On our trip to Thailand, we did find our way to a late-night Muay Thai Kickboxing event in Chaweng (which is on the island of Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand). We watched the fights at Phetch Buncha Stadium, a 650-seat stadium that seemed a lot older than it supposedly was (the website says it was built in 1998).
Categorized by genus/species, placed chronologically by common name
American Tree Sparrow
American White Pelican
Cape May Warbler*
Eastern Goldfinch - See American Goldfinch
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian Tree Sparrow*
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Lesser Black-backed Gull*
Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
Northern Shrike - See Great Grey Shrike
Eastern Fox Squirrel
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Groundhog - See Woodchuck
Ground Squirrel - See Eastern Chipmunk
From the QC Times:
Just before a Scott County judge on Thursday sentenced Melvin T. Lucier to life in prison for sexually abusing one girl under the age of 12, the victim told the court she’s no longer “scared.”
Lucier, dressed in an orange jail uniform, declined to make a statement before District Judge Joel Barrows handed down the sentence — the four-time convicted sex offender’s second sentencing to three life terms in the past two months — during an almost 25-minute sentencing hearing…
Defense attorney Michael Motto asked for concurrent sentences.
“I would argue that it’s one common scheme,” he said.
Taling Chan is one of the 50 districts of Bangkok, Thailand. Taling Chan Floating Market is located on the canal Khlong Chak Phra and is open only on weekends. The market was full of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lots of fresh fish, mostly sold from boats on the canal. Much of the fish was available to be cooked to order, as well.
The Entrance to the Taling Chan Floating Market.
Lucier Gets 3 Life Terms in Sex Abuse Case
From the QC Times:
Three-time convicted sex offender Melvin T. Lucier will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for sexually abusing two girls younger than 12, a Scott County District Court judge ruled Monday morning.
Lucier Found Guilty of Sex Abuse
From the QC Times:
A Scott County Jury deliberated for about six hours over two days before finding Melvin T. Lucier guilty of sexually abusing a young girl in February 2014.
Lucier, 55, a registered sex offender and former resident of the Patriot Mobile Home Park in Davenport, was found guilty on one count of second-degree sex abuse.
A quiet “yes!” could be heard in the courtroom as District Court Judge Joel Barrows read the verdict aloud.
Lucier remained emotionless as he was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom.
Reporting on post-trial filings here.
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