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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

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To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

Despite executions, Bali still Australians' #2 holiday destination; Singapore ranks 4th

Bienvenue à Bali
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The most searched for destination: Traveller names 10 most popular destinations according to readers

This week marks the second anniversary of the launch of Traveller.com.au and the past two years has seen Australia's leading online travel publishing site go from strength to strength. 

But what are Traveller's readers really interested in? We did some analysis to find out which destinations were our most popular with readers over the past two years and the answers might surprise you. 

Based on the destinations most searched for on the site, the No.1 place Traveller readers were seeking information and inspiration for was Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun has become increasingly popular with Australians in recent years, as we seek to experience new Asian destinations beyond the traditional hotspots in south-east Asia. 

Which is not to say that south-east Asia was not popular too. The No.2 destination was the traditional Australian favourite of Bali. And despite some bad publicity in recent years over several incidents involving Australians (including calls for a boycott of the destination after the execution of two of the Bali Nine drug smugglers), we have continued to flock to the Indonesian island in droves. 

Further from home, New York came in at No.3. The Big Apple has always drawn plenty of Australians, with increasing numbers of Aussies choosing to relocate there. Despite our dollar losing almost 20 per cent of its value against the US over the past two years, Australians remain keen to visit the US and New York is the first city of choice.

Perennial stopover favourite Singapore came in at No.4, and while Qantas may have now have bypassed the city on its "Kangaroo Route" to Europe in favour of Dubai, it's still a popular spot for stopovers for Australians travelling with other carriers to Europe and elsewhere.

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Source: traveller.com, Craig Platt, September 16, 2016

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