The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A Bartow County school board member faces misdemeanor charges after deputies said she hit a teenager with her SUV during a dispute over a Walmart parking spot, Channel 2 Action News reports.
Deputies arrested Angela Cornett on Friday after the parking space altercation, according to Channel 2.
According to a police report, a 17-year-old girl stood in a parking spot at the Cartersville Walmart to hold it for a friend who had just given birth.
She didn’t want the friend to have to walk too far into the store. But when Cornett arrived in her SUV, deputies said she wanted the space too, and that led to a verbal disagreement.
“She told her to move and then she pulled into the parking spot and hit her with the tire of the vehicle,” said Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jonathan White. “They did see scuff marks on the victim’s knee, which was consistent with the height of the tire during that incident.”
In the report Cornett claimed she told the teen to move and as she pulled into the space, the teen “leaned against her vehicle and started to yell, ‘She hit me.’” In the report, Cornett’s daughter corroborated her mother’s story, according to Channel 2.
But when deputies examined the Walmart security camera video, they told Channel 2 it showed “the SUV stops as (the teen) stands in the parking space and suddenly accelerates. (The teen) is struck by the vehicle, and she is physically moved by the force of the vehicle.”
An abandoned chow who waited three years for his owners to return has been rewarded with a new home.
For years, neighbors saw Chen loitering outside of a Gwinnett County house. Often he was seen sleeping on the carport that he claimed as his home.
The house was empty. Chen’s owners were gone.
“He absolutely would not leave that house,” Lisa Renstrom of Chap’s Chow Rescue said. “In the middle of the day he would go run and get scraps of food. There was a Kroger and he would pull scraps out of the trash.”
A neighbor told Lisa Renstrom about the lonely pooch.
“He was waiting and waiting for his people to come home,” Renstrom said. “The people on either side would throw rocks and try to chase him away. He would not leave.”
It took weeks, but with food and a gentle voice, Renstrom was able to coax the nervous pup close enough to capture him. The next step was finding Chen a permanent home.
No one would guess what would happen next.
A former megachurch maintenance man accused of killing a volunteer leading a prayer service was charged more than a decade ago with a shooting at a mosque in Maryland, according to police documents.
Floyd Palmer was acting as security at a Baltimore mosque in June 2001 when he shot another man working with him, wounding him in the back, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday. Palmer tried to fire the gun again, but it jammed. When other people ran over to him, he turned the gun on them, but it again wouldn’t fire, according to the documents.
The report did not say why Palmer shot the man in the back.
Palmer faced attempted murder, assault and handgun charges, and he was committed to a psychiatric hospital in 2004 after pleading not criminally responsible to lesser charges. Court records show he was released the next year.
It’s not clear when he made his way south to Atlanta. He had been working at World Changers Church International, but quit in August for “personal reasons,” Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester said.
More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. And the heat is especially bad in cities, which are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet.
High temperatures increase the risk of everything from asthma to allergies, and can even be deadly. But a researcher in Atlanta also sees this urban heat wave as an opportunity to do something about our warming planet.
The story starts at Ebenezer Baptist Church, arguably the most famous place in Atlanta; it was Martin Luther King Jr.’s church and the heart of the civil rights movement.
It’s now playing an unexpected role in a new movement: the struggle against rapidly rising urban temperatures. Cities are literally global hot spots.
Brian Stone Jr., director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Tech, leads us into a huge green space, spanning two full urban blocks, which Ebenezer Baptist leases out as a community garden.
A federal bioterror laboratory already under investigation by Congress for safety issues has had repeated incidents of security doors left unlocked to an area where experiments occur with dangerous germs, according to internal agency e-mails obtained by USA TODAY. In one incident, an unauthorized employee was discovered inside a restricted area.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman says the unsecured door incidents in 2010 and 2009 inside its Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory in Atlanta were “not an acceptable practice of the agency.” At no time, though, were bioterror organisms such as anthrax at risk of falling into the wrong hands, he said.
