- Newsmaker: Justices Call for Review of Juvenile Death Penalty
Three justices of the US Supreme Court have urged their colleagues to take up the controversial issue of the death sentence for juveniles. Their suggestion is a response to an unsuccessful eleventh-hour request to spare the life of a Texas inmate who was 17 when he murdered three family members. Former federal prosecutor Edward Lazarus explains what makes this dissent so unusual and why a fourth justice may soon join them.
- Reporter's Notebook: Crypts at the Cathedral: -The Ecclesiastical Skybox-
On Labor Day, the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will dedicate its massive new cathedral. Everything about Our Lady of the Angels is big, including its $ 3.5 million annual operating cost. Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Archdiocese has come up with a creative approach to paying the bills, $ 2000-a-square-foot burial crypts that will be some of the priciest real estate in town.
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