July 8, 2014

Charles Oliver: Cancer patient on trial for seeking to ease pain

• A terminal cancer patient had to be rushed to the hospital from the courtroom where he is on trial for growing medical marijuana. Benton Mackenzie had to be rushed from a Scott County, Ill., courtroom to a local hospital to be treated for anemia. Mackenzie, his wife and son are on trial for growing marijuana he says helps alleviate some of the pain caused by his terminal angiosarcoma.

• Two Baltimore, Md., police officers have been charged with animal cruelty for killing a shar-pei. The dog had gotten away from its owner and nipped a woman who tried to rescue it. Several blocks away, officers Jeffrey Bolger and Thomas Schmidt cornered the dog, then, according to officials, Schmidt held it down while Bolger slit the animal’s throat.

• Officials in Leawood, Kan., have told Spencer Collins, 9, he can no longer share books with his friends and neighbors. Collins had set up a communal bookshelf outside his home and invited people to “take a book, leave a book.” But his family quickly got a letter from local zoning officials saying the free library violated city code and threatening them with a citation if it wasn’t removed.

• John Garland, a professor at Alabama State University, a historically black university, has sued the school for discrimination. Garland says he has witnessed school officials refuse to consider seriously several job candidates because they were not black, and claims to have been told several times by faculty and administrators that only blacks were qualified to teach at the school. Garland says that when he spoke out against the discrimination, school officials retaliated against him by transferring him to a lesser job, cutting his pay and moving him into an office with no working computer or phone extension.

• The Broward County, Fla., sheriff’s department has fired Deputy Rodrigo Mello after he took two drunken friends on a joyride in his patrol car. He gave one of the friends access to the car’s loudspeaker, which he used to harass people they drove past. In a sworn statement, Mello called his actions “as stupid as can be,” but he is fighting to get his job back.

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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