July 10, 2013

Charles Oliver: Mock coffee prescription yanked

The attorneys general of 22 states have written to Urban Outfitters asking the retail chain to pull a coffee mug with a mock prescription label for coffee. In a joint letter, they said the mugs undermine their efforts to fight prescription drug abuse. Urban Outfitters has reportedly pulled the mugs as well as an entire line of products with fake prescription labels. I expect prescription drug abuse will no longer be a problem by the end of the year thanks to this letter.

Jon Locke couldn’t believe what his security cameras had captured while he was away from home. Uniformed Garland, Texas, police officers walk up to his front door. When no one answers, an officer opens up some duffel bags in front of the house. Then they begin to search inside a pickup truck in the driveway. Finally, they notice the security cameras filming them and turn them away. When Locke complained to police he said an internal affairs investigator told him the officers did nothing wrong. Oh, and the investigator said one of the officers opened an unlocked door and looked inside the house. The officers had an arrest warrant for Locke’s brother, who does not live with him. But they did not have a search warrant for Locke’s house or his truck.

Australian officials wanted Internet service providers to block 1,200 sites they said had helped defraud Australians. But they ordered the ISPs to block their IP addresses, not their domain names. That meant they blocked every website on a server serving one of those websites. In all, they accidentally blocked about 250,000 websites.

Federal prosecutors in Phoenix, Ariz., asked judges to dismiss heroin-smuggling charges against two men just hours before a local newspaper ran a story raising concerns about a key informant in the case. In fact, questions about that informant have existed for more than a decade. He was deactivated as an informant in 2000 after being accused of perjury in at least 16 criminal cases and of not paying taxes on money paid to him by law enforcement. But the Drug Enforcement Administration quietly began using him again as a paid informant in 2008.

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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