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  • Papa John's delivery man shoots alleged robber with suspect's own gun(GA)

    07/12/2012 6:06:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Atlana Crime Examiner ^ | 10 July, 2012 | Kimathi Lewis
    A Papa John’s delivery man shot and injured a teen who allegedly tried to rob him, and police said the man shot the teen with his own gun. But the 19-year-old is telling police he was the victim. At 11:45 a.m., officers responded to 89 Holly Road to investigate the alleged robbery and shooting, according to Atlanta police. Mr. Javares Scott said he went to the location to deliver a pizza and when he arrived he was robbed by a person whom he later shot in the abdomen and right thigh, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said. “Mr. Scott advised...
  • Scientists place 500-million-year-old gene in modern organism (Ruh-Roh!)

    07/11/2012 1:21:48 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 92 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 11 July 2012 | Provided by Georgia Institute of Technology
    It's a project 500 million years in the making. Only this time, instead of playing on a movie screen in Jurassic Park, it's happening in a lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Using a process called paleo-experimental evolution, Georgia Tech researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli(E. coli) bacteria. This bacterium has now been growing for more than 1,000 generations, giving the scientists a front row seat to observe evolution in action. "This is as close as we can get to rewinding and replaying the molecular tape of life," said scientist...
  • July 31st TAX-A-GEDDON in Georgia (T-SPLOST)

    07/10/2012 8:06:41 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies
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  • Code enforcement officer fired after entering woman's bedroom

    07/10/2012 10:44:31 AM PDT · by rawhide · 58 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 7-10-12 | Christopher Seward
    What would you do if you found a burly county agent in your bedroom, demanding that you cut your grass? Erica Masters of Martinez in Columbia County,near Augusta,captured such an encounter recently on her home surveillance camera when code compliance officer Jimmy Vowell entered her bedroom to demand she come out to sign a summons. "He let himself in and actually came through the house and into my bedroom and yelled at me to wake me up to let me know that I needed to come back outside and sign the violation notice," Masters told WJBF-TV News Channel 6 station...
  • Get out of bed and cut your lawn! Code Compliance officer marched into woman's home and yelled

    07/09/2012 3:14:40 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/9/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A woman got the shock of her life when she woke up to find a stranger in her bedroom, yelling at her to wake up because her grass was too long. Erica Masters was asleep when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell entered her Martinez, Georgia, home without permission to serve a violation notice for her overgrown lawn. After knocking on the woman's door a few times, Vowell let himself and made his way into her bedroom, which was captured on surveillance video. ‘He let himself in and actually came through the house and into my bedroom. And yelled...
  • Did disgraced money manager kill himself... or secretly run off with swindled millions?

    07/10/2012 10:06:28 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    The FBI is looking for a man they believe faked his own suicide in order to escape the mounting charges against him. Georgia resident Aubrey Lee Price, 46, left a suicide note and disappeared, shortly after he announced to friends that he lost a large sum of money and had acquired property in Venezuela. He said he planned to jump off a ferry out of Key West, but investigators remain unconvinced that the shamed money manager isn't somewhere on the lam with $17million in stolen funds.
  • Bomb-making, North Ga. college girl indicted by grand jury

    07/09/2012 7:57:24 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 189 replies
    wsb radio ^ | 6/29 | Jay Black
    By Jay Black The north Georgia college student who says she’s like to blow up toilets in the woods for fun is now in real serious trouble.Celia Alchemy Savage was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury that accused her of making pipe bombs.Savage, 23, is charged with three counts of making and possessing explosive devices and possessing firearms while unlawfully using controlled substances, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillan Yates said.Law enforcement agencies raided Savage’s home May 30 and found pipe bombs, firearms and suspected illegal drugs.Savage allegedly told the FBI that her hobby is blowing up toilets in the woods....
  • Unemployment Rate Dropped In Every State That Elected A Republican Gov. In 2010

    07/08/2012 10:59:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | July 8, 2012 | Tony Lee
    In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an Examiner.com analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.
  • Cops: Gwinnett man ate feces after snorting bath salts

