Rick Scott (l.) takes the oath of office as Florida's 45th governor with wife Ann (c.) during inauguration ceremonies in Tallahassee, Fla., on Jan. 4. John Raoux/AP
Jerry Brown (l.) is sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (r.) as Anne Gust Brown looks on during ceremonies in Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 3. Rich Pedroncelli/AP
Providence, R.I., Mayor Angel Taveras (r.) is administered the oath of office by R.I. District Court Judge Rafael Ovalles (center l.), as Taveras's mother, Amparo Milagro Ovalles (l.), and sister Dinora Dominguez (center r.) hold the family Bible during ceremonies on the steps of Providence City Hall on Jan. 3. Steven Senne/AP
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is sworn in by the state's Supreme Court chief justice, Shirley Abrahamson, at an inauguration ceremony in the rotunda of the state capitol in Madison, Wis., on Jan. 3. Morry Gash/AP
Mayor Jean Quan addresses supporters during her inauguration at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif., on Jan. 3. Newscom
Michigan Gov.-elect Rick Snyder (r.) is given the oath of office by the state's Supreme Court chief justice, Marilyn Kelly (l.), as his wife Sue (c.) watches in Lansing, Mich. on Jan. 1. Paul Sancya/AP
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer takes the oath of office from Rebecca White Berch, chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, at inaugural ceremonies at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Ariz. on Jan. 3. Ross D. Franklin/AP
Chief Justice Christine Durham (r.) administers the oath of office to Gov. Gary R. Herbert (c.) at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Jan. 3. At left of the photo is first lady Jeanette Herbert. Scott Sommerdorf/AP
State Rep. Bill Batchelder, (R) Medina, is sworn in as speaker of the House of Representatives during the opening session of the Ohio House of Representatives in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 3. Jay LaPrete/AP
Kamala Harris waves to the crowd during her inauguration as attorney general at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 3. Anne Chadwick Williams/AP
South Korea, long in the shadow of other Asian 'tiger economies,' is suddenly hip and enormously prosperous – so much so that it may have outgrown its thankless dream of reuniting with the North.
Scott Duke Harris, Contributor /
May 19, 2013
Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor
For months the young emperor to the north has been threatening to turn this thriving metropolis into a "sea of fire." But it's not easy to ruffle the jaunty vibe of 75-year-old Kim Chong-shik as he strolls among young couples and shoppers along the boutiques of the Gangnam District.