Susan Smith
Convicted murderer
Susan Smith
Susan Leigh Vaughan Smith is an American woman sentenced to life in prison for murdering her children. Born in Union, South Carolina, and a former student of the University of South Carolina Union, she was convicted on July 22, 1995 for murdering her two sons, 3-year-old Michael Daniel Smith, born October 10, 1991, and 14-month-old Alexander Tyler Smith, born August 5, 1993.
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Why We Will #WalktoVote
Huffington Post - 4 months
Co-authored by Vanessa Garrison and T. Morgan Dixon, GirlTrek Co-Founders Since 1998, Black women have registered and voted at higher rates than their male counterparts in every election in the United States. In 2008 and in 2012, Black women changed the course of history by becoming the largest demographic group to cast ballots in an election. According to Susan Smith's 1982 book Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, "the lines of continuity" of our activism for health and justice "stretch from the Progressive Era to the New Deal, and on into the civil rights era" to today. As far back as the early 1900s, Black women in the US organized around women like Mary Turner, a wife and soon-to-be-mother who was lynched while pregnant and devastatingly had her unborn child removed from her belly while hanging from a tree. Mary Turner's life catapulted the work of an organized group of women called the Anti-Lynching Crusaders, with the slogan "A Million Women to Stop Lynching". T ...
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Judy Clarke: Marathon Bomber’s High-Profile Lawyer
Here And Now - WBUR - almost 2 years
Judy Clarke, second from right, the lawyer representing shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner, walks towards a federal court building with lawyer Reuben Cahn, right, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in San Diego. (Gregory Bull/AP) The marathon bombing trial is now in the sentencing stage. The 12 jurors will decide whether or not Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will get the death penalty. If the lawyer representing Tsarnaev has her way, the 21-year-old will spend his life in prison and not be put to death. That lawyer is Judy Clarke, a tireless anti-death penalty advocate, who has represented notorious criminals such as Susan Smith, who drowned her children in 1994; the “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski; and Jared Loughner, who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. From the public radio program Reveal, Al Letson has this profile of Judy Clarke. This segment, based on Mark Bowden’s investigative report in Vanity Fair comes to us from the “Law and Disorder” episode of Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting. ...
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'The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI'
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The BurglaryThe Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBIBy Betty Medsger(Knopf; 596 pages; $29.95)On the night of March 8, 1971, while much of the world was focused on the championship fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, persons unknown broke into the FBI office in Media, Pa. [...] Betty Medsger, the first journalist to report on the stolen files after she received an anonymous package nearly 43 years ago, has written the first full account of this watershed event, revealing the identities of five burglars and examining why they risked their lives to do it, how they pulled it off, and the impact. John Raines was a religion professor at Temple University, former Methodist pastor and son of the prominent bishop in Indianapolis; Bonnie Raines, his wife, a graduate student and day care center director; Keith Forsyth and Bob Williamson, college dropouts; Ron Durst, a graduate student in health; and Susan Smith, a veteran of the civil rights movement. Medsger, a former chairwoman ...
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Declining Enrollment in W.Va. Means Tough Cuts for Schools
Education Week - over 3 years
Nearly 70 percent of West Virginia's 55 county-wide school districts saw lower student enrollments during the past four years, and that means tough cuts for schools. An analysis by The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register found 37 of the state's 55 counties lost students from 2008 through 2012, and those losses translate into less funding. The article suggests the losses are tied to the state's weak economy and lack of jobs. West Virginia had been one of the most aggressive states to pursue rural school consolidation, closing more than 300 schools between 1990 and 2002. As a result, its rural schools and districts cover bigger geographic areas and enroll more students, and its school bus transportation costs are among the highest in the country, according to the rural education advocacy group, the Rural School and Community Trust. More than half of the state's schools are rural, compared to the national average of 33 percent. In West Virginia, some school districts ar ...
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Bringing The Power Of Advertising To Giving Back
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jenifer Willig knows a thing or two about what motivates consumers and companies. She made a career engaging consumers through advertising for nearly 15 years at agencies like M&C Saatchi NY and TBWA/Chiat/Day SF. Thriving on the diverse mix of clients and industries as well as the balance of creative with strategy and account management, Willig never anticipated leaving the field. Then she met Susan Smith Ellis, the CEO of Product (RED), the organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to fight AIDS in Africa.
