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Despite a moratorium on executions, Pennsylvania’s death-penalty statute has cost taxpayers nearly a billion dollars since 1976, or more than $250 million for each execution. Even more compelling, some of the state’s roughly 150 death-row inmates are, almost certainly, innocent. In a series of occasional editorials and columns this year, The Herald is urging Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to abolish this inhumane, racially unjust, and outdated law, and join 23 other states in ending capital punishment.

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WITH secrecy and uncertainty surrounding the supply of lethal injection drugs, executions have become little more than ghastly experiments. The last one came three weeks ago, when the state of Oklahoma executed John Marion Grant, 60, for the murder of a prison cafeteria worker.

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One student was an avid runner, so fast she swept all the races at field day.  Another was learning football plays from his grandfather. One girl sensed something was wrong and wanted to skip school. On Wednesday, stories began to emerge about the lives of the 19 grade schoolers — described by the school district superintendent as “precious individuals” — and their teachers who were gunned down behind a barricaded door at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of Uvalde. Superintendent Hal Harrell says it was obvious by "their angelic smiles that they were loved.”

Family and friends are remembering a Pennsylvania man who was the last known survivor of a World War II POW massacre that occurred during the Battle of the Bulge. Harold Billow died May 17. He was 99. Billow's Army unit surrendered and he was taken prisoner by Waffen SS soldiers as German forces launched their offensive in December 1944. According to various accounts, the Germans opened fire on the unarmed prisoners, killing more than 80 in what came to be known as the Malmedy Massacre. Billow said he played dead for hours before he and other survivors were able to reach safety. Billow will be buried Thursday.

An anguished and angry President Joe Biden is calling for new restrictions on firearms after a gunman massacred 19 children at a Texas elementary school. “We have to act,” Biden told the nation Tuesday night from the White House, after years of failure to pass new laws. He spoke after arriving home from a five-day trip to Asia that was bookended by “horrific” mass tragedy. Just two days before he left on his trip, he met with victims’ families after a hate-motivated shooter killed 10 Black people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.

Authorities say the victim death toll from the Texas school shooting now stands at 19 children and two adults. The latest figures come from Travis Considine, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. The gunman also died.

Federal authorities say an Iraqi man living in Ohio has been arrested on a charge of plotting to assassinate former President George W. Bush. A criminal complaint alleges that Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab planned to bring other Iraqis into the U.S. illegally and that he traveled to Texas in February to take video recordings of the front entrance gate of Bush’s Dallas neighborhood. Shihab was arrested Tuesday and at a brief hearing in federal court in Columbus was ordered held without bond. A public defender declined to comment. The government says Shihab entered the U.S. in 2020 from Iraq and applied for asylum.

President Joe Biden is wrapping up a five-day visit to Asia on Tuesday by having talks with Australia's new prime minister and what could be a more difficult conversation with India's leader. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a longtime strategic ally but differences persist between the U.S. and India over how to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Biden will meet separately with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and with Modi after a gathering in Tokyo of leaders known as the Quad. The Quad includes the U.S., Australia, India and Japan. It has become increasingly relevant as Biden has moved to adjust U.S. foreign policy to put greater focus on the Pacific.