Media witness: Honken used time before execution for himself

first_imgDate: 07/17/2020 08:03 PMBC-US–Federal Execution, 12th Ld-Writethru/1091Eds: UPDATES: With AP Photos. EDITS: Tightens. Links additional photos NOTE CONTENTS: Includes graphic details of execution.Iowa meth kingpin is 3rd executed by US government this weekMICHAEL TARMAssociated PressTERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – The U.S. government on Friday put to death an Iowa chemistry student-turned-meth kingpin convicted of killing five people, capping a week in which the Trump administration restored federal executions after a 17-year hiatus.Dustin Honken, 52, who prosecutors said killed key witnesses to stop them from testifying in his drugs case, received a lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Two others were also put to death during the week after a hiatus of nearly 20 years, including Wesley Purkey. His lawyers contended he had dementia and didn’t know why he was being executed.The first in the spate federal executions happened Tuesday, when Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death for killing a family in the 1990s as part of a plot to build a whites-only nation. Lee’s execution, like Purkey’s, went ahead only after the U.S. Supreme Court gave it a green light in a 5-4 decision hours before.Honken, who had been on death row since 2005, was pronounced dead at 4:36 p.m. The inmate – known for his verbosity at hearings and for a rambling statement declaring his innocence at sentencing – spoke only briefly, neither addressing victims’ family members nor saying he was sorry. His last words were, “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for me.”A Catholic priest, Honken‘s spiritual adviser, stood near him inside the death chamber. Honken spoke on his back, strapped to a gurney under a pale-green sheet. He didn’t look toward witnesses behind a glass barrier, keeping his eyes firmly fixed on the ceiling.Honken‘s lawyer, Shawn Nolan, said his client was “redeemed” and had repented for his crimes.“There was no reason for the government to kill him, in haste or at all,” Nolan said. “The man they killed today … could have spent the rest of his days helping others and further redeeming himself.”In a statement, Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said “just punishment has been carried out.”“Nearly three decades after Honken coldly ended the lives of five people … all in an effort to protect himself and his criminal enterprise, he has finally faced justice,” Kupec said.After officials began administering the lethal injection, Honken began blinking his eyes, his fingers twitching and his lips quivering. After several minutes his breathing became more labored. He turned increasingly ashen as blood drained from his face and hands. His fingers gradually stopped twitching, and his breathing became shallower until it stopped.Honken was pronounced dead after 30 minutes – longer than the other two executions. An official with a stethoscope walked into the small death chamber, put his fingers on Honken‘s neck to check for a pulse, listened for a heartbeat, then exited.Seconds later, officials announced the time of death.Honken, whose crimes struck at the foundation of the U.S. justice system, always seemed the least likely to win a reprieve from the courts. After the two previous executions were repeatedly delayed amid back-and-forth legal maneuvering, Honken‘s began almost on the minute it had been scheduled for weeks.While out on bond in his drugs case in July 1993, Honken and his girlfriend Angela Johnson kidnapped Lori Duncan and her two daughters from their Mason City, Iowa, home, then killed and buried them in a wooded area nearby. Ten-year-old Kandi and 6-year-old Amber were still in their swimsuits on the hot summer day when they were shot execution-style in the back of the