NBA legend Julius Erving defends LeBron James’ NBA Finals record

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet NCAA: Letran scrapes past EAC for first win LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “Dr. J” Julius Erving (left) with fellow NBA legends Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Despite taking part in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) last six Finals—with eight total appearances overall—LeBron James has drawn flak for his subpar 3-wins-and-5-losses championship record.Although his individual greatness on the court cannot be questioned, the NBA’s premier superstar remains hounded by pundits questioning his presumed lack of success on the league’s grandest stage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Having won titles in both the NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association), Julius Erving put in his two cents on James’ record and what it means for his legacy.The retired legend, best known as “Dr. J,” who experienced several Finals setbacks of his own as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, said that LeBron’s past shortcomings do not entirely fall on his shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The game is a team sport, so individuals don’t win championships. Teams win championships,” he told FS1’s Undisputed. “You’re only as good as the team can take you. You can only go as far as the team can take you.”Knowing first-hand how hard it is to contend for a championship on a consistent basis, the NBA Hall of Famer also lauded James’ efforts throughout his storied career. LATEST STORIEScenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “So, 3-5 doesn’t mean anything. I’m more impressed with eight Finals than I am with the record in the Finals,” he said.“If he was 0-for-8 in Finals, that would still be an amazing achievement. That’s like going to eight Super Bowls.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NFL: Message being lost in political firestorm over anthem

first_imgVarios jugadores de los Browns de Cleveland se arrodillan al escuchar el himno nacional de Estados Unidos en un partido de la NFL ante los Colts de Indianápolis, el domngo 24 de septiembre de 2017 (AP Foto/Michael Conroy, archivo)NEW YORK — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm.The issues have been “overtaken by political forces,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump’s criticism of the league, team owners and players for kneeling during the national anthem.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Silver expects NBA players to stand during national anthem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The players knelt last weekend in response to social injustice. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem. Three teams — Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tennessee — did not take the field until after the anthem.“They are under attack now and the (original) lesson has been forgotten,” Lockhart said. “It is important for everyone to understand what they are talking about, to not see everything in terms of who is up or down politically.“The NFL players are men of character, many of whom are leaders in their community. They are patriotic, support the military. … They understand their platform can be used to make the country a better place.”Lockhart insisted there will be no “leaguewide directive” for future demonstrations.“This is an issue that should involve the owners of the 32 clubs, the coaches and players to work out together,” he said. “There is very regular dialogue going on between the players, coaches and owners. This is an issue that has sort of gripped the headlines. We all care very deeply about this.“All of our owners don’t always agree with even each other, and the players often have a position at odds with the league, and we work hard to resolve those,” he added. “We have been united on this issue. They are all pulling in the same direction, but we understand each locker room is different.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees On Thursday, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said he and his family have received death threats since he told fans not to come to games if they felt disrespected by NFL players’ protests. The Pro Bowl tight end shared the “heartbreaking” threats in a social media post.“The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric,” Walker wrote. “These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.”Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence said on Twitter earlier Thursday that his father, a contractor, was denied a job on a house because of his protest.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag.“One of the impacts is to distort the views of the NFL and particularly our players,” Lockhart said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTrump said NFL owners fear their players, and he renewed calls for action against those who kneel duringthe anthem.“I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful,” he said in an interview that aired Thursday on “Fox and Friends.” He says “most people agree” with him. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Parks sparks Mandaluyong to 5th win

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Emotional win Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Earlier, General Santos survived Cebu City’s late rally for a 70-66 victory that snapped the Warriors’ four-game slide.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Mandaluyong leaned on another huge performance from Ray Parks as it snapped Bacoor’s three game winning run with an 83-61 drubbing last Thursday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at Strike Gym in Bacoor City.Parks fired 28 points on top of eight rebounds and six assists as the El Tigre rolled to their fifth straight victory to force a three way tie at the top of the North division with Manila and San Juan with 5-1 records.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

Reports – Italy star rejects Queens Park Rangers switch

first_img1 Antonio Cassano in action for Parma Antonio Cassano has rejected the chance to join QPR, according to reports in Italy.Rs boss Harry Redknapp is looking to bring in a striker on transfer deadline day, with Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor high on his list of targets.Cassano was also reportedly on QPR’s radar after the 32-year-old terminated his contract with Parma last week, allowing him to join another club for free.But according to Sportitalia, the Italian has now turned down the Premier League club in favour of a move to Inter Milan.The striker would prefer to remain in Italy and Inter boss Roberto Mancini is ready to grant Cassano his wish.last_img

