The man who fatally shot Syracuse Police Officer Wallie Howard, Junior in 1990 will be eligible for parole in six years after a ruling today by a Federal Judge in Utica to shorten his sentence to 31 years. Robert Lawrence faced life in prison but, became eligible for re-sentencing in 2012 following a U-S Supreme Court ruling.
Democratic Representative Bill Owens will not be on the ballot this November. He's decided not to seek re-election in the 21st district, which encompasses much of the North Country from Lake Ontario to the Vermont border. A lawyer by trade, Owens was first elected in a special election in 2009 to fill the vacancy created by John McHugh's appointment to Secretary of the Army.
A year later, Owens narrowly won a three-way race against Republican Matt Doheny and Doug Hoffman. He's now serving the final year of his second full term. Here's an excerpt from Owens' statement:
Another missing piece to the puzzle of who’s running for Onondaga County Sheriff this year became clearer today. Sheriff Kevin Walsh’s longstanding career for the county’s top law enforcement job has spanned 20 years and he was also on the force for another 20 years prior. Walsh threw a bit of a curveball when he first said that he wasn’t retiring and discussed his many teaching jobs in law enforcement that he intends to continue. However, what about his current job?
Matt Appel and Marc Weber talk about the significance of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to the history of baseball, why suspicion of Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell has kept them out and how in every era of baseball there's been some controversy.
Newsday's David Lennon tells Matt Appel and Marc Weber why 3,000 hits should be important, why suspicion of steroid users is unfair and that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be in the Hall of Fame.