head.Their primary target that day was Lori Duncan’s then-boyfriend, Greg Nicholson, who also lived at the home and was also killed. He and Lori Duncan were bound and gagged and shot multiple times. Honken had recently learned Nicholson, a former drug-dealing associate, was cooperating with investigators and would likely testify against Honken at trial.Lori Duncan didn’t know Nicholson was an informant and she wasn’t involved in drugs.As the investigation into Honken continued, he killed another drug dealer working with him, Terry DeGeus, beating him with a bat and shooting him.Honken had earlier informed the judge in his drug case that he would plead guilty at the end of July. But days after the still-undiscovered killings of Nicholson and the Duncans, he told the court he would stick to his not guilty plea.A statement from the Duncan family said the execution provided a degree of justice and closure to the family.The two young Duncan girls “never had a chance to grow up and share in the joys and sorrows of their life,” it said. “Their mother never got to see them having their first dance, first date or first walk down the aisle at their wedding.”“We will continue to live with their loss,” it said. “However, this is a step toward healing of broken hearts and shattered lives.”Investigators found the Nicholson and Duncan bodies only seven years after the killings, in 2000, after Johnson scrawled out a map showing a jailhouse informant where they were buried. DeGeus’ body was found a few miles from the wooded area.Honken was considered so dangerous that the judge took the rare step of impaneling an anonymous jury. Other security measures included fitting Honken with a stun belt under his clothes to prevent him from trying to escape.Johnson, Honken‘s girlfriend, was convicted in a separate trial and sentenced to death. A judge later reduced her sentence to life behind bars.In recent days, prison authorities permitted Honken to make his last calls to family and friends, according to Sister Betty Donoghue, a Catholic nun whom he called Wednesday.On death row, Honken befriended Lee and knew his execution was called off one hour, then was back on another hour, Donoghue said.“He was very upset with the way Danny died,” said Donoghue, who visited Honken regularly over the past decade.Yet Donoghue, of the Sisters of Providence just outside Terre Haute, said she was startled by how calm Honken sounded over the phone.“He was at peace. I was totally amazed,” she said. “He believed he would go to heaven. He is ready to meet his maker.”At his sentencing in 2005, Honken denied killing anybody, but Donoghue said she never heard him say he was innocent.Honken‘s mother, brother and college-age daughter visited him in prison in recent days, she said. TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA — North-central Iowa drug kingpin Dustin Honken was executed late Friday afternoon. The 52-year-old Honken, who prosecutors said killed key witnesses to stop them from testifying in his drugs case, received a lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Two others were also put to death during the week after a hiatus of nearly 20 years. Reporter Heather Good of CBS television affiliate WTHI-TV in Terre Haute was among the media witnesses who saw Friday’s execution.   “Dustin Honken used his time really for himself. He recited a poem and a prayer, never once looking up to anyone in the media room or any other room.” Honken, who had been on death row since 2005, was pronounced dead at 3:36 PM Iowa Time. The inmate – known for his verbosity at hearings and for a rambling statement declaring his innocence at sentencing – spoke only briefly, with his last words being, “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for me.” ======Below is the Associated Press’ final report regarding Honken’s executionlast_img read more

