On the Radar: U.N. health meeting; Davis hearing; home-invasion trial
Campaigns against smoking are one way to fight non-communicable diseases, the World Health Organization says.
September 19th, 2011
06:39 AM ET

On the Radar: U.N. health meeting; Davis hearing; home-invasion trial

Three things you need to know today.

U.N. health meeting: For only the second time in the history of the United Nations, the General Assembly will hold a meeting on a health issue.

The body convenes in New York on Monday to discuss non-communicable diseases. Each year 36 million people worldwide die of non-communicable diseases, the World Health Organization reports. Those include cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes and chronic respiratory disease. That's 63% of all deaths worldwide, the agency says.

The aim of the two-day U.N. conference is "to adopt a concise, action-oriented outcome document that will shape the global agendas for generations to come," according to the WHO's website.

Eighty percent of deaths from non-communicable diseases occur in low- or middle-income countries, the WHO says. On Sunday, the organization released a study saying that low-income countries could introduce strategies and treatments to fight non-communicable diseases that would cost just $1.20 per year per person. Some of those strategies include anti-smoking campaigns, reduce salt content in food and public awareness programs about diet and physical activity.

Troy Davis hearing: Georgia's parole board will convene Monday morning to hear a last-minute appeal by Troy Davis, who is set to die by lethal injection for the murder 21 years ago of a Savannah police officer.

A jury convicted Davis of murder in 1991, paving the way for his execution, which has been delayed three times and is now scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles noted in a press release Sunday it is "the sole authority in Georgia for granting clemency to inmates." Options for the board include commuting a death sentence without parole, giving a convict a life sentence or denying clemency - which, in this case, would pave the way for Davis' execution.

Its closed meeting will start at 9 a.m. Monday in a state office building in Atlanta.

Home-invasion killings: Joshua Komisarjevsky goes on trial in Connecticut on Monday in the 2007 home-invasion killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters - 17-year-old Hayley Petit and 11-year-old Michaela Petit. Dr. William Petit, Hawke-Petit's husband and the girls' father, was beaten and tied up at the beginning of the attack before he managed to escape.

In December, Steven Hayes was sentenced to death after being convicted on 16 of 17 charges related to the killings.

Hayes forced Hawke-Petit to go to a bank and withdraw $15,000 from an account after finding evidence the account held between $20,000 and $30,000, authorities said.

Prosecutors allege that Hayes and Komisarjevsky went into the home, beat and tied up Petit, raped and strangled his wife, molested one of their daughters, then set their house on fire before attempting to flee.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    I remember the Connecticut case...ugly, ugly case.
    Hope he gets what he deserves.

    September 19, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman )

    hopefully someone in prison will take care of those guys.. i hope it's bubba. in the shower..

    September 19, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. joel orsborn

    lets all come together for world peace. use our lands to grow crops and give the food to the needy. peace love= jesus christ. amen.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman )

      world peace will never work.. people are evil.. and getting more evil as time goes on..

      September 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manfred

      Religion is the root of all evil.

      September 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bearfoot

    speak for yourself, ruffnutt

    September 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ma & pa

    Steven Hayes, evil sentenced to death. Joshua Komesarjevsky deserves harder death as he is reminded why.

    September 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. marc

    Fry him in the chair

    September 20, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Count of Monte Cristo

    If this guy does not get death penalty, then death penalty is only in name and in book. A cruel joke on victims of crime. An agenda of prison guard union for job security. ( Remeber three strike and out- California's expensive experiment)

    September 20, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. dermot moloney

    death penalty is the right move for these two individuals, good riddance fellas.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |

    wel if u ask me i think ppl shouldnt quit smoking i think the presadent needs to lower the prise on siggerets and the drunkin age should be

    September 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |