Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Use of the death penalty is disappearing from entire sections of the United States, and eroding in others

According  to data from the Death Penalty Information Center, not only have  executions declined by 75%, but death sentences have dropped by 85%. “There were more than 300 death sentences per year that were imposed in the United States in the mid-1990s,” said the Director. “We are going to, this year, have the fifth straight year in which there were fewer than 50 death sentences imposed.” Earlier  this year, the Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case  that could raise the death-penalty eligibility age in the state to 21.  Since 1976, three people have been executed in Kentucky. Supporters say  public opinion, high-profile cases, and improvements in capital  punishment defense and evidence have all contributed to judges and  juries shifting away from death sentences. Statistics show that use of  the death penalty remains concentrated in the South. 29 states, along  with the U-S government and military, continue to have the death penalty  as an option in criminal cases. (Public News Service)

Indiana judges suspended after drunken parking lot brawl that left two of them shot

Three  Indiana judges have been temporarily suspended without pay over their  involvement in a drunken brawl in a White Castle parking lot earlier  this year — that ended with two of them shot. The two men and the lady  were attending a judicial conference in Indianapolis in May when they  gathered at a bar to drink for several hours before deciding to head to a  strip club called the Red Garter. The establishment was closed, so at  around 3:15 a.m., they wound up at White Castle, instead. While a fourth  judge accompanying them went inside the restaurant, the three remained  outside. During that time, a car with two male passengers drove by and  yelled something out the window. One of the male judges reacted by  flipping them the bird, and the men rolled into the parking lot to  confront the judges who were described in court documents as being “in a heavily intoxicated state.”  The confrontation ended when one of the men from the car pulled a gun  and shot the male judges a total of three times, investigators said.  Both judges were seriously injured and were hospitalized for several  days. After the incident, the Indiana Supreme Court was less than  impressed and decided to hand down penalties to the judges, “not primarily to punish a judge, but rather to preserve the integrity of and public confidence in the judicial system.”  The female judge and the male judges that was shot twice were were both  given 30 day unpaid suspensions from the bench, while the male judge  that got shot once was handed a more severe sentence of 60 day  suspension with no pay because he pleaded guilty to battery charges  related to the incident earlier this year. (The Blaze)

Newark Named Most Expensive Airport In The United States

The  vast majority of flyers may not have much say in what airport they  depart from. But those who do might be surprised to find just how much  farther their dollar will go at one airport than another. To calculate  the most expensive and affordable airports in the nation, researchers  considered some of the common costs incurred by travelers at the biggest  airports in the country (by passenger count), starting with the average  price of domestic airfare, according to the Bureau of Transportation  Statistics. Adding that with the price of a baggage-cart rental (with  lots of help from the people at Smarte Carte), parking fees, how much it  costs to take an Uber from the city center and what you pay for a  coffee at the airport Starbucks, or a comparable chain in airports  without a Starbucks across airports in the US, finding New York’s  LaGuardia Airport to hold that dubious honor with a cup of Joe costing  $3.10. Portland International Airport was named the most affordable, at  $2.15. 

The Most Expensive Airports in the US

  1. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) (Newark, New Jersey)
  2. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) (New York City, New York)
  3. Dulles International Airport (IAD) (Dulles, Virginia)
  4. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) (San Francisco, California)
  5. LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) (New York City, New York)

The Most Affordable Airports in the US

  1. McCarran International Airport (LAS) (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  2. Orlando International Airport (MCO) (Orlando, Florida)
  3. Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport (FLL) (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
  4. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) (San Jose, California)
  5. Oakland International Airport (OAK) (Oakland, California)

(The Points Guy)

Florida woman bit boyfriend’s penis ‘out of frustration’: cops

A  33-year-old woman in Miami Beach, Florida allegedly bit her boyfriend’s  penis and threatened him with a knife after she accused him of wanting  to have sex with another woman. The alleged assault happened during an  hours-long drinking session. She was drinking beers with her boyfriend  when a female friend joined them at about midnight, according to the  report. The friend left a short time later but the woman became enraged  and accused her boyfriend of wanting to have sex with the woman. She  allegedly shouted at him, grabbed him by the arms and “began to poke him with a knife,” according to a police report. She then “bit his penis out of frustration,”  he later told police. She was arrested and hit with aggravated assault  with a deadly weapon, according to county records. Her bond was set at  $6,500. (NBC 2)

Fewer of jobless claim benefits

Dwindling  jobless claims are down to more than just a tight labor market.  Stricter eligibility requirements, as well as reductions in the amount  and duration of unemployment benefits since the end of the last  recession, have contributed to an almost 10% decline in recipients — to  28% of jobless Americans. And while a higher-than-average number of  people are quitting their jobs, the fact that they’re doing so  voluntarily generally disqualifies them from making claims. (Department of Labor)

The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments about a controversial name change involving a Minneapolis lake 

The  change was made to better reflect American Indian history, and one  local historian says more of these actions can be expected. The name  change from “Lake Calhoun” to its original Dakota name, “Bde Maka Ska”  is one of several recent examples of an iconic place or building  considered for re-naming in honor of Native Americans. A University of  Minnesota history professor, who studies indigenous people, says getting  influential leaders to listen has been a turning point. Following a  petition, the state Department of Natural Resources last year decided on  the name change. Supporters of the change felt naming the lake for  1800’s politician John C. Calhoun was offensive because of his policies  towards American Indians. But a group opposed to the change says the  agency overstepped its power, and is asking the court to intervene. The  professor says the decision in Minneapolis is significant because the  lake is the largest in the city and has a notable legacy. On a national  scale, he says efforts to rename “Mount McKinley” to “Mount Denali”  (which trace back to the 1970s) eventually paid off and had a huge  impact on the movement. There’s also been a recent movement to rename a  mountain inside Yellowstone National Park. In Minnesota, the state  historical society is seeking input on renaming Fort Snelling. (Public News Service)

Google to shield personal data

Google  will limit advertisers’ access to personal data after European  authorities fined the tech giant for violating its privacy laws. From  February, the company will stop advertisers from viewing information on  websites a user has visited, preventing them from tying sensitive  searches to the users. Google has faced scrutiny on both sides of the  Atlantic over its advertising business, with 50 U.S. attorneys general  launching an antitrust investigation into the search giant. (The Wall Street Journal)

That’s no hooker — that’s your arresting officer

A  Seattle police captain found out the hard way that one of his fellow  officers was on undercover vice patrol, a report said. The 53-year-old  police captain propositioned a woman he thought was a hooker — but she  was actually an undercover cop. He was arrested after he offered her  $40, the report said. The captain, who works in the department’s  professional standards bureau, was then rushed though the criminal  justice system, getting booked in jail then released in less than half  an hour. “Seattle police arrested a 53-year-old SPD employee last night in an undercover Vice operation in North Seattle,” the police department said in a statement. “The  employee was booked into King County Jail with a request for  misdemeanor charges, and the information was forwarded to the Office of  Police Accountability,” they added. He was suspended after the bust. (KIRO)

Tuesday Stumbles In Like A Drunken Sailor With:

  • American Made Matters Day
  • Equal Opportunity Day (aka Gettysburg Address Day)
  • Have A Bad Day Day
  • International Men’s Day
  • National Entrepreneurship Day (Third Tuesday)
  • Parents Day (Tuesday of National Education Week)
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle Day
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
  • World Philosophy Day
  • World Toilet Day

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