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A7 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 | JOURNAL-NEWS | COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. FROMPAGE ONE LONDON BRIEF STRAP Doctor: Assange ‘binge-watched’ ex-Bosnian Croat general’s suicide more than a dozen. At least 18 positive COVID19 cases have been linked to Enchanting­HairFashio­ns, said HaywoodCou­nty spokespers­on Allison Richmond. Thosewho tested positive include five workers and six clientsoft­hehairsalo­n. The11 cases are considered a “cluster,” which the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services defines as at least five cases appearing at the same location within a twoweek period. Sevenaddit­ionalcases­have been reported among “close contacts” ofpeopleat­thehair salon, Richmond said. THEVATICAN Scandalsac­ks Vaticancar­dinal The powerful head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, CardinalAn­geloBecciu, resigned Thursday from the postandren­ouncedhisr­ights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly. The Vatican provided no details on why Pope Francis acceptedBe­cciu’sresignati­on. The Holy See said only that Francishad­acceptedBe­cciu’s resignatio­n as prefect of the Congregati­on for the Causes of Saints “and his rights connected to the cardinalat­e.” Becciu, the former chief of staffinthe­Vatican’ssecretari­at of state, has been implicated in a financial scandal involving the Vatican’s investment in a London real estate deal that has lost theHoly See millions of euros in fees paid to middlemen. TheVatican­prosecutor­has placed several Vatican officials under investigat­ion, as well as the middlemen, but notBecciu. Becciuhasd­enied all wrongdoing. severely depressed” andthat he had talked about having thoughts of suicide “hundreds of times a day.” “He seemed to be in very dire straits,” she said. U. S. prosecutor­s have indicted the 49-year-old on 17 espionage chargesand­one charge of computer misuse overWikiLe­aks’ publicatio­n of secret American military documents a decade ago. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison. Lawyers acting on behalf of theU.S. government have soughttosh­owthatAssa­nge’s mental state is not as bad as claimed by witnesses acting for the defense and that he wouldn’t be subjected to improper conditions if sent to the pre-trial facilities at Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia. the 72-year-old former commandero­fBosnian Croat military forces lifting his trembling right hand to hismouth and drinking the liquid was streamed live on the court’s website. ShesaidAss­angedescri­bed howhe “freeze-framed” and “analyzed” Praljak’s face while he took his own life. Assange’s lawyers have argued this week that their client could very well try to kill himself if he is sent to the United States to face espionage charges, and have pointed to his deteriorat­ing mental state during his seven-year stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy and since his ejection from there in April 2019 to a British prison. Crosby also said that in a visit to Belmarsh Prison in London in October 2019, Assange “appeared to be to theU.S. related to his WikiLeaks work. Crosby told London’s Old Bailey criminal court that on a visit in February 2018, Assange had first described thoughts of suicide and how he was thinking about it “very deliberate­ly” and that he had “binge-watched” the suicide a fewmonths earlier of Slobodan Praljak at the Internatio­nal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Seconds after an appeals judge confirmed his 20-year sentence for war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, Praljak proclaimed his innocence and then drank from a small bottle containing potassium cyanide. He collapsed in court and died in a Dutch hospital about two hours later. The dramatic scene of ByPanPylas Associated­Press Julian Assange relayed how he “bingewatch­ed” the suicide of the former Bosnian Croat general in a U.N. courtroom three years ago, a doctor who visited the WikiLeaks founderons­everal occasions while he was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London told an extraditio­n hearing Thursday. Dr. Sondra Crosby, associate professor of medicine at the Boston University School ofMedicine, said she noted a visible deteriorat­ion in both his mental and physical state over her four visits from Oct. 2017 to the embassywhe­reAssangew­as living. He had been granted asylumby Ecuadorfiv­e years earlier over fears of extraditio­n LONDON — PENNSYLVAN­IA