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US: Georgia (News/Activism)

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  • Steep bonds for 3 suspects in violent riot on Georgia Tech campus

    09/20/2017 2:12:03 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 10 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/20/17 | Alexis Stevens
    The three people arrested during a protest on the Georgia Tech campus were all granted bond Wednesday. *** But attorney Don Samuel said Wilson, a 2013 graduate of The Paideia School, is a lifelong Atlanta resident and Georgia State University student and was exercising his right to protest and isn’t guilty. Wilson did not know Schultz, Samuel said. Wilson, charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault against a police officer, and three misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass, allegedly hit an officer and knocked him to the ground, causing a concussion, according to his arrest warrants. He also allegedly spray-painted...
  • Georgia Tech Student-Activist Shot Dead by Campus Police

    09/18/2017 7:18:45 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 88 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 18, 2017 | Phil McCausland and Kalhan Rosenblatt
    An engineering student who was an LGBTQ activist was shot and killed by Georgia Tech campus police on Saturday night, officials said Sunday. The school identified the victim as Scout Schultz, 21, a fourth-year engineering student from Lilburn, Georgia, who police said was armed with a knife. Schultz, president of Georgia Tech's Pride Alliance, identified as non-binary and intersex and preferred to be referred to with they/them gender pronouns, according to the alliance's website. At a news conference Monday, Schultz's family's attorney said the student was experiencing a "mental breakdown" on the night of the shooting.
  • GBI: Georgia Tech student called 911 before shooting

    09/18/2017 2:09:44 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 41 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/18/17 | Christian Boone
    UPDATE: Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz called 911 before being shot by campus police, the GBI reports. Schultz called 911 alerting them “of a suspicious person on campus. In the call, Shultz describes the person as a white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip,” the GBI said in a statement. *** Three suicide notes were located in Schultz’s dorm room. Two years ago, Schultz attempted suicide using a belt, the 21-year-old engineering student’s mother told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Schultz was...
  • Armed LGBT student Scout Schultz shot dead by Atlanta police

    09/17/2017 6:49:36 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 116 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18th September 2017 | BBC News
    Police in the US state of Georgia have shot and killed an LGBT student activist, leading to an independent investigation. Police encountered Scout Schultz at a campus in Atlanta after a call about "a person with a knife and a gun" late on Saturday, officials say. Footage has emerged apparently showing Schultz, 21, refusing to obey multiple police commands to drop a knife. Schultz's mother said police should not have used lethal force. In a video filmed by fellow students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Schultz is heard saying "Shoot me!" while continuing to advance on the officers. One...
  • Ga. Tech student shot by officer, killed on campus

    09/17/2017 9:58:04 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 129 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/17/17 | Ellen Eldridge and Stephanie Lamm
    An engineering student from Gwinnett County was fatally shot by a police officer on Georgia Tech’s campus Saturday night. The GBI is investigating the incident in which the student, who has been identified by Georgia Tech spokesman Lance Wallace as 21-year-old Scout Schultz of Lilburn, was allegedly barefoot and carrying a knife. The student’s legal name was Scott Shultz, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. At least two students shared cellphone video showing the tense interaction between Schultz and Georgia Tech police officers, Channel 2 Action News reported. Schultz yells at police to shoot and officers respond, “Drop the knife! Drop...
  • Teacher who compared Trump campaign slogan to swastika speaks out: ‘This was not political’

    09/16/2017 5:35:10 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 33 replies ^ | 9/16/17 | Jessica Chasma
    A Georgia high school teacher who was yanked from the classroom after comparing President Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” to a swastika is speaking out for the first time since video of the exchange went viral. Lyn Orletsky, a teacher of five years at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, was seen on video kicking two students out of her class after they refused to turn their shirts bearing the pro-Trump slogan inside out. She was also heard saying it had nothing to do with Mr. Trump, but the slogan itself, which she compared to a swastika. Ms....
  • Georgia teacher removed from classroom after comparing Trump slogan to swastika

    09/13/2017 3:44:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-13-2017 | Fox News
    A Georgia teacher who told students in her math class that are not allowed to wear “Make America Great Again” T-shirts because the campaign slogan was akin to a swastika, will no longer be teaching in the classroom. Lyn Orletsky was seen on a viral video telling at least two River Ridge High School students in Cherokee County that wearing the slogan made popular during President Donald Trump’s 2016 was like wearing the symbol of Nazism, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The Cherokee County School District, quickly released an apology and said that the students were not in any...
  • Hurricane Irma: 800 tractor trailers part of massive FEMA staging point in Alabama

