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  • 19-year-old proposes adding a major interstate in Columbus. Councilors support the idea.

    11/22/2017 1:09:40 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ^ | October 25, 2017 | Alva James-Johnson
    Imagine a major interstate running through Columbus, spurring economic development, prosperity and connecting military installations along the way. That’s the scenario that 19-year-old Frank Lumpkin IV presented to Columbus Council Tuesday, while making a pitch for Columbus to be connected to a major interstate that will run from Meridian, Texas, to Augusta. Lumpkin, a 2017 Columbus High School graduate now enrolled at the University of Georgia, said I-14 Texas already has been designated by Congress and is currently being built in segments. The first 25-mile stretch officially opened on January 26, 2017 near Killeen, Texas and Fort Hood. If built...
  • House Ethics Committee is reviewing allegations against three Democrats

    07/26/2017 1:09:58 AM PDT · by Fedora · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 06/26/2017 | Mike DeBonis
    The House Ethics Committee said Monday it is reviewing charges lodged against two high-profile Democratic lawmakers and a senior Democratic aide. The lawmakers facing an ethics review are Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and the longest-serving sitting House member, and Rep. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The staffer is Michael E. Collins, chief of staff to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).Statements released Monday by the Ethics Committee did not detail the allegations against the three men, which were forwarded to the committee by the independent Office of Congressional...
  • WWII veteran calls for help and dies as nurses laugh, video shows

    11/18/2017 3:33:42 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 42 replies
    WXIA-TV [GA] ^ | 18 Novemer 2017 | WXIA-TV
    A hidden video from 2014 showed nurses laughing as a World War II veteran repeatedly called for help and died while in their care. The family of James Dempsey, 89, of Woodstock, Ga., hid a camera in the late veteran’s room in the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center which captured the night he died. The video showed the decorated WWII veteran repeatedly calling for help, saying he could not breathe. It also showed the nurses failing to take life-saving measures and laughing as they tried to start an oxygen machine.
  • School nixes boy's 'Fake News' T-shirt on field trip to CNN

    11/16/2017 1:07:33 PM PST · by DFG · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/16/2017 | Brian Flood
    A Georgia family is under fire for allowing a seventh grader to wear a T-shirt that mocked liberal news network CNN on a school field trip to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters -- but the boy's parents think the school violated the First Amendment by making their son take it off. Nancy and Stan Jester, of Dekalb, are both local elected officials, she a county commissioner and he is a member of the local school board. Their son, seventh-grader Jaxon, wore a shirt mocking the CNN logo as “FNN” with the caption, “Fake News Network.”
  • Chick-fil-A offers free food for a year if you can solve this crime

    11/15/2017 6:47:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/15/17
    A Georgia Chick-fil-A restaurant is pleading with the public for information concerning the theft of one of their catering vans. And in return, Chick-fil-A is offering something chicken sandwich enthusiasts can get behind – free Chick-fil-A for a year. But first, you have to solve the case. The chain said the crime was committed Sunday around 9:45 p.m. at the parking lot of a Chick-fil-A in Cartersville at Cherokee Place, according to their Facebook page detailing the event.
  • Atlanta will be Amazon's new home

    11/15/2017 8:49:54 AM PST · by RegulatorCountry · 69 replies
    Sperling's Best Places ^ | November 15, 2017 | Sperling's Best Places
    November 15, 2017 - It's been two months since Amazon announced they will be searching for a site for their new co-headquarters, resulting in hundreds of applications and endless speculation. Now we have the answer. Trust us - it's going to be Atlanta. So says the collective wisdom of urbanists, researchers, pundits and publications. The team at Sperling's BestPlaces collected 18 of the most reputable lists and rankings of potential Amazon HQ2 locations. Using those rankings, we created one huge super-study which tallied how each location performed and from that, we generated a score for each place. Sperling's Amazon HQ...
  • Man Killed in 1983 for ‘Socializing’ With White Woman, DA Says

    11/06/2017 1:09:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 6, 2017,
    Suspects arrested in the 1983 slaying of a black man in Georgia were angry that he was socializing with a white woman, Spalding County District Attorney Benjamin Coker told CNN. Timothy Coggins, 23, was found stabbed to death on October 9, 1983, near a high-tension power line in Sunny Side, a town about 30 miles south of Atlanta. The 34-year-old cold case, which broke in October with the arrest of four men and a woman, was widely believed to be racially motivated, though no suspects or motive had previously been uncovered. Then-investigator Larry Campbell told the local newspaper at the...
  • New Confederate Monuments Are Quietly Going Up Across the U.S.

