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July 17, 2014 The Plain Dealer cleveland.com All Weather Cleveland five-day forecast For up-to-the-minute weather advisories, and to upload your weather photos, go to Forecasts and Today Tonight Friday graphics provided by Partly sunny Mainly clear. Mostly sunny and AccuWeather.com and pleasant. Winds: SSW 3-6 nice. Winds: NW 4-8 Winds: NNW 4-8 Today's regional forecast Temperatures are today's highs and tonight's lows. NE Ohio, NW i and N.Y.

9. Partly sunny and Traverse City delightful today, except for an afternoon Toronto 44: shower in spots in western New York. WIS. High 72 to 76. Mainly CANADA clear tonight.

Low 50 0 N.Y. to 57. Mostly sunny Milwaukee MICH. Buffalo tomorrow. High 77 to 82.

Detroit O. Central and SE Ohio, Erie SW and W.Va. Chicago 0 PA. Mostly sunny and Toledo 0. delightful today.

High South Cleveland 74 to 79. Clear to partly Bend cloudy tonight. Low 52 OHIO Pittsburgh to 59. A thunderstorm in the area in western ILL. IND.

Columbus West Virginia Dayton tomorrow. 9. Indianapolis NW Ohio, W. VA. VA.

Ont, and Chicago Louisville Charleston. Cincinnati and Partly sunny comfortable O. KY. today; warmer in sw Ohio, and Ky. Lake Erie forecast northeastern Indiana.

Mostly sunny and comfortable today. Winds: northwest at 4-8 knots High 73 to 77. Mainly High 75 to 81. Partly cloudy and cool Waves: 0-1 foot clear tonight. Low 52 to tonight.

Low 53 to 62. Partly sunny Water temperature: 60. Mostly sunny and tomorrow; a thunderstorm in spots of Lake level: 572.33' above sea level nice tomorrow. High northern Kentucky. 76 to 81.

Today's national forecast Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Much of the East will have low humidity today as cool air stretches from the Midwest to the Appalachians. Storms will drench much of Florida and portions of Texas, the southern Plains and southern Rockies. More heat is in the offing for the interior Northwest. TEMPERATURE KEY -105 -08 05 405 509 808 live Doppler radar, maps, daily video forecast cleveland.com/weather Temperature bands are highs for the day.

Cleveland T-storms Showers FRONTS Warm Cold Stationary Yesterday's extremes In 48 contiguous states High: Needles, CA 90s 100s 1108 Low: Tomahawk, WI 81 Saturday Sunday Monday A t-storm In spots in Thundershower, A thunderstorm the a.m. Winds: SSE 4-8 possible. Winds: NNE 4-8 Winds: SSE 6-12 Cleveland almanac Sun, moon and sky Last 0. Today Rise Set July 18 Sun 6:08 a.m. 8:58 p.m.

Moon none 12:24 p.m. New July 26 (3 Mercury 4:41 a.m.. 7:33 p.m. First 0. Venus 4:10 a.m.

7:11 p.m. Aug. 3 Mars 1:54 p.m. 12:43 a.m. Full Jupiter 6:34 a.m.

9:16 p.m. Aug. 10 Saturn 3:38 p.m. 1:58 a.m. High a and low temperatures Record low Last 30 days, measured at Hopkins International Airport 120 20- Wednesday's temperature almanac High (1:00 p.m.) Low (5:00 a.m.) Normal high Normal low Last year's high Last year's low Tuesday's high Tuesday's low Today's record temperatures Record high (2012) Record low (1946) Precipitation Yesterday 0.04" (at airport, through 7 p.m.) Month to date 1.28" Normal month to date 1.73" Year to date 23.81" Normal year to date 20.30" Comfort factors for today Humidity at noon Apparent temperatures will feel today based on Barometer 30.09", steady temperature and humidity.

UV Index 8, Very High 8 a.m. Noon p.m. Air quality index Today's outlook good Yesterday's Index 38 good Main pollutant particulates Other pollutant levels ozone 15 good sulfur dioxide 10 good Source: City of Cleveland Division of Air Quality Yesterday's pollen 5 moderate, grasses Academy of Medicine pollen hotline 216-520-1050 Cleveland Alr Quality Index and Complaint Hotline 216-664-7442 Federal case Woman who sent rici letters gets 18-year term EVAN LEWIS I ASSOCIATED Shannon Guess Richardson is escorted out of the federal courthouse in Texarkana, Texas, on Wednesday, following formal sentencing. The actress, who sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in then tried to blame the crime on her now ex-husband, was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Boston, outside Texarkana, then her arrest, went to police and claimed that filed for her husband had done it.

She was in January. arrested last June. The day before Prosecutors Nathan Richardson noted inconsistencies divorce; it was finalized ardson's statements. acknowledged in a say investigators agreement that she Administration of justice Citing arbitrary delays, judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional MAURA DOLAN Carney said administration of California's death dividual will actually be executed," wrote, "can question that the execu- system that serves no legitimate Los Angeles Times the state's death penalty system has resulted, and will Carney said. tion of an individual carries with it purpose and is therefore unconstipenalty has cre- continue to result, in an inordinate In overturning Jones' death sen- the solemn obligation of the govern- tutional." SAN FRANCISCO A fed- ated long delays and unpredictable period of delay tence, Carney noted that the inmate ment to ensure that the punishment A Los Angeles County Superior eral judge in Los Angeles ruled and uncertainty preceding their actual execution." faced "completely uncertainty as to is not arbitrarily imposed and that it Court judge in 1995 sentenced Wednesday that California's death for inmates, Carney's ruling can be appealed to when, or even whether" he will be furthers the interests of society." Jones to death for the 1992 rape penalty violates the U.S.