“The doors in question here are but one layer of multiple layers of security when it comes to both the animals and the agents that are worked on,” CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said. “The security measures we have in place, without going into detail, make it close to impossible for anyone who doesn’t have approved access to the agents to get their hands on them.”
The e-mails document doors being left unlocked in the building’s high-containment lab block, which includes an animal-holding area and Biosafety Level 3 labs where experiments are done on microbes that can cause serious or potentially fatal diseases and can be spread through the air. Anthrax, monkeypox, dangerous strains of influenza and the SARS virus are examples
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 County jail Friday morning. Dollar’s lawyer Nikki Bonner said he’s gathering information on the case and had no comment.
Dollar is the pastor for World Changers Church International in College Park, which serves nearly 30,000 members, according to the church’s website. World Changers Church-New York hosts over 6,000 worshippers each week, the website says. There are also four satellite churches in Georgia and others in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Washington, Cleveland, Dallas and Houston.
In an effort to fight back against Georgia’s soaring rate of childhood obesity, a local children’s hospital in Atlanta decided to launch a controversial ad campaign last August featuring overweight kids with stinging captions like “chubby kids may not outlive their parents” and “it’s hard to be a little girl if you’re not.”
Now, though, the hospital, called Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is under attack from critics who say the ad campaign has gone too far. And I’m inclined to agree.
“This campaign is an example of what not to do in obesity prevention,” said Yale University obesity researcher Rebecca Puhl in an interview with the Today show, adding that it “perpetuates prejudice toward childhood toward children who are affected by obesity and already vulnerable to pervasive teasing and bullying because of their weight.” This, she said, makes them more likely to engage in unhealthy eating behaviors and avoidance of physical activity.
Children’s Healthcare said they were spurred to launch the campaign after the latest statistics revealed that one million children in Georgia — nearly 40 percent of the state’s children — are overweight or obese, and that three-quarters of parents with overweight kids don’t see their kids as overweight. In a press release, the hospital called the ads a “tough love” approach.
But some parents are outraged, judging by recent comments on the campaign’s Facebook page. “Horrible!” said one 42-year-old mother who wrote her 6-year-old is “taller and thicker than average” and gets teased all the time. “You have no idea obviously of the damage this will do with the ad. You will hurt more than you help.” Other posters called the campaign a form of bullying.
The obesity ads remind me a lot of the graphic cigarette warning labels that the US Food and Drug Administration plans to slap on cartons this year if they’re not stopped by industry lawsuits. They certainly grab your attention. But unlike the smoking ads — which target a bad habit — these ads target the people themselves, in this case overweight kids who are already taunted, teased, and stigmatized.
Herman Cain, battling allegations of infidelities, is expected to announce on Saturday in Atlanta whether he is continuing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
In remarks at a campaign stop in South Carolina, Cain gave no hint as to what his decision might be. He is to meet with his wife, Gloria, who has so far stood by her husband as he has tried to weather a chain of sexual allegations from several women that have included groping and a 13-year affair.
“I am reassessing because of all this media firestorm stuff,” Cain told supporters in South Carolina. “Why? Because my wife and family come first. I’ve got to take that into consideration.”
Cain’s support has been dropping as he has attempted to outlast the allegations and other campaign mishaps, but the bad news is taking its toll.
A Des Moines Register poll gave him 8 percent support among Republicans in Iowa, which holds the first U.S. nominating contest of the 2012 election cycle on January 3.
“The writing’s on the wall,” said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean. “The polling has dropped to the floor. He can no longer sustain a positive campaign with these allegations.”
Cain, expected to meet with supporters in Atlanta who are gathering for his scheduled 11 a.m. EST/1600 GMT opening of his Georgia campaign headquarters, said he has to look at what happens to his campaign contributions.
As someone who feels the education of our children is probably the MOST important responsibility a society has, this scandal and the current state of the U.S. Education system brings me true heartbreak.
Growing up in Canada, I recieved what I feel to be a strong education. I did not take one SINGLE standardized test. I learned math, reading, science, history, geography and so forth all the way through High School. My education was geared towards actually learning valuable and useful information, not learning how to take tests.
