The mouse that roared above the 38th parallel

A photo released by KCNA news agency on March 12, 2013, shows North Korea leader Kim Jong Un visiting the Wolnae-do Defence Detachment on the western front line.

Remember that mousy loner in school who did weird stuff just to get attention, had a hulking big brother who kept him from getting beat up, grew into a lunch-money extortionist who flashed knives and was the chief suspect in a lot of neighborhood crime?

While he may have gotten bad grades, he was smarter than most people thought, particularly when it came to devious plots. He developed a long rap sheet that kept him familiar with the police, but no one knew how to punish him without making him even more recalcitrant and dangerous.

Push for wreaths on Arlington graves needs help

Wreaths are distributed during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery, December 14, 2013.

As a convoy of trucks bearing wreaths continues to move south from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for Saturday's Wreaths Across America event, organizers have announced a challenge campaign aimed at erasing a last-minute funding shortfall.

On Thursday, Morrill Worcester, the group's founder, accepted a challenge by Ann LePage, wife of Maine Gov. Paul LePage, to match every $15 sponsorship of a wreath with one of his own through Friday. In order to be able to place a wreath at every one of Arlington's graves, about 20,000 more sponsorships were still needed as of Thursday morning.

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