    10/29/2017 5:01:36 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 86 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/23/2017 | Tom Porter
    New Confederate statues and plaques are appearing across the country, and authorities are powerless to act because many are being built on private land. But those who honor the Confederacy have been quietly working to preserve, and even increase, the number of Confederate monuments. In the small town of Orange, on the Texas-Louisiana border, the privately funded Confederate Memorial of the Wind is nearing completion. Stretching across a half-acre, the monument’s 13 pillars, each representing a Confederate state, rise from a circular base. It will eventually be surrounded by poles flying Confederate battle flags. In Chickamauga, Georgia, last year, a...
  • Georgia election server wiped after suit filed

    10/26/2017 3:17:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    KFMB ^ | 10/26/17
    A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned. The server's data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs the state's election system. The data wipe was revealed in an email — sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case — that was obtained by the AP. More emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe. The lawsuit, filed by a...
  • Data wiped from server at center of Georgia election hacking lawsuit: Report

    10/26/2017 2:07:39 PM PDT · by ex91B10 · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/26/2017 | Andrew Blake
    The contents of computer server at the center of a lawsuit brought against Georgia election officials was erased within days of voters suing the state, The Associated Press reported Thursday.
  • Kuck Fails To Win Tuition Break For Illegal Immigrants In Georgia

    10/25/2017 3:53:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/25/17 | Will Racke
    An Atlanta-based immigration lawyer on Tuesday lost a bid to secure in-state tuition for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program enrolled in Georgia’s public universities and colleges.Charles Kuck, who is representing a group of illegal immigrant students who sued the state in 2016, argued the students’ deferred status under the now-cancelled DACA program gives them lawful presence in the U.S., a key requirement for in-state tuition under Georgia law.The Georgia Court of Appeals disagreed with that argument, ruling Tuesday there is no provision of federal or state law that says DACA recipients — commonly known as “Dreamers”...
  • Fort Stewart: Woman arrested after shots fired on post; no one injured

    10/23/2017 6:56:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Fort Stewart officials say a woman was taken into custody by Military Police on Monday after firing a weapon on post. Several shots were fired near building 520 around 2:30 p.m., said Kevin Larson, spokesman for the installation. No one was injured by the gunfire. Authorities from the Fort Stewart Military Police and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division are investigating. No additional details are being released at this time. There are no impacts to traffic or gates, and there is no active threat to the community, Larson said. The installation, which is the military’s largest east of the Mississippi...
  • Ga. Sheriff in massive drug search faces new trouble: his own son

    10/20/2017 8:30:14 PM PDT · by JP1201 · 4 replies
    The teenage son of the southwest Georgia sheriff indicted for ordering a massive school-wide drug search has now run afoul with the law on a drug-related charge. The drug arrest of Zachary Lewis Hobby last week has renewed speculation that Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s decision to search the entire local high school last April was somehow linked to his son’s troubles. Sheriff Hobby and two deputies were indicted earlier this month by a grand jury in a criminal case that alleges false imprisonment, violation of oath of office and sexual battery. Students at the high school say deputies sexually...
  • Chick-fil-A isn’t just the most popular fast-food chain in Georgia, it dominates the US

