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  • SUV carrying family appears to have been intentionally driven off California cliff, police say

    04/02/2018 5:14:53 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/2/18 | Kristine Phillips, Kevin Sullivan and Marwa Eltagouri
    The family’s mixed races have fueled suspicion and anger about the crash, reflected in hundreds of comments left on Facebook postings mourning the family. Many of the comments questioned the motives of white women who adopted black children. Meanwhile, those who knew the Harts described them as inspiring and devoted parents who had been unfairly subjected to criticism and assumptions about their motives for adopting the children. Friends also said that the couple tried to keep their children insulated from death threats and hateful emails prompted by the viral picture of Devonte.
  • Athens’ Avid Bookshop shuts down book fair . . . after being told to hide gay-themed book

    03/10/2018 11:49:40 AM PST · by madprof98 · 34 replies
    Athens Banner-Herald ^ | 3/9/18 | Lee Shearer
    Avid Bookshop shut down its annual book fair at Athens Academy on Wednesday after one of the Oconee County private school’s administrators told bookstore staffers to remove a book with gay characters, “The Best Man” by award-winning writer Richard Peck. The Athens bookstore put up a lengthy post about the episode on Facebook headlined “Avid Bookshop faces discrimination, censorship, and homophobia at the Athens Academy spring book fair.” “After the book was removed, we were told that it had to be completely hidden from view and placed back in a box so no child could accidentally discover it,” according to...
  • Olympian Tom Daley expecting first child with screenwriter husband Dustin Lance Black

    02/14/2018 4:12:04 PM PST · by madprof98 · 82 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/14/18 | Christabel Duah
    Olympian Tom Daley and his director and screenwriter husband Dustin Lance Black are growing their family. The pair announced they were having a baby on Wednesday morning with matching Valentine’s Day photos, each featuring a ultrasound photo along with their wedding bands. *** “We were so busy making all these plans – we both wanted to have children; we both wanted to build a home of our own someday,” Black told the magazine in 2016. “I draw, so I was sketching little plans for houses on cliffs overlooking oceans, while Tom watched over my shoulder – it was a very...
  • GSU soccer player withdraws from school after backlash over racial epithet

    01/22/2018 2:28:38 PM PST · by madprof98 · 59 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/22/18 | Lauren Foreman and Raisa Habersham
    A Georgia State University soccer player who was suspended from the team after she used a racial epithet on social media has withdrawn from the school, officials said. Some students had called for the expulsion of 18-year-old freshman defender Natalia Martinez after the epithet appeared on her Finsta page, a secret version of Instagram that is growing in popularity among teens. “As a progressive, diverse university, we ... feel like this sort of behavior should not be tolerated,” said India Bridgeforth, who created a petition demanding the university take a tougher approach with Martinez. The petition had garnered more than...
  • Faith leaders say president’s alleged comments make aid work harder

    01/13/2018 6:09:43 AM PST · by madprof98 · 24 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/12/18 | Shelia M. Pool
    AME Bishop Reginald T. Jackson spent four years working in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. He got to know the people there and their desire to work hard to better their lives. It was a relationship built on years of mutual respect. Now he worries that relationship could be strained after President Trump reportedly referred to several African nations and Haiti as “shithole countries” during a White House meeting about immigration, then questioned why the United States didn’t welcome more people from places like Norway instead.
  • Trump greeted at Georgia-Alabama game with roaring mix of cheers, boos

    01/08/2018 5:42:17 PM PST · by madprof98 · 88 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/8/18 | Greg Bluestein
    President Donald Trump was greeted with a booming chorus of cheers mixed with some boos as he took the field Monday for the national anthem ahead of the college football title game between Georgia and Alabama. The president, flanked by military members, stood near the 40-yard line with his hand on his heart as the anthem played. Another wave of cheers and jeers followed him as he left the field. *** It is Trump’s second visit to Atlanta since he won the election, and several dozen demonstrators protested near the stadium. Some of them sought to remind him of his...
  • Judge Opposed to Gay Adoption Over Concerns for Child Welfare Found Guilty of Misconduct

    12/22/2017 8:37:22 AM PST · by madprof98 · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/22/17 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The reprimand, passed by a 4–1 vote and made available online, says that the Kentucky code of judicial conduct requires judges to "fairly and impartially decide cases according to the law." "Judge Nance's refusal to hear and decide adoption cases involving homosexuals is violative of said Canons," it adds, listing out canons that prohibit prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national original, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. Nance explained back in April that "as a matter of conscience," he believes that "under no circumstance" would "the best interest of the child be promoted by the adoption by a...