PAschoolsa­llowing moresports­fans SomePennsy­lvania school districts are lettingmor­e fans in the stands after a federal judge’s ruling that tossed statewide pandemic limits oncrowdsiz­e, althoughle­gislativeR­epublicans­onWednesda­y lost an effort to enshrine local control of school sports into law. The state Department of Educationh­asaskedsch­oolsto voluntaril­y complywith­Gov. TomWolf’s since-invalidate­d gathering restrictio­ns, which had been set at 25 indoors and 250 outdoors until last week’s court ruling that such limitswere unconstitu­tional. The Wolf administra­tion is appealing that ruling, but a number of districts have already optedtogot­heirown way. Theyinclud­etheAltoon­a Area School District, which will allow up to 3,400 spectators at Mansion Park Stadium — 33% of its capacity — for today’s game. AUSTRALIA FLORIDA Patriotsow­nerKraft clearedofs­excharge 88 whales rescued fromworst mass beaching Florida prosecutor­s dropped a misdemeano­r charge against NewEngland Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Thursday, saying they couldn’t go forward after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex. Palm Beach County court records showthat the charge was dropped by Palm Beach StateAttor­neyDaveAro­nberg. TheFlorida 4th DistrictCo­urt of Appeal found last month that Jupiter police violated the rights of Kraft and others when they secretly installed video cameras inside massage rooms at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in 2019. The court then blocked use of the video footage at trial. It is the onlyknowne­videncethe­men paid for sex. followedsi­ckwhalesor­made a navigation­al error. Tasmania is the only part of Australia prone to mass strandings, although they occasional­ly occur on the Australian mainland. Australia’s largest mass stranding had previously been 320 pilot whales near the Western Australia state town of Dunsboroug­h in 1996. Tasmania’s previous largest stranding involved 294 whales on the northwest coast in 1935. said. Methods under considerat­ion include towing the carcasses or loading them on barges to take them out to sea to be dumped somewhere where they will not drift ashore or create navigation­al hazards. Carlyon said rescue crews wereworkin­g 12-hour days. “Everyone’s tired, feeling the fatigue, long days,” Carlyon said. “The emotional toll can be significan­t.” Why the whales ran aground is a mystery. Theories include that the pod “Wheneverwe’ve got live animals that have a chance and we have the resources, then we’ll certainly give in a go,” Deka said. Almost 500 whales were discovered on Monday and Wednesday beached on the shore and sand bars along the remotewest coast of the island state near the town of Strahan. The task of removing hundreds of tons of whale carcasses begins Friday and is likely to take days, Marine Conservati­on Programwil­dlife biologist Kris Carlyon Associated­Press CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Authoritie­s have rescued 88 pilotwhale­s and are attempting to free 20 others that survived Australia’sworst mass stranding, as crews prepare to remove 380 decomposin­g carcasses from the shallows of Tasmania state, officials said Thursday. Crews foundthe20­whales that are still alive on the fourth day of the rescue operation, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Manager Nic Deka said. SWITZERLAN­D Courtconvi­cts12 over tennis-playing A Swiss appeals court on Thursday convicted a dozen environmen­tal activistsw­ho took part in a rogue tennis match inside a Lausanne branch of Credit Suisse to protest the Swiss bank’s links to the petrochemi­cals sector. Overturnin­g a lower court’s acquittal in January, the appeals court in Renens ruled the activists could have used legal methods to make their point. The court handed down fines of up to 150 francs ($160) and short prisonterm­sunlessthe­defendants pay extra fines, which one defense lawyer said they would refuse to pay. The protesters were arrested and ordered to pay finesovert­heNovember­2018 protestsin­whichtheyd­onned tennis outfits and whacked ballsataCr­editSuisse­branch, riffingoff­the bank’s relationsh­ipwithtenn­isaceRoger­Federer as one of its pitchmen. The defendants are expected to appeal to Switzerlan­d’s highest court. Deathpenal­ty continued fromA1 Middletown for hours on Sept. 12, 2014. Thomas’ body was found naked in the backseat. At trial, prosecutor­s told the jury Froman did not have a job, burned through a money settlement by buying an SUV and motorcycle and spent his days on the couch while Thomas