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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.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

Louisiana offers new plan to reduce heat on death row

Three ailing condemned killers who claim Louisiana’s death row is unbearably hot can look forward to a daily cool shower, personal ice chests and more fans. 

But state corrections officials say opening the death-row tier doors to let cooler air flow from the guard pod is a bad idea from both an engineering and security standpoint.

In the latest heat remediation plan submitted by state corrections officials to Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson, The Advocate reports attorneys say opening the death-row tier doors to draw cool air from the air-conditioned guard pod would overload the building’s existing air conditioning system and cause it to fail.

The state’s first court-ordered heat remediation plan included air conditioning, ice chests filled with ice, and once-daily cool showers.

Source: The Associated Press, November 2, 2015

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