August 7, 2013

Charles Oliver: Student reading list full of errors

• Hempstead Public Schools in New York has released a reading list for students that includes more than 30 mistakes. For instance, it recommends students read “The Great Gypsy” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. At least they got Fitzgerald’s name right. The list also refers to works by George Ornell and Emily Bonte.

• Roy Middleton just wanted a smoke, so walked out of the house he shares with his mother to grab a cigarette out of her car, which was parked in their driveway. That’s where someone ordered him to “Get your hands where I can see them.” As he turned to see who was talking to him, Escambia County, Fla., deputies fired 15 shots at him. Fortunately, even though the deputies were just a few feet away, just two of the bullets they fired struck him. Five of the bullets struck the car. It isn’t clear where the remaining eight shots landed. The sheriff’s office says the deputies were responding to a report of a burglary and Middleton lunged at them while holding a metallic object in his hand.

• The next time you think about dumping cooking grease down your drain, think about this. Sewer workers in London, England, recently had to blast a 15-ton blob of fat, babywipes and sanitary napkins out of one of the sewers. Utility workers say if they hadn’t spotted the bus-sized “fatberg” in time it would have blocked the sewer and caused raw sewage to erupt in the streets and in homes and businesses. Though this was the largest blob of fat ever recorded in England, officials say they deal with fatbergs all the time because of people flushing and dumping things they shouldn’t.

• The Schenectady County, N.Y., sheriff’s office arrested Donald Andrews for criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance after finding crack cocaine in the smoke shop he owns and runs. He spent three weeks in jail before his attorney got officials to look at security video from his store. That video showed a paid informant for the sheriff’s office planting the crack. Sheriff Dominic Dagostino denies any of his officers were involved in an attempt to frame Andrews. Andrews has filed notice that he intends to sue the county for wrongful arrest.

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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

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