The execution of three inmates has been put on hold, as the Supreme Court intervenes in a case that involves the controversy over the drugs states use to put people to death. The justices cited the sedative midazolam, which has been used in three executions that did not go smoothly.
The Supreme Court's stay is likely to hold until April, when it will hear arguments from three inmates who say that Oklahoma's execution protocol violates the U.S. Constitution.
The court's order did not elaborate on the reasons or debate behind the move:
Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:29 pm
They call it "The last McDonald's hamburger in Iceland." Purchased more than five years ago, it has been displayed in the National Museum of Iceland. Now a webcam has been devoted to the hamburger (with a side of fries), among the last sold by the American company in the country.
Joan Shelley appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. A native of Louisville, Ky., the singer-songwriter has been compared to the likes of Nick Drake and fellow Kentuckian Jim James. Her latest album is last year's moody, languid, country-inflected Electric Ursa.
For her Mountain Stage debut, Shelley is joined onstage by Sean Johnson on drums, bassist John Pedigo and Daniel Dorft on keyboards.