Allen’s case should make civil libertarians shudder

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson In 1974, Allen arranged the burglary of Fran’s Market in Fresno. After having his son’s 17-year-old girlfriend, Mary Sue Kitts, strangled to death for her knowledge of his role in the crime, Allen was convicted of first-degree murder and began serving a life sentence at Folsom State Prison. “While in prison,” states the California Department of Corrections report, “Allen plotted to kill the people who had informed on him and gotten him prison time.” This plot included fellow inmate Billy Ray Hamilton – who, according to the Attorney General’s Office, was supplied a “hit list” by Allen. In 1980, a paroled Hamilton went to Fran’s Market and killed Bryon Schletewitz (who was on the hit list), 27, Douglas Scott White, 18, and Josephine Linda Rocha, 17, with a sawed-off shotgun. Allen was later convicted of three counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances and conspiracy to murder eight witnesses from his first trial, and began his stay on Death Row on Dec. 2, 1982. “Evidence of Allen’s guilt is overwhelming,” Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote. “He has shown himself more than capable of arranging murders from behind bars. If the death penalty is to serve any purpose at all, it is to prevent the very sort of murderous conduct for which Allen was convicted.” Suppose it was assured that every such killer would receive life without the possibility of ever being paroled: Many Californians would support that. But civil libertarians would undoubtedly throw a fit at the extra isolationist measures we should also take with these inmates to keep the Clarence Ray Allens of the world from striking again, to keep those on the outside safe as killers stage a multitude of appeals and may want to get rid of witnesses. If killers were truly jailed – allowed so little freedom that conspiracies could not be hatched and executed from within, that victims’ families and witnesses would not be harassed or live in fear of retribution – support for the death penalty would drop. However, as things stand, you’ll continue to see death penalty support fostered by frustration as killers slip through the system to strike again; you’ll also see Californians’ frustration at the death penalty itself mount as decades pass from sentencing to punishment. Sympathetic cases – however such sympathy for a murderer may be misplaced – will arise from time to time that erode public support for capital punishment. Despite his age and infirmities, Allen is not one of those cases. This is the man whom Californians fear when they voice even tepid support for the death penalty – the man who lacks empathy, knows no remorse, and won’t hesitate to kill again should it serve his purpose. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stanley Tookie Williams was still a front-page headline, his supporters still in fighting form, when Clarence Ray Allen petitioned Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for clemency. Attorneys for Allen – who is set to die at San Quentin on Jan. 17 – filed their petition the day of the controversial execution of quadruple-murderer Williams, arguing that their client’s advanced age (75) and infirmities made lethal injection a cruel and unusual punishment. They’ve also argued that making him walk to the execution chamber would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. There is hardly the countdown for Allen that took place in the form of staged protests and slick punditry on Williams’ behalf. Allen’s backers lean on emotional arguments that inflicting capital punishment on a diabetic heart-attack survivor in a wheelchair is excessive and unnecessary. Then again, if the justice system moved a little faster, we wouldn’t see his age brought up as a defense argument. last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — August 2, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sunshine and blue sky spread across Ohio today as high pressure is finally here. This should keep us mostly dry through the weekend. However, in far north and especially NW Ohio, we may need to keep an eye out for a few clouds and perhaps the odd shower or two, overnight tonight into tomorrow morning. The best chance of rains will be farther north in Michigan and SW Ontario, though. Temps climb over the next few days and will be nearly normal today and tomorrow before drifting a bit above normal for the weekend.  Our next system looks to arrive faster and depart sooner. Overall, we are leaving rain totals along with this event, but will see rain already Monday midday, especially in the NW and over the northern half of the state in general. Then we see that rain spread south and be statewide Monday evening through Tuesday. Rain totals stay at .25”-1” this morning, but we are upping coverage to nearly 80% of the state over the two-day period combined. Rain is done by midnight Tuesday night. Thunderstorms are still possible and will be needed to get into the upper end of the range. We may even be able to exceed 1 inch in a few spots, depending on how strong any storms build.  We are dry Wednesday, but a bit cooler behind the front. Then the pattern gets more interesting to finish the 10-day window. For Thursday, we still are looking for mostly dry weather, however we are seeing potential for moisture to reactivate along the old front to the south and pull another wave of precipitation northeast along the front. We think this action will want to stay mostly south of the Ohio river, but some models are starting to suggest a more northward track. We are leaving our dry forecast alone this morning but will keep a keen eye on this through the day today and tomorrow morning. There may be an update forthcoming. Then dry weather is in control for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For the extended period, we do not see any significant frontal action to start. There can be some scattered showers developing around the 14th, but coverage looks less impressive this morning, and totals may end up only around a quarter of an inch or less. Better showers develop around the 17th, with .2”-.5” rain totals and 60% coverage.  Models backed off the heat in the corn belt dramatically yesterday. We still look for a large part of next week to be above normal, as we have forecasted up to this point, but we continue to say it is not extreme heat that has been touted by other weather organizations. In fact, we had to chuckle a little bit when they had to eat crow or explain themselves yesterday. We think 88-92 is a good range for the hottest temps (early in the week)…warm, even feeling a bit hot after the cool pattern we have had recently…but not over the top. It is August, after all. Here is a look at potential temps for Monday of next week.last_img read more

