October 22, 2003 |
Amid cost and privacy concerns, state officials backed away from an antiterrorism database that officials initially considered joining -- making Georgia the sixth state to abandon the Matrix project. The move casts doubt on the future of a database that tracks personal details of all citizens, not just those accused of a crime.
October 28, 2005 |
A federal appeals court refused Thursday to let Georgia demand photo identification from all voters at the polls. Last week, a federal judge barred the state from enforcing the new photo ID law during local elections next month, saying it amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax that could prevent poor people, blacks and the elderly from voting. The state asked the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the stay, but it declined.
May 9, 2003 |
A new state flag without the Confederate emblem was raised over the Capitol on Thursday after a redesign aimed at laying to rest a dispute that inflamed race relations and roiled Georgia politics. As the old flag came down, drivers slowed their cars to watch and there were scattered cheers and boos from a crowd on the Capitol lawn.
May 11, 2006 |
A former Georgia state school superintendent accused of embezzling $600,000 and spending it on a face-lift and an unsuccessful campaign for governor pleaded guilty Wednesday and will serve eight years in prison. Linda Schrenko, 56, struck a plea bargain in the middle of her trial. The trial continues for two alleged accomplices.
March 13, 2002 |
Ignoring pleas from Britain, Georgia executed a dual British-American citizen Tuesday night for raping and murdering a woman 17 years ago. Before he was given a lethal injection, Tracy Lee Housel apologized and told his friends and family, "Take care of yourselves. May God be with you all." Housel, who was born in the British territory of Bermuda, admitted picking up Jean Drew, 46, at an Atlanta truck stop in 1985, then raping her and beating her to death.
August 19, 2005 |
A day after hundreds of candlelight peace vigils across the nation, Georgia mourned its fallen troops and paid homage Thursday to those still serving during a prayer service and moment of silence. Flags atop public buildings flew at half-staff, and a Capitol service was webcast so members of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade in Iraq could watch. Gov. Sonny Perdue announced plans for the memorial two weeks ago when the 48th Brigade suffered 11 casualties in 11 days.
April 26, 1987
Defending champion Laurette Maritz of United States International University shot a four-over-par 78 Saturday and fell five strokes off the pace into a tie for fourth after the second round of the Women's Southern Intercollegiate golf tournament at Athens, Ga. Maritz has a five-over-par total of 153 going into today's final round. First-round leader Margaret Bjuro of Alabama shot a 75 Saturday to maintain a one-shot lead over Margaret Platt of Auburn.
March 23, 1996 |
If anyone had any questions about Syracuse senior John Wallace's ability to come through in key situations, he answered them Friday night with one of the best individual performances of this NCAA tournament. Despite playing with four fouls over the final 17 minutes, Wallace first rallied the Orangemen from a 10-point, second-half deficit and then sent them into the West Regional final with a dramatic, leaning three-point basket with 2.
March 1, 2007 |
Georgia authorities were searching Wednesday for two young women, possibly teenagers, who robbed a supermarket bank branch, laughing as they held up a teller with nothing but sunglasses to disguise their faces. The two handed a Bank of America branch teller a note demanding cash, smiled as they waited and then walked out with stolen money, police said. It wasn't clear if they had a weapon, police said. Their images, captured on bank surveillance video during the 12:15 p.m.
July 19, 2006 |
Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, unable to overcome his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, conceded defeat Tuesday in Georgia's Republican primary race for lieutenant governor. Reed was making his first bid for elective office after working for years as a behind-the-scenes campaign strategist and leader of the Christian Coalition and the state Republican Party. Opponent State Sen.