April 23, 2012

Solitary confinement     Photo: probabilistic/Flickr

Harris-Moore Put in Solitary Confinement

Lawyer protests Barefoot Bandit's isolation

The lawyer for jailed thief Colton Harris-Moore says that his client has been held in solitary confinement at Washington's Walla Walla State Penitentiary since April 11. The Department of Corrections confirmed Friday that Harris-Moore, 21, who is also known as the Barefoot Bandit, is being held in the intensive management unit for his own protection, a claim disputed by his lawyer. Harris-Moore was apprehended after a high-speed boat chase in July of 2010 and sentenced to 6.5 years in prison. Outside profiled Harris-Moore in March 2012 and December 2009.

Read more at the Seattle Times

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Mexico Passes Major Climate Law

Nation is second to act on warming

Mexico's senate voted unanimously on Thursday to pass a long-term climate change law that will curb carbon emissions and shift energy production to renewable sources. The bill aims to reduce emission growth to fifty percent by 2050 and obligates government agencies to use renewable energy. Mexico will also explore hydro-electricity, bio fuels, and solar and geothermal energy options. "No developing country in the world has a climate law, let alone a climate law that has this vision and this ambition," Vanessa Perez-Cirera, head of WWF Mexico's climate and energy programs, said. Mexican President Felipe Calderón is expected to sign the bill this week, making Mexico the second country after the United Kingdom to pass global-warming legislation.

Read more at Scientific American

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Elderly Woman Survives 3 Days in Ravine

New Zealand woman rescued after crash

An elderly woman is alive after crashing 920 feet into a ravine in New Zealand's North Island, then waiting three days to be rescued. Shirley Loft was discovered sitting under a tree after one of her neighbors launched a search and noticed scuff marks at the edge of a road. Loft, in her 70s, had managed to crawl out of her vehicle, and survived by drinking water from a nearby stream. She was rescued by helicopter and taken to a hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

Read more at GlobalPost

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Tsunami Soccer Ball To Be Returned

Debris washes up in Alaska

A soccer ball that was carried out to sea in the March 2011 Japanese tsunami has washed up in Alaska and will soon be returned to its owner. A radar-station technician in the Gulf of Alaska discovered the ball, which officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration traced to the Osabe School in Iwate Prefecture on Sunday. The ball is the first piece of tsunami debris found to be salvageable and contains identifying information. Earlier this month, the Coast Guard sunk a drifting fishing vessel in the Gulf of Alaska amid concerns that it could become a navigational hazard.

Read more at Reuters

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