Lawmakers in Nebraska repealed the state’s death penalty Wednesday, overriding the governor’s veto, according to multiple news sources.
State Senators voted 30-19 to override Governor Pete Ricketts. Nebraska becomes the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate the death penalty since 1973, and 19th U.S. state (along with the District of Columbia) to ban capital punishment.
The measure replaces lethal injection with a maximum punishment of life in prison. It will take effect in 90 days, which would be late August or early September depending upon when the Legislature adjourns. The law could be blocked temporarily, however, if opponents gather signatures from 10 percent of registered voters in a referendum effort. Voters would then decide the fate of capital punishment. …
Legal experts say the repeal erases the statutory means to carry out a death sentence in Nebraska, meaning the 10 men currently on death row will serve de facto life sentences.
According to multiple reports, several major advertiser have pulled TV spots from the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting. Last week, star Josh Duggar issued an apology following the release of police reports that show he had been accused of sexually abusing children as a teenager. The Hollywood Reporter says that Choice Hotels and Payless ShoeSource have joined companies including General Mills and Walgreens who are no longer advertising on the reality series. Reruns of the series have been dropped from the TLC schedule.
Josh, 27, who is the oldest of the Duggar children, resigned from the political group Family Research Council and issued an apology last week for acting “inexcusably.” He wrote, “We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling … I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life.” (You can read it in its entirety on Facebook). InTouch Weekly published a police report, which indicated Duggar was investigated for molesting several young girls in incidents dating back to 2002, but managed to avoid prosecution after the statute of limitation passed between when some of the crimes were allegedly committed, and when they were reported to authorities ... Discuss
Grumpy Cat, the house cat-turned-Internet meme-turned-global celebrity, is back with yet another, semi-ironic product. The irritable feline (who’s also the star of a Lifetime movie and the subject of two best-selling books) and her brother are the stars of a new graphic novel series called “The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey.” The books, from Dynamite Entertainment, will roll out along with daily digital comics this summer. In a statement, Dynamite’s CEO explained,
One of the most important responsibilities for today's comic publishers is creating content that will attract fresh new audiences to experience the wonders of the medium, and Grumpy Cat is the perfect combination of unbearable cuteness, instant fan appeal, and established multimedia presence to make just such a thing happen
The UN has released the findings of a new report that has found that since 1990, world hunger is down significantly. Twenty-five years ago, there were one billion people suffering from hunger around the world; today, that number is down to 795 million. Many developing countries have also come close to meeting their Millennium Development Goals established by the UN in 2000. The Food and Agriculture Organization Director General, José Graziano da Silva, said, “The near-achievement of the MDG hunger targets shows us that we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger in our lifetime.” Though many parts of the world have seen dramatic improvements, two dozen African countries still face food crises, as several regions have dealt with poor weather, natural disasters and political turmoil ... Discuss
Improv Everywhere, the group known for their viral video flash mobs and good natured public pranks, recently treated a group of lunchtime Manhattanites to a surprise acrobatic performance thanks to some groundskeepers disguises. And you thought only chimney sweeps had sweet moves ... Discuss
Authorities in Switzerland arrived at the upscale hotel that was hosting a meeting of FIFA leadership this morning, arresting several top officials. The 14 higher ups from the international soccer governing body are all facing federal corruption charges, including receiving more than $150 million in bribes, and will be extradited to the United States. In a statement, FIFA said, “FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football.”
The global soccer group has long been accused of corrupt business practices. Even though it’s taken in billions in revenues in recent years, the inner workings of FIFA operate largely in secret. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch told The New York Times, “The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States" ... Discuss