It's one of country's most costly mistakes costing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. And as the south fell at the end of the Civil War many refused to abide by the new regime and retreated west. Many slave owners made Texas their home and for nearly two years continued to use slave labor.
It can be said that the Desert Southwest's warm temps are an acquired taste; but according to weather experts our tolerance is about to be tested. The National Weather Service has released a heat advisory for the next few days and has even predicted that temps will hit 118 degrees in the earlier part of next week.
For months the country has listened to account after account of women who have accused famed comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them. Out of the dozens, only one case has made its way into a courtroom and so far the jury has returned deadlocked.
For most Americans it's a symbol of what our country represents; a beacon to others of hope and prosperity. On this day we pay tribute to our nation's strongest symbol "Old Glory"; since 1777 when the American flag was adopted as the country's flag we've thanked those that have paved the way.