    07/07/2012 7:08:25 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 31 replies
    AJC ^ | July 6, 2012 | Christopher Hong
    A 21-year-old Gwinnett man allegedly under the influence of bath salts was arrested this week after he tried to fight a police officer and consumed his own feces, police said. Officers arrived at a residence on the 2100 block of Worrall Hill Drive around 4 p.m. on July 3 after a woman told police her son, Matthew Hammond, was "walking around out of his mind, armed with a knife," according to a police incident report. When the officer pulled up to a house, the man sprinted towards his car. Hammond chased after the car as the officer pulled away. When...
  • Vidalia Denies Harboring of Illegal Immigrants [fed up citizen sues sanctuary city]

    07/06/2012 7:11:19 AM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Southeast Georgia Today ^ | July 6, 2012 | news
    July 6-- The city of Vidalia denies charges that it gives illegal immigrants safe harbor by allowing them to live, travel and work in the city. A Twin City resident with a history of filing complaints about illegal immigrants filed the charges with the state's new Immigration Enforcement Review Board. Michael Dale Smith accuses Vidalia Mayor Ronnie Dixon and Lark Builder's owner Bob Moore of having an unwritten policy that allows Lark's immigrant employees who are arrested to be released and allowed to return to work. "I tell you what. Have Mr. Moore show you that identification and see how...
  • Neighbors react to would-be intruder killed by homeowner(GA)

    07/05/2012 6:07:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    wrdw.com ^ | 29 June, 2012 | Sheli Muniz
    AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A would-be burglar is dead after deputies say a homeowner shot at him as he tried to break into his home. This happened off Battle Row in Harrisburg early Friday morning. The home isn't very telling, but if you take a closer look, you'll find more than four bullet holes. This is where deputies say an armed man walked up, put on a ski mask and tried to break in. The intruder's plot got foiled when the homeowner fired his gun from inside the house. Clarence Ingram, who lives just down the street, said his initial reaction...
  • 'I'm a eat you': Crazed naked man high on bath salts threatens to eat police officers as they try to

    07/03/2012 12:06:58 PM PDT · by null and void · 1,396 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:37 EST, 3 July 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Newest 'cannibal': Karl Laventure apparently told police he wanted to eat their faces Laventure appeared out of some woods and was seen running naked around a golf range near Atlanta, swinging a club around his head and screaming. At first, they tried using pepper spray to stop him, but that left him undeterred. 'He didn't even wipe his eyes, he just kept them open,' They then turned to their Tasers and though that momentarily shocked Laventure to the ground, it did not stop him.Trouble: It took several police officers a significant amount of effort to subdue Karl Laventure when he...
  • Armed passerby saved woman from brutal attack near downtown Athens(GA)

    07/02/2012 8:33:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    onlineathens.com ^ | 22 June, 2012 | Joe Johnson
    Dennis Terry decided to take a different route to the post office Thursday morning, and it’s a good thing he did. While driving on College Avenue near downtown Athens, he saw a man and woman struggling over a bag. When Terry stopped and backed up to see what was going on, he saw the man punch the woman, knocking her to the ground as she still clung to the bag. “I had the windows up but I could hear the first lick he hit her with because it was so hard,” Terry said. Terry didn’t think twice about what to...
  • Athens crimes stopped by armed residents(GA)

    07/02/2012 7:32:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    augusta.com ^ | 1 July, 2012 | AP
    ATHENS, Ga. — Three people in Athens have recently used firearms to interrupt crimes, leading police to say it’s preferable to call 911 if possible.
  • Georgia Tech Student Shoots Intruder

    07/01/2012 6:16:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | 26 June, 2012 | AP/WAOK
    ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) - Authorities say a Georgia Tech student shot an intruder who broke into a house near the campus. Police say the shooting happened around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at a house near the Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta police Capt. Adam Lee says three male Georgia Tech students were asleep inside their home on Curran Street off 10th Street when an intruder broke through a front window of the house.
  • Ga. Student Counselor Fired for Religious Views on Homosexuality Loses Case

    06/29/2012 8:16:31 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | June 28, 2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A Christian student at a Georgia university who was expelled from her school's counseling program for expressing her disagreement with homosexuality has lost a court case against the school. "(Jennifer) Keeton's speech and conduct were evidently impelled by the absolutist philosophical character of her beliefs, but that character does not entitle her to university accommodation and it is irrelevant to the court's analysis," wrote Judge J. Randall Hall, of the Southern District of Georgia, siding with the university. "Neutrality as a legal standard is immutable, it does not bend to the strength or tenor of personal conviction."
  • Air Leak Sparks Safety Fears at CDC Bioterror Lab (Biosafety Level 3 - Anthrax, Influenza, SARS ...)

