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first_img ACLU Slams, Prosecutors welcome Sessions’ Call For Tougher ChargesIL for www.theindianalawyer.comThe American Civil Liberties Union says Attorney General Jeff Sessions is “repeating a failed experiment” by encouraging prosecutors to pursue tougher charges against most suspects.Udi Ofer, director of the organization’s Campaign for Smart Justice, said it sounds a lot like a throwback to the war on drugs. He says that effort in the 1970s and ’80s “devastated the lives and rights of millions of Americans” and disproportionately hurt minorities. He says Sessions risks repeating “a vicious cycle of incarceration” at a time when crime rates are low.Sessions’ memo to U.S. attorneys is an undoing of Obama-era policies that aimed to ease federal prison overcrowding and show lenience to nonviolent, lower-level drug offenders. Sessions says the opioid scourge shows the need to return to tougher tactics.Ofer says the policy is “draconian.”Some prosecutors, however, are praising Sessions’ new policy urging them to charge the most serious crimes against suspects.The move has been criticized by defense attorneys and advocates as likely to crowd federal prisons and subject lower-level drug offenders to long mandatory minimum sentences they see as unfairly harsh.But the head of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys says the new guidance will make the public safer.Lawrence Leiser said the policy will “restore the tools that Congress intended” federal prosecutors to use to punish drug traffickers and dismantle gangs.He says the policy is simply an application of sentencing laws approved by Congress.The policy undoes Obama-era guidance that Sessions says sidestepped federal law by allowing prosecutors to avoid charging some people with the most serious charges.The head of a defense attorneys organization the directive that prosecutors pursue tougher charges against suspects has stripped them of their ability to seek justice.Barry Pollack, of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, says the new policy will “yield unfair results” and marks a return to the failed policies of past administrations.Sessions is telling the nation’s federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against most suspects. That is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms by triggering mandatory minimum sentences. Sessions announced the move in a policy memo sent to U.S. attorneys. It’s long been expected from the former prosecutor who has made fighting violent crime the Justice Department’s priority.The change undoes Obama administration policies aimed at easing prison overcrowding and showing leniency for lower-level drug offenders. Critics of the shift say it will revive the worst aspects of the drug war. But Sessions has said a spike in violence in some big cities shows the need for a return to tougher tactics.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgEquinor, Orsted submit bids for New York’s 2.5GW offshore wind solicitation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Newsday:Norwegian energy conglomerate Equinor has bid to create another 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind power for New York state and Long Island with two projects. One, which would connect to the local electric grid in Nassau County, would more than double the number of turbines off Long Island to some 200. A second would be built around 50 miles from Montauk Point and connect to the state grid in Queens. The plan would also include conducting assembly work in Brooklyn.In disclosures Tuesday in response to a state request for proposals, Equinor said it would bolster its already state-awarded, 819-megawatt Empire Wind project off Long Island’s South Shore with another called Empire Wind 2 that will add 1,260 megawatts. Turbines of at least 10 megawatts each would mean that the prior project’s 80 or so turbines could be joined by another 120. Equinor’s federally approved lease area off Long Island encompasses some 80,000 acres, starting 15 miles due south of Long Beach and extending east and south.Equinor on Tuesday also submitted plans to offer a second project called Beacon Wind that would be built 50 miles from Montauk Point, off the coast of Massachusetts. It would be 1,230 megawatts and connect through Long Island Sound to Queens.The new proposals came in response to a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority bid request. In a statement, Siri Espedal Kindem, president of Equinor Wind U.S., said the company’s plans would include “significant new benefits for New York — from workforce training, economic development, and community benefits — alongside a tremendous amount of homegrown, renewable energy.”Meanwhile, Denmark-based Orsted, working with New England power company Eversource, has also submitted plans for a new offshore wind project called Sunrise Wind 2, a proposal that includes “multiple bids” that would create “hundreds of new jobs, and infrastructure investment,” according to a company statement. Con Edison Transmission will also work to develop transmission facilities for that project, the companies said.Orsted and Eversource already have contracts to develop a 130-megawatt wind farm for LIPA to serve the South Fork, and an 880-megawatt wind farm for the state. All of its hundreds of turbines would be based in a lease area off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.[Mark Harrington]More: Scores more wind turbines proposed for Long Island’s South Shorelast_img read more

first_imgREDWOOD FALLS, Minn. – A check for $1,000 and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lot go to the winner of Redwood Speedway’s IMCA Modified opening night event on Sunday, May 27.There is no entry fee and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the evening card. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Minnesota State and track points will be awarded.Pit gates at Redwood Falls open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students ages 10-17 and free for kids nine and under. Pit passes are $30.last_img read more

first_img Aug. 31, 2007   Box Score      FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Alaskan air didn’t cool off the UWF Volleyball team, as they posted a 30-25, 30-18, 30-24 win over Humboldt State in the opening match of the Nanook Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Junior Outside Hitter Kimberly Clark paced the offense with 14 kills, and setter Madeline Gonzalez had 41 Assists, as the Argos offense proved too strong for Humboldt State. “They had a hard time stopping our offense, and Maddie (Gonzalez) distributed the ball real well, which made us very efficient on offense,” explained Head Coach Melissa Wolter. She added, “Kim (Clark) had a really nice match as well.”Helping Clark with the offensive attack was Senior Danielle Spitzer (7 kills, 4 blocks), Junior Luciana Rapach (7 kills), Senior Isabela Gualberto (7 kills), and Freshmen Chelsea Wilhoite (6 kills). Defensively, the numbers showed a balanced team effort also, as Rapach (12 digs), Clark (8 digs), and Gonzalez (8 digs), lead the way for the Argos. The victory puts UWF at 5-0 for the young season, While Humboldt State drops to 3-3.The Argos with nearly an entire day of travel, and one day to acclimatize, appeared to not be affected by the unusual travel. Overall, Wolter thought the team adapted real well to the different environment and climate and was very pleased. However, the Argos real test is playing two Matches tomorrow (Saturday) against Alaska-Fairbanks and Hawaii-Hilo. Game times are 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM Central time.The players have decided to put together a summary of the trip, and below is the first day entry from Isabela Gualberto:August 29 – The first day: We left our home town (Pensacola) this past Wednesday to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity. Knowing that we would encounter good competition in Alaska had the whole entire team anxious and excited. Being an Argo is not an easy task, as Coach Melissa Wolter does not waist time. She knew we were not going to have time to practice that Wednesday because we were going to be traveling the entire day, and for that same reason, she scheduled a 6:15 am training session. We left the Pensacola airport at 11:50 am., and had two connecting flights to Alaska with stops in Atlanta and Salt Lake City, Utah.The first flight was only one hour. We landed at Atlanta at 2:01 pm., and we ate lunch as a team at Atlanta’s airport, and got to see Big Boy the famous Rapper from Outkast. Then, we left Atlanta for Salt Lake City, and then, finally, we made it to Alaska at midnight – and the sun had just set!! We had pictured Alaska one way, but when we got there, we found a big surprise: no snow!! Apparently, we all thought Alaska was going to be covered in ice. We got to see some cool things at the airport like the polar bear. Then we got to our hotel and we met our host Danny…and finally, we went to bed. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Volleyball Cruises in Alaska to Win First Match of Nanook Classiclast_img read more