Nadia Drake, New York Times 6:56 am CDT, Thursday, July 11, 2019 Space preservationists worry that astronauts' footprints on the moon could be disturbed by commercial exploration. Space preservationists worry that astronauts' footprints on the moon could be disturbed by commercial exploration. Photo: Anonymous, HOPD Photo: Anonymous, HOPD Image 1 of / 32 Caption Close Image 1 of 32 Space preservationists worry that astronauts' footprints on the moon could be disturbed by commercial exploration. Space preservationists worry that astronauts' footprints on the moon could be disturbed by commercial exploration. Photo: Anonymous, HOPD Should Neil Armstrong's bootprints be on the moon forever? 1 / 32 … [Read more...] about Should Neil Armstrong’s bootprints be on the moon forever?
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MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers is considering enactment of an obscure 30-year-old early release program and halting reincarceration of offenders for rule violations to reduce Wisconsin's growing prison population. In an interview with Wisconsin Watch, Evers expressed optimism about his ability to accomplish a major campaign promise: to reduce by 50% the state's prison population, which is on course to hit an all-time high of 25,000 inmates by 2021. While 31 states saw decreases in their prison populations from 2017 to 2018, Wisconsin is not one of them. Currently, Wisconsin's prison system is 33% above capacity, with 18 of the state's 20 adult prisons listed as overcrowded. The prisons are also understaffed, with 7,650 full-time equivalent employees working the equivalent of nearly 900 additional FTEs. ___ The nonprofit news outlet Wisconsin Watch provided this article to The Associated Press through a collaboration with Institute for Nonprofit News. ___ In a July 2018 … [Read more...] about Hard road ahead for Gov. Tony Evers to cut prison population
Gallery: Close to 20 lawyers pitch Hamilton County Commission to become next General Sessions Court judge +18 more photos The Hamilton County Commission is one step closer to voting on a new General Sessions Court judge after interviewing nearly 20 applicants Wednesday. Going from 1 to 6 p.m., commissioners heard from 17 attorneys with wide backgrounds: public defenders, prosecutors, magistrates, current municipal and city judges, attorneys for the Department of Child Services, counsel for the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute and private lawyers alike each vied to replace Judge Clarence Shattuck once he retires April 1. Commissioners will consider their pitches — and two other applicants who could not make Wednesday's interview — before voting on March 27. If the commission votes on a replacement, that replacement will have to run for re-election in August 2020. Though commissioners hinted Wednesday at there being a few front runners, they did not name them. … [Read more...] about Nearly 20 lawyers pitch Hamilton County Commission to become next General Sessions Court judge
Before the Civil War, the Sabbath was the only time that most free, working Americans had off. In the late 1860s, while there were a few unenforced eight-hour-day laws on the books, most Americans worked 10 to 12 hours a day. In fact, the word weekend did not even exist until the 1870s. The first documented use of the word was in 1879, when a British magazine explained, “If a person leaves home at the end of his week’s work on the Saturday afternoon to spend the evening of Saturday and the following Sunday with friends at a distance, he is said to be spending his week-end at so-and-so.” However, before the weekend, many workers were already taking an informal second day off. They called it “keeping Saint Monday”—skipping work to recover from drinking all day Sunday. The practice was so common that Benjamin Franklin once bragged that he’d gotten promoted simply by consistently showing up for work on Monday: “My constant attendance (I … [Read more...] about People fought for time off from work, so stop working so much
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society.Senate passage of the bill by a vote of 87-12 culminates years of negotiations and gives President Donald Trump a signature policy victory, with the outcome hailed by scores of conservative and liberal advocacy groups. The House is expected to pass the bill this week, sending it to the president's desk for his signature.The bill gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. It also reduces the life sentence for some drug offenders with three convictions, or "three strikes," to 25 years. Another provision would allow about 2,600 federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the opportunity to petition for a reduced penalty. 13 … [Read more...] about Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice reform bill