Panel Named For Health Care Challenge

ATLANTA — The federal appeals court in Atlanta has named three judges who will consider the constitutional challenge to the federal health care overhaul.Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joel Dubina of Alabama will sit on the panel with U….

Students Walk Out Of Class Over Immigration Law

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — Dozens of Douglas County High School students walked out of class Wednesday afternoon to protest Georgia’s new immigration law.”We are the voice of the future!” shouted one student who joined the crowd just after 2 p.m.Students s…

Website Unveils Foolproof Age Verification Test

Many websites require users to verify their age before they can use the site or to register. In order to have a Facebook account, for example, users must be thirteen years of age or older. However, as the parents of many Facebook-using children can attest, it is no real challenge for underage people to sign up for Facebook or other websites. Just change the year you were born by a few years and you’re in! How, then, can websites verify the age of their users? Via Futurelawyer I see that one website has found a creative way to do so — by forcing users to identify now-obsolete items that only people of a certain age are likely to recognize. Here’s one such example: Let’s see you identify that, 11-year-olds!! Here are a few other challenges I’d pose to test age: 1. To make sure a person is over 18 years old: 2. To make sure a person is over 30 years old: (Answers: A roll of film; the video game "Pong")

Taxpayers Hit With Commission’s Rising Catering Tab

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A Channel 2 investigation has found that DeKalb County is spending more than $2,000 a month to feed breakfast and lunch to county commissioners and their staff.Channel 2’s Richard Belcher crunched the numbers and found that the am…

DeKalb Property Values Falling Faster Than Expected

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Property values in DeKalb County are falling even faster than previously believed.New statistics delivered to county commissioners show the tax digest fell by a whopping 13.4 percent, almost 2 percent higher than originally estima…

Facebook No Friend of Bank Robbery Suspects

To the ever-growing list of individuals tripped up by their blogs (Belly Dancing Blogs Doom Ex-Wife’s Bid for Maintenance), tweets (U.S. Secret Service Becomes Latest Victim of a ‘Wrong Pipe’ Tweet) and other electronic communications, we can now add bank robbery suspects, in not one, but two, cases. In the first such instance, two bank tellers and their acquaintances were indicted this month in connection with a Texas bank robbery that netted about $62,000. Susan Carroll, writing in the Houston Chronicle, reports that "The heist had all the hallmarks of a classic bank robbery – masked suspects who appeared to be armed and terrorized bank tellers. But investigators determined that the robbery was an inside job in part because of an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip" that led them to two suspects’ Facebook pages. Two days prior to the bank robbery, according to authorities, one of the tellers posted a Facebook status update that read: "Get $$$." And two days after the crime, she posted, "IM RICH" — followed, as the Houston Chronicle puts it, "by a rhyming expletive." Meanwhile, the teller’s boyfriend, who is apparently prone to similar celebratory online outbursts, allegedly posted the day after the robbery: "WIPE MY…

Convicted Molester Living Legally Above Children’s Museum

ATLANTA — Some residents of a downtown Atlanta condo complex are upset that a convicted child molester is living in their building, right above a children’s museum. According to Georgia law, it is legal.Channel 2’s Richard Elliot looked through cour…

Second UPS Store Investigated After Owner Charged With Theft

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News has learned that police in Dalton, Ga., are investigating a UPS store owned by the same man accused of stealing gift cards meant for tornado victims from a customer at his store in Johns Creek.Alpharetta police …