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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  • 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