Chambliss, Isakson Urge Drought Relief For Ga.

ATLANTA — Georgia’s two U.S. senators and four members of the state’s congressional delegation are urging federal agriculture officials to declare 22 drought-stricken counties disaster areas. Republican U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson …

Website Asks ‘What’s Your Price’ to Go Out on a Date With Someone?

What’s your price? Whatsyourprice.com (via The Faculty Lounge) believes everyone has one (a price, that is), and has built a dating website around the concept. In short, WYP breaks people into two groups: "Generous Members" and "Attractive Members." Generous Members are people who are "willing to pay to date beautiful, gorgeous or sexy people." Attractive Members are the "beautiful" ones who will "get paid while you spend time meeting fun and generous people." While this may sound like a prostitution or escort website with different nomenclature, WYP’s founder Brandon Wade says that this is not the case. As noted by The Faculty Lounge, Wade told the NY Daily News that the money changing hands is only "for the opportunity of a first date — it’s a chance to allow somebody to like you more than just from an online profile or picture." Wade adds on his blog that When capitalism is mixed in with dating, all of a sudden people start concluding "it must be prostitution." But does paying money for a cup of coffee every morning mean Starbucks is engaging in prostitution? Does paying for gas every time you fill up at the gas station mean that Mobil or…

Mother Ejected, Arrested After Library Noise Complaints

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A woman was kicked out of the DeKalb County Public Library after noise complaints. Police said it was a scene she caused after her ejection that got her arrested.Serita Foster was charged with disorderly conduct outside the librar…

Suspect’s Wife: Family Money Used In Affair Cover-Up

ATLANTA — New accusations were made at a Thursday separation hearing involving a man accused of killing a Dunwoody entrepreneur and sleeping with the victim’s wife.Former GE supervisor Hemy Neuman, 48, is accused of killing Rusty Sneiderman, 36, outs…

High-Rise Residents Livid Over Brown Water

ATLANTA — Homeowner Allen Snow said he doesn’t take baths in his home.Almost every time he fills the tub, he said it looks like Lake Lanier.“It’s disgusting, frustrating. It looks like Georgia red clay mixed with tap water. Which, without sampling…

Soldier YouTube Video Changes Delta Bag Policy

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines changed its baggage policy for members of the U.S. military on Wednesday after a YouTube video caused an onslaught of negative comments on the Internet.A group of soldiers returning from Afghanistan posted the video on Tuesda…

Use of Irrelevant Evidence of ‘Goth’ Lifestyle Leads to Reversal of Murder Conviction

Via Siouxsie Law I came across an interesting recent opinion of the Supreme Court of Georgia that reversed a murder conviction because the trial court allowed the prosecution to introduce "irrelevant and highly prejudicial character evidence" about a teenage defendant’s "goth" lifestyle. The court stated that during the trial of Courtney Boring, a teenage girl who was convicted of murdering her mother, the state introduced evidence seized from the girl’s bedroom, including: photographs of appellant with dyed black hair and dark make-up; a document bearing the words of a "curse" to be recited "while burning the letter over a black candle"; and seven different inscriptions, one typewritten and the rest handwritten on the bedroom walls, of song lyrics and quotations attributed to various singers and other artists, bearing themes of anguish, enslavement, atheism, and violence. The court observed that although prosecutors did not produce additional evidence or testimony regarding the "import of these items, the State explicitly sought in both opening and closing to link these items with the so-called ‘gothic lifestyle’ and to characterize them as evidence of ‘satanic influences.’" The prosecutor stated in closing argument that while the various goth items did not "prove" that the girl killed…

Injured Postal Worker Fights For Medical Benefits

HAPEVILLE, Ga. — Jerome Garrett is fighting for federal medical benefits.Garrett had been working at the Hapeville postal facility for 16 years. Then, in April 2009, a 100-pound box full of mail fell from an overhead conveyor belt and hit him in the h…