For those who haven’t heard, there’s a been a huge scandal that has erupted involving the Atlanta Public School system.
Across Atlanta Public Schools, staff worked feverishly in secret to transform testing failures into successes.
A state investigation found former Atlanta schools superintendent Beverly Hall and her top aides either ignored or destroyed evidence of test cheating across the district.
Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ answer sheets.
Area superintendents silenced whistle-blowers and rewarded subordinates who met academic goals by any means possible.
Superintendent Beverly Hall and her top aides ignored, buried, destroyed or altered complaints about misconduct, claimed ignorance of wrongdoing and accused naysayers of failing to believe in poor children’s ability to learn.
For years — as long as a decade — this was how the Atlanta school district produced gains on state curriculum tests. The scores soared so dramatically they brought national acclaim to Hall and the district, according to an investigative report released Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal.
This is the result of legislation like No Child Left Behind and an education system that is more focused on test scores that anything else. No one, NO ONE should be shocked that certain people took it upon themselves to do unethical things to “fudge the numbers.
It wasn’t just one or two rogue teachers and administrators either…
The voluminous report names 178 educators, including 38 principals, as participants in cheating. More than 80 confessed. The investigators said they confirmed cheating in 44 of 56 schools they examined.
The investigators gave three key reasons that cheating flourished in Atlanta: The district set unrealistic test-score goals, or “targets,” a culture of pressure and retaliation spread throughout the district, and Hall emphasized test results and public praise at the expense of ethics.
Read that again. 44 of 56. That means pretty much 80% of schools examined were guilty of unethical acts.
And don’t think this is happening elsewhere in America too. Of course I don’t have any hard data to back that up, but considering the way the system is structured and what happened in Atlanta, I tihnk it’s foolish to think it’s not happening elsewhere.
It’s not quantum physics, usually when something is measured numerically, it’s relatively easy for someone with the right know-how to gimmick the numbers to produce any desired result (especially if ethics and morals are not a factor),
One of the most telling quotes from the article (and I’d really encourage you to read the whole story, it’s just too much to cover here but totally worth the effort) is this one:
“It’s the people over them, that threatened them, that should be punished,” she said. “The ones from the building downtown, they should lose their jobs, they should lose their pensions. They are the ones who started this.”
It’s a spot on observation of where the problem lies. We often discuss a variety of reasons why America is falling behind other nations in terms of innovation, scientific knowledge and research. This is a huge part of it, our education system is simply not conducive to producing strong scholars and citizens. It’s efficient at producing students who know how to take a test really well though.
I hope it’s not just Atlanta. I hope there are more dominoes to fall. Drawing as much attention as possible to these issues is the only way we can get real education reform in America. Reform we badly need.
There’s just too much at stake to sell out our future generations like this.
Watch as yet another Sovereign Bozo mumbles through his insane beliefs. The Nutshell summary is “I don’t like the way things are, I don’t have money and don’t want to work for it so my God trumps your laws.”
Federal authorities are seeing an increase in the number of foreclosed and unoccupied homes in metro Atlanta being seized by members of an anti-government group.
“I’m not sure I can connect it with the economy, but we’ve seen a surge of these in the last year, in particular,” Stephen Emmett, special agent in the Atlanta field office of the FBI, said recently. Emmett said federal and local authorities increasingly are running into confrontations with members of a sect known as “sovereign citizens.”
“They’re expanding throughout the metro Atlanta area,” Emmett said. “DeKalb has had their fair share of problems with them and now Clayton.”
Clayton County SWAT officers were recently called to a foreclosed home near Riverdale where a couple had been living illegally. SWAT members surrounded the house after getting reports the people inside had threatened violence against anyone who approached. Gideon Israel and his wife, Deborah, had been living illegally in the bank-owned, gray stucco house on Stimson Way near Riverdale in the northwest part of Clayton County for a while and had submitted reams of fraudulent paperwork to county officials to try to block the eviction, according to Maj. Jeff Mitchell, who heads the enforcement division for the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.