    06/22/2012 2:59:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 13, 2012 | KATIE MOISSE
    Air Leak Sparks Safety Fears at CDC Bioterror Lab CDC's Emerging Infectious Disease Lab has experienced repeated problems with airflow systems The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal agency charged with preventing the spread of infectious diseases has come under attack today for "serious" airflow problems in an Atlanta building that houses anthrax, SARS and monkeypox. Documents and emails obtained by USA Today suggest that a poorly engineered airflow system in the CDC's Building 18 could expose unprotected staff and visitors to dangerous airborne pathogens. "As the door closed a very noticeable puff of air could be felt...
  • Poll Position: Carry permits for soldiers under 21?(GA poll to freep)

    06/22/2012 11:01:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 22 June, 2012 | Kyle Wingfield
    While the T-SPLOST vote rightly gets most of the attention, the July 31 primaries will also feature a number of ballot questions for both Republican voters and Democrats. We’ve covered a few of them in previous Poll Positions, and today we’re going to resume that series with a bang. No, really. The third question on GOP primary ballots will read: Should active duty military personnel who are under the age of 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons carry license?
  • Miami Beach police: Man filmed Hooters contestants undressing in Fontainebleau

    06/18/2012 7:44:47 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 18 June 2012 | David Smiley
    A Georgia man has been arrested after police say he filmed an unauthorized, behind-the-scenes video of Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant contestants disrobing at the swanky Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. Miami Beach police arrested Ronald Keith Rolfes Sunday night and charged him with video voyeurism. They said evidence against the 31-year-old, who was in the models’ changing room as part of an entourage with Waterbabies Bikini, was ironclad: he recorded himself hiding his camera and admitted to the crime. “Man to man, I did it because I’ve never had a girlfriend,” Rolfes allegedly told a male officer. According to Rolfes’ arrest...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee Declares Rodney King a 'Great Philosopher'

    06/10/2012 9:28:59 AM PDT · by kingattax · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 10, 2012 | M Catharine Evans
    On Friday in response to a Fox News reporter's question about Obamacare, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), a University of Virginia Law graduate, invoked the name of Rodney King calling him a "great philosopher." Not since Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) expressed concern that the addition of 8,000 service personnel and their families onto the island of Guam might cause it to tip over have Americans heard such moronic craziness. Do we really pay the Queen of Racism $174,000 per year?
  • KKK road adoption application denied in Georgia

    06/13/2012 7:08:36 AM PDT · by ETL · 13 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 12, 2012
    The Georgia Department of Transportation has denied a Ku Klux Klan group's application to join the state's Adopt A Highway program. The International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County applied last month to adopt part of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains. In a statement Tuesday, the agency said "promoting an organization with a history of inciting civil disturbance and social unrest would present a grave concern" and could "have the potential to negatively impact the quality of life" of people in the county and state. The state's program enlists volunteers to pick up trash, and volunteers are...
  • KKK chapter wants to adopt stretch of Georgia highway

    06/11/2012 11:26:21 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/11/12 | Nick Valencia
    Atlanta (CNN) -- A North Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has applied to "adopt" a stretch of highway in Union County, Georgia, according to paperwork obtained by CNN on Monday. The application, which would allow the white supremacy group to receive state recognition for cleaning up a one-mile portion of a highway, was filed by the International Keystone Knights of the KKK on May 21.
  • Intruder shot at Athens business after pulling gun on owner(GA)

    06/10/2012 6:31:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    onlineathens.com ^ | 10 June, 2012 | Joe Johnson
    A 55-year-old Athens man is in critical condition this morning after he was shot by the owner of a Westside check-cashing business who fired in self-defense when the man pulled a gun, Athens-Clarke police said. Donald Collins is under police guard in the intensive care unit of Athens Regional Medical Center, where was treated for gunshot wounds to his face and head, police said. Collins, who is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of firearm in the commission of a crime, is a possible suspect in an armed robbery of a convenience...
  • Atlanta educator prevails in tribunal (cheating scandal)

