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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
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Indonesia: BNN Chief Settles on East Java Island for Drug Prison

Kerobokan prison, on Bali Island, Indonesia
Kerobokan prison, on Bali Island, Indonesia
Jakarta. Indonesia’s controversial anti-narcotics czar says he has found the ideally located island on which to build a prison for drug offenders – but that the lack of native wildlife is somewhat of a downer.

Budi Waseso, the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief, has raised eyebrows with his plans for an isolated drug prison guarded by crocodiles, tigers and piranhas, and on Thursday said he had found a great location – the island of Kangean off the coast of East Java’s Sumenep district.

The remains of a former prison still stand on the island, and Waseso said they could be renovated to house drug offenders. The lack of native wildlife, though, is a downer, he said.

“But we can always build a river which will be infested by crocodiles and piranhas,” Waseso said during a visit to East Java on Thursday as quoted by Tempo.

He added the island’s remote location placed it beyond the reach of cellular coverage, which meant inmates would not be able to continue running their drug rings from behind bars, as they do at most existing prisons.

The inmates “will have nothing to do but await their death sentence,” Waseso said.

The outspoken general has courted controversy since his appointment to the BNN in August, including for calling for an end to government funding for rehabilitation of drug addicts, and for suggesting that drug offenders be punished by being made to consume all of their contraband.

Source: Jakarta Globe, November 26, 2015

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