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Rachael Chong: How An Advertising Executive Turned Her Expertise In Selling Things Toward Good
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Susan Smith Ellis, the former CEO of (RED), went from a top ad agency to a different sort of marketing job: Getting people to buy products that also gave back. "I believe in a generosity of spirit, which has nothing to do with financial generosity, a feeling that what goes around, comes around," says Susan Smith Ellis. "You get so much more out of it than you could ever give." Smith Ellis is the former CEO of Product (RED), the global marketing company founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to help combat the AIDS pandemic in Africa. As she sees it, she's been incredibly--for being both in the right place at the right time to get that job and able to use her talents to effect change around the globe. Keep Reading >>
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Renowned defense lawyer to fight for Tsarnaev's life
CBS News - almost 4 years
Judy Clarke, who has defended Susan Smith, Jared Loughner and Ted Kaczynski, hailed as the "perfect choice" tough case
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Boston suspect's defense team gets major boost with lawyer who defended Unabomber, Loughner
Fox News - almost 4 years
One lawyer won acquittal for a Saudi man charged with carrying three firecracker-like devices on a plane, arguing he was a victim of hysteria over airport security after the Sept. 11 attacks. Another has managed to avert death sentences for some of the highest-profile criminals of our time, including the Unabomber and the gunman whose rampage injured former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Together, they are staring down what may become their biggest challenge so far: how to defend the man authorities say helped plan and carry out the Boston Marathon bombings, an attack that killed three people, injured more than 260 and virtually shut down the city during an intense manhunt. The team that will be led by Miriam Conrad, the chief federal public defender for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, got a major boost Monday with the addition of prominent San Diego lawyer and death penalty opponent Judy Clarke. Not that Conrad is considered any slouch. "She is as tenacious a ...
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Arne Duncan's Latest on How Sequestration Will Squeeze Schools
Education Week - almost 4 years
U.S.Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has come under fire for the way he's described the impact of sequestration at the school-district level—particularly for his comment on CBS' Face the Nation, in which he said that "pink slips" were already going out and that 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs. (Job reductions are possible, but it will really depend on local implementation.) That estimate earned him a rebuke from key Republican senators, in a letter sent to Duncan last week. Today, Duncan apologized for his choice of words, but said the cuts are still a serious problem. "Language is really, really important, and I want to apologize for not being as clear as I should have been last week," Duncan said in a press conference accompanied by members of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools in Washington. Instead of "pink slips" Duncan noted, he should have said "job eliminations" or "position eliminations." (In many cases, districts have simply f ...
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Sea lions' 23rd anniversary at Pier 39
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Sea lions' 23rd anniversary at Pier 39 The sea lions at Pier 39 have spent more than two decades preening, barking at each other, fighting for dominance - and drawing thousands of tourists a day. The hordes of travelers, mixed with some locals, vied for the best spots to watch the cavorting creatures, a spectacle of the wild in the midst of a San Francisco tourist mecca. The tours, which continue Sunday, are on the hour, starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. The tour starts at the sea lion statue, heads to the dock where they lie, and ends at a restaurant the pier is promoting - where those on the tour are encouraged to take a cruise or visit the nearby aquarium. The sea lions that come to San Francisco are all males who have come north to feed and establish a hierarchy of dominance, said Neha Gidvani, a marine science educator with the Marine Mammal Center. Susan Smith came with friends from Texas to visit the Bay Area and had a particular interest in seei ...
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Susan Smith Blakely: Predictions and Advice for Women in Law in 2013
Huffington Post - about 4 years
2012 was a good year for women lawyers. Although the statistics for women partners in law firms continued to be disappointing, women lawyers made significant impacts in other settings. In 2012, we saw women attorneys emerge as strong and influential world leaders. Angela Merkel, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Christine LaGarde, to name just a few, showed themselves to be impressive and no-nonsense leaders advancing economic, social and political change. They all used their legal educations and practicing experience to make their marks. Lesser known women lawyers -- including Atifete Jahjaga in Kosovo, Guo Jianmei in China, Anabella de Leon in Guatemala, and Pratibha Patil in India -- took broad strides to change the world. A record number of women are now counted among the members of the US Congress, many of them also lawyers. Most of them prevailed in tough contests against their male counterparts to get there, and they are committed to changing business as u ...
