Published 3:07 pm CDT, Saturday, July 21, 2018 CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says that he will not arrest a man who killed a man during an argument over a parking space. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri made the announcement Friday about 47-year-old Michael Drejka. Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton a day earlier in a convenience store parking lot. Authorities say that Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend about parking in a handicapped space without a permit. Gualtieri said that McGlockton slammed Drejka to the ground, who then pulled out his gun and shot McGlockton in the chest. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing SAPD lieutenant fired after derogatory Facebook post San Antonio Express-News Woman fatally ejected from vehicle during rollover crash on the far NW side San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Gunman fired into woman's East Side home, grazing her head San … [Read more...] about Citing Florida law, sheriff won’t arrest parking lot shooter
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Maria Devlin McNair July 21, 2018 Should the law be based on luck?The Supreme Court doesn’t think so. In its 1978 decision in United States v. Grayson, the court affirmed that a “foundation stone in our system of law, and particularly in our approach to punishment, sentencing, and incarceration, is the ‘belief in freedom of the human will and a consequent ability and duty of the normal individual to choose between good and evil.’ ”This belief is central to what some theorists describe as our country’s retributive attitude to punishment. When people freely choose to commit a crime, they deserve to be blamed and to suffer for their actions. But prosecution cases amidst today’s opioid epidemic reveal some cracks in this foundation. Advertisement Opioid addiction poses questions that our traditional ways of understanding … [Read more...] about Should the law be based on luck?
Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has claimed to be both a Jewish state and a democratic state. But are those two aspirations achievable, or are they mutually exclusive? Can a country founded as a Jewish homeland – with a “right of return” for diaspora Jews, a flag featuring the Star of David and a national anthem that evokes the “yearning” of Jews for Zion – treat non-Jews as true, equal citizens? It is a fundamental tension that has only intensified as the Palestinian Arab population in Israel – Christian and Muslim – has grown. Today more than 20 percent of the country is Palestinian. Israelis wave national flags outside the Old City's Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem, in May. A new law that defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people will sideline minorities such as the country's Arabs. Associated Press/Ariel Schalit That’s the backdrop for a controversial law Israel passed Thursday that defines the country … [Read more...] about Another View: Israel’s ‘Jewish state’ law latest assault on its Arab citizens
School districts in Maine will now be allowed to choose whether to use proficiency-based diplomas or other graduation standards under a bill that has become law. The law represents a significant rollback of the graduation standards that were going to be required for this year’s freshman class. Under a law passed in 2012, students would have been required to demonstrate proficiency in eight key areas – including math, English and science/technology – in order to graduate.But the shift has proved controversial in some areas. After months of discussion and debate, lawmakers settled on a compromise that will enable school districts to choose whether to continue using proficiency-based standards or revert to the traditional system of courses, A-through-F grades and credits to qualify for graduation. Related Legislators vote to ease Maine’s proficiency-based education mandate, allow more ‘local control’ Gov. Paul LePage’s office said he signed … [Read more...] about New law lets Maine school districts decide how students make the grade to graduate
Published 11:15 am CDT, Saturday, July 21, 2018 TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ruled that an Ohio city's efforts to make some rental properties lead free is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The Blade reports Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Linda Jennings issued a permanent injunction Friday against Toledo's lead-safe rental law because it discriminates against owners of rental properties with one to four units while exempting larger complexes from the law's requirements. Jennings' ruling also says the city lacks the authority to give the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department authority to enforce the lead-safe law. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing SAPD lieutenant fired after derogatory Facebook post San Antonio Express-News Woman fatally ejected from vehicle during rollover crash on the far NW side San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Gunman fired into woman's East Side home, grazing her head San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Teen … [Read more...] about Ohio judge strikes down city’s lead-safe rental law