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Supreme Court denies inmate’s last-ditch appeal PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:22
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the last year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.
Joseph Rudolph Wood, 55, was scheduled to be put to death at the state prison in Florence amid new scrutiny nationwide over lethal injections after several controversial executions.
Wood’s lawyers used a new legal tactic in which defense attorneys claim their clients’ First Amendment rights are being violated by the government’s refusal to reveal details about lethal injection drugs. Wood’s lawyers were seeking information about the two-drug combination that will be used to kill him, including the makers of the drugs.
A federal appeals court ruled in Wood’s favor before the U.S. Supreme Court put the execution back on track. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision marked the first time an appeals court has acted to delay an execution based on the issue of drug secrecy, said Richard Dieter, director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C.
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Michael Jackson’s hometown to name school for him PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:15
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star’s Indiana hometown.
The Gary Community School Board approved Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson. The agreement that Jackson signed last month says the district “seeks to honor Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education.”
District superintendent Cheryl Pruitt said she’s working with the Jackson family on which school to rename.
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’Downton Abbey’ back on Jan. 4 for season 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 06:55
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — “Downton Abbey” will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, “Sherlock,” is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday.
“We will have to wait to know when it’s finished and available,” Kerger said of the mystery starring Benedict Cumberbatch. “Whenever it comes, we’ll put it in a wonderful place.”
PBS is making its shows available for flexible viewing, using both digital platforms and creative scheduling on public TV stations, she said.
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4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:42
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, pop-culture fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza.
The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts kicks off with a preview Wednesday night and goes full force Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center.
More than 150,000 fans are expected to attend the sold-out event, where studios will offer exclusive previews of their latest properties.
Television is making a bigger splash than in previous years, with several shows diving into the 6,500-seat exhibition hall that’s traditionally been moves’ main home at the convention center.
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Library honors Billy Joel with US pop music prize PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:14
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Librarian James Billington said Tuesday the singer-songwriter, whose hits include “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl,” will receive the prize in Washington in November.
The Gershwin Prize honors a living artist’s lifetime achievement in music. Previous recipients include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, and Carole King.
Joel is among the world’s most popular recording artists. He has said his piano-driven compositions spring from personal experiences, and that he strives to write songs that capture and transcend those moments.
With a career spanning 50 years in the entertainment industry, Joel is the sixth top-selling artist of all time.
 
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