January 3, 2022

Legal Beat

Capitol rioters’ tears, remorse don’t spare them from jail

Florida business owner Robert Palmer cheered on the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 before he joined the fray. Screaming obscenities, he hurled a wooden plank and a fire extinguisher at police officers trying to ward off the mob. Nearly a year later, Palmer fought back tears when he faced the federal judge


Climate change, new construction mean more ruinous fires

The winter grassland fire that blew up along Colorado’s Front Range was rare, experts say, but similar events will be more common in the coming years as climate change warms the planet — sucking the moisture out of plants — suburbs grow in fire-prone areas and people continue to spark destructive blazes. “These fires are


Jake’s mice: Searching for answers to the puzzle of autism

Jake Litvag leaned in for a closer look as a lab mouse scurried around an enclosure, stopping to sniff a large block. “Hi, Jakob 1. I’m Jake,” the 16-year-old said, naming the little furry creature engineered to have the same genetic abnormality he has. That mouse and its lab-grown relatives are the first in the

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