Wind and Solar Are On a Short Leash

first_imgIncentives will help solve the climate crisisFirst and foremost, we need these energy sources to solve the climate crisis. Scientists are clear that we must make drastic cuts in pollution and get off fossil fuels to avoid the temperature increases that will wreak havoc on our climate.Our research shows that by 2030 we could quite easily get 10% of our power from the sun and 30% from the wind. Researchers at Stanford University have published a series of studies showing the path to 100% clean energy, and wind and solar are central. Rob Sargent is the energy program director for Environment America. This post originally appeared at The Huffington Post. A finance package extending tax credits for wind power to the end of next year, recently approved by a key U.S. Senate panel, has been hailed as progress for clean energy, and it is. But here at Environment America, we’re containing our enthusiasm.According to the finance deal adopted in committee, the Production Tax Credit for onshore wind and the Wind Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind will be reinstated retroactively to the start of 2015 and expire in 2016. The bill doesn’t address the Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit, which primarily benefits solar energy and is currently in effect; it will expire at the end of 2016.The bottom line: even if these tax credit extensions quickly become the law of the land, solar and wind power will still be on a mighty short leash. Incentives for both pollution-free resources will dry up in 18 short months, while billions of dollars of fossil fuel subsidies remain embedded in our tax code. Investors need long-term stabilityLenders and investors need long-term certainty. Eighteen months is certainly better than nothing, but it won’t really do for a lender making loans to energy investors over 10 years or more. In the same way that steady employment qualifies you for a lower interest rate on your home mortgage, the certainty of tax credits for the long term qualifies energy investors for lower interest rates, bringing down their capital costs.Eighteen months is a start, and we’re encouraged by the bipartisan support in the Senate for moving forward. But ultimately, Congress should approve long-term clean energy incentives to ensure the sustained growth in solar and wind power that the American people deserve, and that the climate crisis demands. Dirty energy is artificially cheaperIn most electricity markets in America, dirty energy sources are still artificially cheaper than the clean ones. That’s in part because state and federal governments give away roughly $20 billion every year in cash subsidies and tax breaks to oil, coal, and gas companies; they’ve done it for more than a century.It’s in part because cheap dirty energy doesn’t reflect its true cost. The health costs associated with air pollution and the costs of extreme weather events associated with climate change are born by society as a whole, and by our children and grandchildren.center_img Why do wind and solar power need long-term tax incentives? RELATED ARTICLES Lawmaker Seeks to Extend the Investment Tax CreditEnergy-Efficiency Tax Credits for 2014A Fight Ahead For Solar Equipment Tax CreditsEnergy Tax Credits and the Fiscal CliffTax Credits for Solar Energy SystemsDeciphering the Tax Credits Renewables are virtually free in the long termWhile wind and solar power have high — but declining — upfront costs, they are virtually free in the long term. The cost of these clean energy sources is almost entirely the upfront capital expense of building and installing turbines and panels to access free sun and wind.While these prices are falling sharply — solar dropped 35% from 2010 to 2013 — renewable energy investors still must make a sizable down payment before society reaps the benefits of low-cost clean power. That’s especially true of offshore wind, which holds enormous promise but hasn’t yet seen the price declines that come with widespread deployment.last_img read more

