Convicted Rapist Tries to Evade Execution on Account of His Allergies

The Deceased, Darryl Durr

Upon recieving his lethal injection, Darryl Durr clenched his fists with a grimace that lasted for a few seconds before his head gently laid back in silence. The 46-year-old serial rapist – convicted for strangling a teenage girl in 1988 – was pronounced dead at 10:36 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. But, the peace of mind offered unto the victim’s mother was almost derailed by an odd turn of defense involving the convict’s allergies toward the drug used for execution.

Some shamelessly consider rape fashionable.

A recent discovery in Durr’s 800-page medical record revealed that the inmate was seriously allergic to anesthesia; under recent consideration by the defense,  this detail looked like a way out, since the state of Ohio uses a large does of anesthesia to carry out their criminal executions. Durr argued that nobody could know how his body would react to the drug; however, his fear failed to completely convince the State that an allergic reaction would occur before the criminal was deeply unconscious. They further noted that -in the event of a possible negative side effect – the worst would be death from low blood pressure and impaired breathing, which aren’t exactly relevant concerns in the context of an execution.

The victim’s uncle said that he supported Ohio’s death penalty, but that he felt that the lethal injection was still far too humane for a killer like Durr, putting forth the electric chair as his preferred style of execution. The victim’s mother also felt disappointed that Durr failed to admit his guilt. But, at least the family can rest assured that an evil man no longer has the ability to wreck another life.

Hip Hop Documentary Screened at Akron Art Museum in Ohio

Akron Art Museum

Yesterday, the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio held a free screening of Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a documentary film by long-time hip-hop fan, Byron Hurt.  This film was one of the official selections of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and is a very personal journey beyond the bling, which strives to paint a well-rounded picture of the complex blend of masculinity, sexism and homophobia through the eyes of aspiring rap artists, the fans who attendhip-hop events all over the country, and those who have gained fame as esteemed hip-hop celebrities. Hurt uses interviews with hip-hopcelebrities like Russell Simmons, D12, Fat Joe, KRS-ONE, Dougie Fresh, Talib Kweli, 50 Cent, Clipse, Sarah Jones, Toni Blackman, Chuck D, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, to explore how modern-day hip-hop culture influences present-day society.

It was presented in association with the Akron Art Museum exhibit Pattern ID, due to artists in the show, like Kehinde Wiley, Mark Bradford and iona rozeal brown, who were inspired by hip-hop culture, and found ways to incorporate it into their own works of art.

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes is a significant discussion concerning one of the most influential art forms of our generation; fortunately, the folks at the Akron Art Museum aren’t the only ones to see the value of this independent film, since it is also going to be used in a nation-wide outreach campaign, made possible by Firelight Media, the Independent Television Service, God Bless the Child Productions, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Twenty-First Century Foundation.