April 18, 2014

In Other News, April 18


Editor’s note: “In Other News” is a list of state, national and global headlines compiled by The Daily Citizen news staff. To suggest a story, email the appropriate link to inothernews@daltoncitizen.com. The deadline is 3 p.m.

Robots could help cops predict crime by patrolling neighborhoods

A California-based company is introducing a robot — called the Knightscope K5 — to help police by roaming around neighborhoods and gathering data to predict where criminal activity will happen. It’s resemblance to the Daleks of “Doctor Who” appears to be coincidental. — Time

Facebook introduces feature to find friends through phone tracing

The social media giant introduced a new feature that lets mobile users locate nearby friends by searching the GPS on their smartphones. The feature is optional and will send notifications whenever a friend is near your location. — USA Today

Salon ‘blowout’ expected this Easter

Easter is often a time of spiritual reflection for many Christians in the South. It’s also, apparently, a time to hit the salon. Many stylists in the state are prepping for a rush of churchgoing women who want to show off a fresh hair style to the congregation. Some salon owners call Easter an annual “blowout.” — CBS Atlanta

Florida man with last name Cocaine arrested for drug possession

Edward Cocaine — whose name is legal in the state of Florida — was arrested for the possession of xanax. “You know, I thought I’d seen it all,” County Judge John Hurley said to Cocaine via video at a court hearing. “How many times have the police told you to step out of the car during your life?” “Cocaine replied, “Just about every time I get pulled over.” — New York Daily News

Woman under fire for claiming PTSD as bad as wartime trauma

A woman who said she was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder from online abuse upset veterans when she claimed Twitter PTSD was as bad as mental anguish suffered by those on active duty. She says she is a target for web hate because she is an outspoken feminist and atheist. — Daily Mail

DeKalb County thief chased, then rescued from burning car

A car thief owes his life to the police officers who chased him down. Donald Miles, a career criminal in DeKalb County, was rescued by police from a burning car after the chase ended. Miles slammed head on into a utility pole, igniting dangerous flames and trapping himself inside. — 11 Alive

SAT to abjure obscure lexicon

The College Board will release many details of its revised SAT on Wednesday. One big change is in the vocabulary questions, which will no longer include obscure words. — The New York Times