Pazzini late show sees Real Madrid held at Levante

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo challenges for a high ball with Levante’s Sergio Postigo during the sides’ 2-2 draw on Saturday © AFP / JOSE JORDANMADRID, Spain, Feb 4 – Former Italy striker Giampaolo Pazzini scored a dramatic late equaliser as Levante held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw on Saturday, leaving Zinedine Zidane’s men 18 points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona.Sergio Ramos headed the visitors into an 11th-minute lead with his 50th La Liga goal for the club, but Levante equalised before half-time through Emmanuel Boateng. Isco came off the bench to put Real back in front late on, but Pazzini stunned the struggling defending champions with an 89th-minute strike on his debut.“We controlled the game, especially in the first half, and in the second we managed to do the hard part — get back into the game and score the second goal,” said Zidane.“Then we should have been ready, we could have avoided the second goal, but we didn’t and it’s hard because it’s two dropped points.”The Champions League is Real’s only realistic chance of more silverware this season, but they’ll need to find a significant upturn in form to challenge Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, first-leg tie in Madrid on February 14.“We have to work even more, it’s football and the opponent is there to try to put you in difficulty,” Zidane added.Barcelona can move 21 points clear of their arch rivals with victory at Espanyol on Sunday, when second-placed Atletico Madrid welcome third-placed Valencia to the Wanda Metropolitano.Real didn’t take long to forge ahead at Levante, as centre-back Ramos met a Toni Kroos corner with a downward header which home goalkeeper Oier fumbled into his net under pressure from Karim Benzema.They almost doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark as Oier managed to scramble the ball away from Cristiano Ronaldo after spilling Kroos’ tame strike.But Levante hit back in the 42nd minute as 21-year-old Ghanaian Boateng marked his fourth league start for the team with his first La Liga goal.Jose Luis Morales ran through on goal as Ramos found himself caught out of position, and although Keylor Navas saved his effort, Boateng met the loose ball with a cool finish into the far corner.The away side continued to look frail at the back and were lucky not to fall behind as Morales led another rapid counter-attack from a Real corner which ended with Navas making a sprawling save to deny Jefferson Lerma.– Isco improves Real –Isco celebrates with Karim Benzema after scoring Real Madrid’s second goal against Levante © AFP / JOSE JORDANThe reigning European champions improved after Isco replaced Gareth Bale midway through the second half, with the Spain midfielder shooting straight at Oier and Benzema having an effort deflected wide.Isco’s introduction did pay off with only nine minutes remaining, as Benzema capitalised on some sloppy defending and pulled the ball back for the 25-year-old to smash home his fifth league goal of the season.Levante should have equalised in the 85th minute, but substitute Roger contrived to head wide with the goal gaping from only a couple of yards out.The home side did snatch a point, though, as Pazzini scored less than 11 minutes after coming off the bench to make his debut.The 33-year-old, who only joined on loan from Verona on Wednesday, easily got in behind the hapless Real defence and slotted into the far corner to pull Levante three points clear of the relegation zone.Sevilla’s push for a top-four finish and a Champions League place took a massive dent earlier on Saturday, as they were thrashed 5-1 at Eibar.Chilean international Fabian Orellana scored twice as Eibar moved up to seventh, just one point and one place behind Sevilla.Fifth-placed Villarreal had Daniele Bonera sent off in the first half in a 2-1 defeat by Real Betis, as Betis forward Loren Moron scored twice on his debut after being promoted from the reserve team.Alaves pulled five points clear of the bottom three as former Barcelona man Munir El Haddadi scored what proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man escapes jail and half a million euro fine after DVD forgery business busted

first_imgA man who was caught selling counterfeit DVDs and CDs at a car boot sale was warned by a Judge that he faced a fine of almost half a million euro!Glen Hepburn was caught with 426 of the items when undercover Gardai raided a car boot sale at Coneyburrow in Lifford. Led by Sgt Joe Kealy, officers raided the sale and found bundles of illegal DVDs and CDs.Hepburn, a 42-year-old father of five from Green Hill in Letterkenny, admitted selling the items for €2 each.Solicitor for Hepburn Mr Frank Dorrian told Letterkenny District Court that his client was helping another individual.He said the profit from the DVDs was quite minimal as they were no longer being used and this type of copyright infringement was at the lower end of the market.“It was a minor car boot sale in a remote area and was not well-attended. The enterprise was a little bit shambolic,” he said.The court heard that Hepburn had a similar conviction in 2013 and had been bound to the peace for 12 months as a result.Judge Paul Kelly said that the fine for each illegal DVD was €1,000 which meant that Hepburn faced a fine of up to almost half a million euro.“I think that’s aimed at a much more lucrative market,” said Mr Dorrian of the possible fines.Judge Kelly sentenced the accused to 60 hours community service in lieu of two months in prison.Man escapes jail and half a million euro fine after DVD forgery business busted was last modified: May 24th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ConeyburrowcourtDVDsGardaiGlen Hepburn DonegalillegalLiffordlast_img read more

