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 email@example.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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