    12/09/2017 1:38:02 PM PST · by madprof98 · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/9/17 | MAGGIE HABERMAN, GLENN THRUSH and PETER BAKER
    As he ends his first year in office, Mr. Trump is redefining what it means to be president. He sees the highest office in the land much as he did the night of his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton — as a prize he must fight to protect every waking moment, and Twitter is his Excalibur. Despite all his bluster, he views himself less as a titan dominating the world stage than a maligned outsider engaged in a struggle to be taken seriously, according to interviews with 60 advisers, associates, friends and members of Congress. For other presidents, every day...

    12/03/2017 2:36:41 PM PST · by madprof98 · 43 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 12/3/17 | Michael Edison Hayden
    President Trump and FOX News aren’t the only ones angry over the verdict in the Kate Steinle trial, wherein undocumented Mexican immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, as well as most of the charges he faced. Neo-Nazis and white nationalists, many of whom were present in Charlottesville, Virginia this August when a young man allegedly murdered antiracist activist Heather Heyer, gathered in front of the White House this afternoon to use Steinle’s death to call for stricter laws on immigration. The group, which numbered at roughly two dozen, according to eyewitnesses, featured Richard Spencer,...
  • Georgia 2018: Kemp calls for ‘clean’ adoption bill ["clean" = no Christianity]

    11/27/2017 12:41:40 PM PST · by madprof98 · 9 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11/27/17 | Greg Bluestein
    Republican Brian Kemp waded into a prickly political battle on Monday when he called on lawmakers to pass a measure to modernize Georgia’s adoption laws without a controversial “religious liberty” provision and pledged to quickly sign it into law if elected governor. That’s likely a moot point, since Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston have said that a “clean” version of the adoption measure is a top priority for next year’s session. But it could put the secretary of state at odds with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a rival candidate for governor who led the Senate in a...
  • Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer says he will be signed in next 10 days

    10/31/2017 12:23:45 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 144 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/31/17 | JuliaKate E. Culpepper
    In an appearance on The Adam Carolla Show on Tuesday, Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos said he expects the quarterback to be signed within the next 10 days. "I think within the next 10 days somebody will sign him," Geragos said. "I think somebody's gonna sign him. I think the NFL has to come to their senses, and realize every day that goes by just proves the collusion case even more." Kaepernick, a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, is one of the most accomplished free-agent quarterbacks on the market after leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl...
  • Chick-fil-A isn’t just the most popular fast-food chain in Georgia, it dominates the US

    10/20/2017 1:53:13 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 74 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/20/17 | Fiza Pirani
    Customers all over the nation flock to Chick-fil-A to indulge in the Georgia-based franchise’s perfectly seasoned, breaded chicken sandwiches, crispy waffle fries, hand-spun milkshakes or other popular menu items. And, according to a new ranking from Foursquare and Business Insider on the most popular fast-food chain in each state, Chick-fil-A obliterates most of its competition. Analysts examined which restaurant chains are most-visited in each state by dividing the total number of visits by the number of locations in the state. Chick-fil-A took home top honors in all but 12 places.
  • School ends Civil War dress up day weeks after child was called a ‘slave’; mom wants more done

    10/19/2017 6:15:15 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 19 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/19/17 | Ellen Eldridge
    Davis said her stomach dropped when he told her how one of her son’s friends, a white child, said he was dressed as a plantation owner during the Sept. 22 activity. When her son, who is black, asked why he would dress that way, the friend said, “We had to dress up so I’m a plantation owner and you’re my slave.” Since then, Davis has asked first and foremost that the school agree not to host “a dress up activity that is oppressive,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But officials had refused to say they’d stop until Thursday afternoon, when...
  • Teacher who told students to remove Trump shirt resigns

