January 16, 2013

Charles Oliver: Wanted: Sugar daddy to pay for college

Georgia State University is ranked No. 1 in the nation — in something. It has the most female students who have signed up for SeekingArrangement.com, a website that hooks college students up with “sugar daddies” who will pay their college costs and otherwise pamper them financially. The University of Georgia ranks No. 8 in the number of women who have signed up for the service.

Maria C. Waltherr-Willard has sued the Mariemont, Ohio, school system for discrimination after it transferred her from a high school to a middle school. Waltherr-Willard, who teaches French and Spanish, says school officials know that she suffers from pedophobia, a fear of children, but transferred her to the middle school anyway.

A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police sergeant sank a $500,000 patrol boat by opening a hatch that was below the waterline. A civilian instructor had advised him to open the hatch to see if anything was obstructing the engine after it began to vibrate during an exercise.

Antonio Williamson had just gone outside to see why so many police cars were parked in front of his Hollywood, Fla., house when he heard a shot. One of the officers had opened the gate and gone inside his fenced-in backyard. There, the officer was confronted by Williamson’s dog and shot it. Police say they were looking for a man who punched another man and stole his bicycle. A witness had followed him to the street Williamson lives on, so they thought he might be in the backyard. But the suspect wasn’t there.

In London, England, the Westminster council has banned restaurants from serving rare or medium-rare hamburgers, saying that eating meat that isn’t well-cooked is dangerous. One restaurant has already filed to challenge the new rules in court.

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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