December 10, 2013

Charles Oliver: Too depressed for the United States?

Ellen Richardson wants to know how U.S. customs officials knew she’d been hospitalized for depression last year. Richardson was supposed to fly from Toronto to New York to board a ship for a Caribbean cruise. But agents blocked her from entering the United States, citing her hospitalization.

Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States, someone sent an email to the managing editor of Antiwar.com threatening to hack the site and take it down. The editor reported the threat to the FBI, which did not respond to his report but did immediately begin spying on Antiwar.com. According to documents uncovered by The Guardian, a British newspaper, the FBI spied on the site and people who worked for it for six years.

Officials in Richmond, Calif., have banned any firms that do business with the city from inquiring about the criminal records of most job applicants.

Police in Northumbria, England, have arrested a man, who wasn’t named by media, for having a tattoo of a mosque with the word “boom” on it on his abdomen. He was charged with suspicion of stirring up racial hatred.

The New York Times reports that the state rarely fires health care workers who have been found to have abused or threatened disabled patients or co-workers. The paper found that just 23 percent of workers that have been recommended for job termination after a finding of abuse are actually fired. The paper says the reasons so few are ultimately fired are an arbitration process that favors employees, a permissive attitude by state officials and the fact that the workers’ unions aggressively defend them, even opposing a law that requires abuse reports to be made available to family members of abused patients.

An internal investigation by the DeSoto County, Fla., sheriff’s office found that a jailer repeatedly beat an inmate while other officers watched. Those officers did nothing to stop the beatings and did not report them. The investigation quotes one officer as saying he did not report the abuse because he is not a “snitch.” The FBI is reportedly investigating the case, and the inmate has filed paperwork to sue the sheriff’s office.

The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $38,500 to two brothers who claim they were targeted as bank robbery suspects by a police officer upset after he saw one of the brothers flirting with his ex-girlfriend. Under the settlement, the city made no admission of liability, and the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing by a police department internal investigation.

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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