May 1, 2013

Charles Oliver: Students profiled, interrogated


* Jason Michael Cruz was telling his friend Matthew Okumoto about a sandwich he’d recently tried called “The Bomb.” Unfortunately, they were on an escalator at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at the time. A Transportation Security Administration agent overheard part of the conversation and reported them. Agents detained the two and questioned them. They finally decided the conversation was harmless, but Cruz missed his flight.

* Eric Hill’s daughter woke him at 2:30 a.m., frightened by a pounding on the door. When Hill answered the door, he found Ogden, Utah, police pointing rifles at him. They insisted his name was Derek and he was AWOL from the military. They handcuffed him and held him until his wife got his ID, which showed he wasn’t the man they were looking for. Hill says police chief Mike Ashment called him a few days later and said cops had served the warrant at his home because it was the last known address of the man they were looking for. Hill had bought the house six months earlier, and he says a neighbor told him the man was a nephew of the previous owner but had never lived there.

* It took a court battle, but Blaer Bjarkardottir, 15, will be able to officially use the first name her mother gave her. The Icelandic Naming Committee had barred her from using the name, which means “light breeze,” because it wasn’t on the list of 1,853 female names approved by the government. Before a court ruled in her favor, Blaer had been identified simply as “Girl” in all official documents.

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  • 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

  • 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