Nominations open for PNG snooker titles

first_imgPNG Billiards and Snooker vice president John Chan said nomination forms can be picked up from the Dragon’s Den, Lamana Q Club, Laguna Hotel and Aviat Club.He said the registration fees are K150 to participate in the B Grade or minor title and K200 for the A Grade or major title.Chan said there will be only 40 players for the A Grade and 48 players for the B Grade.”It is important that the players nominate and pay their registration fees early as it will be ‘first come, first serve’ basis for this prestigious event on the PNG Snooker calendar,” said ChanHe said this year’s titles were significant as the event would coincide with PNG’s 40th Independence celebrations.”We are awaiting approval from the National Events Minister Justin Tkatchenko to use the 40th anniversary logo on the uniforms to make it a special event,” said Chan.He said companies who wished to be sponsors of this event may do so.”To support this special event, we have the platinum (K5,000), gold (K2,500), silver (K1,500) and bronze (K750) sponsorships available for those companies who want to support snooker in PNG,” said Chan.Nominations and registration will close on September 7th. The snooker titles will run from September 10th to the 20th.last_img read more

Palace’s Pardew feeling the heat

first_img EVERTON vs MANCHESTER UNITED Tomorrow MANCHESTER CITY vs CHELSEA Sunday United captain Wayne Rooney will miss the game against his former club because of suspension after collecting his fifth booking of the season in the 4-1 win over West Ham in the League Cup on Wednesday. Paul Pogba returns from suspension for United, however. There could be some spikiness on the touchline, with United manager Jose Mourinho unhappy that his Everton counterpart, Ronald Koeman, has publicly said he would like to sign Rooney and fellow United player Memphis Depay. On This Weekend MANCHESTER, England (AP): It took Swansea’s new American owners less than three months to make their first managerial change, installing Bob Bradley in a bid to steer the club to Premier League safety. The US businessmen in part-control of Crystal Palace have been in situ for nearly a year and now have their own coaching decision to take. Is it time to get rid of Alan Pardew? Pardew’s position as Palace manager looks increasingly fragile, with the team losing its last six league games and conceding goals at an alarming rate. The chaotic 5-4 loss at Bradley’s Swansea last weekend saw Palace at its infuriating worst, unable to defend set pieces or a lead going into injury time. Pardew has reportedly held talks with Palace chairman Steve Parish, who along with American co-owners David Blitzer and Josh Harris will decide on the manager’s future. A home loss to Southampton tomorrow could drop Palace, who are currently fourth-to-last in the standings, into the relegation zone. “They are very patient and loyal,” Pardew said two weeks ago of his American bosses, adding: “They’re not looking for a short-term fix or a quick profit margin.” Yet, the statistics don’t make good reading for Pardew: Palace have the worst points-per-game record of all teams in England’s four leagues in 2016, has the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League (26 goals against in 13 games), and has conceded 13 goals from set pieces this season. Pardew joined Palace in January 2015 after quitting Newcastle, where he made headlines because of his frequent flare-ups in the coaches’ technical area – including head-butting an opposing player as they jostled for a ball at a throw-in. He is calmer on the touchline now, while much of the arrogance some accused Pardew of having appears to have gone. Palace finished in a club-record 10th place in the Premier League in Pardew’s first season in charge, then started last season well before a drastic dip in form saw them narrowly avoiding relegation. A run to the FA Cup final, where Palace lost to Manchester United, spared Pardew from more scrutiny. Palace broke their transfer record twice in the offseason to sign England winger Andros Townsend and then Belgium striker Christian Benteke. Scoring hasn’t been a problem for the team nicknamed “The Eagles,” who are the fifth-highest scorers in the league, but they can’t keep the goals out at the other end. The loss of Pape Souare, who broke his leg in a car crash in September, has deprived Pardew of his starting left back and the coach has been unable to improve Palace’s defending at set pieces even though the team is spending more time on that area on the training ground. Three of Swansea’s goals came via that route last weekend. Southampton, meanwhile, are buoyant after beating Arsenal 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the English League Cup. Also, second-place Liverpool begin a five-week spell without playmaker Philippe Coutinho in a match at Bournemouth tomorrow when fourth-place Arsenal visit West Ham and Tottenham host Swansea. Defending champions Leicester are two points above the bottom three going into a match at last-place Sunderland. Manchester City vs Chelsea Time: 7:30 a.m Crystal Palace vs Southampton Time: 10 a.m Stoke City vs Burnley Time: 10 a.m Sunderland vs Leicester Time: 10 a.m Tottenham vs Swansea Time: 10 a.m West Brom vs Watford Time: 10 a.m West Ham vs Arsenal Time: 12:30 a.m: There was no hiding Pep Guardiola’s appreciation of Antonio Conte when the Manchester City manager was asked who his major coaching rivals might be in his first season in English football. “Conte is a master tactician,” Guardiola said at his presentation news conference in July. “A great signing for Chelsea.” Guardiola has been proved correct. Chelsea arrive at Etihad Stadium tomorrow in the standout game of the round in first place, and on a seven-game winning run since switching to a three-man defence. Guardiola cannot seem to settle on his best formation, regularly switching from a four-man defence to three at the back even during games. City are third in the standings. It should be an intriguing battle between two of the most respected tacticians in football. Bournemouth vs Liverpool Time: 8:30 a.m Everton vs Manchester United Time: 11 a.m Monday Middlesbrough vs Hull City Time: 3 p.mlast_img read more

