November 27, 2013

Aggressive spelling, grammar check?

• Current and former students of University of California, Los Angeles professor Val Rust came to his defense after about 25 other students staged a “sit in” in one of his classes. The protesters claimed to be drawing attention to the “toxic” racial climate in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Rust said the protesters told him that the corrections of grammar and spelling he made on their work was a form of “micro-aggression.”

• The Fairfax County, Va., school system says it is investigating a high school football coach who allegedly ran the school’s marching band off the field during a halftime performance. The Annandale High School band had just begun its second number when coach Mike Allen, his assistant coaches and some players reportedly began screaming at the band members to get off the field. Allen then began shaking the podium that the drum majors use. The band finished that song and left the field, finishing their performance after the game was over. The football team lost the game 55-14 and ended its season with just one win. The band just won its second state championship.

• Minneapolis City Pages says a “Democratic source” sent it four-year-old photos of Stewart Mills hitting a beer bong. Mills, 41, is considered the likely Republican nominee for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District and could challenge Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan next year.

• The Chicago City Council has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Eric Caine. Caine spent 25 years in prison after cops beat him into confessing to the murders of two elderly people. All told, the city has paid out almost $70 million to settle a series of lawsuits relating to the torture of suspects by police.

• The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has long allowed workers to take more than the 10 paid sick days they are given each year. In 2012, 10 percent of employees took at least 10 extra sick days, and more than 220 took an extra 20 days of sick leave, according to the Los Angeles Times. All told, all that extra sick leave has cost the agency some $35.5 million since 2010.

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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

    July 30, 2014

  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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