Journalist Malcome Browne took this iconic photo of the self-immolation of Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc in Saigon in 1963. The monk committed suicide to protest what he called government persecution of Buddhists. Browne, who worked for the AP and later The New York Times, died Monday at age 81.
Malcolm Browne was a first-rate reporter who spent decades at The New York Times, covered wars around the world and won the Pulitzer Prize for his writing about the early days of the Vietnam war.
And yet he will forever be remembered for one famous picture, the 1963 photo of a Buddhist monk who calmly set himself on fire on the streets of Saigon to protest against the South Vietnamese government, which was being supported by the U.S.
The president of Colombia admitted today that his government and the country's biggest rebel group have engaged in "exploratory talks." The public admission could set the stage for peace talks to end one of the world's longest armed conflicts.
From Bogota, NPR's Juan Forero filed this report for our Newscast unit:
"President Juan Manuel Santos, in a brief televised address, said talks had taken place with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday. "Under President Obama," Mitt Romney's former rival said, "the dream of freedom and opportunity has become a nightmare of dependency with almost half of America receiving some government benefit." Mitt Romney, he said, would change that.
Former Rep. Artur Davis addresses the crowd. Davis was until recently a Democratic congressmen. "Some of you may know," he said, "the last time I spoke at a convention, it turned out I was in the wrong place."
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley received one of the biggest cheers of the night after saying that if you need to show an identification card to get on an airplane, you should also need to show an ID to vote.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the keynote address during the convention. "There's only one thing missing now," says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. "Leadership. It takes leadership that you don't get from reading a poll. You see, Mr. President – real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls."
With a program designed both to tell the American people more about Mitt Romney and to make the case that Republicans' ideas for solving the nation's problems are better than Democrats', the 2012 GOP National Convention got going today and Romney officially became the party's presidential nominee.
Delegates also officially made Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin the party's vice presidential nominee.
We live blogged through the afternoon and evening. Scroll down and read "up" if you want to see how the story developed.
Ralph Stanley at Home, Coeburn, Va., 1974. "As bluegrass heroes go, Ralph Stanley is right up there with Bill Monroe. He began performing with brother Carter as the Stanley Brothers in 1946, and their old-time mountain sound has been hugely influential."
Curly Ray Cline at Home, Rock House, Ky., 1974. "Curly Ray Cline ... fiddled for Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys from 1966 to 1993. His fiddling style was simple and precise, a perfect match for the Stanley old-time sound."
Charlie Monroe,Take It Easy Ranch, Callaway, Md., 1973. "Charlie Monroe worked with younger brother Bill as the Monroe Brothers before splitting up in 1938. Bill went on to stardom at the Grand Ole Opry, while Charlie worked smaller venues."
Minnie Pearl and Pee Wee King, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn., 1973. "Minnie Pearl was the pre-eminent country comedian of her day. With a price tag hanging from her hat, she regaled her fans with tales from Grinder's Switch, a fictional town that influenced Garrison Keillor and his Lake Wobegon."
DeFord Bailey, Grand Ole Opry House, Opryland, Nashville, Tenn., 1974. "A member of the original Grand Ole Opry cast, DeFord Bailey was discovered in 1926 playing harmonica while operating an elevator. He was fired from the show in 1941 due to changing musical tastes or racism, depending on who's telling the story, and ran a shoeshine business in Nashville until just before his death."
Lester Flatt, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn., 1972. "Lester Flatt and banjoist Earl Scruggs were the successful Flatt and Scruggs. Flatt's contributions included strong baritone vocals and a signature guitar run, widely imitated even today."
It may come as a surprise that the photographer who shot these country stars — and their fans — is from Massachusetts. But, Henry Horenstein explains, country music "was a rural music, not necessarily a Southern music."
As a young photographer, Horenstein spent a good part of the 1970s and early '80s at bluegrass festivals, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, New England honky-tonks and elsewhere, documenting what he believed was an "era that was going to go away."
Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:37 am
It's a big night for Ann Romney.
She's addressing the Republican National Convention in Tampa at 10 p.m. Eastern, in a speech many pundits see as her big chance to combat her husband's "likability gap" and convince voters that Mitt the man is more than just a "rich guy."
So how does she handle the stress? Apparently, she bakes.
Every year since 1994, volunteers from the Hattiesburg Jaycees have been holding a blood drive to replenish the area's blood supply. This Friday, the group will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for anyone willing to kick off Labor Day Weekend by donating at the Labor of Love Blood Drive.
Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 3:31 pm
It's not exactly good cop/bad cop, but the main speakers Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention will play diametrically opposed roles.
Ann Romney — the wife of Mitt Romney, who becomes the official GOP nominee with Tuesday's delegate roll call — will try to present her husband in the most flattering, personal light. By contrast, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the convention's keynote speaker, will have the job of attacking President Obama's record.