BOMB DISPOSAL TEAM RUSHED TO HOME OF DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN AFTER SUSPECT DEVICE FOUND

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: The Army Bomb Disposal Unit and the Gardai have sealed off an area at a house in Downings.Donegal Daily understands a suspect device, thought to be a pipe bomb, has been left on top of a vehicle beside the house.Another device is also believed to have been left at another premises in Kilmacrennan. The vehicle, believed to be a recreational vehicle, belongs to a family holidaying in the Downings area.The family are visiting a local Donegal family who would be well-known in business circles.The businessman at the centre of the incident received a call from Gardai overnight.They said they had received intelligence that a device had been left at a caravan belonging to him. However, following a search of the area the businessman then discovered the device had ben left beside his house.It followed an anonymous call to the Samaritans in Derry who then contacted the PSNI.Gardai are remaining tight-lipped about the incident.We will bring you more on this story as it develops. BOMB DISPOSAL TEAM RUSHED TO HOME OF DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN AFTER SUSPECT DEVICE FOUND was last modified: August 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bomb Disposal TeamdonegalDowningspipe bombPSNIlast_img read more

Memorial aims to remember youths killed in crashes

first_img Car washes, restaurant nights and team events sponsored by Visions in Progress, a youth advisory group, have raised $100,000 so far. The Newhall Land and Farming Company has donated $70,000. C.A. Rasmussen and a number of subcontractors have joined to donate construction services and materials valued at $125,000. Criteria for being named in the memorial include: an age of 24 or younger and a Santa Clarita connection by birth, education or location of the fatal incident. There is no time limitation. Names have been culled from the past 26 years. The memorial is expected to be built by early February, Simgen said. For information about the memorial, call Simgen, at (661) 255-4956. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals This permanent memorial’s centerpiece will feature a vow penned by Kathy Tabajdi, 22, who conceived the exhibit to honor several friends who lived on her block who had died in collisions. The monument, about 8 feet in diameter, will be offset by tree stumps bearing the names of local teens who have died on the road. Fifty-eight names have been submitted. Organizers plan to hold annual vigils at the site, where banners bearing the names of the dead will fly overhead. The purpose of the site, set back from grassy playing fields, is to encourage teens to drive more carefully, and to prevent more driving deaths. City analyst Tess Simgen said a temporary exhibit displayed at community events has promoted a healthy dialogue between parents and kids and she hopes the permanent reminder will foster greater caution. “I can’t bring my son back,” said Alice Renolds, whose sons Danny and Tim Renolds were among four who died in 2000 in a crash on Soledad Canyon Road. “It’s a sad thing there are so many names here, but a good thing to get through to kids. If I can prevent another parent from going there by getting through to their kids …” Fundraising and nonmonetary donations will pay for the project, estimated to cost about $200,000, Simgen said. SANTA CLARITA – In a scene that resembled a memorial service, a respectful crowd gathered Friday on a peaceful knoll under towering trees in Central Park to remember young people whose lives were cut short by traffic crashes. Instead of turning dirt for a grave, ground was broken for a themed memorial to remember the interrupted lives. Many who attended will inscribe the names of their children or siblings in the monument. “I can’t think of a more beautiful place you can remember them by,” said Kevie Wright, mother of Kiel Kudroff. Her 18-year-old son was killed in 2002 when his sport utility vehicle hit a traffic pole in Valencia. Spontaneous memorials brimming with flowers, candles, photos and notes scrawled by friends often mark crash sites, as they did at Kudroff’s. last_img read more