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Susan Smith Blakely: Advice for Women Lawyers
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Succeeding as a female lawyer is not easy, and I know all about it. As a former law partner -- but also a former part-time associate, public servant and counsel -- I know the trade-offs that are necessary for women/mothers/caretakers to succeed in our profession. I also understand all too well the challenges facing women lawyers in a male-dominated workplace. Even with the advancement on women's issues and today's protections against discrimination in the workplace, women continue to be the ones who have the babies and take the greatest roles in the caretaking of their families. That creates an uneven playing field, but it also creates opportunities for choices that can improve our personal and professional lives. That is what my most recent book, Best Friends at the Bar is all about. As a two-time author on the subjects of work-life struggle and how to succeed as a woman lawyer, I am pleased to share five tips for a career in the law. Embrace the novelty o ...
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Featherstone: Ex-mayor on fraud charges over war memorial funding
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
A former Featherstone mayor faces fraud charges connected to lottery cash to build the town’s war memorial. Prosecutors claim Roy Bickerton, 76, abused his position of trust as treasurer of Featherstone District Memorial Garden Fund to fraudulently obtain more than £5,000 of lottery cash. Magistrates at Pontefract yesterday (Oct 8) heard it is alleged Bickerton submitted four false invoices to the Big Lottery Fund to claim £5,728.46 had been paid out by Featherstone District Memorial Garden Fund. Prosecutors say Bickerton falsely claimed the memorial fund paid £675 to Tribe; £850 to Red Dog Imaging; £3603.46 to SA Compliance and £600 to Yorkshire Volunteers Band. The offences are alleged to have taken place in December 2010. Bickerton, who was mayor of Featherstone in 2009/2010, is also a former Feathersone town councillor and was an independent district councillor on Wakefield Council from 2004 to 2010. Prosecutor, Amanda Harris told magistrates that Camelot launched an investi ...
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Continuing Pet Deaths Pressure Airlines To Change Policy
Huffington Post - over 4 years
From Mother Nature Network's Morieka Johnson: Horror stories about pets flying in the cargo hold tend to travel quickly. Jack the cat made news last year when he escaped his crate and spent 61 days lost in JFK airport, and model Maggie Rizer’s September blog post about her golden retriever’s death during a United Airlines flight still has pet owners buzzing. Jack escaped when an American Airlines clerk stacked his kennel on another kennel and it fell, opening on impact. The cat had to be euthanized because of malnourishment and dehydration, which made him prone to severe infection and organ dysfunction. On her “Bea Makes Three” blog, Rizer says she followed detailed instructions outlined in United’s PetSafe program. Her dogs, Bea and Albert, traveled in carefully labeled crates that included water bowls filled with ice for their cross-country flight to San Francisco. But, according to Rizer, a necropsy report revealed that Bea died of heatstroke. “Please, don’t trust ...
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Martin Guillaume: Fast Forwarding to the Next Generation TV Viewer
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The era of the connected consumer is forcing many media organizations to rethink not only how they operate but also how they remain relevant. Today's audiences are exposed to more content across more channels than ever before. The way this content is discovered, shared and consumed is also changing. Standard forms of TV viewing are no longer the norm as more and more consumers turn to the Internet and catch-up services to access the latest in programming. As a result, delivering differentiated live content such as sports, concerts, reality shows or news across an expanding set of channels and devices is a challenge broadcasters need to tackle quickly and claim their rightful place in this rapidly changing landscape. As an example, today at the International Broadcasting Conference in Amsterdam, Canal+ announced it is using IBM technology and services to launch and manage new multi-channel and services platform delivering on-demand, web and mobile TV to enhance the custom ...
