Two Oklahoma State inmates have won the right to have their executions stayed until they learn exactly what drugs will be used in their executions and where they came from. The Oklahoma Supreme Court voted 5-4 to stay the executions until a proper hearing on the lawsuit can be heard.
Clayton Lockett was due to be executed April 22 for the death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman. The stay came just one day before he was to be put to death. A fellow inmate scheduled to be put to death on April 29 for the death of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter has also been temporarily spared.
Last month the state disclosed that it would be using up to five different drug combinations for executions after solutions of pentobarbital have been banned from being sold to the U.S. There has been a shroud of secrecy protecting the pharmacists and pharmacies that provide the drugs used in the executions, much to the dismay of prisoners and their lawyers. more >>
A transgender student at George Fox University in Oregon is fighting the college to move from an all-female dorm to an all-male dorm now that his transition is complete. The student, known only as Jayce M., has a lot of support from fellow students on campus, but the college says that it must stick to and follow its theological convictions.
"I have the right, as any other male, to live on campus with males," Jayce told KPTV. "I'm going to fight for that."
He has battled the school for over a week and has retained an attorney to help him fight to live on-campus with friends. Jayce does have the option to life off-campus or by himself in a single room, but that is not what he wants. He has gathered a great deal of support – over 14,000 people signed a petition to allow Jayce to live wherever he wants, including on campus. Those petitions have since been delivered to officials at George Fox University. more >>
Heidi Klum is facing backlash for posting photos from a photoshoot inspired by Native American costumes, which included feather headdresses and face paint.
Hostile responses began pouring in directly after Klum shared several photos on her Facebook page late last month. The photos feature models who are competition on "Germany's Next Top Model," the reality television series which Klum hosts.
"Here are my beautiful GNTM girls," Klum captioned the post, which featured 12 black-and-white photos. more >>
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has argued that illegal immigrants are not committing a felony, but are breaking the law as an act of love and commitment to family.
"It's an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family," Bush said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."
"I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid, but it shouldn't rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families," he added. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest from Kenya is mobilizing churches and believers to tackle the growing slaughter of rhinos and elephants, arguing that humans are supposed to help protect, not destroy, animals and the environment.
"I'm raising awareness that conserving the environment and protecting the animals is also serving God. This is rooted in our doctrines, our scriptures, [our] social teachings," Fr. Dr. Charles Odira, who heads the Commission for Pastoral and Lay Apostolate at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in an interview with National Geographic.
"Therefore, we're supposed to be stewards, not destroyers. It is from this perspective we're making people understand and take this as divine obligation." more >>
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta has apologized to disappointed Catholics who sent him letters asking why he built a $2.2 million residential mansion. He called the decision an "oversight."
"I failed to consider the impact on the families throughout the Archdiocese who, though struggling to pay their mortgages, utilities, tuition and other bills, faithfully respond year after year to my pleas to assist with funding our ministries and services," Gregory wrote in a piece for The Georgia Bulletin on Monday. "I failed to consider the difficult position in which I placed my auxiliary bishops, priests, deacons and staff who have to try to respond to inquiries from the faithful about recent media reports when they might not be sure what to believe themselves.
"To all of you, I apologize sincerely and from my heart." more >>