- Newsmaker: Wildfires Rage in Arizona
The most dangerous of the big fires now consuming the West is in Arizona, where two massive blazes have joined to threaten both contemporary life and historic relics. The 300,000 acres blaze, which has consumed 185 homes, could reach 500,000 acres. Paul Maryniak, who reports for the Metro section of the Arizona Republic, looks at the unpredictable inferno that is creating its own weather system.
- Reporter's Notebook: Supreme Court Rules for Juries over Judges on Death Penalty
Last week, the US Supreme Court ruled that mentally retarded convicts cannot be put to death. Today, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas voted with the majority to overturn at least 150 death sentences in several states. Former federal prosecutor and Supreme Court clerk Eddie Lazarus says the death penalty advocates- difficult conflict-of-principle decision will continue to slow executions in the US.
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