January 17, 2014 |
HOUSTON - An Ohio inmate's drawn-out execution this week led to an outcry about the increased use of new lethal injection drugs by the country's 32 death penalty states, a practice that experts predict will lead to more problems. Dennis McGuire took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday, appearing to gasp and snort, according to witnesses. His lethal injection was a combination of two drugs never tried before in a U.S. execution, according to experts at the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. McGuire, 53, was sentenced to death for the 1989 rape and stabbing death of Joy Stewart, 22, who was seven months pregnant.
January 13, 2014 |
Dennis Rodman said Monday that he was sorry he could do nothing for American prisoner Kenneth Bae during his controversial visit to North Korea last week. “I'm sorry, I'm sorry I couldn't do anything,” Rodman told reporters at Beijing airport Monday after his weeklong trip. “It's not my fault. I'm sorry. I just want to do some good stuff, that's all I want to do.” The flamboyant basketball Hall of Famer was making his fourth visit to North Korea in the last year. This time he brought along a group of retired NBA players for an exhibition game with the North Korean team on the birthday of dictator Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman considers a good friend.
January 12, 2014 |
When Dennis Kozlowski leaves prison on parole this week, having served more than eight years for 22 felonies, he will find comfort in Catherine Neal's new book. But for everyone else, the account, which declares the former Tyco chief executive innocent of stealing from the conglomerate, is disappointing. Neal's book, "Taking Down the Lion: The Triumphant Rise and Tragic Fall of Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski," is published by Palgrave Macmillan. Kozlowski's name is embedded in the history of the U.S. corporate scandals that began with the collapse of Enron in late 2001.
January 10, 2014 |
Retired NBA star Dennis Rodman had a fairly eventful foray into North Korea this week on his "basketball diplomacy" tour. Rodman first gave a profanity-filled interview to CNN while defending his trip to the hermit kingdom. He then sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He later apologized for his on-air CNN rant, saying he was drinking before the interview and that he was under a lot of stress. But it appears Rodman's trek across the 38th parallel wasn't financed by the North Korean government.
January 8, 2014 |
It's difficult to imagine a more ludicrous attempt at diplomacy than former basketball star Dennis Rodman's current sojourn to North Korea. On his past trips (this is his fourth in less than a year) Rodman has referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as his “friend for life” and spent time with Kim's family, calling him a “good dad” - as if the young dictator were just another misunderstood world leader and not the tyrannical ruler of an impoverished country who is capable of ordering his uncle's execution.
January 8, 2014 |
BEIJING - Dennis Rodman helped Kim Jong Un mark his 31st birthday Wednesday with sport and song, serenading the North Korean dictator with a warbly rendition of “Happy Birthday” in a Pyongyang gymnasium and then leading fellow ex-NBA players in a game against a local squad. Spectators were not allowed to bring cameras into the modestly appointed arena, but video posted later online showed Rodman in sunglasses leading the crowd - many of them in sport coats and dress shirts - in a singing tribute to “The Marshal.” Then the Americans, in blue and white uniforms, faced off against the North Koreans, or the “Torch Team,” in red. Simon Cockerell, a tour guide with Beijing-based Koryo tours who is traveling with Rodman's group, described the event as a “bizarre and unusual occasion.” In a video dispatch from Pyongyang posted to Koryo's Facebook page, he said the teams played two 10-minute halves, with the North Koreans prevailing at the final buzzer (by a score of 47-39, according to Associated Press)