January 7, 2014

Charles Oliver: School officials all thumbs with finger injury

• Amazing Johnson, 6, got the tip of her finger sliced off when she caught it in a door at school. But officials at Hughes Road Elementary School in Texas didn’t call 911 or take her to the hospital. They called her parents to get her. “How is this not an emergency and her finger is in a bag?” asked her mother. School officials said they would have called 911 if they hadn’t been able to reach the parents or if they thought the injury was life threatening.

• A Danish court has found Firoozeh Bazrafkan, an artist of Iranian descent, guilty of violating the nation’s anti-racism law and fined her 5,000 kroners (about $915). The court found that Bazrafkan “derided and degraded a group simply based on their faith” when she posted on her blog that “Muslim men around the world rape, abuse and kill their daughters.”

• The Canadian military is requiring wounded soldiers not to criticize officers, say anything that might discourage others in uniform or post their opinions on any military subjects on social media. The Joint Personnel Support Unit, which is tasked with helping the wounded, says the policy isn’t aimed at stifling criticism but merely at reminding them of proper use of social media.

• A man, who wasn’t identified by local media, was robbed at gunpoint while he changed a flat tire on Interstate 5 near Chula Vista, Calif. The California Highway Patrol responded to the robbery report then impounded his car as evidence.

• Scottish officials have moved Paris Green from a women’s prison after he kept having sex with other inmates. Green, born Peter Lainge, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his part in the torture and murder of Robert Shankland. Because he said he is transgendered and identifies as a women, the court sentenced him to a female prison. Officials still aren’t switching him to a male prison but to another female prison where they say they can keep a better eye on him.

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  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014