National

From a First Arrest to a Life Sentence

(Washington Post) – Sharanda Jones — prisoner 33177-077 — struggled to describe the moment in 1999 when a federal judge sentenced her to life in prison after her conviction on a single cocaine offense. She was a first-time, nonviolent offender. “I was numb,” Jones said Read More

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Politics

Pressure Ramps Up for Toronto Mayor to Step Aside

by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — City councilors called on Toronto’s deputy mayor Wednesday to “orchestrate a dignified exit from city hall” for Mayor Rob Ford, who acknowledged smoking crack in a “drunken stupor.” One of the mayor’s policy advisers, meanwhile, resigned. That Read More