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.
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.
August 4, 2010 |
For Fredrick Hall, the soil of southwest Georgia has yielded bounties of peanuts, a hard-earned livelihood and a lifetime of adjusting to the whims of a higher power. "I'm dependent on the Lord," Hall said recently, as the sun pounded down on his peanut crop, which he cannot afford to irrigate. "Right now, Lord, we could use some rain." Hall grew up in the Jim Crow South — where he says a "plantation mentality" governed life in the surrounding farming community. So much has changed — but not enough, he said.
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.
September 14, 2003 |
Georgia's offense finally reached the end zone against South Carolina, only to find a yellow flag resting on the grass. No touchdown. "I was thinking, 'Man, we've got some terrible luck,' " quarterback David Greene moaned. Not to worry. The No. 8 Bulldogs overcame that early mistake and brought an emphatic end to their three-year drought without an offensive touchdown against South Carolina, routing the 25th-ranked Gamecocks, 31-7, Saturday at Athens, Ga.
October 4, 2008 |
Ukrainian officials denied Russian accusations that Ukraine provided weapons to Georgia during the August war with Russia and that its military personnel operated some of the weapons during the conflict. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made the charge Thursday, calling it "a crime" that the former Soviet republic helped Georgia during the fighting. Ukraine is a top supplier of weapons to Georgia. But the head of its state arms export company, Ukrspetsexport, said no arms were sold during the war, the Interfax news agency reported.