January 25, 2005


Postponed execution tests a region's views on crime: The death penalty is to be used this week in Connecticut - and New England - for the first time since 1960. (Sara B. Miller, 1/25/05, CS Monitor)

A federal judge in Connecticut said Monday he will order a postponement of the execution of serial killer Michael Ross, who had been scheduled to be put to death at 2:01 a.m. Jan. 26.

It would have marked the first use of the death penalty in New England in 45 years - and has revived debate over capital punishment in a region where it runs against the political grain. [...]

In Connecticut, 70 percent favor the death penalty for Ross, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

It doesn't rub against the political grain, just the elite grain.

Within the Ivy League, a shift to the right on abortion?: Debate grows about an issue once thought all but settled in the elite halls of the academic world. (Mary Beth McCauley, 1/25/05, CS Monitor)

Among the throngs expected to pour into the nation's capital yesterday to mark the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade was an unlikely contingent - two dozen anti-abortion students from the University of Pennsylvania. The robust presence of "Penn for Life," both on campus and off, signals a heightened debate - at Penn and elsewhere - about an issue once thought all but settled in the more elite halls of the academic world.

"At the national level, we've noticed a uniform increase in on-campus pro-life activity," says Michael Sciscenti, president of American Collegians for Life, whose pre-march conference saw attendance grow from 70 students three years ago to 350 students, representing 70 universities, this year. Perhaps most interesting has been the growth at some of the country's most prestigious institutes. Princeton, MIT, Yale, and Stanford are among the campuses that today have active groups that oppose abortion rights.

For many years, Ivy League campuses were seen as unlikely recruiting grounds for the anti-abortion movement. But as the political and social views of college students in the United States have grown more conservative, that has begun to change.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2005 5:54 AM

How are they "elite"?

Posted by: LUCIFEROUS at January 25, 2005 4:23 PM

Just ask them.

Posted by: oj at January 25, 2005 5:09 PM
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