Links from the Times for April 8: President Obama visits Iraq
President Obama makes an unannounced visit to Iraq. View photos.
A community grieves
A fistfight between two men lead to the shooting death of eight-year-old Paris Whitehead-Hamilton as she slept in her home Sunday morning. Family members and police yesterday called for cooperation and peace in the wake of her death.
Susan Stanton hired as city manager for Lake Worth
Two years after losing her job as Largo city manager, Susan Stanton has been picked to lead Lake Worth. Stanton, then Steven Stanton, was fired in March 2007, a month after revealing plans to change her gender. Stanton served Largo for 17 years, 14 of them as city manager. | Backstory: From Steve to Susan | Special report
Epilogue: John King was a virtuoso of the ukulele
Longtime Eckerd College professor John King was, by all accounts, the best ukulele player in the world -- no exaggeration. He trained himself to unheard-of levels in the ukulele after decades as a classical guitarist, playing Johann Sebastian Bach and John Philip Sousa on an instrument more often associated with songs like Tiptoe Through the Tulips. | Hear him play The Washington Post March on YouTube | Guest book