Links from the Times for Jan. 4
Princess 'writes' book as Diaries series ends
The final book comes out Jan. 13 in the Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot’s 12-book, internationally bestselling series about a New York City teenager who discovers she is really the daughter of the ruler of a small European nation. You've probably heard of the movies starring Anne Hathaway. Hear the author read a chapter from Forever Princess.
Scotty Carbone releases Debbie Laws’ ashes in a formation above Skydive City in Zephyrhills on Saturday. So many people wanted to be a part of spreading her ashes that two jumps were made.
Spirit in the sky
Debbie Laws was 48 when she died at the place where friends and family remembered her Saturday, Skydive City in Zephyrhills. On the day after Christmas, Debbie collided in the air with another skydiver, who was hurt but survived. Debbie didn't. Times photographer Lance Aram Rothstein captured moments at the memorial. | Memorial photo gallery
Israeli ground troops invade Gaza
Thousands of Israeli troops backed by columns of tanks and helicopter gunships launched a ground offensive in Gaza on Saturday night, with officials saying they expected a lengthy fight in the densely populated territory after eight days of punishing airstrikes failed to halt militant rocket attacks on Israel. At the U.N., the United States blocked Security Council action on Gaza. | Photo gallery | Video | Multimedia map | Local protest, video