Before everything fell apart, the 22-year-old did what a lot of people his age do these days: Lived at home with his parents, went to community college, worked low-wage jobs at big-box stores and volunteered his time for a cause he believed in.
None of it worked.
His relationship with his parents was strained. He struggled at school and eventually got kicked out. He clashed with co-workers and police. And he couldn't follow the rules at an animal shelter where he spent some time.
If the House Homeland Security Committee chairman has his way, the carrying of guns by members of the public would be banned within 1,000 feet of federal officials.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) called for the gun-free zone in the immediate vicinity of federal officials on Tuesday at an appearance in New York City. He made his intentions known at a gun-control news conference at New York City Hall with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a proponent of tougher gun laws, standing by his side.
Margaret Whiting, one of the most popular and distinctive voices of American popular song died Monday at the Actors' Fund Home in Englewood, N.J. She was 86 years old. Whiting introduced such standards as "That Old Black Magic" and "Moonlight in Vermont."