Harbour View on top at INSPORTS Primary Champs

first_imgHarbour View are the leaders going into today’s third day of competition in the INSPORTS Primary School Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. After two days of action, Harbour View lead the standings with 16 points after three finals. They are followed by Port Morant (13), Lyssons (11), New Providence and Gregory Park on (nine each), Kensington (seven), defending champions Naggo Head and Holy Family on (six each ) and St Catherine and Excelsior on (five each). Two records were broken yesterday. New Providence’s Teddy-Ann Arthurs broke the girls’ high jump open record with a leap of 1.50m. Arthurs’ efforts erased the previous mark of 1.48m, which was set in 2010 by Kashema Carter of Naggo Head. Kiara South from Kensington was second in 1.45m ahead of Naggo Head’s Samoya Ashbourne 1.40m. The 11-year-old Arthurs was delighted with her performance. “I am feeling very happy. The event wasn’t that difficult because I trained very for hard to win it,” she said. ALWAYS CONFIDENT Orlando Graham, who coaches Arthurs, said he was always confident that his charge would have won the event. “I knew that she had it in her. You can expect great things from her because she has the potential. She just needs somebody to guide her along the way,” Graham said. Gregory Park’s Janiel Mignott accounted for the second record of the day when she won the girls’ cricket ball open with a new mark of 51.45m. Mignott’s efforts erased the previous mark of 49.45, which was held by Deandra Haye of Time and Patience. Harbour View’s Sojohn Gayle was second in the event with a mark of 47.16m, while Rasheeda Samuels of Lyssons was third with 44.98m Tarance Williams of Harbour View won the boys’ long jump open with a leap of 4.77m. Port Morant’s pair of Ramnoroy Brown, 4.75m, and Roemar Bryan, 4.72m, were second and third respectively. Eleven finals will be contested today.last_img read more

Olynyk scores career-high 32 for Heat in return to Boston

first_imgMiami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Boston. Olynyk scored a career-high 32 points as the Heat won 90-89. APBOSTON — Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 32 points in his rousing return to Boston, and the undermanned Miami Heat hung on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) for a 90-89 victory over the Celtics.On a night when the Celtics honored their former forward in his first game back, the popular Olynyk received a standing ovation from Boston fans and led the Heat (16-15) to another win against the top team in the Eastern Conference. Josh Richardson had 19 points and six assists for Miami, which took two of three in the season series. The Heat ended Boston’s 16-game winning streak earlier this season with a victory at home.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Miami led 87-76 with 2 1/2 minutes left before Irving sparked a 13-3 run with nine points.Miami pulled out to a 71-60 lead when Olynyk drained consecutive 3-pointers in front of Boston’s bench with just under 10 minutes to go.The Celtics sliced it to 79-75, but Richardson converted a three-point play and Olynyk nailed a 3 on consecutive possessions with less than five minutes left.The Heat went on a 15-2 run midway through the third quarter, taking their first lead and building a 58-51 advantage on Bam Adebayo’s one-handed flip in the lane.The Celtics honored Olynyk as the “Hero Among Us” for doing more than 100 community appearances and helping raise thousands of dollars for their charity when he was with the team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Olynyk signed with Miami as a free agent during the offseason. His previous high was 30 points on Dec. 15, 2014.When this one was over, he took photos with fans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKyrie Irving paced the Celtics (26-8) with 33 points, but missed a jumper from the right wing that bounced off the rim at the buzzer. Jaylen Brown scored 16 and Marcus Smart had 15.Boston big man Al Horford went 2 for 10 from the floor with eight rebounds and fouled out with 8:14 to play. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Gymnast McKayla Maroney says settlement covered up sex abuse OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I think it’s a fun way to honor. It’s bigger than what you do on the court,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said before the game. “He embraced that, and I thought he lived that out well. It wasn’t just talk when the cameras were on. He was out all the time.”There was a brief video of Olynyk doing events and he was given a standing ovation early in the second quarter.Goran Dragic missed his second straight game with a sore left elbow and Justise Winslow sat out his fourth in a row with strained left knee for the Heat. It was the second consecutive game in which the Heat were missing six players due to injuries.Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum dislocated his right pinkie when it was stepped on after he dove for a loose ball in the opening minutes. He went straight to the locker room, but returned late in the first quarter.The teams combined to miss 24 shots in the second quarter — with both under 39 percent — and went long stretches without a basket.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

