Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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BONNE TERRE, Mo. - A Missouri inmate convicted in a 1998 robbery and double murder was put to death today, the eighth execution in the state this year and the 10th since November.

Earl Ringo Jr. and an accomplice killed delivery driver Dennis Poyser and manager trainee JoAnna Baysinger at a Ruby Tuesday in Columbia in the early hours of July 4, 1998. Mr. Poyser and Ms. Baysinger were shot to death at point-blank range.

Mr. Ringo's last words were a quote from the Quran that expresses belief and wishes for after death. He wiggled his feet as the process began, breathed deeply a few times, then closed his eyes, all in a matter of seconds. The Department of Corrections said Ringo was executed by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 12:31 a.m.

Courts and Gov. Jay Nixon had refused to halt the execution over concerns raised by Mr. Ringo's attorneys, who, among other things, questioned Missouri's use of a pre-execution sedative, midazolam. Attorneys argued that the drug could dull Mr. Ringo's senses and leave him unable to express any pain or suffering during the process.

Mr. Ringo declined to take any sedative, including midazolam, the Corrections Department said.


DETROIT - A judge today suspended Detroit's bankruptcy trial until next week to give lawyers time to work out the details of a settlement that would satisfy a major creditor that opposed the city's plan to get on its feet again.

The city reached a deal Tuesday with Syncora, a bond insurer that stood to lose about $400 million under Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy. Detroit would extend Syncora's lease on a tunnel between the U.S. and Canada and grant it a long-term lease on a downtown parking garage, among other concessions.

Syncora would recover roughly 26 percent of its claim, spokesman Steven Schlein said.


Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a front-runner since he announced his bid in April, glided to an easy win Tuesday in the Republican primary for Senate in neighboring New Hampshire.

Mr. Brown was one of 10 candidates on the Republican ballot seeking to challenge first-term Democratic incumbent Sen. …

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