A federal appeals court has reinstated a verdict that found Connecticut’s Department of Correction violated the Constitutional rights of an inmate by forcing him to wear full shackles during outside exercise periods. The court upheld Wednesday a jury’s decision that convicted killer Michael Edwards was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment by the department and then-warden Angel Quiros while at the maximum-security Northern Correctional Institution between September 2010 and March 2011. The ruling Wednesday found that inmates have a right to exercise outside their cells. The state Attorney General’s office said it is reviewing the decision and deciding next steps. Quiros is now acting commissioner of the Department of Correction.
University of GeorgiaDoes the thought of honey have you itching to raise bees? Then the State Botanical Garden of Georgia has a series of classes for you.The Beekeeping for Beginners Series will start on Dec. 6 in Athens, Ga., and will cover the fundamentals of beekeeping. All classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. The first will cover beekeeping basics, followed on Jan. 10 with the care and feeding of honeybees and on Feb. 7 with the ABCs of assembling a beehive.The classes will be taught by Dan Harris, a beekeeper with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and at Booger Hill Farm in Athens.Pre-registration is required. The series costs $40 for Friends of the Garden members and $45 for non-members. For more information or to register, call (706) 542-6156 or visit www.uga.edu/botgarden.