By NIKITA STEWART and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
Relatives of people killed in a shooting at a black church addressed the suspect, Dylann Roof, in court on Friday, tearfully offering forgiveness, and hope that he would confess and repent.
By RACHEL L. SWARNS and CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
After the Civil War, black churches became what the scholar W. E. B. Du Bois and others have described as the "first social institution fully controlled by black men in America." And before long, those institutions became targets.
By ALAN BLINDER and MANNY FERNANDEZ
The debate has been renewed on social media and beyond about whether the flag should be displayed, and whether politicians should continue to defend it.