October 30, 2013

Charles Oliver: White band discriminated against

• The Hampshire College Hype Committee canceled an appearance by the band Shokazoba because band members were too white. The band performs Afrobeat, a musical genre that originated in Nigeria in the 1960s, and had been slated to perform at a Halloween-themed concert recently. But the school committee dropped them from the event because some students objected to a predominantly white band playing African music. A member of the band notes that before they were originally hired to play, the college required them to sign a contract stating that they did not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, physical ability or sexual orientation.

• In a pre-dawn raid, agents of the U.S. Coast Guard, the federal Department of Homeland Security and the Maryland State Police — wearing full body armor, of course — searched the home of reporter Audrey Hudson. They had a warrant to search for and seize any firearms and ammunition because her husband was found guilty almost 20 years ago of resisting arrest and is legally barred from owning firearms. They didn’t find any guns or ammunition. But Hudson said that didn’t seem to bother them. Instead, the agents questioned her about articles she had written that they said were “embarrassing” to the Federal Air Marshal Service. The agents seized her notes and records.

• Burbank, Calif., police stopped 1,021 drivers at a sobriety checkpoint. They singled out six for field sobriety tests. They arrested no one for DUI. But they did cite one driver for driving without a license and another for an unspecified driving infraction.

• Officials in Palmer, Mass., have agreed to pay $5,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by Ian Freeman. Freeman sued after he was arrested for disorderly conduct for trying to videotape a public auction of town-owned properties.

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    Neither snow nor rain nor bitter cold stopped two local Boy Scouts from completing work vital to opening Whitfield County’s newest historical park.

    April 24, 2014

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    Roy Everrett Baggett, 66, of Chatsworth, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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