Southwest Daily News - Sulphur, LA

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Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 8:13 AM

Congress is taking on criminal justice reform with zeal. There are approximately 94 bills pending in the House and Senate that deal specifically with sentencing reform. The newly reform-minded Congress is no surprise.The spate of police shootings, the media hype over DNA exonerations and the growing support for legalized marijuana have seemed to generate the sympathy of the media, if not the public at large.

Updated Aug 27, 2015 at 8:19 AM

Crazy, desperate and armed are a bad combination.Wednesday morning, the world was exposed to two brutal murders from the perspective of the news crew filming a live shot and from a camera strapped to the killer himself.

Updated Aug 24, 2015 at 2:27 PM

Presidential primaries are weird contests. The 2016 Republican primary is no different.

Updated Aug 21, 2015 at 8:23 AM

Did you know that hitting “like” on your Facebook page could land you in jail? A Pennsylvania man may soon find out.

Posted Aug 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM

It was a snake.And its head was at seat level.I took a picture of it.

Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Facts have no bias.However, in politics it seems that what someone believes carries far more weight than facts.There are many things people are capable of believing despite remarkable evidence to the contrary.Here are a few:

Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 1:04 PM

“Here is a book you should have, Mr. Director,” and with that Jacqueline Kennedy handed CIA director Allen Dulles a copy of “From Russia with Love” by Ian Fleming, the latest novel in the series featuring lethal British agent James Bond. Their 1957...

Updated Aug 14, 2015 at 8:43 AM

Research into the adolescent mind and criminality has changed the way we punish young people. Brain development research has, in part, eliminated juveniles from the death penalty, life without parole for non-homicide offenses, and mandatory life...

Posted Aug 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM

When I began to notice people my age letting go of an active life, I observed the harmful result. The less you do, the less you are able to do. I vowed not to let that progression creep into my life.

Updated Aug 7, 2015 at 7:52 AM

What has the death penalty taught us about American politics?

Posted Jul 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM

When my children ask why Mama doesn't want to go to the beach any more, these are the stories I will tell them.

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