Industrial Fire Smolders As Officials Investigate Cause

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — An industrial fire that sent thick, dark smoke over Clayton County on Wednesday afternoon was expected to smolder throughout the night, firefighters said.Clayton County Fire Chief Jeff Hood told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot that c…

Falling Tree Splits DeKalb Home In Half

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A DeKalb County man said he’s very lucky after a large tree knocked down in a storm sliced his Pine Lake home in half, and he was able to walk out without a scratch on him.”The first thing I heard was the storm going through. Then…

Hostage-Taker Updates Facebook Status, Adds Friends During Standoff

It strikes me that the 21st century equivalent of "did I just say that out loud" is "did I just post that to Facebook?" And this seems to be particularly true lately for people engaged in violent felonies. As Paula Martersteck noted here last month, alleged bank robbers are already tripping themselves up and being arrested after posting things such as "I’m rich, b*tch" and "WIPE MY TEETH WITH HUNDEREDS" on Facebook. But that is just "after-the-fact" stuff. What about the people in the news this month who actually incorporated Facebook into their alleged crimes? Take 20-year-old mother London Eley, for example. Philadelphia police allege that Eley went on to Facebook and offered $1,000 to anyone who would be willing to kill her ex-boyfriend, the Daily Mail reports. "I will pay somebody a stack to kill my baby father," she allegedly wrote. The word ‘stack’ is reportedly slang for $1,000. Police say a man responded to the posting and arranged to meet Eley, but this master scheme was undone when the ex-boyfriend/potential victim’s aunt saw the messages on Facebook and alerted authorities. That was quickly followed by reports Tuesday of a bizarre incident in which an "armed man held a…

Inmate Shot Inside Fulton County Jail

ATLANTA — An outside police agency will investigate an inmate-involved shooting that occurred inside the Fulton County Jail on Tuesday.The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m.Police said Kortez Hurt, of Atlanta, shot another inmate in the hand.Hurt was…

Former Official Accuses APS Of Cheating Cover-Up

ATLANTA — A former senior official with Atlanta Public Schools accused the system of editing the findings of a cheating investigation, claimed Superintendent Beverly Hall intentionally misled the governor and the public about the cheating problem and …

Will Domain Name Changes Produce New Names Like “.Law” and “.Skadden”?

On Monday, the powers-that-be at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (the group that is tasked with keeping the Internet "secure, stable and interoperable" and that develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers) voted in favor of a significant change in the Internet’s Domain Name System. The approved plan will exponentially increase the 22 existing Internet top level domains (i.e. .com, .org, .net and 19 others) by allowing generic Top Level Domains that may be almost any word in any language. Thus, new TLDs such as ".apple" or ".ipad" may now be imminent. ICANN issued a statement claiming that its plan will "open[] the Internet’s naming system to unleash the global human imagination," and hopefully allow "the domain name system to better serve all of mankind." Its chairman added that the new plan will provide "a platform for the next generation of creativity and inspiration." Before you start channeling your "creativity and inspiration" into stealing my ".bruce" domain name, however, you should know that the price of admission is quite steep. The application fee is $185,000 and applicants must comply with a 360-page book of guidelines. ICANN will begin accepting applications for the new domains on Jan. 12,…

3 Charged After Child Left In Day Care Van Dies

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Three people were charged after a toddler who had just returned from a day care outing died in a hot van, police said.The incident happened Monday at Marlo’s Magnificent Early Learning Center on Thrasher Court in Clayton County. …

Police: Carjacker Disappears In Lake

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A man accused of stealing a car disappeared into a lake while fleeing police Tuesday morning, according to DeKalb County firefighters.A Ford Mustang was stolen in Atlanta during the early morning hours, police said. Officers chase…

Real Judge Agrees with Judge Carton in ‘Google Map Slave’ Case

Just over a year ago, Judge Carton considered the case of Lauren Rosenberg, who sued Google after she was hit by a car while following walking directions provided by Google Maps on her cell phone. In an ongoing series of posts here at LBW called Judge Carton Rules, a fake judge issues rulings to spare the parties to cases in which the outcome is obvious the time and expense of further litigation. In her lawsuit, Rosenberg alleged that her Google Maps BlackBerry application told her to walk along a dangerous highway with no sidewalks to get from one Park City, Utah, address to another, that she slavishly followed this instruction, and, shocker, she was hit by a car while doing so. In his my wisdom, Judge Carton ruled that Google’s "future motion to dismiss is hereby GRANTED and the plaintiff is forbidden from using any type of smartphone with Internet access for a period of 60 months. In addition, the plaintiff is hereby ORDERED to watch the video below within the next 30 days, and certify to this court that she has done so." Perhaps because Judge Carton’s rulings are not technically binding, Salt Lake County District Court Judge Deno…

APS Names Interim Superintendent

ATLANTA — The Atlanta School Board named the outgoing chancellor of the University System of Georgia as interim superintendent on Monday.Erroll B. Davis Jr. will take over the position on July 1, one day after he retires from the university position h…