On Monday, Georgia plans to execute Warren Hill, a man with an IQ of 70, who was convicted of committing two murders. The case raises difficult questions about the execution of developmentally disabled individuals. Further, the state, hampered by a shortage of lethal execution drugs, plans to use only one drug, instead of the cocktail it previously used.
Here’s a story that presents multiple interesting ethical issues. Yes, they’ve been covered before, but this case is now in the news; the execution is imminent. Nevertheless, a Google search reveals a scattering of brief stories, but not many that explore these issues.
You can find a notable exception at The Atlantic, where Ford Vox explores the issues in the context of the positions of the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of Georgia. The AMA opposes doctors’ participation in capital punishment, Vox writes, but the Medical Association of Georgia apparently “will be standing behind the doctor who will be making one of Georgia’s most questionable executions possible.”
Further, it [...]San Jose Mercury News: The Packard family’s Monterey Bay marine research legacy reaches 25
In the Mercury-News Paul Rogers has placed a story that can only exemplify what operators of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, or MBARI, can regard as good press. It’s a staple sort of story for regional press, about an institution founded by a local, wealthy, famous late person and kept going by the family. But Rogers has the advantage of writing about a place that, unless I am terribly mistaken, deserves good press. The founder is David Packard, tech-pioneer of the Hewlett-Packard electronics industrial edifice in Silicon Valley. The prime family member who keeps nourishing the better-known Monterey Bay Aquarium – of which she is exec. dir! . – and its science sibling MBARI is his daughter Julie.
For its 25th anniversary the place is having an open house. Rogers goes beyond saying that it’s a nifty opportunity to get behind the scenes of good science. He engagingly recounts its history. This includes a sketch of the abysmal ignorance, as in not knowing diddly about [...]Climate Central, CJR: Pitfalls of laying blame when the outdoors gets extreme
Two recent, sober analyses of extreme events on the landscape – one on widespread US drought and the other on recent and ferocious wildfires in and around the Rockies – offer lessons for any journalist covering such things.
Columbia Journalism Review/The Observatory – Tom Yulsman: Flames, Cause, and Context ; This is a link-filled roundup of stories on the fires consuming woodlands, forests, and prairie in western US. He moves expeditiously through the big picture and writes, “..as one fire after another seemed to pop up in the parched and sun-baked region in June and early July, reporters, bloggers and opinion writers began trying to move the story beyond the details of breaking news to causes and context. There was much to discuss.”The column’s strength is to zero in on how disparate coverage is, with some reporters favoring one theme, others another, in seeking to explain why this, why now? He brings attention and praise particularly to a widely picked-u! p, graphics-rich package with vivid text from the [...]Categories: About Journalism Environment & Energy Stories German Language Media Health & Medicine Stories Rastreador Científico en Español Science Stories Links Association of Health Care Journalists Council for the Advancement of Science Writing Health News Review Knight Science Journalism Fellowships Medien-Doktor – The German HealthNewsReview National Association of Science Writers Sigma Xi/American Scientist – Science in the News Society of Environmental Journalists The Observatory —CJR Get Tracker Posts: Entries (RSS) Comments (RSS) Archives: July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006
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