May 29, 2013

Charles Oliver: Police’s ambition: Avoid rocks

• Sweden has been rocked by several nights of rioting by immigrant youth recently. So what are the police doing about it? Not much. “Our ambition is really to do as little as possible,” Stockholm Chief of Police Mats Löfving told a local newspaper. Officials explain that if the police try to crack down on the rioters they get rocks thrown at them.

• Brooke Bass served as an attorney for Minnesota’s largest law enforcement union for six years, and judging by her photos, she’s a fairly attractive woman. That may be why employees in more than 100 agencies across the state improperly accessed her driver’s license data more than 700 times during the past eight years. She’s not the only one, improper use of police databases appears to be rampant in the North Star state. A report from the Legislative Auditor’s office found that more than half of law enforcement personnel with access to the driver’s license database could have made improper searches of it.

• A Nevada state audit found that prison inmates may have improperly received some $5 million in unemployment payments during the past three years.

• Deonna Harris says she was confused when a yearbook staff member told her they were going to have to retake her photo. She thought the first one had been just fine. But the staff member said the yearbook adviser had said the first photo couldn’t run because it showed Harris’s belly. Harris is pregnant, and officials at White Cloud High School have ruled that pregnant students can appear in the yearbook only if there’s no sign they are expecting. Superintendent Barry Seabrook told local media that showing a student’s baby bump in the yearbook would violate Michigan’s abstinence-only approach to sex education.

• A Swedish court has sentenced a man to 100 hours of community service for racial agitation. The man, who wasn’t named by local media, was captured on a stadium TV performing the Hitler salute during a soccer match between Sweden and Ukraine. The man says he was too drunk at the time to realize the gesture was inappropriate.

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  • Library must reach decision soon

    Four months ago the board of the Chatsworth-Murray Library announced it would leave the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System by June 30 of this year, the end of the library system’s fiscal year.

    April 23, 2014

  • Letter: Concert was spectacular

    I believe Dalton achieved its most beautiful moment last April 18, on Thornton Avenue. It occurred in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Dalton.

    April 23, 2014

  • An important part of the fight

    The lawns of Dalton City Hall and the Murray County Courthouse are filled with pinwheels this week.

    April 22, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Not just for college students

    It was the seemingly unanswerable question of the campus — and especially the faculty — when I first attended Dalton Junior College in the 1973-74 school year: “Is man inherently good, or inherently evil?”

    April 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Evidence at the last minute or later

    In New York, Bronx County Criminal Court Judge John Wilson has banned prosecutor Megan Teesdale from his court.

    April 22, 2014

  • Misty Watson: Turns out, I’m a millennial

    The word millennial always conjures up this image of a guy wearing skinny jeans, Converse high tops, a plaid button-up shirt, thick-rimmed glasses, a hat, facial hair and a messenger bag slung over his shoulder.

    April 22, 2014

  • Understandable uncertainty from taxpayers

    It’s not yet official, but Dalton residents should expect to pay more in school property taxes this year.

    April 20, 2014

  • Letter Candidate outlines his platform

    To the citizens of Dalton and Whitfield County,
    My name is Dr. Nicky P. Starling and I am a candidate for Whitfield County Commissioner District 1. I did not attend the Republican forum on April 8 because a pastor friend was killed by a drunk driver and I chose to support his family at a memorial service.

    April 20, 2014

  • 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