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Parents Honor Minooka Community High School Staff
Channahon-Minooka Patch - over 4 years
It may be early in the school year, but several parents of Minooka Community High School students took time at the open house Aug. 23, to commend the efforts of many Minooka Community High School, South Campus and Minooka Community High School, Central Campus staff members through the school’s Three Cheers Awards Program. The Three Cheers Awards Program invites parents whom attend special school events to nominate teachers and staff members to receive a special recognition certificate for making a difference.  MCHS teachers and staff members who were nominated included: CTE and World Language Department Caprice Bronson Carrie Worrall English Department Beth Binotti Lori Dunn-Reier Kellee Hill Nancy Lehman Ann Rapsky Susan Smith Mathematics Department Jody Moorman Joshua Plese Derrick Rapsky Mickey Resner Bryan Robinson Amy Saelens Scott Tanaka Jinger Walrath Physical Education/Health/Driver’s Education ...
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Channahon-Minooka Patch article
UPDATE: Planes swoop over Uptown, city council member’s house, dousing Dallas with pesticide
Dallas News - City Hall Blog - over 4 years
One of the spray planes taking off from Executive Airport just before 10 p.m. (Tom Fox/Staff photographer) Update at 11:15 p.m. from Robert Wilonsky: Planes are at this very moment criss-crossing Preston at Walnut Hill and buzzing Preston Hollow. As the first plane flew over at about 11:05, a baby coyote wandered across Walnut Hill. It was startled by either the reporter or the airplane. It immediatley turned around and ran back into the bushes where it will no doubt enjoy the sweet smell of Duet the rest of this night. Update at 11:10 p.m. from Avi Selk: Before I sign off* for the night, I leave you with two anecdotes from our reporter in the field. [* I mean I, Avi, am signing off. Last I heard from Robert, he was chasing a plane around Preston Hollow trying to inhale some Duet, or something. He'll probably be back at 3 a.m. to tell you about his ensuing vision quest.] From Eva Ayala: Taxi driver Tes Yesmane waited for a call at a parking lot off Campbell, periodic ...
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Marching band
Belper - over 4 years
Susan Smith, of Peasehill, loaned us this picture of Ripley Church Lads Band, which she says was taken in 1966 or 1967.
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Rotary Club selects Chagrin Falls music teacher for 'Today's Teacher' award
Cleveland - over 4 years
The Chagrin Valley Rotary Club recently selected Chagrin Falls Intermediate School music teacher Susan Smith as the recipient of the “Today’s Teacher” award for 2012.
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Award ideas
Northumberland Gazette - almost 5 years
ALNWICK Civic Society is inviting residents to suggest recent development projects in the town which merit an award. The award’s criteria are that it has been completed within the last 12 months, makes a positive contribution to townscape and demonstrates good design and workmanship. The size of the development does not matter. Nominations should be made by Friday, May 25 by email to alncivsoc@hotmail.co.uk or by post to Susan Smith, Secretary, Alnwick Civic Society, 10 Percy Terrace, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1AF.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Smith
    THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 31
    In 2003, she placed a personal ad at WriteAPrisoner.com, which has since been retracted.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 24
    On November 16, 1996, the South Carolina Natural Resources Department made the decision to dismantle the boat ramp where both incidents occurred.
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  • 1994
    Age 22
    However, following an intensive investigation and a nationwide search, on November 3, 1994, she confessed to letting her 1990 Mazda Protegé roll into nearby John D. Long Lake, drowning the boys inside.
    More Details Hide Details Her motivation was reportedly to be able to have a relationship with a local wealthy man, even though the latter had no intention of forming a family. Later investigation revealed that detectives always doubted Smith's testimony, and believed that she murdered her sons. On the second day of the investigation, the police, suspecting that she knew their location, hoped that they were still alive. Investigators started to search the nearby lakes and ponds, including John D. Long Lake, where their bodies were eventually found. Initial searches did not uncover the car because the police believed it would be within 30 feet off the shore, and did not search farther; it turned out to be 60 feet off-shore. After the boys were missing for two days, Smith and her estranged husband, David, were subjected to a polygraph test. The biggest breakthrough of the case was her description of the carjacking location. Smith had claimed that a traffic light had turned red to compel her to stop at an otherwise empty intersection. However, it was determined that the signal would not have changed to red for her unless a vehicle were present on the intersecting road. This conflicted with Smith's statement that she did not see any other cars at the intersection when the carjacking took place.
    On October 25, 1994, Smith reported to police that her vehicle had been carjacked by a black man who drove away with her sons still in it.
    More Details Hide Details For nine days, she made dramatic pleas on national television for their rescue and return.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on September 26, 1971.
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