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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  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014