August 21, 2013

Charles Oliver: LeBron going the other way

• Miami-Dade County Police Department officials say that, after thinking it over, it probably wasn’t a good idea to give NBA player LeBron James an official escort to a Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert. Patrol cars turned on their lights and sirens and drove James the wrong way down a one-way street to get him through heavy traffic so he wouldn’t be late for the concert at Sun Life Stadium.

• Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights has warned city employees that the terms “citizen” and “brown bag” may be offensive. It suggests they use the word “resident” instead of citizen and instead of talking about a “brown bag lunch” say “sack lunch” instead.

• The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled an Illinois law barring people from recording police officers is unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court has declined to overturn that ruling. So that means no one can be prosecuted under that law now, right? Not according to Morgan County prosecutor Robert Bonjean. He says he will continue to decide whether to prosecute people for recording the police on a “case by case” basis.

• Johnathan Montgomery spent four years in prison after being convicted of raping Elizabeth Paige Coast. He was freed only after she admitted she made the story up and lied during his trial. A Virginia judge recently sentenced her for perjury in that case. She’ll spend 60 days in jail, to be served on weekends, and must pay $90,000 to Montgomery.

• For some two decades, Venus DeMars has made her living solely from music, painting and other artistic endeavors. She admits she hasn’t made much money at it, but she still considers herself a professional artist. The Minnesota Department of Revenue disagrees. It says she is a hobbyist and therefore can’t deduct any professional expenses on her income taxes. And it says she owes the state $3,535 because of illegal deductions she made in the past. Among the reasons it cited for saying that she isn’t a professional are that she seems to enjoy her work too much and that the profits from her work aren’t large enough.

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  • 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

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