    09/12/2017 5:48:31 AM PDT · by commish · 35 replies
    Al.Com ^ | Sep 8, 2017 | Leada Gore
    As many as 800 tractor trailers loaded with relief supplies are at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery waiting to be deployed to Florida and Georgia as the areas brace for Hurricane Irma. Col. Eric K. Shafa, Commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing at Maxwell, said the installation is serving as staging area for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Tractor trailers began rolling into Maxwell yesterday and will be deployed, if needed, after the storm. The trucks contain supplies such as water, food, generators and cots. "This is a significant hurricane and our hearts and prayers go out to...
  • The Georgia / Alabama Irma Thread

    09/11/2017 4:57:07 AM PDT · by Eagles Field · 67 replies
    9-11-17 | Eagles Field
    Power outage reports, request for assistance, tornado reports. Expecting peak winds up to 50MPH, 3-7 inches of rain. 8AM - 9/11, 40 miles NW of Atlanta, all is well and a little wet.
  • Hurricane Irma Live Thread Part IV

    09/10/2017 2:02:02 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 1,329 replies
    NHC/NOAA ^ | 9/10/2017 | NHC/NOAA
    The entire Florida Peninsula has begun to experience Hurricane Irma following landfall at Marco Island. Thousands of Floridians who evacuated the Atlantic cost to Gulf Coast areas found their safe shelter under direct threat from Hurricane Irma as the forecast shifted W Friday night and Saturday. Prayers for all in the storm path. Mash image to find lots of satellite imagery linksPublic AdvisoriesNHC DiscussionsFL Radar Map with Irma Track Overlay NHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Key West, FLNHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Tampa Bay, FLNHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Orlando, FLNHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Miami, FLNHC Local Weather Statements/Radar Melbourne, FLNOAA Local Weather...
  • Hurricane Irma Live Thread III

    09/09/2017 2:08:31 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 2,253 replies
    The entire Florida Peninsula and points north are poised to experience Hurricane Irma after the storm hugged Cuba's northern coastline. Thousands of Floridians who evacuated the Atlantic cost to Gulf Coast areas found their safe shelter under direct threat from Hurricane Irma as the forecast shifted W Friday night and Saturday. Hurricane Irma's prolonged interaction with Cuba diminished its strength to Category 3. Irma is forecast to increase in strength as it crosses the FL Straits. The Florida Keys experienced strong outer bands while Irma grazed the N Cuba coastline. Mash image to find lots of satellite imagery linksPublic AdvisoriesNHC...
  • Prayer Thread for Florida and the Rest of the Southeast US

    09/08/2017 1:05:37 PM PDT · by texas booster · 121 replies
    Free Republic Admins and FReeper Who Care ^ | Sept 08 2017 | Texas Booster
    Traditionally Free Republic has tried to keep truly important topics to one or two threads. I am creating a prayer and comment thread to parallel the Irma threads and keep down the childlike quips that are slowing down the other threads. Have a religious comment? Have a relative in need of prayer? Please post it here. The other threads are slow enough with all the graphics, which becomes more important as people try to evacuate, moving to cell and tablet communication. So please play nice and move discussions here.
  • Hurricane Irma Live Thread Part II

    09/07/2017 8:09:47 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 2,666 replies
    Dangerous Category 5 Hurricane Irma had a devastating impact on islands in the Caribbean. Hurricane and Storm surge watches were issued Thursday morning for South Florida. The Florida Keys began evacuating visitors and residents, followed by flood zones in Miami and Miami Beach. Sarasota FL declared a local state of emergency Thursday morning. Polk County FL Sheriff Grady Judd said Wednesday that law enforcement authorities would check the identities of people who turn up at shelters--and take to jail anyone found to have an active arrest warrant. “If you go to a shelter for Irma and you have a warrant,...
  • Hurricane Irma Live Thread

