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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  • 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