN.com

John D. Sutter is a columnist for CNN Opinion and head of CNN's Change the List project. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. E-mail him at ctl@cnn.com<p>Alaska (CNN)<p>Stand outside Ruth's wooden home here in Alaska and you'll hear only an occasional sound: A plane buzzes overhead, a reminder …

Slavery's last stronghold

Slavery’s last stronghold<p>Mauritania’s endless sea of sand dunes hides an open secret: An estimated 10% to 20% of the population lives in slavery. But as one woman’s journey shows, the first step toward freedom is realizing you’re enslaved.<p>In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to …

You have a right to laws that keep you safe from gun violence

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the families and loved ones of those killed at Umpqua Community College, October 1st will be a date indelibly etched into their memories. But those of us not personally affected are unlikely to remember the date for long. That's because gun violence in the U.S. has become normal. …

The United States Could Use a Therapist General

<b>Barry Mauer UCF Forum columnist</b><p>Lately I have been imagining the creation of a new office in the executive branch: a Therapist General to advise the president and the nation about psychological problems affecting American citizens, groups and institutions. The person assuming this role could issue …

OPINION: Botswana’s Hunting Ban Deserves Better from the New York Times

Changing Planet<p>A recent article in the <i>New York Times</i> casts Botswana’s hunting ban, enacted just under two years ago, as the disastrous move of a nation acting under the spell of Western animal rights activism.<p>The author, Norimitsu Onishi, who is the paper’s bureau chief for southern Africa, blames …

All genders, trans- cis- and in between, deserve privacy

I, too, am transitioning.<p>From a person with rigid, binary notions of gender identity to a person with his mind fully wrapped around the idea of transgenderism, gender queerness and gender fluidity.<p>From a baby boomer whose childhood peer group routinely, unthinkingly and matter of factly teased …

LGBTQI

Our terrifying children's epidemic: Gun violence

I direct the intensive care unit at the only Level I pediatric trauma center on Chicago's South Side, where we treat children with all manner of illness. I felt well prepared to manage the full spectrum of diseases when I moved from Boston to Chicago in 2009, with one major exception.<p>During my …

Chandler Holmes’ Moving In: A fictitious family album of a group of artists from a 1991 group show at the MoMA (PHOTOS).

Throughout college, Chandler Holmes took a lot of photos of his family. When he applied to graduate school, one of his interviewers suggested that he …

Father of Jailed Saudi Activist Appeals for Pardon

The father of a Saudi activist, who faces execution by beheading and possibly crucifixion for taking part in pro-reform protests, appealed to King Salman on the occasion of Islam’s most important holiday to spare his son’s life.<p>The case of Ali al-Nimr, who was only 17 when he was arrested in …