June 19, 2013

Charles Oliver: Hockey fan refuses to mow lawn

• Some athletes don’t shave during postseason play, believing it brings luck. Chicago Blackhawks fan Frank Miller decided he would not mow his lawn until his team won the Stanley Cup. Officials in his hometown of Park Ridge, Ill., had a different idea. “I was watching the playoffs one night with my son and hear a lawn mower going off, and I come outside, ‘What are you doing?’ The guy was cutting my lawn with a giant industrial-sized mower, and he said that the city had come and paid him to cut my lawn,” Miller told a local TV station. The Blackhawks are now down 2-1 in the finals to the Boston Bruins. I’m not saying the Park Ridge City Council is to blame. I’m just saying the team was winning until they cut Miller’s lawn.

• Armed police stormed Ian Driscoll’s home in Tewkesbury, England, demanding he turn over a mortar. Driscoll at first had no idea what they were talking about. Then he realized they were looking for a toy mortar, about a foot long, that he’d posted a photo of on Facebook. The mortar wasn’t even his. It belonged to a friend. A police spokesman said officers “acted with good intentions.”

• A state audit found that Massachusetts has handed out more than $18 million in welfare benefits to questionable recipients in the past two-and-a-half years. That includes $2.39 million in payments to dead people; at least 26 cases where people were using multiple Social Security numbers to collect benefits; and at least 40 cases where at least two different people were claiming the same person as a dependent.

• Studies have shown that doctors and nurses working in hospitals wash their hands as little as 30 percent of the time before interacting with patients. The New York Times reports that some hospitals have resorted to installing video cameras in intensive care rooms housing the most vulnerable patients. Those cameras are watched by people in India who are paid to report when they see health care workers entering the room and not washing their hands.

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  • 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

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014