Kick It Out slam Mackay’s appointment as Wigan boss

first_img1 New Wigan manager Malky Mackay Wigan have been accused of disregarding the Football Association’s ongoing investigation into Malky Mackay by appointing the Scot as their new manager.The Championship club have announced the former Cardiff boss will succeed Uwe Rosler at the helm despite Mackay being still investigated by the FA for last season’s text message scandal.The 42-year-old was forced to pull out of the running to become Crystal Palace manager in August over claims he sent text messages of a homophobic, racist and sexist nature to former colleague Iain Moody during his time in Wales.And football’s anti-discrimination body Kick It Out has questioned his appointment.A Kick It Out statement said: “The FA began investigating in August alleged racist, anti-Semitic, sexist and homophobic comments made by Malky Mackay and Iain Moody, and we are still yet to hear whether this is near to reaching its conclusion almost three months on.Where does the case now lie and how close are we to seeing whether the FA will take the appropriate action?“Wigan Athletic have disregarded the ongoing investigation being undertaken by the FA, and any potential punishment Mackay may face, by taking the decision to appoint him.“We need to see leadership, and a respect for the processes in place, shown by football club owners to demonstrate how seriously they take tackling issues of exclusion, prejudice and discrimination.”Kick It Out also called on the FA to clarify whether it is happy with Wigan’s action.It added: “It remains to be seen if Wigan’s position is one which the FA and all of football’s so-called ‘family’ are happy with.“The FA now needs to move swiftly to let everybody know whether they agree with Wigan’s position or whether they will reinforce their own zero-tolerance stance on all such matters of equality and diversity.“It is essential high levels of conduct are maintained by those in positions of power such as club owners, boardroom officials, chief executives, managers, coaches and players, and we expect The FA, the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Footballers’ Association and the League Managers Association to ensure these standards are upheld at all times.”last_img read more


first_imgThai Heritage Festival, 1-6:30 p.m., Thailand Plaza, 5321 Hollywood Blvd. Call (323) 466-5966. Navajo Jewelry Making Workshop, 1:30 p.m., Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Free with museum admission. Call (323) 667-2000. Classic ’50s TV episodes, 2 p.m., North Hollywood Regional Library, 5211 Tujunga Blvd. Free. Call (818) 766-7185. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Topanga Artists Studio Tour, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Pine Tree Circle, Topanga. $20 both days, $15 in advance. Call (310) 455-7909. Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue. Free. Arts & Crafts Faire, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 754-4743. Family Fun & Safety Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4417 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Call (818) 388-7124. Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-Off, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Jack Bones Equestrian Center, Pitchess Detention Center, 29300 The Old Road, Castaic. $5 adults, $3 children. Call (661) 295-8812. SATURDAY Rescue Dog Training Certification, 8 a.m-4 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Waste Management, 9081 Tujunga Ave., Sun Valley. Flag Day Making Celebration for Children, 9-11:30 a.m., Huntington Museum, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $25. Call (626) 405-2100. Raising Grandchildren seminar, 10 a.m.-noon, Interface, 1305 Del Norte Road, Suite 140, Camarillo. Free. Call (805) 378-1400, ext. 1891. last_img read more


first_imgTHAT’S the question being posed in Donegal tonight after the National Lottery just announced that someone in the North West has just won close to THREE MILLION EURO.It seems that lady luck has been shining once again on this part of the country after the draw at Lotto HQ in Dublin.So if you played the lottery on Saturday evening (or bought a ticket for it this week) go find that lotto ticket. And here are the winning numbers.5, 9, 15, 31, 35, 43So far the Lottery hasn’t said exactly where in the North West the winning ticket was bought.And so far no-one has come forward to claim the prize. So check your numbers.It could be you. HAVE YOU JUST WON €2,984,327 ON THE LOTTO? was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaljackpotlotteryNorth westwinner€3Millionlast_img read more

