December 17, 2013

Charles Oliver: Auction sniping for inferior beer?

• The Vermont Department of Liquor Control has cited Stephanie Hoffman with selling craft beer without a license. Officials say they regularly scour Craigslist and eBay trying to find those selling craft beer illegally. They add that beer sold on the black market may not have been refrigerated properly, so customers may be getting an inferior product.

• Valentine Harverye spent more than five years in a British prison after burning a prostitute’s face with melted plastic and scalding her with boiling water. After he was released, the government moved to deport him to his native Zimbabwe but an immigration court blocked the move, saying it would violate his human rights because he might face “ill treatment” there.

• Police in Solihull, England, have sent letters to children as young as three warning them they face penalties for anti-social behavior for playing outside. The letters report that large groups of small children playing together are “intimidating to elderly neighbors” and warned they have been seen trampling plants while they play.

• A federal judge has awarded Angel and Jennifer Mendez $4 million after they were shot by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department during a warrantless raid on their home. The shooting cost Angel Mendez one of his legs. Deputies said they were looking for a parolee who had reportedly been spotted near their home. But the judge said the cops not only did not have a warrant, they had no evidence the man they were looking for lived the Mendez home.

• Eleven women and one man have sued the Puyallup, Wash., police department, claiming officers selectively videotaped people, mostly young women, undressing while in custody. City Attorney Kevin Yamamoto says that video recording of holding cells is routine as is requiring people to change their clothes when they are brought into the jail.

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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

    July 30, 2014

  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • Ensuring the joy of reading

    They’re little, they’re libraries, and best of all, they’re free.

    July 28, 2014

  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
    But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.

    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
    That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.

    July 26, 2014

  • 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