    06/10/2012 1:51:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    AJC ^ | 6/09/12 | Daarel Burnette
    Atlanta educator prevails in tribunalBy Daarel Burnette The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 4:50 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012 An Atlanta educator on Saturday became the first teacher to prevail in a series of disciplinary tribunals held as a result of a widespread cheating investigation. Now Angela Williamson, formerly of Dobbs Elementary School, awaits a decision from the Atlanta school board on the status of her employment. The board can follow the superintendent's recommendation to terminate her or vote to reinstate her. **SNIP** Where they stand now About 89 educators of 178 suspected of cheating remain on the Atlanta Public Schools district's payroll,...
  • Teenage girls call Domino's Pizza delivery woman to home and brutally stab her 50 times

    06/10/2012 7:45:09 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 117 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 9, 2012 | Ruth Whitehead
    Police in the US have arrested two teenagers in connection with the murder of a Domino's Pizza worker who was stabbed 50 times and bludgeoned as she delivered an order to them. The stabbing took place on Thursday evening as the victim, 27-year-old mother-of-one Elizabeth Hutcheson, was delivering pizza to an address in the small city of Cedartown in Georgia.
  • Inmates Pack Vidalia Onions

    06/09/2012 3:39:56 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    GPB News ^ | 6-6-12 | Jeanne Bonner
    ATLANTA — A crew of prisoners who will be soon finishing their sentences are packing onions on a southeast Georgia farm. The transitional inmates are working at the Wayne Durrence Farm in Glennville. They’re there as part of a state effort to ease agricultural labor shortages. (photo courtesy Vidalia Onion Festival) Prison inmates are working on a Vidalia onion farm in southeast Georgia as part of a state program to fill empty farm jobs. The ‘transitional’ inmates packing onions at the Wayne Durrence Farm in Glennville are getting ready to return to the outside world. A part of their paychecks...
  • UGA professor charged with prostitution

    06/09/2012 4:29:33 AM PDT · by billorites · 41 replies
    Athens Banner-Herald ^ | June 8, 2012 | Erin France
    A University of Georgia professor of German was arrested Thursday afternoon by Gwinnett County police after dressing up as a woman and agreeing to have sex with an undercover officer, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith. Max Roland Reinhart, 65, faces a charge of prostitution after agreeing to give the undercover officer 30 minutes of sexual service for $60. He also is charged with keeping a place of prostitution for renting a room at the Guest House Inn in Norcross, where he and the undercover officer met, Smith said. Contrary to what the charge of keeping a place...
  • Can Any of These House Underdogs Survive?

    06/08/2012 6:46:26 PM PDT · by randita · 26 replies
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | 6/8/12 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Can Any of These House Underdogs Survive? Stuart Rothenberg June 8, 2012 · 1:48 PM EDT Remember their names: Reps. Charles Bass (R-N.H.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Robert Dold (R-Ill.). If any of these five House incumbents survive, it will surprise most dispassionate observers (including some in their own parties). But upsets happen, and each of these candidates has a scenario for victory. Moments after Bass was declared the winner in November 2010, most political insiders figured he would be doomed in 2012. But considering his past electoral success, reports of his political demise...
  • Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar arrested

    06/08/2012 1:07:09 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 98 replies
    AP ^ | 06/08/2012 | KATE BRUMBACK
    ATLANTA (AP) — Megachurch pastor and televangelist Creflo Dollar was arrested early Friday after authorities say he slightly hurt his 15-year-old daughter in a fight at his metro Atlanta home. Fayette County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of domestic violence at the home in unincorporated Fayette County around 1 a.m., Investigator Brent Rowan said. The 50-year-old pastor and his daughter were arguing over whether she could go to a party when Dollar "got physical" with her, leaving her with "superficial injuries," Rowan said. Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children. He bonded out of Fayette...
  • Two dead after gunfire at shooting victim's funeral [George Zimmerman NOT suspected!]

