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10 things you need to know today: July 24, 2014

Hurray for Colorado. It seems to be the only good news lately. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

The Fifth Column

Joseph Rudolph Wood's execution took nearly two hours.  Joseph Rudolph Wood’s execution took nearly two hours. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)

The Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights (ratified December 15, 1791[1]) prohibiting the federal governmentfrom imposing excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments, including torture. 
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that this amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause also applies to the states. The phrases in this amendment originated in the English Bill of Rights of 1689. ~ Wikipedia

The Week

Arizona is accused of botching an execution, the FAA lifts a ban on flights to Israel, and more

1. Arizona inmate gasps for 90 minutes during execution
Arizona inmate Joseph Wood gasped for breath for an hour and a half before being pronounced dead by lethal injection on Wednesday. Wood’s…

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10 things you need to know today: April 30, 2014

Thanks for keeping us updated.

New Star Wars movie coming in 2015.   I wonder if Harrison Ford will look younger than he did in Cowboys and Aliens?

The story about the botched execution is really interesting.

The Fifth Column

Banned! Banned! (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Week

The NBA bans Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, Oklahoma inmate dies in botched execution, and more

1. NBA bans Sterling over racist comments
The National Basketball Association on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million in a dramatic reaction to racist comments he allegedly made in a secretly recorded conversation. Commissioner Adam Silver said he would try to force Sterling to sell his team, a strong-arm move requiring the approval of three-quarters of team owners. Sterling’s views, Silver said, “simply have no place in the NBA.” [The New York Times]

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2. Oklahoma murderer dies after his botched execution is halted
An Oklahoma death row inmate, Clayton Lockett, died of a heart attack Tuesday night after hislethal injection was botched. Prison officials had called a halt to the execution after Lockett’s…

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