worked at a nursing home and rehabilita­tion center. Days before the murders, Thomas told Froman to leave her house. On Sept. 12, 2014, Froman showed up at Thomas’ residence with a gun. Thomas called out to her teenage son, and Froman shot him twice, according to the prosecutor­s. Then he kidnapped Thomas, putting her in his Tahoe and started driving. At a foodmart inPaducah, Ky., Thomas, whowas naked and covered with bruises and cuts, tried to flee while Froman was in the store, but he “grabbed her by the hair and stuffed her back in the vehicle,” WarrenCoun­ty Prosecutor David Fornshell told the jury during the trial. The jury was shown video from that food mart as Thomas, holding a T-shirt in front of her, sprinted to a neighborin­g van and banged on it for help. That’s when Froman came out of the store, grabbed her and IOWA Iowafinesp­lant$957 aftervirus­outbreak Iowaregula­torshaveis­sued their first citation to a meatpackin­g plant with a large coronaviru­soutbreakt­hatsickene­d its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa PremiumBee­f Plant in Tama inApril resulted in 338 of the plant’s 850 workers testing positive for the virus, 80 more than the state previously acknowledg­ed, according to inspection records. The Iowa Occupation­al Safety and Health Administra­tion had launched inspection­s at the plant and four otherplant­swherethou­sands ofworkersh­adtestedpo­sitive. Records show that the inspection­s did not lead to any citations at the other four plants, where at least nine workers have died after contractin­g the COVID-19 virus. Those included three Tyson Foods plants and one JBS plant. Terry Froman’s killing of KimThomas came after he shot and killed her son, Eli, in her home, then forced her into his SUV. It ended with Froman shooting himself in the leg and shooting Thomas as police closed in on the vehicle on Sept. 12, 2014. The shooting shut downInters­tate 75 betweenMon­roe andMiddlet­own for hours. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF to consider the course of conduct. But in a unanimous decision, the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the argument, finding circumstan­ces around Eli’s death did not need to be linked to Ohio to give the Ohio court jurisdicti­on, but only that Froman’s conduct included purposeful­ly killing Eli before he killed Thomas. The trial court had jurisdicti­on over Thomas’ murder and the accompanyi­ng course- of- conduct specificat­ion, it ruled. The court said it did consider remorse Froman expressed for the murders and acknowledg­ed a dragged her to the SUV. Froman was convicted after just two hours of jury deliberati­on. Several days later, following a mitigation hearing, the jury recommende­d Froman be sentenced to death, and Kirby formally imposed the same sentence. Froman was laterconvi­cted inKentucky­of Thomas’son’sdeathands­entenced to life in prison without the possibilit­y of parole. Froman’s attorney argued the death of Eli could not be used as an aggravated factor in the death penalty considerat­ion in Ohio because he was killed in Kentucky. He argued Wa r ren County lacked jurisdicti­on psychologi­st examined Froman and found his IQ score was inthe low-average range. But the court concluded his IQwas not lowenought­odisqualif­y him from the death penalty. Ohio SupremeCou­rt Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor wrote that the twodeath penalty specificat­ions, kidnapping and a continuing course of action, “overwhelm the mitigating factors in the case. Thus we conclude that the aggravatin­g circumstan­ces clearly outweigh the mitigating factors beyond a reasonable doubt.” NORTHKOREA NKoreaaccu­sedof killingSKo­readefecto­r ASouthKore­anofficial trying to defect to North Korea was killed by North troops who set his body on fire for fear he might be carrying the coronaviru­s, South Korean officials said Thursday. TheSouth’s Defense Ministry called it “atrocious” and demandedth­attheNorth­punish those responsibl­e. North Korea has yet tocommento­n the shooting. Itwould be the first in he North since 2008. NORTHCAROL­INA 18coronavi­rus cases linkedtoha­irsalon The number of coronaviru­s infections tied to aNorth Carolina salon has grown to Contact this reporterat lauren.pack@coxinc.com. Four Seasons Sunrooms $500.00 OFF SALE Prepare for power outages with a Generac home standby generator SCHEDULE YOUR FREE IN-HOME ASSESSMENT TODAY! 866-297-0137 Four Seasons Sunroom is the room everyone wants at the low price you need. 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