Superintendents Steven Racette and Stephen Brown placed on leave  

CNN By : Holly Yan, Dana Ford and Ashley Fantz

Three members of Clinton Correctional Facility's executive team, along with nine security staff employees, have been placed on administrative leave as part of the review of two convicted murderers' escape, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Superintendent Steven Racette and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown are among the executives on leave, a state official told CNN on Tuesday. - Referenced Article


Exonerated Inmate Anthony Graves Oversees Crime Lab  

The Root By : NIGEL ROBERTS

The Houston Texas City Council voted on June 24 to appoint Anthony Graves (pdf) to the board of the Houston Forensic Science Center, NBC News reports. Graves, 49, is capturing headlines because he spent 18 years in prison—most of that time on death row—before his murder conviction was overturned in 2010.

He has the full support of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who submitted his nomination to serve on the nine-member board that replaced the scandalous Houston Crime Lab. - Referenced Article


New York City Rent Guidelines Board Votes to Freeze Rents  

WSJ By : JOSH BARBANEL

After failing in their efforts to overhaul rent laws in Albany, New York City tenants in more than one million rent-regulated apartments got some good news: a one-year holiday from rent increases.

At a raucous meeting Monday evening, the New York City Rent Guidelines Board voted 7-2 to freeze rents for tenants signing new or renewal one-year leases in the year beginning Oct. 1. Tenants who opt for two-year leases would pay up to 2% more. - Referenced Article


State police trooper Jay Cook hailed as hero for capturing prison escapee David Sweat  

NY Daily News By : JOSEPH STEPANSKY , BILL HUTCHINSON

Prison-break fugitive David Sweat’s life on the lam came to an abrupt end Sunday, thanks to the aim of a New York State Police sure shot.

Sgt. Jay Cook, a 21-year veteran state trooper and firearms instructor, was hailed a “hero” by Gov. Cuomo, after he single-handedly confronted escaped cop-killer Sweat on a desolate road and shot him twice in the torso as the fugitive made a run for the woods. - Referenced Article


A robot called Hadrian wants to build you a house in two days  

mashable By : Ariel Bogel

The robot, Hadrian, was named after the ancient Roman emperor Hadrian who had a fad for construction. "He built a lot of walls for the Romans," Pivac said. "We also intend on building a lot of walls."

The technology was developed by Mark Pivac, an aeronautic and mechanical engineer, and the company's chief technical officer.

With more than A$7 million spent in research and development, Hadrian is able to take a pack of bricks, and handle, process and lay them without human intervention.

A 3D computer aided design file ensures the machine cuts, routes and lays the bricks to a high level of accuracy using a 28 metre telescopic boom. - Referenced Article


David Sweat critical but stable after Shawshank-like hunt  

The Guardian By : Martin Pengelly

David Sweat, the escaped convict who was shot and captured in upstate New York after a three-week manhunt, was said to be in “critical but stable” condition at an Albany hospital on Monday.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who has repeatedly compared the plot to those which drive prison-escape movies, told MSNBC: “This was Cool Hand Luke meets Shawshank Redemption.” - Referenced Article


Financial Times: PM Alexis Tsipras Misleading Greece  

Business Insider By : MYLES UDLAND

The Financial Times has spoken, and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is the one to blame for the current debacle unfolding in Greece.

In an editorial from the FT posted Sunday, the paper argues that Tsipras has not only overplayed his hand, but may now be misleading his people on just what is at stake in Greece's July 5 referendum. - Reference Article


Greece Considers Closing Banks to Stem Flood of Withdrawals  

NY Times By : LANDON THOMAS Jr. and NIKI KITSANTONIS

Greek government officials and banking executives were meeting in Athens on Sunday evening to consider temporarily closing the country’s banks and perhaps setting limits on A.T.M. withdrawals in an effort to keep the banks from collapsing as the Greek financial crisis heads into uncharted territory.

The meeting came hours after the European Central Bank said it would not expand the emergency loan program that has been propping up Greek banks in recent weeks, as the government has tried without success to reach a new debt deal with international creditors. - Referenced Article


Terror attacks on 3 continents, including 37 killed at Tunisia hotel  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Gunmen killed at least 37 people at a beachfront Tunisian hotel on Friday, the same day terrorists lashed out brutally in France and bombed a mosque in Kuwait.

Tunisia's health ministry reported those deaths as well as 36 injuries in and around the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba in the coastal Tunisian city of Sousse, according to the state-run TAP news agency. - Referenced Article


Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide  

CNN By : Ariane de Vogue and Jeremy Diamond

President Barack Obama on Friday morning called Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling, while he and his supporters celebrated the ruling outside the court.

"I just wanted to say congratulations," Obama said as CNN broadcast his warm words to Obergefell over speakerphone. He added: "Your leadership on this has changed the country." - Referenced Article


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