    10/18/2017 5:07:07 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 37 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/18/17 | Ellen Eldridge
    She was put on administrative leave in September, shortly after a video of her request that two students wearing “Make America Great Again” T-shirts turn them inside out, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. She said she was motivated to ask the students to remove the slogan because it had been used by neo nazis during the violent Charlottesville rally. Orletsky released a statement Wednesday, saying she is fearful for her life. “After attacks on my character and threats on my life, I have made the decision to resign from my teaching position at River Ridge High School,” Orletsky said. “While...
  • Report: Roy Moore Received Undisclosed Salary from Charity [National Review Attacks Judge Moore]

    10/11/2017 4:45:35 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 27 replies
    National Review (Corner) ^ | 10/11/17 | Theodore Kupfer
    According to a report from the Washington Post, Roy Moore, the Republican senatorial candidate from Alabama, collected a yearly salary of $180,000 from the Foundation for Moral Law. The reports also shows that the charity failed to disclose the full compensation arrangement in its tax filings. It’s a bad story for Moore, whose judiciousness was already in question.
  • Milo Yiannopoulos marries mystery man in Hawaii

    10/01/2017 6:34:48 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 51 replies
    Page Six ^ | 10/1/17 | Derrick Bryson Taylor
    On Saturday, Milo Yiannopoulos married a mystery man at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the big island of Hawaii. While details on the ceremony and on the lucky man, with whom Yiannopoulos tied the knot, are scarce, Yiannopoulos’ Instagram page is populated with few wedding photos. Carefully edited snaps show Yiannopoulos, 32, and his groom exchanging vows. His husband’s back is to the camera, but the back of his white tuxedo jacket reads “Blind for love.”
  • Steep bonds for 3 suspects in violent riot on Georgia Tech campus

    09/20/2017 2:12:03 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 10 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/20/17 | Alexis Stevens
    The three people arrested during a protest on the Georgia Tech campus were all granted bond Wednesday. *** But attorney Don Samuel said Wilson, a 2013 graduate of The Paideia School, is a lifelong Atlanta resident and Georgia State University student and was exercising his right to protest and isn’t guilty. Wilson did not know Schultz, Samuel said. Wilson, charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault against a police officer, and three misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass, allegedly hit an officer and knocked him to the ground, causing a concussion, according to his arrest warrants. He also allegedly spray-painted...
  • GBI: Georgia Tech student called 911 before shooting

    09/18/2017 2:09:44 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 41 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/18/17 | Christian Boone
    UPDATE: Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz called 911 before being shot by campus police, the GBI reports. Schultz called 911 alerting them “of a suspicious person on campus. In the call, Shultz describes the person as a white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip,” the GBI said in a statement. *** Three suicide notes were located in Schultz’s dorm room. Two years ago, Schultz attempted suicide using a belt, the 21-year-old engineering student’s mother told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Schultz was...
  • Ga. Tech student shot by officer, killed on campus

    09/17/2017 9:58:04 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 129 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/17/17 | Ellen Eldridge and Stephanie Lamm
    An engineering student from Gwinnett County was fatally shot by a police officer on Georgia Tech’s campus Saturday night. The GBI is investigating the incident in which the student, who has been identified by Georgia Tech spokesman Lance Wallace as 21-year-old Scout Schultz of Lilburn, was allegedly barefoot and carrying a knife. The student’s legal name was Scott Shultz, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. At least two students shared cellphone video showing the tense interaction between Schultz and Georgia Tech police officers, Channel 2 Action News reported. Schultz yells at police to shoot and officers respond, “Drop the knife! Drop...
  • Trump breaks with previous presidents in response to natural disasters

    08/30/2017 11:38:22 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 62 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/30/17 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Every president, going back to George H. W. Bush, has had to handle a natural disaster during his term. For the aforementioned Bush, it was Hurricane Andrew. For his son, President George W. Bush, it was Hurricane Katrina. Bill Clinton faced the devastation of deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, and Barack Obama experienced Superstorm Sandy. One thing all these leaders had in common was their response to the victims — from reassuring messages of hope to comforting hugs. Focus on the victims of Hurricane Harvey, according to the Washington Post, was missing from President Donald Trump’s visit to Texas on Tuesday.