Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 23rd chemical battalion, wearing antichemical suits, checked each other for mock chemical pollutants during a demonstration at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, South Korea, Thursday.
The body of Carolyn Ann Watkins was found in her car at an impound lot days after a highway patrol officer had it towed from the scene of an accident.
Highway police in North Carolina are investigating how a woman’s dead body was left in a car for days after it was towed from the scene of a fatal accident last week.
Carolyn Ann Watkins’ body was discovered in the driver’s seat of her 2000 Pontiac Sunfire by workers at an impound lot on Monday, three days after the car was found crashed in a ditch near Smithfield, outside Raleigh, local WRAL.com reported.
The 62-year-old had been missing since Thursday. When her car was discovered Friday, the officer on the scene reported that “no driver” was found in the car.
Watkins’ Pontiac Sunfire was found crashed in a ditch outside of the town of Smithfield, N.C., on Friday. “They were looking for her pocketbook and the keys at the impound lot – and when they started searching, that’s when they found her body in the car,” Watkins’ son, Algernon Parker, told the TV station.
The Highway Patrol said they were investigating how her body went unnoticed…
Parker said the family was anguished over the idea that his mother could have been alive when the car was towed…”They didn’t do their job properly, and we want some answers.”
Answers are deserved. The confusion that accompanies an auto accident is no excuse for a police officer trained to cut through to the priorities of life and death. If it turns out Mrs. Watkins was alive after the crash – and died over the following days – the state of North Carolina has a responsibility to come clean.
Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a bill declaring that the state has the power to establish an official religion — a direct challenge to the First Amendment.
One professor of politics called the measure “the verge of being neo-secessionist,” and another said it was reminiscent of how Southern states objected to the Supreme Court’s 1954 integration of public schools.
The bill says that federal courts do not have the power to decide what is constitutional, and says the state does not recognize federal court rulings that prohibit North Carolina and its schools from favoring a religion.
The bill was introduced Monday by two Republican representatives from Rowan County, north of Charlotte, and sponsored by seven other Republicans. The party controls both chambers of the North Carolina Legislature…
The bill does not specify a religion.
The North Carolina ACLU chapter said in a statement Tuesday that the sponsors of the bill “fundamentally misunderstand constitutional law and the principle of the separation of powers that dates back to the founding of this country…”
Professor Michael Bitzer…said the bill is based on discredited legal theory that the states can declare themselves exempt from federal law.
“We saw this in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education,” he said, referencing the integration ruling. “The belief is that the states hold more power than the federal government. If the federal government does something, the states can simply ignore it.”
Some folks in Confederate Republican politics still don’t believe they lost the Civil war. Why expect them to understand the Constitution?