    06/08/2012 6:44:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/8/12
    A shooting in a church parking lot after a funeral on Thursday left two people dead and at least two injured in the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain, officials said. Gunfire rang out immediately after the service for Ryan Devon Guider, 19, who also had been the victim of a shooting, according to William Miller, public safety director for DeKalb County.
  • California mom lathered daughter up in Vaseline, encouraged her to fight: report

    06/06/2012 9:09:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | June 6, 2012 | Nina Mandell
    A mom in California was arrested after police say she was caught on tape egging her daughter on in a fight against a classmate. According to police, Darlene Hart, 42, took her middle school daughter to Antelope Park to fight another middle school student, Espie Duran, CBS Sacramento reported. In a video of the horrifying incident, she can be heard cheering her on. “That’s right, go get her,” Hart is heard saying as her daughter claws at her classmate. “That’s right. That’s right.” The fight was broken up after about 90 seconds by a family friend, according to the report...
  • Cops: Teen [15 yo] pregnant after rape by Facebook ‘friend' [41 yo]

    06/06/2012 8:40:59 AM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 30, 2012 | Alexis Stevens
    After claiming on Facebook he was 25 years old, a DeKalb County man allegedly drove to the home of a 15-year-old girl and raped her, according to police. Now, the teenager is pregnant and the alleged rapist is in the Cobb County jail. . . when he arrived at her Mableton home, Norman allegedly forced his way inside and then raped the girl on the foyer rug, the warrant states. . . The teen's mother told police she contacted Norman on Facebook, and he told her he would take care of the child if it is his, the warrant...
  • Georgia man’s death during threesome nets his family $3M in trial

    06/04/2012 4:54:36 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 45 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6-4-12 | Erik Ortiz
    The family of a Georgia man who died when his heart couldn’t take a three-way sex romp was awarded a hefty $3 million payout by a jury, according to reports. William Martinez’s estate was originally seeking $5 million in a medical malpractice case that claimed a cardiologist failed to warn the 31-year-old to stay away from physical activity. While Gwinnett County jurors sided with the family Tuesday, they agreed to a lesser amount after finding Martinez was 40% liable for his own death, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday. Martinez, a husband and father of two, was engaged in a threesome...
  • Louisiana House approves bill banning abortions after 20 weeks

    06/03/2012 5:02:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/01/12 | Kathy Finn
    Louisiana House approves bill banning abortions after 20 weeksBy Kathy Finn Fri Jun 1, 2012 7:50pm EDT NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Louisiana state House of Representatives on Friday unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit abortion beyond 20 weeks after fertilization unless the mother's life is in danger. Georgia a month ago became the seventh state to ban most or all abortions after 20 weeks. Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska and North Carolina also have such restrictions. Under the Louisiana measure, doctors who violate the 20-week provision could face up to two years in prison.
  • Georgia College Girl Arrested for Alleged Pipe Bomb 'Hobby'

    06/02/2012 5:42:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 71 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 1 June, 2012 | RANDY KREIDER
    Her father says she's just a daddy's girl with some unladylike hobbies. The FBI and the ATF disagree. Celia Alchemy Savage, 23, was arrested by federal and local officials after a Wednesday search of her Cornelia, Georgia home allegedly turned up two pipe bombs, a pistol, suspected marijuana and methamphetamine and alleged drug paraphernalia. She is being held on federal weapons, explosives and drug charges, and has been denied bond. According to the criminal complaint, when an ATF agent asked Savage what there was to do in Cornelia, Georgia, she said, "Blow things up." The agent said that Savage also...
  • Glamorous, gun-toting college student arrested on explosives, firearms and drugs charges

    06/02/2012 5:27:06 AM PDT · by risen_feenix · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/1/12 | Lydia Warren
    Savage seems to enjoy something of a double life, with photographs on social networking sites showing her toting guns, riding motorcycles, skydiving - and posing provocatively for the camera. In other photographs on Facebook, the Gainesville State College student dons boxing gloves - before switching to her barely-there bikini to become a ring girl. The profile page also admits to her love of blowing things up - and her loathing of the law. 'I despise all law enforcement and any governing authority,' she writes. 'I am not one for selective targeting but mass destruction.'
  • Blythe man thwarts robbery with his gun(GA)

