Hospitable Halloween

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo James Rooney, 4, waves a state police sticker Tuesday at Plains Regional Medical Center. The sticker came in a treat bag from community members. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Community members surprised children in Plains Regional Medical Center’s pediatric ward Tuesday with Halloween treat bags. Suzanna Cantu, who coordinated […]

Lied to death: Criminals end up victims

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist So I read in the paper where another man is about to be lied to death. The first such story I am aware of was published last year in the Houston Chronicle. It concerned a street punk named Ruben Cantu, who was executed in 1993 for shooting two men, […]

Truth exposes fallibility of death penalty

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” — John 8:32 It’s too late for the truth to be of any help to Ruben Cantu. He was executed by the state of Texas 13 years ago after being convicted in a 1984 robbery and murder that […]

Program drives home importance of education

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Nikole Trujillo of Clovis holds her 3-year-old daughter Olivia as she listens to Saturday’s Family Leadership Institute conference at Parkview Elementary. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As Pablo Lara mapped the salaries of high school dropouts and degree holders, his own reality was underscored. In a sense, it was he, […]

Sleep well, death-penalty proponents

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist So he’s guilty as charged. Never mind the timeline that some thought made it almost impossible for him to have committed the crime. Never mind the book casting doubt on his culpability. Never mind his death chair declaration: “An innocent man is going to be murdered tonight.” Never mind any […]