“Unlike many other Southern towns its size, [Tupelo] boasts several excellent museums, street art and a large public arena. An arena large enough, in fact, to attract the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus this month. That’s when someone shot Carol, a circus elephant, in what seems to be the first elephantine drive-by ever. Carol is recovering, but Tupelo Police Capt. Rusty Haynes said his investigation has stalled. "Because, to be honest, there are a lot of possible perpetrators.”
Good work, L.A. Times. Also loved the ending to the story, which is about the Ricin guy:
Hours before his arrest, Dutschke answered his door by opening it just enough to look out with one dark eye. He held a kitten, which also looked outside. “I’m sorry, I just…,” he started. His voice was soft. “I can’t talk. I’m so, so sorry.”
Could he say, at least, what started this mess?
“Just look around you,” he said. “This place is crazy.”