Constitu- most of whom the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. executed. Natasha Minsker, a director of and killing of Julia Miller, his girltion's ban on cruel and unusual will never be ex- Carney, an appointee of former The "random few" who will be the ACLU of Northern California, friend's mother. Jones killed Miller punishment.

Jones ecuted. President George W. Bush, said the executed "will have languished for said Wednesday's ruling marked 10 months after being paroled for a U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Car- He noted that delays have created a "system in so long on Death Row that their ex- the first time that a federal judge previous rape.

ney ruled on a petition by death row of more than 900 people sentenced which arbitrary factors, rather than ecution will serve no retributive or had found the state's current system A spokesman for Attorney Geninmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who to die in California since 1978, only legitimate ones like the nature of deterrent purpose and will be arbi- unconstitutional. She said it was also eral Kamala D. Harris said only was sentenced to die nearly two de- 13 have been executed. the crime or the date of the death trary," Carney said. "the first time any judge has ruled that her office was reviewing the cades ago.

"For the rest, the dysfunctional sentence, determine whether an in- "No rational person," Carney systemic delay creates an arbitrary decision. City forecasts Legend: s-sunny; c-cloudy; sh-showers; r- rain; st-snow flurrles; Ohlo Today Akron Ashtabula Athens Aurora Chillicothe Cincinnati Cleveland Columbus Dayton Findlay Lorain pc Mansfleld Marietta Medina Mentor Toledo Youngstown Zanesville Naton Today Albany Albuquerque Amarillo Anchorage Asheville Aspen Atlanta pc Atlantic City Austin Baltimore Birmingham Bismarck Bolse Boston Brownsville Buffalo Burlington Carlbou Casper Charleston, SC Charleston, WV Charlotte Cheyenne Chicago Columbia, SC Dallas Denver Des Moines Detrolt Duluth Paso Erle, PA Fairbanks Fargo Flagstaff pc Ft. Wayne, IN Hartford Helena Hilo Honolulu Houston Huntington, WV Jackson, MS pc Jacksonville Juneau Kansas City Las Vegas Little Rock Los Angeles Loulsville Madison Memphis Miami Milwaukee Minneapolis Mobile Montgomery Nashville New Orleans New York Norfolk Oklahoma City Omaha Orlando Philadelphla Phoentx Pittsburgh Portland, ME Portland, OR Providence Raleigh Reno Richmond, IN Richmond Rutland Sacramento 100- pc-partly cloudy; t-thunderstorms; sn-snow; I- Ice. Fri. Sat.

Fri Sat PRESS 2013 tor beans online and learned how to process them into a substance used to make ricin, a toxin that can cause respiratory failure if in Nation Today Fri. Sat. St. Louis Salt Lake City San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Santa Fe St. Ste.

Marie Seattle Shreveport Sioux Falls Spokane Syracuse Tampa Traverse City Tucson Washington, Wheeling, WV Wichita Wilmington, DE World Today Fri. Sat. Acapulco Amsterdam Athens Auckland Baghdad Bangkok Barbados Barcelona Belling Belrut Belgrade Berlin Bermuda Bogota Brussels Budapest Buenos Alres Calro Cancun Casablanca Copenhagen Dubal Dublin Edmonton Florence Frankfurt Freeport Geneva Glasgow Hamburg Helsinki Hong Kong Istanbul Jerusalem Kabul Karachi Klev Kingston kuwalt Lima Lisbon Ljubljana London Madrid Manila Mexico CIty Milan Montreal Moscow Mumbal Munich Nassau New Delhi Oslo Ottawa pc Parls Perth Prague Reykjavik Rio Riyadh Rome St. Petersburg San Juan Sao Paulo pc Sapporo Seoul Singapore pc Stockholm Sydney Taipel Tokyo Toronto Vancouver Venice Vienna Warsaw Winnlpeg Yakutsk Zurich Showers Showers JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press TEXARKANA, TEXAS A Texas actress who tried to blame her husband after sending ricinlaced letters to officials including President Barack Obama was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison. A federal judge gave Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, the maximum sentence under her plea deal on a federal charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin.

Richardson was also ordered to pay restitution of about $367,000. She had pleaded guilty to the charge in December. "I never intended for anybody to be hurt," she told the court, adding later, 'I'm not a bad person; I don't have it in me to hurt anyone." Judge Michael H. Schneider noted that she had put many lives in danger and threatened public officials. Richardson, who had minor acting roles in film and television including in the series "The Walking Dead" and the movie "The Blind Side," said she thought security measures would prevent anyone from opening the letters addressed to Obama, then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mark Glaze, who at the time was director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Bloomberg's group advocating for tougher gun control.

Prosecutors say Richardson mailed the three letters from New haled. She obtained an email address, a PayPal shopping account and a post office box in her husband's name without his knowledge, according to the document. On the morning of May 20, 2013, she said she waited for her husband to go to work and then printed the mailing labels. The letter to Obama read, "What's in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president," according to the document. "You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns.

Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face." She eventually admitted to trying to blame her husband and lying to authorities. In asking the judge for leniency Wednesday, Richardson apologized and asked for "mercy and compassion," saying that she'd already been "punished dearly" by being away from her six children, whom she described as "her world." Her youngest was born prematurely while she was in custody. "The sentiments expressed in those letters were not mine," Richardson said. Richardson also was tearful at times. "I don't feel like I was in my right mind leading up to that point," she said.

Richardson's attorney, Tonda Curry, said her client was "exuding desperation to get out of the situation she was in." in RichShe also signed plea ordered cas-.

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