Bell is among six black Jena High School students arrested in December after a beating that left Barker unconscious and bloody, though the victim was able to attend a school function later the same day. Four of the defendants were 17 at the time, and legally adults under Louisiana law. Those four and Bell, who was 16, all were initially charged with attempted murder. Walters has said he sought to have Bell tried as an adult because he already had a criminal record, and because he believed Bell instigated the attack. The charges have been dropped to aggravated second-degree battery in four of the cases. One defendant has yet to be arraigned. The sixth defendant’s case is sealed in juvenile court. Critics accuse Walters, who is white, of prosecuting blacks more harshly than whites. They note that he filed no charges against three white teens suspended from the high school for allegedly hanging nooses in a tree on campus not long before fights between blacks and whites, including the attack on Barker. An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 protesters marched in Jena last week in a scene that evoked the early years of the civil-rights movement. Walters said the demonstration had no influence on the decision he announced Thursday, and ended his news conference by saying that only God kept the protest peaceful. “The only way – let me stress that – the only way that I believe that me or this community has been able to endure the trauma that has been thrust upon us is through the prayers of the Christian people who have sent them up in this community,” Walters said. “I firmly believe and am confident of the fact that had it not been for the direct intervention of the Lord Jesus Christ last Thursday, a disaster would have happened. You can quote me on that.” When the Rev. Donald Sibley, a black Jena pastor, called it a “shame” that Walters credited divine intervention for the protesters acting responsibly, the prosecutor said: “What I’m saying is, the Lord Jesus Christ put his influence on those people, and they responded accordingly.” After the news conference, Sibley told CNN that Walters had insulted the protesters by making a false separation between “his Christ and our Christ.” “I can’t diminish Christ at all. But for him to use it in the sense that because his Christ, his Jesus, because he prayed, because of his police, that everything was peaceful and was decent and in order – that’s not the truth,” Sibley said. Walters has said repeatedly that Barker’s suffering has been lost in the furor that erupted over the case, and that what happened to the teen was much more severe than a schoolyard fight. Walters also has defended his decision not to seek charges in the hanging of the nooses, which he said was “abhorrent and stupid” but not a crime.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JENA, La. – A black teenager whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate prompted a massive civil rights protest here walked out of a courthouse Thursday after a judge ordered him freed. Mychal Bell’s release on $45,000 bail came hours after a prosecutor confirmed he will no longer seek an adult trial for the 17-year-old. Bell, one of the teenagers known as the Jena Six, still faces trial as a juvenile in the December beating in this small central Louisiana town. “We still have mountains to climb, but at least this is closer to an even playing field,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who helped organize last week’s protest. “He goes home because a lot of people left their home and stood up for him,” Sharpton said. District Attorney Reed Walters’ decision to abandon adult charges means that Bell, who had faced a maximum of 15 years in prison on his aggravated second-degree battery conviction last month, instead could be held only until he turns 21 if he is found guilty in juvenile court. The conviction in adult court was thrown out this month by the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, which said Bell should not have been tried as an adult on that particular charge. Walters had said he would appeal that decision. On Thursday, he said he still believes there was legal merit to trying Bell as an adult but decided it was in the best interest of the victim, Justin Barker, and his family to let the juvenile court handle the case. “They are on board with what I decided,” Walters said at a news conference. Walters said Bell faces juvenile court charges of aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy to commit that crime.
Experience will be key for both Katie Hurst and Lizzie Dolan this weekend, as they bid to close out the track and field season on a high.The two Humboldt-Del Norte League standouts will make the trip to Clovis for the CIF State Track and Field Championships, one of the most prestigious prep meets in the nation.Each, however, has been there before, and that experience could mean something when the competition gets under way today.Hurst, in fact, is making her third trip to the meet, having …
Richard Dawkins and E. O. Wilson, both atheistic evolutionists, are at odds over the evolution of unselfish love (altruism). Wilson attributes it to a revised form of group selection; Dawkins to individual selection (the basis of his “selfish gene” theory). Evolutionists see no difference between the “eusociality” in insect colonies, in which individuals sacrifice themselves for the good of the colony, and human patriotism. Wilson wrote up a survey in the journal Bioscience that questioned the traditional kin selection theory, according to EurekAlert. Many considered group selection a dead issue. Wilson himself admitted that “If you look at the literature of the theory, there are a lot of impressive-looking mathematical models but they scarcely ever come up with a real measure of anything that can be applied to nature.” In his article, he came up with a revised model of kin selection to explain altruism. This has not pleased Richard Dawkins, according to an article in the UK Independent. Dawkins thinks Wilson’s new approach is misleading and vacuous. To Dawkins, kin selection is just an artifact of individual selection. Wilson has fallen into a trap of misunderstanding natural selection at the gene level. The rhetoric between these two giants among evolutionary theorists got heated when Dawkins said, “Evidently Wilson’s weird infatuation with ‘group selection’ goes way back; unfortunate in a biologist who is so justly influential.” Wilson stood his ground in the battle royale: “I am used to taking the heat, and in the past I turned out to be right,” he said. Evolutionary theory has had particular trouble with explaining why humans will sacrifice for other people they don’t even know, or for animals.Maybe they would learn more about altruism by practicing it. It might dawn on them that it could not have evolved. Give up the weird infatuation with evolutionary theory, gentlemen; you both know that your impressive-looking mathematical models scarcely ever come up with a real measure of anything that can be applied to nature. Who said that?(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Image Courtesy: KalmarThe phase 2 of the DP World Brisbane Automatic Stacking Cranes (ASC) project has kicked off with a delivery of two new 9-wide ASCs, according to Finnish port automation solutions provider Kalmar.The two cranes were transported fully-erected from China to Australia and unloaded in Brisbane in July. The delivery completes Module 1 which is an addition to existing seven ASC modules, Kalmar said.“The delivery of the two Kalmar ASCs marks the fourth successful fully erected ASC shipment from China to Australia,” the company said.To date, Kalmar has provided DP World in Brisbane with 16 Kalmar ASCs and 16 Kalmar shuttle carriers.The two new ASCs bring the number of modules servicing container trade to eight and increasing capacity by 14 percent to 720,000 TEU.