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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  • 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