GALESBURG -The Galesburg Fire Department and Knox College are offering a reward to anyone who comes forward with helpful information regarding the fire that burned down a house on Academy Street on April 8, now believed to have been a case of arson. Galesburg Area Crime Stoppers have pledged up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Knox College has offered an additional $300. “We are optimistic that the higher reward will encourage someone to give a tip that could break this case and are very appreciative of Knox’s help to that end,” said Dan Foley, the Fire Marshall for the Galesburg Fire Department. Those who have relevant information are encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (309) 344-0044 or by texting “GALESBURG” plus the tip to number 274637.
OKLAHOMA CITY – A botched execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma has raised new concerns about capital punishment in the United States. The drugs given to an inmate during his execution to render him unconscious appeared to have failed, causing him to convulse violently before dying of a heart attack. The state announced that there will be an investigation and the governor delayed a second execution supposed to take place later that day. States that practice capital punishment have struggled to find drug companies willing to supply the necessary drugs for lethal injection, forcing them to switch to new and often unproven substitutes. (Source: The Los Angeles Times)
ROME -Thousands of pilgrims filled Rome to attend the dual canonization of the Roman Catholic Church’s two newest saints, Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. This marks the first time in the Church’s history that two popes have ever been elevated to sainthood at the same time. The two represent competing ideas as to the role of the Church in the modern era. John XXIII was known for calling the Second Vatican Council and his liberalizing tendencies, while John Paul II is remembered for his anti-Communism and strongly conservative political views. Turnout at the event was especially high from John Paul II’s native Poland. (Source: The New York Times)