Daily Archives: August 10, 2011

Cleveland Jury Recommends Death for Sowell, Who Killed 11

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On Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland jurors recommended the death sentence for serial killer Anthony Sowell. The judge, who can still impose a life sentence, will deliver his ruling at 9:00 a.m. Friday.

On July 22, 2001, jurors convicted Sowell of eleven counts of aggravated murder and more than seventy other charges, including abusing corpses and kidnapping.

In 2009, police found the bodies of eleven women at Sowell’s Cleveland home. For months, neighbors had complained of a terrible smell emanating from the neighborhood, and police had been to Sowell’s house many times as Sowell was on probation for other crimes.

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President Obama Creates Board to Warn of Human Rights Violations

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It’s not the Rome Statute, but it’s a start…

President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation that will strictly bar human rights violators from entering the United States. Pres. Obama will also set up an Atrocities Prevention Board as a warning system for future human rights violations.

The proclamation will not change the country’s policy regarding human rights violators, as they are already barred from entry into the United States. However, it will strengthen the laws already in place to fill in gaps that might have previously allowed such criminals into the country.

The Atrocities Prevention Board will consist of officials from the Pentagon, State Department, and White House. The board was created to avoid situations where the President has only two options: to intervene militarily or do nothing.

The initiative comes in the middle of the worsening situation in Syria, where the government has taken a violent stand against pro-democracy protesters, and in Sudan, where officials fear ethnic cleansing is taking place.

The Board will be set up within 120 days of Thursday, August 4, 2011.

 

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Rick Perry Leads Prayer Rally; Supporters Wait for Announcement of His Candidacy

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On Sunday, Rick Perry read Bible passages to the thousands of people who attended the prayer rally he sponsored.

The rally, called The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, is the biggest of his career as it comes shortly before the date many people think he will announce his intention to run for President.

The rally has drawn criticism for the copious use of the governor’s resources (including letterhead and Web site) for a private Christian prayer rally. An atheist group had filed a lawsuit against the governor, arguing that his participation in the rally in his official capacity violated the First Amendment.  Others have criticized Mr. Perry for supporting the American Family Association (which paid for the rally), an antigay hate group based in Mississippi.

Mr. Perry invited other governors to join; only Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) attended.

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Women Need PhDs to Earn as Much as Men with Bachelor’s Degrees

In a new report from Georgetown University‘s Center on Education and the Workforce, it was revealed that a woman with a doctorate earns nearly $2.9 million over the course of her life. This figure means she earns slightly more than a man – a man with a bachelor’s degree.

The study also showed that college degrees always equal more earning power than high school diplomas. People with bachelor’s degrees earned 75% more over a lifetime than a high school graduate in 2002. Today, they earn 84% more.

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Congress Is Not in Recess, But a Pro Forma Session

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To the country, Congress appears in recess. However, Congress is actually in pro forma session, meaning that at least one member of each chamber must show up every three days, gavel the session in, conduct whatever business must be conducted, and gavel the session back out.

Under the Constitution, neither chamber of Congress may adjourn for more than three days without the other chamber’s permission.The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), did not seek an adjournment resolution last week because he knew the House would not approve. (Adjournment would give President Obama an opportunity to appoint nominees without being blocked by Senate Republicans.)

During pro forma sessions, no legislation can be transacted without unanimous consent. Sen. Reid used such unanimous consent to break the impasse over the F.A.A. last week.

The shortest pro forma session on record was in 1989 and lasted less than a second.

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