    10/20/2017 1:53:13 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 74 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/20/17 | Fiza Pirani
    Customers all over the nation flock to Chick-fil-A to indulge in the Georgia-based franchise’s perfectly seasoned, breaded chicken sandwiches, crispy waffle fries, hand-spun milkshakes or other popular menu items. And, according to a new ranking from Foursquare and Business Insider on the most popular fast-food chain in each state, Chick-fil-A obliterates most of its competition. Analysts examined which restaurant chains are most-visited in each state by dividing the total number of visits by the number of locations in the state. Chick-fil-A took home top honors in all but 12 places.
  • School ends Civil War dress up day weeks after child was called a ‘slave’; mom wants more done

    10/19/2017 6:15:15 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 19 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/19/17 | Ellen Eldridge
    Davis said her stomach dropped when he told her how one of her son’s friends, a white child, said he was dressed as a plantation owner during the Sept. 22 activity. When her son, who is black, asked why he would dress that way, the friend said, “We had to dress up so I’m a plantation owner and you’re my slave.” Since then, Davis has asked first and foremost that the school agree not to host “a dress up activity that is oppressive,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But officials had refused to say they’d stop until Thursday afternoon, when...
  • Teacher who told students to remove Trump shirt resigns

    10/18/2017 5:07:07 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 37 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/18/17 | Ellen Eldridge
    She was put on administrative leave in September, shortly after a video of her request that two students wearing “Make America Great Again” T-shirts turn them inside out, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. She said she was motivated to ask the students to remove the slogan because it had been used by neo nazis during the violent Charlottesville rally. Orletsky released a statement Wednesday, saying she is fearful for her life. “After attacks on my character and threats on my life, I have made the decision to resign from my teaching position at River Ridge High School,” Orletsky said. “While...
  • GEORGIA SUPREME COURT RULES POLICE CANNOT COMPEL DRIVERS SUSPECTED OF DUI TO TAKE A BREATHALYZER

    10/18/2017 9:20:53 AM PDT · by JP1201 · 150 replies
    In a new ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia clarified the rights drivers suspected of DUI have when it comes to interaction with law enforcement officers and the implied consent law. The court made it clear that the state's constitution does not give law enforcement officers the ability to compel drivers suspected of driving under the influence to take a breath test by blowing into a breathalyzer. It brings to question whether or not a defendant's refusal of a breath test can be submitted as evidence in their trial. As it stands, prosecutors can submit a defendants' refusal of the...
  • Equifax Blather

    10/18/2017 7:36:12 AM PDT · by ptsal · 17 replies
    Equifax mass mailer ^ | Oct. 18, 2017 | Paulino Barros Jr.
    **Yes...this is a vanity*** On behalf of all of us here at Equifax, I want to express my sincere apology to you and anyone affected by our recent data breach. I can assure you that our number one priority going forward is taking care of you and giving you better control over access to your Equifax credit report. We realize that you likely enrolled in TrustedID Premier reluctantly, and unfortunately it may not have been an easy process. At first we were not fully prepared for the volume of calls, visits to our website and emails received in response to...
  • Passenger says Delta crew stopped her from singing anthem

    10/17/2017 8:24:01 AM PDT · by Puppage · 34 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 10/16/2017 | CNN
    (AP) — A Georgia physician said her plan to honor a fallen soldier by singing the U.S. national anthem aboard a Delta Air Lines plane carrying the soldier’s casket was stopped by a flight attendant who told her it would violate company policy. Dr. Pamela Gaudry of Savannah said she and fellow passengers were told “to stay quietly in our seats” as an honor guard escorted the casket from the plane Saturday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A flight attendant told her that singing “The Star Spangled Banner” would make passengers from other countries uncomfortable, she said.
  • Atlanta mom charged with murder after allegedly putting 2 young sons in oven

    10/17/2017 2:54:08 AM PDT · by topher · 39 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 17-Oct-2017 | FoxNews
    An Atlanta woman was charged with murder after she allegedly put her two young sons in an oven and turned it on sometime between Thursday and Friday last week. Lamora Williams, 24, with murder in the deaths of 1-year-old son Ja'Karter Penn and 2-year-old Ke-Yaunte Penn. Channel 2 Action News, citing an arrest warrant, reported that she is accused of killing the two “by placing them in an oven and turning it on.” Police reportedly said that the children had injuries, including burns.