Men’s Basketball Fights To The Finish In Loss At Bradley

first_img Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Story Links Box Score (HTML) PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University men’s basketball team faced an 18-point deficit but clawed back in the second half to nearly catch Bradley in a 79-72 loss Saturday afternoon at Carver Arena. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Mediacom MC22 Listen Live Watch Live The Bulldogs return home to host Illinois State Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center. The Redbirds entered this weekend sitting on top of the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Print Friendly Version However, despite the Drake defense holding Bradley without a field goal for the final six minutes of the game, the Braves were able to score from the free-throw line to keep the Bulldogs from getting any closer. Bradley finished the game shooting 27-of-35 from the line and was 9-of-12 from the line in the final two minutes. Illinois State 2/7/2017 – 7 p.m. Bradley sank back-to-back three-pointers to take an 18-7 lead less than 12 minutes into the game as Drake made just two of its first nine shots to open the game. Early in the second half, Drake went on a 10-3 run that featured a pair of three-pointers from Arogunade to pull the Bulldogs within 13 points, 50-37, with 14:21 left. The teams swapped baskets for the next 10 minutes until four-straight free-throws from Woodward and Timmer started an 8-1 spurt to narrow the margin to just five points, 70-65, with 2:36 left. Drake (7-17, 5-7 MVC) shot 45.5 percent in the second half with T.J. Thomas (Stone Mountain, Ga.) recording his first double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) led Drake with 13 points while Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) added 12 and Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) 11. Arogundade connected on three second-half three-pointers to help the Bulldogs pull within five points multiple times in the final minutes of the game. The Braves drained a total of six three pointers in the first 10 minutes of the game two more back-to-back three-pointers put the Braves up 26-11 with nine minutes left in the half. Later, an 8-0 run from Bradley extended its lead to 36-18 with 3:45 remaining in the period en route to a 41-23 halftime lead. Bradley (9-16, 4-8 MVC) was paced by 20 points from Darrell Brown with 14 of them coming at the free-throw line. Donte Thomas added 19 points and nine rebounds to help the Braves snap their six-game losing streak. “They [Bradley] won it in the first10 minutes of the game,” Rutter said. “We talk about wanting to get teams on their heels,  and it was just the opposite. Bradley got us on our heels and out of sorts on offense.” Next Game: “I thought we played well in the second half, but in the first half we were out of sorts and dug ourselves a hole,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “Credit our guys in the second half played like we normally do and put up a fight. I’m proud of that.”last_img read more

Bacteria as a Vast Unexplored Medicine Chest

first_img(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Most of our therapeutic agents have been derived from bacteria.  A new survey shows we have barely tapped the surface of potential medicines beneath our feet.Science Daily reported on a study of three desert soils from California, Arizona and Utah published in the May issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  A team from Howard Hughes Medical Institute found “greater diversity of potentially useful products than was previously supposed” in the biosynthetic genes of soil bacteria, implying that “environmental bacteria have the potential to encode a large additional treasure trove of new medicines.”  The article explained where most of our medicines come from:Natural compounds have been the sources of the majority of new drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, and bacteria have been the biggest single source of these therapeutically relevant compounds. Most bacterially-derived antibiotic and anticancer agents were discovered by culturing bacteria from environmental samples, and then examining the metabolites they produce in laboratory fermentation studies. But the vast majority of bacterial species cannot be cultured, which suggested that the world might be awash in potentially useful, but unknown bacterial metabolites.It seems that researchers will not soon run out of material to investigate: “the genomes of environmental bacteria could encode many additional drug-like molecules, including compounds that might serve, among other things, as new antibiotics and anticancer agents.”When you think of bacteria, do you think of health?  Maybe findings like this will help end a kind of microbial racism.  A few bad ones should not create bias against the majority that work hard to create a better world.This survey also suggests that bacteria originally had a useful function in the Creation paradigm.last_img read more