The following story will move Saturday as this week's Sunday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
BERLIN -- As a lawmaker who regularly speaks out against the far right, Soeren Herbst has endured years of animosity -- but the sight of a gallows outside his house made the politician realize the abuse had reached a new level. The incident reflects a growing public tension in Germany, and while extremists on the far-right are grabbing most of the headlines, mainstream Germans are increasingly being drawn into inflammatory rhetoric -- and at times anti-foreigner sentiment. By Frank Jordans. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 a.m. EST, photos.