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Top News Stories 2008-04-17 07:00:40

Front Page: Attack in Iraq, Lethal Injection, Ricin Arrest

  • Attack in Iraq: No fewer than 30 people have been killed and many more injured in a suicide attack on a crowd of mourners in Iraq. The attacker detonated his explosives at a funeral near the city of Baquba, north of the capital, Baghdad. Officials said the funeral was for two brothers said to be leading figures in the Sunni Awakening Council, who may have died fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq militants. The Sunni Awakening Council works alongside the Americans and Iraqi government to fight al-Qaeda-linked insurgents. More than 50 people were killed in another Baquba attack just two days ago.
  • Lethal Injection: The US Supreme Court voted 7-2 yesterday to reject prisoners' challenges to the lethal injection procedure in Kentucky. The justices upheld the method saying the state's use of a three-drug combination does not violate the Constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Many states put their slate of executions on hold waiting for the court's ruling and are now rushing to assign execution dates. The decision may particularly help Nebraska after the state's Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that its only method, electrocution, was unconstitutional.
  • Ricin Arrest: The man who was sickened by the deadly toxin ricin in his Las Vegas motel room was arrested upon his release from a hospital yesterday and charged with possession of the substance. The federal indictment says the man enjoyed experimenting with production of the substance derived from castor beans, calling it "an exotic idea," but had no specific intention to use it against anyone. An FBI agent said, “based on the results of our investigation, we don’t believe that the public was ever in danger nor do we believe that this was any terrorist plot.” The man is expected to be arraigned this afternoon.
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Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 7 years
I can't imagine being so filled with hate that I'd strap a bomb vest on and kill my countrymen just because they didn't go to my mosque/church. I'd say that Iraqis who do this are "stuck on stupid." Although Catholics are against the death penalty, they're also against people who murder other people too. And it's a render to Caesar option when a person is adjudicated guilty by the Courts. Ricin in a motel room. Our drug enforcement says that a lot of Meth manufacturers rent motel rooms to make their Meth in. While it's cookin' the fumes get into the rug, walls, furniture, bedding. Not to mention the coffee maker. Drug enforcement takes his own bedding and coffee maker into a room when he has to use a motel. Who wants to be the next person to use the Ricin Room at your favorite Motel?
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
I have a saying. What happens concerning a deadly toxic nerve gas in Vegas, definitely stays in Vegas.
megnmac megnmac 7 years
I thought it was really interesting they gave their death penalty decision as they were about to hear the case on whether rape could be a death penalty eligible case - http://www.slate.com/id/2189284 - it sets a bit of a tone... it will be interesting to see where this goes. No matter what the Court says is constitutional, that is a bottom line, people can still try to get their state laws to change for the better - either by changing the way we kill people (why lethal injection could change - http://www.slate.com/id/2176196) or to limit the circumstances more tightly in which the state can mandate killing, or to simply do away with it. This is a big debate people could be having, and (much like gay marriage), the ultimate decision isn't just the Court's, it is the state's.
DCStar DCStar 7 years
I don't really know what to say about the situation in Iraq. It is heartbreaking the sadness and daily murders that occur there. Would they be better off without us? If we leave, will they find peace or tear each other apart? I don't know if we can know for sure, but something needs to happen.
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