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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  • 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

  • Citizen of the Week: Jonathan Rose

    Running for exercise is a popular hobby among many local residents, but at least one racing enthusiast plans to take his fun a step further today.

    April 11, 2014

  • Community champions make world a better place

    We sometimes think a good community is one with attractive buildings, well-kept homes and beautiful parks. But buildings, homes and parks, no matter how attractive, don’t make a community. People do.

    April 10, 2014