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Residents shocked that DeKalb County, Georgia, juror form lists ‘slave’ as occupation

Jurors in DeKalb County, Georgia, were surprised to find “slave” listed as an occupational choice in a new online questionnaire. Court Administrator Cathy McCumber said the questionnaire went online about a month ago but was based on an internal list used for 13 years by the court. She said that…

Georgia deputies suspended over violence while serving a $1,000 civil warrant

Three sheriff’s deputies in DeKalb County, Georgia have been suspended and a sergeant in the department could be demoted after video surfaced of their conduct while serving a civil warrant on a home in July 2013, WSB-TV reported on Monday. The video shows a group of eight deputies entering Nantania…

Georgia vandals knock over monument to Michelle Obama’s freed slave ancestor

Police in Rex, Georgia are investigating after a monument to one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s ancestors was vandalized. WSB-TV reported on Monday that a heavy stone monument to Melvinia Shields was recently pushed off its foundation block. According to Georgia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial website, Shields was born into slavery…

Georgia mom shot in leg and baby killed in stroller by kids with gun

Update (below): Two teens arrested in child’s shooting death A woman in coastal Brunswick, Georgia was shot in the leg and her 13-month-old son murdered in his stroller, allegedly by a pair of boys with a handgun. According to CNN, Sherry West was out walking her son Thursday morning when…

Georgia signs welfare drug-testing bill into law

Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal has signed House Bill 861 into law, a controversial measure which will require drug testing of all applicants for public assistance, according to the Associated Press. The Social Responsibility and Accountability Act was passed by the state’s deliberative bodies in votes that broke down along party…

Voter ID laws could disenfranchise more than 25,000 transgender voters: study

New voter ID laws will likely make it more difficult for more than 25,000 transgender voters to cast a ballot in the November elections, according to a study released by the Williams Institute. Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin have all passed laws requiring voters…

Georgia toasts tourists with alcoholic fountain

TBILISI — The authorities in Georgia are hoping to intoxicate tourists with their country’s charms by building a fountain which pumps out strong alcoholic liquor instead of water once a week. The fountain being built on top of a new tower in the Black Sea resort of Batumi will pump…

Gingrich looks south to revive White House bid

Newt Gingrich hopes his runaway win in home state Georgia onSuper Tuesday can serve as a launchpad for a southern sweep that can get him right back into the Republican presidential race. “Thank you Georgia! It is gratifying to win my home state so decisively to launch our March Momentum,” the former…

Gingrich: You can’t put a dead deer on a Volt

After denying it earlier, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich admitted on Friday that a gun rack could be installed in Chevrolet’s electric Volt, but he insisted there would be no place to put a dead deer. At a campaign event in Savannah, Georgia, the former House Speaker told a crowd…

Starbucks to start selling wine and beer in U.S.

LOS ANGELES — Starbucks is to start selling wine and beer in some stores in southern California and Atlanta, Georgia, expanding a move which has worked well around its northwest US base, the coffee giant said Monday. The Seattle-based global coffee shop franchise said it will also sell “premium food…

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