Author: Meredith St. Henry

Supreme Court Approves 2nd Federal Execution in 17 Years

Early Thursday morning, just two days after Daniel Lewis Lee was the first federal prisoner executed in 17 years, the Supreme Court approved another. In a 5-4 vote, the court lifted two court orders on keeping the execution of Wesley Ira Purkey on hold. Purkey is a convicted murder who kidnapped, raped, and killed a 16-year-old girl. Then he dismembered,…

Backlash Over Student Visa Guidelines Force White House to Back Up

There’s some positive news for international students. The White House abandoned guidelines that would have put many of those students at risk of deportation. The government had plans that would have required foreign students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic. The guidelines drew quick criticism and lawsuits from several…

Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty, Judge Denies Bail

In continuing coverage, Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, pleaded not guilty to charges she recruited girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 1997. Some of the girls were as young as 14. In court on Tuesday, her legal team proposed a $5 bail package to grant her release, saying she has not left the country since Epstein’s…

U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Work From Hospital Bed

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg plans to take part in the court’s arguments by phone while she is resting in the hospital Wednesday. She was hospitalized Tuesday for an infection caused by a gallstone. The court says she underwent non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition. She is expected to leave the hospital in a day or…

Daniel Lewis Lee Execution Completed

In continuing coverage, the first execution of a federal prisoner in the U.S. in 17 years is complete. Daniel Lewis Lee was executed by lethal injection Tuesday morning in Indiana. A witness says Lee admitted to mistakes, but claimed “I didn’t do it” until the very end. And his final words were, “you’re killing an innocent man.” Lee is a…

Mary Trump’s Tell-All Book on Pres. Trump is Officially Released

Mary Trump’s tell-all book about President Donald Trump is being released Tuesday. The book titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” has already made it to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. And New York’s Supreme Court lifted a temporary restraining order that prevented Mary Trump from promoting her book. Previously, the…

California Returns to Lockdown, Some Schools Plan for Online Learning

COVID-19 has claimed more than 135,000 American lives and more than 3.3 million people have been infected. More than 40 states are dealing with increasing infection rates, and some are rolling back their reopening plans. California is back in lockdown, with nearly all public spaces ordered to stop indoor activities and operations. This includes bars, restaurants, gyms, and places of…

Counterfeit Bills Crop up in Saint Ignace Area

The Saint Ignace Police Department is asking you to watch out for counterfeit bills that have been popping up in the area. They say the First National Bank in Saint Ignace alerted them to the problem, and several have been passed around “in the area for the past week or so.” The most obvious counterfeit was a $100 bill with…