STEAM poured from the head of a blind murderer as he was executed by electric chair in Tennessee on Thursday. Leroy Hall, 53, was put to death for the 1991 murder of girlfriend Traci Crozier, 22, who died after Hall set her car ablaze as she was trying to leave him. Hall lit a container of petrol before throwing it into the car, and Crozier died the following day having suffered burns across more than 90 per cent of her body. Hall was pronounced dead at 7.26pm as a maximum security prison in Nashville, officials confirmed. He became only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the US since the death penalty was reintroduced in the US in 1976. Hall had vision when he was first incarcerated, but his attorneys said he became functionally blind because of improperly-treated glaucoma.He chose to be executed by electric chair instead of Tennessee's preferred method of lethal injection, an option afforded to death row inmates convicted before January 1999. Witnesses reported seeing … [Read more...] about Steam poured out of blind murderer Leroy Hall’s head as he was executed by electric chair
Executed peoples last words
We have questions this morning for Norman Lear, the veteran TV producer who appears to have no thoughts of retiring. He's talking with our Mo Rocca: Rocca asked, "Do you prefer [the term] senior citizens, the elderly, or old people?" "I prefer 'older,'" Lear replied. "Yeah. Elderly has a connotation. I am clearly older than a lot of people, but am I old? Not yet!" Which is why last November, during the Austin Film Festival, the King of Television, 93-year-old Norman Lear, was at it again. He brought together a group of actors for a reading of his newest television comedy: "Guess Who Died?" set in a senior living community, is about his contemporaries. Robert Walden: "Morning, Patricia. How ya' doin'?"June Squibb: "Terrific. Can't sleep without Xanax. Can't get out of bed without Celebrex. Can't eat without Prilosec. Other than that, I'm terrific." Lear noticed that older characters were relegated to marginal roles on TV -- eccentric neighbors or wise-cracking grandparents. "Where … [Read more...] about Norman Lear wants to know: Where are the old people on TV?
When The L Word first hit the airwaves in 2004, there was nothing else like it on TV. It was a show that didn’t just prominently feature queer women — it put them front and center, earning itself a devoted fanbase who were seeing themselves writ large on the small screen for the first time ever. Well, something like themselves, at least. The characters on the Showtime series inhabited a soap-operatic bubble of West Hollywood full of big romances and bigger betrayals. They were almost entirely white, affluent, and oriented on the femme end of the lesbian spectrum. And the show could be ham-fisted and sometimes downright offensive in its portrayal of transgender and bisexual characters. Still, for countless queer and lesbian women coming of age in the aughts and beyond, Ilene Chaiken’s groundbreaking drama was a major touchstone. In the 10 years since the series’ finale episode, a great deal has changed for the LGBTQ world, from increased mainstream … [Read more...] about ‘The L Word: Generation Q’: One Small Step for Queer-kind
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) told supporters on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s administration is comparable to that of Nazi Germany’s Third Reich. “There are three kinds of fear against which we must guard and stand against, and make sure that we overcome and defeat,” O’Rourke said during a campaign rally in Grand Prairie, Texas. “The first is this fabricated fear of the president who wants us to be afraid of one another, a president when he was a candidate, who said that he would ban all Muslims, all people of one religion from the shores of a country that is comprised of people from all traditions of faith, all walks of life, every single country on the planet.” “It is hard, outside of the Third Reich, to find another example in modern human history of leader, of a modern democracy, saying that one people of one religion are inherently dangerous, or disqualified, or defective,” he continued. “And yet, … [Read more...] about Beto Distorts Trump’s Words To Compare His Presidency To The Third Reich … Again
'The best way to make an impact in this market is by focusing on three things: Unmet customer need, unarticulated customer need, and emerging customer need,' Metro's Arvind Mediratta tells Sangeeta Tanwar and Alokananda Chakraborty.Rediff.com When we go back and listen to the recording of our conversation with Arvind Mediratta, we can hear ourselves launching into loud guffaws every now and then; quite often we are trying to stop the laugh short because we are not sure if an episode he has just narrated is entirely true or if he is just pulling a fast one. Take his response to this question about whether he believes an average Indian can intellectually corner the American or the European in a flash. He says when he landed up in the US during an earlier assignment -- and that would be barely five years ago -- one of the questions he was often asked by colleagues was how many elephants do Indians keep in their homes. We laugh and then stop and wonder if he is really serious. The MD & … [Read more...] about Metro Man wants to change how we shop
Though R&B songwriter John Stephens is currently a "legend" only in his own mind, his debut comes ringingly endorsed by its executive producer, Kanye West, who sees him as "the future". An interesting choice of word for an album so in thrall to the past, but one thing nobody disputes is Legend's soulful elegance. Nine years as choir director for his local church make themselves felt in the richness of the piano-based arrangements, which sit beautifully with pared-down, otherworldly vocals. His luminous phrasing makes light work even of heartfelt ballads, R&B's traditional come-a-cropper indulgence. Take, say, Ordinary People - just the man and his piano, it's not only sonically arresting but lyrically reflective. Refusing to tie up loose ends, Legend is ambivalent about the relationship described in the song, admitting that there's "no fairy-tale conclusion". Good for him. West and beagle-for-hire Snoop Dogg add hip-hoppy swagger to a few numbers, Snoop yawning in his … [Read more...] about John Legend, Get Lifted