    09/04/2017 2:02:19 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 2,083 replies
    While thoughts and prayers are with our Texas FRiends and neighbors, we are at the peak of the Atlantic Tropical Storm season. Hurricane Irma continues its trek from Cape Verde across the pond and toward the Hebert Box (see below). People with interests in the Southeastern U.S. and Gulf of Mexico should be alert to the forecast path updates for this powerful storm. It is important to note that the average NHC track errors are about 175 and 225 statute miles at days 4 and 5, respectively. Hurricane Irma originally had a small wind field. In the past 24 hours,...
  • Irma becomes strongest Atlantic hurricane outside Gulf and Caribbean ever recorded

    09/05/2017 10:31:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 96 replies ^ | 09-05-2017 | By Jenny Staletovich
    Irma spun into a monster storm Tuesday morning with sustained winds topping 180 mph, becoming the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, National Hurricane Center forecasters said in their 11 a.m. advisory. As the hurricane churns closer to the U.S. coast, its path becomes more certain, with South Florida, particularly the Keys, increasingly likely to take a hit. Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as Friday. Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties and has all 7,000 members of the state’s National Guard to report to...
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: High School Teacher Calls Trump Shirt Swastika

    09/03/2017 7:11:56 PM PDT · by apoliticalone · 56 replies
    Turning Point News ^ | 9-2-2017 | Turning Point Staff
    A video was sent in showing a high school teacher who has been identified as Lyn Orletsky from River Ridge High School in Georgia by Turning Point News. The incident happened Thursday according to sources. Lyn Orletsky via Facebook In this video the teacher appears to order her students wearing Trump shirts to turn them inside out. She didn’t want her students wearing these shirts for the same reason ‘you cannot wear a swastika to school’.
  • Disabled Marine veteran ambushed, killed by masked men in his Georgia garage

    09/03/2017 3:32:15 PM PDT · by topher · 30 replies ^ | 3-Sept-2017 | Fox News
    A disabled Marine veteran was shot and killed during a confrontation in his garage with would-be home invaders on Friday, police said. Authorities said that Phillip Lamar Davis, 47, was getting ready to take his wife to work early Friday morning when he opened the garage door and three masked men ambushed them. Police believe the men intended to rob the victims after entering their home. "This just doesn't make any sense." Heartbroken loved ones talk 2 @FOX5Atlanta after deadly home invasion in DeKalb Co — Marissa Mitchell (@MarissaMFOX5) September 1, 2017
  • Did climate change decimate Georgia’s peach crop in 2017?

    09/01/2017 11:46:36 AM PDT · by Dacula · 30 replies
    Atlanta Urinal Constipation ^ | 9-1-2017 | AJC Staff
    MUSELLA, Georgia — Georgia’s peach industry suffered staggering losses this year — 85 percent of the crop wiped out by a winter that never get cold enough for the fruit to grow and ripen properly. The lingering question: was this a harbinger of climate change and many warmer winters to come? Or was it just the sort of bad luck that Georgia farmers have seen come and go ever since people began tilling the soils here? Robert Lee “Mr. Bob” Dickey, the patriarch of a family that grows a thousand acres of peaches in Middle Georgia, doesn’t hold with this...
  • Atlanta's 'third world' HIV epidemic isn't getting any better, CDC says

    09/01/2017 7:09:05 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 56 replies via WPXI ^ | September 1, 2017 | Wendy Corona
    ATLANTA - Black gay men are contracting HIV in Atlanta in epidemic proportions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which stated in 2016 that one in two black men would contract the disease. Christian Dacus is a youth HIV policy advisor with Georgia Equality. He said personally, the spike in the number of HIV cases for gay black men in Atlanta is not surprising to him because of the stigma. “It's been spun in such a negative way that HIV is a punishment for your sins,” Dacus said. Dacus cited non-acceptance from religion and family, and living...
  • Irma expected to be hurricane by week’s end

    08/30/2017 2:39:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | 08-30-2017 | By Jenny Staletovich
    Tropical Storm Irma picked up strength Wednesday and is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday or Friday, making it the fourth hurricane of an increasingly busy season. In their latest advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said sustained winds had reached 60 mph as the storm rolls west at 15 mph. While it’s too early to tell what threat Irma may pose to Florida or the U.S. Coast, it has the potential to gain significant strength as it crosses warm tropical Atlantic waters — sea surface temperatures are more than 2°F above normal — and encounters weak wind shear. Irma...