Sep 16, 2011

Stay of Execution for Texas man; airshow accident tonite in RENO

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary execution stay to Duane Buck late Thursday, the same night the Texas man had been set to die by lethal injection for two murders in 1995. Buck’s reprieve was granted two hours into a six-hour window when he could have been taken to the death chamber, and he had already eaten his scheduled last meal when his lawyers told him the news.

Buck’s lawyers had based their argument on a 2000 declaration by then-Attorney General John Cornyn that Buck was one of six capital murder trials that may have been tainted by racial testimony from a psychologist. Buck was convicted in 1995 of murdering his former girlfriend, Debra Gardner as well as her friend, Kenneth Butler, and also of shooting his sister, Phyllis Taylor—who recovered and later became an advocate to save his life.

This came as the Texas governor, Rick Perry, was campaigning in Iowa.

Chief Executioner Rick Perry...pious Christian or Pontius Pilate?

What would Pontius Pilate do?


Grim Realities for POST OFFICE

The current mail system of the United States is "no longer financially sustainable," and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is looking for billions of dollars in cuts to its services.

The postal service announced Thursday it was considering closing nearly 250 processing facilities, cutting equipment by 50 percent and slowing mail delivery in an extreme cost-cutting effort. It is looking for $3 billion in annual savings.

And as the president and Congress search high and low for ways to boost job creation, up to 35,000 people could be laid off as part of that effort.

"We are forced to face a new reality today,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “With the dramatic decline in mail volume and the resulting excess capacity, maintaining a vast national infrastructure is no longer realistic."


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