High winds and subzero air temperatures have caused waves to crash and freeze onto the Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse near Cleveland on Dec. 14. Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen/U.S. Coast Guard/Reuters
Icicles cling to a sign outside a strawberry field in Springhead, Fla., on Dec. 14. Farmers spray a fine mist of water on their crops to help protect the fruit from the subfreezing temperatures, which have dipped into the 20s in central Florida. Chris O'Meara/AP
Blades of grass are encased in ice after a lawn sprinkler valve froze and broke in Salina, Kan., on Dec. 14. Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal/AP
Benches on a sea bridge are covered with ice at the Baltic Sea village of Scharbeutz, Germany, on Dec. 2. Christian Charisius/Reuters
A rainbow glows above the partially frozen Hukou waterfall on the Yellow River in Jixian, China, on Dec. 16. Stringer/Reuters
Two yellow roses covered in ice protrude from a frost cloth cover at Dewars Nurseries in Apopka, Fla., on Dec. 14. John Raoux/AP
Ice covers the railings near the lighthouse tower behind the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, Wis., on Dec. 12. Kristyna Wentz-Graff/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP
Large waves pound an ice-covered pier in Chicago on Dec. 13. Kiichiro Sato/AP
Icicles adorn a frozen water fountain in Villamanin, Spain, on Dec. 3. Eloy Alonso/Reuters
Sprinklers spray water onto an orange plantation to protect it from the cold weather in Plant City, Fla., on Dec. 14. Scott Audette/Reuters
Ice covers the Naiadi fountain in downtown Rome on Dec. 17. Alessandra Tarantino/AP
A set of footprints has frozen into the ice in Lexington, Ky., on Dec. 16. Charled Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/AP
The South African government charged Eugene De Kock for killing dozens with anti-apartheid activists during that era. The Christian Science Monitor covered his 1996 trial.
BySudarsan Raghavan, Correspondent
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 30, 1996, edition of The Christian Science Monitor right before Eugene De Kock, head of a deadly apartheid state covert unit, was sentenced to two life terms and an additional 212 years in prison. The South African government granted him parole Friday after 20 years.