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Ariz. execution witness describes gruesome scene

azcentral.com — The first glimpse was from above, framed by two closed-circuit TVs. Joseph Rudolph Wood was strapped to a gurney in an orange jumpsuit as prison medical staff prepared to set intravenous lines in his arms. It was 1:30 in the afternoon at Housing Unit 9, the small, one-story, free-standing stucco building where executions are carried out at the Arizona Prison Complex-Florence.
Jul 24, 2014

"He gulped like a fish on land...I made a pencil stroke each time his mouth opened, and ticked off more than 640." azcentral.com/story/news/ari…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @fernandaNYT: Haunting piece by the Arizona Republic's @michaelbkiefer, a witness to the botched execution in #AZ: azc.cc/1rCSbzW

Jul 24, 2014

RT @pamelacolloff: First-hand account of last night's botched AZ execution: "He gulped like a fish on land...for an hour and a half." azc.cc/1rCSbzW

Jul 24, 2014

First-hand account of last night's botched AZ execution: "He gulped like a fish on land...for an hour and a half." azc.cc/1rCSbzW

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Closing arguments continue today in Hulsey trial

azcentral.com — Jurors in the state's longest, open death-penalty murder case will soon begin to ponder polar opposite explanations of how a Glendale police officer was gunned down during a routine traffic stop. Closing arguments in the case against Bryan Wayne Hulsey began Wednesday and continue today in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Jul 24, 2014

Arizona's longest open capital murder case: Closing arguments continue today in Hulsey trial azc.cc/1rCspf2 via @azcentral

Jul 24, 2014

Does missing slug create 'reasonable doubt' in Glendale PD murder trial? Jury gets to decide today: azc.cc/1rCspf2 via @azcentral

A moratorium on the death penalty is needed

azcentral.com — The increasingly irrational argument for attempting to humanely put a convict to death has run out the string in Arizona. It is not humane to leave a human being, however deserving of death, to gasp for air for two hours before dying, as double-murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood did on Wednesday.
Jul 24, 2014

Federal judge on death penalty: bit.ly/1nkIZ0i Arizona Republic editorial board calls for moratorium: bit.ly/1nkIZ0j

Jul 24, 2014

Great argument: Continue executions? Then chamber a round. And drop the delusion that we can put murderers to sleep: ow.ly/zxuGx

Jul 24, 2014

"None of this even addresses the bizarrely veiled means by which the state acquires its cocktail of execution drugs" azc.cc/1rCvvjm

Jul 24, 2014

House editorial today by Arizona Republic: A moratorium on the death penalty is needed azc.cc/1rCvvjm via @azcentral

France: Air Algerie flight with 116 vanishes in rough weather

azcentral.com — ALGIERS, Algeria - An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. Nearly half of the passengers were French.
Jul 24, 2014

Breaking news from azcentral.com: Another plane down? Air Algerie flight with 116 vanishes over Mali vbs.cm/t0LHDp

12 News anchors get ice desk for newscast

azcentral.com — How do you keep the news crew cool when working outside on a day like today? You make their desk out of ice, of course. You've seen us do lots of live television - in the field or right out on the 12 News plaza in downtown Phoenix.

Bill Thompson of 'Wallace and Ladmo' dies

azcentral.com — Bill "Wallace" Thompson, who created, produced and co-starred in "The Wallace and Ladmo Show," a children's program infused with offbeat humor that endeared it to generations of Arizonans during its more than 35-year run, has died. He was 82. The television program, which aired in various incarnations from 1954 to 1989, was historic and beloved.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @photomeisterAZR: Bill Thompson-'Wallace and Ladmo' dies azc.cc/1rCnYRq .My shot 12/27/89 not knowing what they meant to Phx. pic.twitter.com/HDiT2OFvpy

Jul 24, 2014

RT @ruelaswritings: Benson's Wallace cartoon is brilliant. Also, bottom of obit contains a reward: excerpts of scripts from the show. azcentral.com/story/news/loc…

Jul 24, 2014

:( “@azcentral: Bill "Wallace" Thompson of the beloved TV show "Wallace and Ladmo" dies at 82 ow.ly/zwsxp pic.twitter.com/hIzv4c9msz

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Arizona needs a timeout after botched execution

azcentral.com — Joseph Rudolph Wood III didn't die easily. At 1:53 p.m. this afternoon, his execution began. By 1:57 p.m., he was unconscious. At 2:02 p.m., he started gasping. For the next hour and a half, the man would cough and struggle to breathe until finally, mercifully - for the witnesses, at least -- he was at last pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.