    06/02/2012 5:24:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    augusta.com ^ | 31 May, 2012 | Bianca Cain Johnson
    A Blythe man told authorities he stopped a man who was trying to rob him at gunpoint Wednesday morning by pulling out his gun. Valdis Marion Anthony, 35, had entered his vehicle after making a purchase at Circle K, 2999 Washington Road, when an unknown man opened his passenger door and pointed a gun in his face saying “give up your money.” Anthony told officers he drew his handgun on the suspect, who then fled. A witness pointed deputies behind the store after she saw a man with a gun running in that direction. Deputies discovered Desean Barry Morris, 21,...
  • Attorney: Hate crime charges to follow guilty pleas in attack on gay man

    05/29/2012 7:54:07 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 10 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 5/29/12 | Christian Boone
    As two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to beating a gay man outside a southwest Atlanta convenience store earlier this year, the attorney for one of them disclosed his client would be prosecuted under a federal hate crime statute. The lawyer for Dorian Moragne, one of four men charged in the Feb. 4 videotaped assault, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his client would face a federal charge in the incident. Moragne, 19, and co-defendant Dareal Demare Williams, 18, accepted non-negotiated plea deals Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court on charges of aggravated assault, robbery and participation in gang activity. They could...
  • Stem cell treatment regrows Whitfield man's foot

    05/29/2012 5:45:45 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 21 replies
    The (Dalton, Georgia) Daily Citizen ^ | 05-28-2012 | Charles Oliver
    By the time Dr. Spencer Misner had carved away the dead and diseased flesh from Bobby Rice’s right foot last year, little remained other than bones and tendons. “I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t look real. It looked like something out of a movie,” recalled Rice, a Whitfield County resident. Today, the ankle has almost completely healed. It looks like Rice had simply scraped it. And Rice’s foot has largely healed, too. Misner credits cutting-edge stem cell treatments for saving Rice’s foot and leg.
  • Gingrich offers O’Malley advice on running for presidency

    05/28/2012 8:47:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 27, 2012 | David Eldridge
    Former Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, looking rested and at ease before TV cameras, had some succinct advice Sunday morning for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the head of the Democratic Governors Association, who often is mentioned as a possible 2016 candidate for the White House. “Raise a lot of money,” a smiling Mr. Gingrich told the governor on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Mr. Gingrich, who dropped his own presidential bid earlier this month, showed flashes of why he briefly rose to the top of the Republican field, answering questions deftly and decisively, often squeezing in zingers while Mr. O'Malley stuck...
  • Is this a nation of laws? [Illegal Alien living in multimillion-dollar house convicted]

    05/24/2012 6:22:56 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2012 | Editorial Staff
    The Columbia County illegal-alien building contractor got 15 months in federal prison last Tuesday for harboring illegal aliens himself. Diaz had managed to ensconce himself here illegally in a very nice multimillion-dollar house and build up a substantial contracting business on the back of other illegal immigrants – using the cheap labor to leverage an unfair business advantage over legal contractors who abide by our laws. Yet, Diaz had considerable local support in the courtroom – otherwise sensible business people who somehow thought this guy was getting a raw deal. To heck with the rest of Columbia County and their...
  • Tea Party Express Announces “Reclaiming Our Future” 7th National Bus Tour (TPX 7)[Flyers #13!]

    05/23/2012 7:32:23 PM PDT · by Syncro · 16 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | May 23, 2012 | Staff
    Tea Party Express Announces “Reclaiming Our Future” 7th National Bus Tour June 1st – June 11thSacramento, CA – Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, is launching its “Reclaiming Our Future” national bus tour on June 1st in Wisconsin. Amy Kremer, Chairman of Tea Party Express, said, “This tour kicks-off with a heavy focus in Wisconsin in the days leading up to the critical recall election. There is a stark contrast between what is happening in D.C. under the direction of President Obama and Vice President Biden, and that of Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor...
  • Former CNN exec videotaped putting dog feces in neighbor's mailbox

    05/22/2012 7:52:59 PM PDT · by topher · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 22, 2012
    That just stinks! Former CNN and HLN executive Bob Furnad was videotaped putting a bag of dog feces into his neighbor's mailbox, the Covington News reports. Furnad was captured on a surveillance camera walking by with his dog, and then putting a plastic bag of feces into the mailbox of his neighbors Benjamin Dameron and Ralph Miller.
  • Ex-UGA professor, CNN executive caught placing dog feces in mailbox

