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Republican-led Georgia House approves Ten Commandments monument for capitol

Georgia legislators have approved a pair of monuments for the grounds of the state capitol in Atlanta. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one statue will honor slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the other will display the Ten Commandments from the Christian Bible’s Old Testament. State…

Facing foreclosure, Georgia ‘chicken man’ blows up own home

By Henry Blodget A Roswell, Georgia man who fought with the city over his right to keep chickens on his suburban property blew himself up at his house today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The home of the man, Andrew Wordes, was in foreclosure. Investigators believe he poured gasoline all over the house…

Troy Davis has last-ditch hearing as execution set

ATLANTA, Georgia — A Georgia parole board heard a last-ditch appeal Monday from Troy Davis, a convicted murderer just days away from execution whose case has become a global cause celebre for death penalty opponents. In the latest protest, an estimated 150 to 200 demonstrators carried signs outside the closed-door…

Kucinich to run against Kaptur in newly redrawn Ohio district

A primary battle between two well-known Democratic incumbents is brewing in Ohio, thanks to a Republican-led redistricting. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced Wednesday that he would compete with Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) in the primary for the newly redrawn House district that combines both their former constituencies. The new district…

Herman Cain barely edges out Ron Paul in Georgia straw poll

Georgia businessman and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain won the statewide straw poll held by the Georgia Republican Party on Saturday with 26 percent of the vote, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He beat Texas Congressman Ron Paul by only three votes. Cain was unable to appear at the poll…

Atlanta police agreed to back off citizens who videotape

The Atlanta police force will no longer tangle with citizens who videotape their actions in public, according to a recent settlement between citizen activists and the city. “We commend the city for resolving a long-standing problem of police interfering with citizens who monitor police activity,” Gerry Weber and Dan Grossman,…

2 Ga. officers out after stun gun video surfaces

One officer was fired and another quit after a rural Georgia woman who called police to complain of a prowler was zapped repeatedly with a stun gun. Ryan Smith of the Lumpkin Police Department has resigned and Tim Murphy, of Richland Police Department, was fired for using pepper spray on…

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