October 31, 2013 |
The documentary "Not Yet Begun to Fight" follows war veterans on the mend from different physical and psychological traumas as they take up fly fishing. Retired Marine Col. Eric Hastings, a Vietnam vet, co-founded the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation, a Bozeman, Mont., retreat that provides a six-day recreational program that supplements the rehabilitation regimens for wounded service personnel. Along for the ride are Marine Capt. Blake Smith, who survived a helicopter collision that left him paraplegic; retired Navy SEAL Elliott Miller, who was shot and lost his ability to speak; Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Hupp, wrestling with post-traumatic stress disorder; Marine Cpl. Erik Goodge, who lost his right eye in a blast; and Army Sgt. Erin Schaefer, also paraplegic.
September 6, 2013 |
A Montana judge's attempt to modify a 30-day prison sentence he gave a teacher convicted of raping a student was blocked Friday by the state's Supreme Court. Four of the six justices on Montana's highest court ruled that District Judge G. Todd Baugh could not move forward with a resentencing hearing scheduled for Friday in a bid to void the sentence imposed last week on Stacey Rambold. Rambold, 54, a Billings high school teacher, was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl, who killed herself in 2010 while the case was pending.
September 6, 2013 |
Montana's Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday to block a district judge's attempt to modify a previously imposed month-long prison sentence for a teacher convicted of raping a student. The Supreme Court decided that Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh cannot move forward with a hearing that had been scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. local time to void the 31-day prison sentence that he imposed last week on Stacey Rambold. The court's ruling came less than an hour before the hearing in Billings was to start.
September 4, 2013 |
Montana's top law-enforcement official has called a 30-day rape sentence handed down by a district judge last week "illegal" and filed an appeal Wednesday with the state supreme court. The notice, filed by the Montana attorney general, was a legal maneuver intended to preserve the state's legal right to appeal the sentence while prosecutors -- for procedural reasons -- ask District Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings to call off a Friday hearing the judge had called to readdress the sentence.
September 3, 2013 |
Kate Bosworth tied the knot last week wearing two Oscar de la Renta gowns. The "Straw Dogs" actress, 30, married director Michael Polish, 42, in an intimate ranch ceremony in Philipsburg, Mont., on Aug. 31, according to Martha Stewart Weddings, which helped organize the big day by mixing Victorian touches and romantic Western influences. Bosworth and Polish met when he directed her in the drama "Big Sur" in 2011, according to People, and the pair said it was love at first sight.
August 29, 2013 |
With a teenage rape victim dead and her rapist due to spend just 30 days behind bars, angry activists planned to protest a Montana judge's dismissive comments about the case Thursday. Earlier this week, State District Judge G. Todd Baugh, 71, sentenced former high school teacher Stacey Dean Rambold to 15 years in prison, with all but 31 days suspended. Rambold, 54, received credit for one day served, leaving 30 days due. Prosecutors had asked for 20 years, with 10 years suspended.
August 29, 2013 |
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Billings, Mont., on Thursday to protest a local judge's light sentence for a rapist whose teenage victim killed herself. State District Judge G. Todd Baugh, 71, gained national notoriety this week after sentencing former high school teacher Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, to a month in prison for raping a 14-year-old student. The rest of Rambold's 15-year sentence was suspended, which means he would serve his term outside of prison. The crowd gathered Thursday to call for Baugh's resignation as well as a review of the sentence after his comments that the teen was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as her teacher was. "We need to remove the judge from office, we need justice, and we need to move forward," said Marian Bradley, state president of the Montana National Organization for Women, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
August 28, 2013 |
A Montana judge has come under fire after handing down a 30-day sentence to a former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student and for making statements in court that the victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her teacher. Outrage is particularly sharp in Billings, where the crime took place, because the girl committed suicide in 2010, just shy of her 17th birthday, as the criminal case was pending. A protest was planned for Thursday, and organizers have called on Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh to resign.
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August 12, 2013 |
Stan Lynde, creator of the syndicated western comic strip "Rick O'Shay," which ran for 20 years in major newspapers and reached about 15 million readers, died Tuesday of cancer in Helena, Mont. He was 81. Lynde was a Korean War veteran who had studied journalism at the University of Montana and briefly worked on his family's ranch in Colorado when he realized he wanted to try to make it as a cartoonist. After buying a one-way ticket to New York City in the 1950s, he worked his way up to commodities reporter at the Wall Street Journal while attending the School of Visual Arts at night.
July 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer won't seek Montana's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, a blow to Democrats' hopes of holding the seat and preserving their overall Senate majority. The popular Democrat, who left the governor's office in 2013 after two terms, told the Associated Press that he “kicked the tires” on the race but decided he preferred Montana to Washington. “There are all kinds of people that think I should be in the U.S. Senate. But I never wanted to be in the U.S. Senate,” he said.