NPR : After Three-Year Hiatus, Ohio Carries Out An Execution – July 26, LAUREL WAMSLEY.

At 10:43 a.m. Wednesday, inmate and convicted murderer Ronald Phillips was pronounced dead, executed via lethal injection by the state of Ohio — the first time the state has carried out a death sentence in more than three years.

Phillips’ death at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville may mark the end of one chapter in the state’s battle to find a legally permissible means of execution – and the state may soon begin carrying out many more death sentences.

Ohio paused its executions after a lethal injection in 2014 caused inmate Dennis McGuire to gasp and snort during the 15 minutes before he died.

Following Phillips’ death, Ohio now has 138 people sentenced to death, among the nation’s highest death row populations.

“More than 202,000 men and women are now serving dead-end sentences in U.S. prisons, according to an analysis released Wednesday by The Sentencing Project. The report, Still Life: America’s Increasing Use of Life and Long-Term Sentences, says one in seven prisoners is locked up under three sentences that offer only the faintest hope of parole: life in prison, life without parole, or a de facto life term of 50 years or more.” (TheCrimeReport 02.03.2017)


Hours from death – Arkansas plans 2 more executions Monday in its capital punishment spree
By Tess Owen on Apr 24, 2017

Two men are scheduled to be put to death in Arkansas Monday evening as the state presses on with an execution spree hastily organized due to the looming expiration dates on its controversial lethal injection drugs.

It would be the first double execution in the United States since 2000.

Pitchfork Staff: “The Story of Feminist Punk in 33 Songs From Patti Smith to Bikini Kill, the songs that have crushed stereotypes and steered progress

Excerpt – “BUSH TETRAS ~ ‘Too Many Creeps’ Gestated in dark clubs and cramped DIY spaces, New York’s no wave movement wasn’t just an oddball response to the macho energy of the previous decade’s punk scene. It marked a palpable shift in rock circles in the city and beyond, and became a hotbed for the musical expression of feminist ideals. Sonic Youth and Lydia Lunch are frequently credited with pushing its postmodernism into the spotlight, but due is also owed to Bush Tetras, the freak-funk outfit formed by guitarist Pat Place (a founding member of the no wave icons the Contortions).

Bush Tetras occupied an uneasy new space, balancing spry bass and guitar with singer Cynthia Sley’s deadpan, frequently political mantras. Their biggest hit, “Too Many Creeps,” was a funky rebuttal to street harassment. “I just don’t wanna go out in the streets no more,” Sley insisted airily, “because these people give me the creeps.” Her lyrics laid bare a sense of exhaustion all too familiar to most women—who hasn’t been the target of a wolf whistle or undressing glance? Coupled with the dancey arrangement, Sley’s monotonous tone signaled that within the Tetras’ newly staked safe space, misogyny wasn’t a threat: it was just a boring, predictable damper on the party. Like the rest of their peers, this band was over it.” –Zoe Camp

The Mysteries of Pitching, and All That ‘Stuff’ ~ The New York Times, Oct. 3, 2015 by John Branch

“Baseball considers itself the most thoughtful of games, a pastime more than a sport, written about with reverence and lyricism, in which pitching is considered more art than athleticism. Yet the primary term used to explain the art of pitching, which often determines who wins and who loses, is an inelegant word of ill-defined mush.