    A neighborhood argument ended with a stinky stunt that left one man facing a $180 fine. The prankster admitted to police that he shoved a plastic bag filled with dog feces into his neighbor's mailbox. But he's not just any neighbor - he was once an instructor at the University of Georgia and he was also a high-ranking executive at CNN. Bob Furnad walked his dog right past his neighbor's driveway last weekend and that's when he placed a plastic bag full of dog feces inside his neighbor's mailbox. But Furnad didn't count on getting caught red-handed on surveillance video....
  • Man pleads guilty to masturbating in Chuck E. Cheese's

    05/21/2012 9:34:03 AM PDT · by kevcol · 49 replies
    WTVM (Columbus, GA) ^ | May 17, 2012 | Toygar Ayla
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus man charged with child molestation is going to prison after exposing himself inside a children's restaurant. Kenneth McGhee, 22, pled guilty to child molestation and delivering false information to police following an incident at Chuck E. Cheese's on Macon Road last year. According to police reports, McGhee was pleasuring himself while Chuck E. Cheese's was packed with children and families. A mother told police she noticed McGhee had his hands between his legs and was masturbating with his penis fully exposed. He was arrested without incident later that day. McGhee was sentenced to...
  • Gingrich to Georgia GOP: Let's rally around Romney

    05/19/2012 5:59:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 223 replies
    The Florida Times Union ^ | May 19, 2012 | Errin Haines
    Newt Gingrich took the stage at the Georgia Republican Party state convention on Saturday wearing a Mitt Romney sticker, focusing his attacks on President Barack Obama and attempting to energize the crowd around his former Republican rival. "To every conservative, everywhere in America: When your choice on the one hand is Barack Obama, and your choice on the other hand is Mitt Romney, no serious conservative could possibly believe that electing Barack Obama is acceptable ... for America."
  • Man fires on suspected burglars in Warner Robins(GA)

    05/18/2012 5:34:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    macon.com ^ | 14 May, 2012 | JENNIFER BURK
    WARNER ROBINS -- Police are investigating a Sunday night burglary in which one of the suspected burglars was shot. Shortly before 10 p.m., Gabriel Blair Duncan, 18, was at his apartment at 1005 Elberta Road when two men forced their way inside, according to a police news release. Duncan began shooting at the men, who then fled the apartment, the release stated. Police say one of the suspected men, Justin Christopher Gladden, 20, of Warner Robins, was found shot in the 100 block of Dixie Trail. There was a visible gunshot wound in his back, and there appeared to be...
  • 50+ Professors & Staff Resign From Christian University After Refusing to Sign Homosexuality Pledge

    05/17/2012 12:32:51 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 201 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 16, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Last October, news broke that Shorter University, a Christian college in Rome, Georgia, had decided to ask its employees to sign a controversial pledge that affirms that they are not engaging in homosexuality, among other forbidden activities. Now, after scores of employees refused to sign the document, the college, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, has reportedly received a massive number of resignations
  • Rick Santorum's Endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney

    05/12/2012 8:26:07 AM PDT · by JimWayne · 30 replies
    ricksantorum.com ^ | Rick Santorum
    But there are many significant areas in which we agree: the need for lower taxes, smaller government, and a reduction in out-of-control spending. We certainly agree that abortion is wrong and marriage should be between one man and one woman. I am also comfortable with Governor Romney on foreign policy matters, and we share the belief that we can never allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons. And while I had concerns about Governor Romney making a case as a candidate about fighting against Obamacare, I have no doubt if elected he will work with a Republican Congress to repeal it...
  • Georgia's Stand Your Ground Law (under attack)

    05/08/2012 4:36:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    gpb.org ^ | 7 May, 2012 | Parker Wallace
    Atlanta — Georgia is the first state having its “Stand Your Ground” law scrutinized by a federal court. An Atlanta civil rights leader filed a federal case challenging the law in response to the February shooting death of unarmed Florida teen, Trayvon Martin. Here’s how Georgia’s Stand Your Ground law works: If you think someone is about to kill you, you can use deadly force to defend yourself. It’s been Georgia law since 2006. But self defense can be a legal grey area. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation the number of justifiable homicides in Georgia has increased per...