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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  • 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