Marbury opts for final season with Beijing Fly Dragons

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ONE Championship gets cash for major growth Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Former NBA superstar Stephon Marbury celebrates after his team, the Beijing Ducks, won their first-ever Chinese championship in Beijing on March 30, 2012. Led by former NBA badboy Marbury, who scored 41 points as the host team knocked off title holders Guangdong Tigers 124-121. AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / STRFormer NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury said Wednesday he is headed back to Beijing for one final pro season, but will not be playing for the same Chinese Basketball Association squad.Marbury announced in an Instagram posting that he will play next season for the Beijing Fly Dragons after playing from 2011 through earlier this year with the Beijing Ducks.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “I’m staying in Beijing for my last and final season. The other Beijing team,” Marbury wrote on Instagram beside a photo of himself and the Fly Dragons logo.“I have to put on for the city no matter the team. It’s a different mission and vision over here in the JING. The fans said stay so I’m staying. They said, ‘we will love you no matter where you go’ It’s hard to leave that type of love.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 40-year-old point guard began his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996, taken fourth overall by Milwaukee but swapped to the T-Wolves for the rights to the player taken after him, Ray Allen.“Starbury” was an NBA All-Star for the New Jersey Nets in 2001 and Phoenix Suns in 2003 before joining his hometown New York Knicks from 2004-2009. In 2010, Marbury jumped to the Chinese Basketball Association, playing for Shanxi and Foshan before settling in with the Ducks and sparking them to CBA crowns in 2012, 2014 and 2015 before parting ways with the club last April.center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View commentslast_img read more

Team USA wrapping up World Cup qualifying

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Americans face Panama on Friday, then wrap up qualifying on Monday against Argentina — with both of those games to be played in Greensboro, North Carolina. All that’s truly at stake is some FIBA world ranking points, which would help preserve the U.S. spot atop that list. But there’s also the pride factor, especially since a U.S. team is playing on U.S. soil.“It’s basketball,” said Xavier Munford, who is back for a third stint with the qualifying team for this World Cup. “Anytime you go out, playing in a game, you should want to go out and play hard. And with ‘USA’ across your chest, you have to play hard whether you’re already qualified or not. You’ve got to play hard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesQualifying was not a cakewalk for the Americans, who trained at the University of Miami before relocating this week to Greensboro. FIBA changed the qualifying rules for this year’s tournament, which meant the U.S. and other nations basically couldn’t use NBA players because of scheduling conflicts. So the U.S. put together different rosters, primarily of G League players, for each of the six two-game qualifying windows.So far, the U.S. has used 45 different players in qualifying. Assuming everyone who got taken to Greensboro appears in at least one of these two games — and that’ll probably happen — the total number of players used by Van Gundy in this 12-game tournament will rise to 53, since there are eight first-time members of the qualifying team selected for this window. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The fieldBrazil beat the Virgin Islands 104-80 on Thursday night, clinching the 19th of the 32 available berths in this year’s World Cup. All others will be decided by Monday as qualifying concludes in the Americas, Asian, European and African regions.World rankingsSo far, five of the six top-ranked teams in the world — No. 1 USA, No. 2 Spain, No. 3 France, No. 5 Argentina and No. 6 Lithuania — have wrapped up spots. No. 4 Serbia missed a chance to clinch on Thursday, and now sees its hopes hinging on weekend results. No. 7 Slovenia has already been eliminated, which means no Goran Dragic or Luka Doncic at the World Cup this year. No. 14 Mexico has also been eliminated from contention. But Tunisia, No. 51 in the world rankings, has clinched a spot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes None of those 53 will play in the World Cup. Those jobs will be filled by NBA stars, who will be coached by San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.But Van Gundy’s selling point for these last two games doesn’t differ much from the message from the first 10 games. The spot is clinched, so that’s off the list. Everything else he’s been preaching holds true — that if players perform well in these games, teams looking for talent at the next level will come calling.“Let’s finish what we started as well as we can, and then try to help guys improve their stock and their own career,” Van Gundy said. “We want to help their career. It’s not because of anything we did, but we take pride for them doing that. From our last team, six guys have gone on to play in the NBA. So that’s good.”Panama, Friday’s opponent, has been eliminated from World Cup contention. Argentina, like the U.S., has already clinched a World Cup berth.The draw for the World Cup takes place March 16 in China.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Syracuse coach Boeheim strikes, kills pedestrian on highway Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy speaks from the sidelines of the team’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 qualifier game against Panama in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)CORAL GABLES, Florida—The job is done. The United States is going to the FIBA World Cup, which makes its last two qualifying games ahead of that tournament seem irrelevant.Players and U.S. coach Jeff Van Gundy see it differently.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more