January 23, 2013

Charles Oliver: Working five days a week too intense

French teachers have gone on strike over the government’s plans to extend the school week to five days from four.

The Michigan Civil Service Commission reports that state workers took an average of 9.4 to 11 sick days a year during the past five years. By contrast, private workers took an average of four sick days a year, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, citing federal Bureau of Labor statistics.

Boulder, Colo., police officers Sam Carter and Brent Curnow have been charged with suspicion of forgery, tampering with physical evidence, attempting to influence a public official, unlawful taking of a trophy elk, conspiracy, killing an elk out of season, unlawful use of an electronic device to unlawfully take wildlife and first degree official misconduct. Carter, while on duty, allegedly shot an elk that had been roaming a local neighborhood. Curnow, who was not on duty, and an on-duty Boulder County sheriff’s deputy allegedly picked up the carcass. The deputy has not been charged.

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway has been indicted for fraud to avoid $600,000 in mortgage debt. Hathaway, a former Macomb County assistant prosecutor, resigned earlier this week.

The United States ranked 12th in the world in total prosperity in 2012, according to the Legatum Institute, a London, England-based think tank, down from sixth in 2008. Last year was the first year the United States did not rank in the top 10 of the index, which includes measures such as economic growth, wealth and personal freedoms.

Officials at Maryland’s White Marsh Elementary School suspended two 6-year-old boys for pointing their fingers at each other like guns. The two were playing cops and robbers during recess.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered emergency room doctors in the city's public hospitals not to prescribe long-lasting painkillers such as Oxycontin or methadone. And he says they can prescribe no more than three days worth of other painkillers. Bloomberg says the new rules are aimed at cutting prescription drug abuse. Critics say the rules will keep patients with legitimate needs from getting adequate pain relief.

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  • Library must reach decision soon

    Four months ago the board of the Chatsworth-Murray Library announced it would leave the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System by June 30 of this year, the end of the library system’s fiscal year.

    April 23, 2014

  • Letter: Concert was spectacular

    I believe Dalton achieved its most beautiful moment last April 18, on Thornton Avenue. It occurred in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Dalton.

    April 23, 2014

  • An important part of the fight

    The lawns of Dalton City Hall and the Murray County Courthouse are filled with pinwheels this week.

    April 22, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Not just for college students

    It was the seemingly unanswerable question of the campus — and especially the faculty — when I first attended Dalton Junior College in the 1973-74 school year: “Is man inherently good, or inherently evil?”

    April 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Evidence at the last minute or later

    In New York, Bronx County Criminal Court Judge John Wilson has banned prosecutor Megan Teesdale from his court.

    April 22, 2014

  • Misty Watson: Turns out, I’m a millennial

    The word millennial always conjures up this image of a guy wearing skinny jeans, Converse high tops, a plaid button-up shirt, thick-rimmed glasses, a hat, facial hair and a messenger bag slung over his shoulder.

    April 22, 2014

  • Understandable uncertainty from taxpayers

    It’s not yet official, but Dalton residents should expect to pay more in school property taxes this year.

    April 20, 2014

  • Letter Candidate outlines his platform

    To the citizens of Dalton and Whitfield County,
    My name is Dr. Nicky P. Starling and I am a candidate for Whitfield County Commissioner District 1. I did not attend the Republican forum on April 8 because a pastor friend was killed by a drunk driver and I chose to support his family at a memorial service.

    April 20, 2014

  • 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

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