Out of prison after 23 years, thanks to his mother and a documentary

Kevin Ott released after getting a life sentence under Oklahomas three strikes law for non-violent drug-related convictions, which was partially repealed Its a Tuesday morning in August, but Betty Chism wraps 23 Christmas presents on her day off. Her son, Kevin Ott, is set to be released from the Oklahoma prison system this week, though no one has told her exactly when. Still, Chism, 75, wants to be prepared before she makes the two-and-a-half-hour drive to pick up her son from his prison. Ott, 56, has been in prison since 1996 and sentenced to worlds prison capitalThe House I Live In, a documentary examining the United States governments 40-year-old war on drugs policy. As he visited a prison in Oklahoma, …

Carrie Underwood: ‘I’d put on a happy face, then go home and fall apart’

As she prepares to take Glastonbury by storm, the country star opens a bottle of red wine and talks about the personal tragedy that coloured her new songs Saturday night on the banks of the Ohio River, and the most American of scenes is unfolding. At the Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds are playing the Texas Rangers, while at the US Bank Arena next door American Idol, triumphing in the TV talent shows fourth season in 2005, Underwood has since recorded six albums, sold over 65m records, won seven Grammys, and earned more than $83m (65m). She is beautiful and blonde, and married to a retired ice hockey player: at first glance an unlikely addition to the Worthy Farm lineup. …