Haulers line up for L.A.’s trash

first_imgA half-dozen companies have submitted proposals to take Los Angeles trash outside city limits, giving the City Council more choices as it debates whether to continue dumping at Sunshine Canyon Landfill. The Bureau of Sanitation doesn’t yet have cost comparisons, so officials were unable to say Tuesday how the bidders stack up against Browning-Ferris Industries, which is seeking a renewal of its five-year contract to haul the city’s residential waste to Sunshine Canyon. The City Council must decide by early February if it will renew the $28 million-a-year contract with BFI. Councilman Greig Smith, who has led the effort to end Los Angeles’ use of the Granada Hills dump, said he was pleased with the response, considering that only one other company submitted a bid the last time the city sought alternative trash options. The Bureau of Sanitation said that Sun Valley Paper Stock submitted a proposal to use its trash sorting and transfer station, but company officials said they did not make a formal offer because the facility isn’t built yet. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com TRASH-HAULING BIDS The following companies submitted proposals for disposing of Los Angeles’ residential trash: Consolidated Disposal Services would use a trash facility in Sun Valley. It is a subsidiary of Republic, the third-largest garbage company in the nation. Grand Teton Enterprises plans a facility in Fontana that would convert trash to fuel. Southern California Disposal would utilize a trash transfer station in Santa Monica. Eco-logics would haul trash to remote landfills from a transfer station in Culver City. Waste Management Inc., the nation’s largest trash hauler, would utilize Bradley Landfill in Sun Valley and the Antelope Valley Landfill. MDSI of LA Inc. did not return phone calls. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I wanted to see flexibility in who we deal with. By dealing with one company only we had no flexibility.” Most of the companies are traditional trash and recycling companies that offer landfill space and transfer stations, where garbage trucks deposit trash, which is reloaded onto long-haul trucks. But at least one respondent, Grand Teton Enterprises, offered to convert Los Angeles trash into fuel at a facility it plans to build in Fontana. “We can actually 100 percent divert waste from a landfill,” said Doug Roberts, president of Grand Teton. Another bidder is Waste Management Inc., which last year offered to haul the city’s trash to landfills in Riverside County and the Antelope Valley but pulled its proposal at the last minute because managers believed the city wasn’t serious about getting out of Sunshine Canyon. last_img read more

Williams a cause celebre

first_img Even though it involved quadruple murder, the case drew scant media attention, eclipsed by a sensational serial murder case being tried just down the hall. The courtroom, where a handful of friends and accomplices testified that Williams had confessed to the killings, often was nearly empty while the press and public lined up to see one of the “Murder Mack Killers” charged with raping and torturing five young women. But if Williams was treated as just another poor defendant from the ‘hood in 1981, he since has become a symbol to capital punishment foes of the potential for rehabilitation. Actor Jamie Foxx, who played the gang leader in a cable television movie about Williams’ life, and rapper Snoop Dogg, himself a former Crip, are among those arguing that Williams has undergone a Death Row conversion. During 24 years at San Quentin, he wrote anti-gang books for children and spoke to groups by telephone about his regrets for having started a group responsible for so many deaths. “He’s taken a sentence, originally one without any hope, and converted it into a learning experience especially for our young and the next generation and graphically, personally and persuasively given many a reason not to follow in his former footsteps,” said Joe Ingber, Williams’ trial attorney. Los Angeles County prosecutors and other relatives of the victims, however, say Williams does not deserve mercy because he has not acknowledged guilt in the four slayings for which he was held responsible. Williams was convicted of killing Yen-I Yang, 76, Tsai-Shai Yang, 63, and Yee-Chen Lin, 43, in a robbery at a Los Angeles motel the family owned, and Albert Owens, 26, a 7-Eleven clerk gunned down in a separate robbery in Whittier. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The California Highway Patrol readied security measures for outside the prison, where hundreds of people were expected to rally tonight. Aides to Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, announced that the governor wasn’t yet ready to respond to Williams’ request for clemency. At least publicly, the person least occupied with his fate seemed to be Williams himself. He has said he doesn’t plan to take the prison up on its offer of a last meal, a minister or spaces on the witness list for his friends or family. While he wants to live, he’s prepared to die, Williams said. “Me fearing what I’m facing, what possible good is it going to do for me? How is that going to benefit me?” Williams said during a recent interview with The Associated Press. “If it’s my time to be executed, what’s all the ranting and raving going to do?” Williams, 51, was sentenced to death after he was convicted of gunning down four people at a convenience store and a motel in 1979. He claims he is innocent, but all the courts that reviewed his case have refused to reopen it. During his 1981 trial in a Torrance courtroom, neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers raised Williams’ role as co-founder of the Crips. The gang had not yet evolved from a Los Angeles crew known mostly for its warfare with the rival Bloods into a national drug-dealing organization. SAN FRANCISCO – No one paid much attention to Stanley Tookie Williams when he was on trial in 1981 for murdering four people. Today, as the clock ticks down on his scheduled execution, the former Los Angeles gang leader is world famous as a Nobel Prize-nominated author, the subject of an award-winning movie and a cause celebre for celebrities and death penalty opponents. The change in status has made Williams’ upcoming execution California’s highest-profile death penalty case in decades, producing feverish preparations Sunday throughout the state and at San Quentin State Prison, where the co-founder of the Crips was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. At San Quentin, home to the most populated Death Row in the nation, a team of guards watched Williams for unusual behavior and recorded his activities every 15 minutes. The death chamber where as many as 50 people are allowed to witness executions was cleaned and stocked with fresh supplies of medical tape, syringes and the chemicals that would paralyze Williams and stop his heart. last_img read more