June 24, 2014

Charles Oliver: Police officer found guilty in shooting

A jury has found former District Heights, Md., police officer Johnnie Riley guilty of first- and second-degree assault for shooting Calvin Kyle in the back. Kyle, whom Riley had taken into custody on suspicion of riding a stolen motorcycle, was barefoot and had his hands cuffed behind his back when he tried to escape. The shooting left Kyle paralyzed from the waist down.

A federal judge has ordered the city of Albuquerque, N.M., to pay $6 million to the family of a man killed in his backyard by police. The judge ruled police were not acting in self-defense when they beat and shot Christopher Torres.

Seniors at Long Island, N.Y.’s, Roosevelt High School probably wondered why the message their principal had printed in their yearbook’s concluded with “Congratulations to the Albany High School Class of 2013!” The answer is that Principal Steven Strachan lifted the entire message, including that last line, from the message the principal of a high school in California left in the yearbooks of his seniors last year. Strachan refused to answer questions from the media about the message. But in a statement he insisted he had the permission of the California principal to reuse his remarks.

Latino groups in Tennessee aren’t happy with Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks. Brooks and other commissioners tried to delay a contract to re-roof a county building because they didn’t believe the company employed enough minorities, even though the company’s workforce is two-thirds Latino. This led Hispanic Alliance member Pablo Pereya to say that Latinos are a minority group. Brooks responded that she was concerned that blacks who pay taxes get jobs. She quickly added that she wasn’t saying Pereya doesn’t pay taxes. But then added, “You asked to come here. We did not.”

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  • 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

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014

  • Guest column: Blevins supporter questions Wilbanks

    I support David Blevins in his campaign to be elected Conasauga Circuit Superior Court Judge on Tuesday, July 22. First, please get out and vote. Have a say in your local government.

    July 19, 2014

  • Citizens of the Week: Pleasant Grove Fire Station, Charles Crump

    Imagine this: One normal Thursday, you make preparations to bake a few dozen apple muffins for friends and neighbors, as you have countless times before. You bake the first batch without a hitch. Then, after you’ve placed the second batch in the oven, a loud noise sounds, your smoke alarm starts blaring, and your entire kitchen is full of smoke.

    July 18, 2014

  • A tournament to be proud of

    The scene Sunday afternoon at Lakeshore Park looked similar to one we see each fall on Friday nights around northwest Georgia.

    July 17, 2014

  • Still time to vote early

    Summertime, and the living is hectic.

    July 15, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Down with the berry picking blues

    It was there, and then it wasn’t — and Mr. Gravity took over.

    July 15, 2014