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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To a story out of New York City, where a Bronx man has been charged with man­slaugh­ter af­ter he beat his wife’s would-be rapist to death. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, a 51-year-old woman was hit over the head with a chair in­side her apart­ment at about 10:15 p.m. Mon­day af­ter her at­tacker il­le­gally en­tered the build­ing and forcibly re­moved her clothes. The woman fought him off and was able to dial her hus­band, who was out­side and rushed in. Sur­veil­lance cameras caught the af­ter­math, where the sus­pect is seen ex­it­ing the apart­ment shirt­less only to en­counter his vic­tim’s hus­band armed with a tire iron. The hus­band beat him with the weapon un­til he was un­con­scious, and the sus­pect later died from his in­juries. The sus­pect had a long his­tory of ar­rests, but le­gal ex­perts say po­lice were forced to charge the hus­band be­cause the dan­ger was al­ready over by the time he in­ter­vened. Despite what our le­gal sys­tem may say, we stand be­hind the Bi­b­li­cal jus­tice that this hus­band handed down to his wife’s at­tacker. The good news out of it all may be that the hus­band is ex­pected to be re­leased prior to trial, and his case will be re­viewed by the grand jury, where we hope they toss it.

To the heart-wrench­ing tale that came from the Cincin­nati Zoo late last week that even cap­tured the at­ten­tion of our pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls. A tod­dler es­caped the at­ten­tion of his mother and wrig­gled through pro­tec­tive mea­sures at the zoo’s go­rilla en­clo­sure, fall­ing 15 feet into about 18 inches of wa­ter. There by­standers recorded the har­row­ing or­deal on cell­phone video as Harambe, a 17-year-old, 450-pound sil­ver­back go­rilla, pulled the boy through the en­clo­sure and gripped him tightly. While the an­i­mal was not in­ten­tion­ally vi­o­lent, zoo of­fi­cials feared that an up­set Harambe may hurt or kill the child and made the de­ci­sion to shoot the go­rilla. The in­ci­dent has struck na­tional out­rage from an­i­mal rights ac­tivists as Ohio pros­e­cu­tors in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent for pos­si­ble crim­i­nal charges. While many lashed out at the boy’s mother on­line for be­ing inat­ten­tive, we un­der­stand that mis­takes hap­pen. Un­for­tu­nately for all in­volved in this sit­u­a­tion, that mis­take led to tragic out­comes that surely will stick with all.

To the news that Pearce Creek res­i­dents have been rec­om­mended to switch to bot­tled wa­ter fol­low­ing con­cerns about man­ganese lev­els in lo­cal well wa­ter. A branch of the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol in­formed the county and res­i­dents of its rec­om­men­da­tion late last week af­ter re­view­ing find­ings from 2013 data that showed el­e­vated lev­els of the el­e­ment that is thought to in­crease de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues in chil­dren at high dosages. While we ap­plaud the state and fed­eral govern­ment for step­ping up to fund the bot­tled wa­ter dis­sem­i­na­tion, we ques­tion why it took 22 months for the CDC to come to its rec­om­men­da­tion. Ex­pla­na­tions for the de­lay were not very sat­is­fy­ing at a com­mu­nity meet­ing last week­end, and we hope that such rec­om­men­da­tions are ex­pe­dited for fu­ture cases.

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