Thursday, August 16, 2012
The editor-in-chief and her staff on Wednesday walked out of the newspaper building in Athens, Ga.
The staff of The Red & Black, the student newspaper at the University of Georgia, has resigned over issues of editorial control. The members have launched a website, Red and Dead, to get their message out. See the reaction on social media. Here's a letter from the editor-in-chief that's posted on the Red and Dead website: I, Polina Marinova, have resigned as the editor-in-chief from The Red & Black, the student newspaper covering the University of Georgia. The Red & Black’s top editors, design staff, photo staff and reporters walked out of the newspaper building this afternoon. The Red & Black has covered the University of Georgia community since 1893 and has been independent of the University since 1980. The newspaper has always been a …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
A German court rules to make religious circumcision illegal.
The debate over routine male circumcision intensified last week as a ground breaking case unfolded in a regional court in Cologne, Germany, that declared it illegal for parents to perform religious-based circumcision on their son. The ruling came from a November 2010 incident in which Muslim parents requested the circumcision of their four-year-old boy. Days after the procedure, he was admitted to an hospital emergency room due to hemorrhaging. Prosecutors were notified and the doctor was charged with grievous bodily harm but later was acquitted by the court since the circumcision was performed properly. However, that left the issue of whether or not non-medical circumcision should be legal. In the end, the court decided that a child's …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Healthcare researchers and policy analysts at UGA in Athens comment on the implications of Thursday's ruling.
The Associated Press’s Mark Sherman has a thorough story about the Supreme Court’s upholding the Affordable Care Act. Health care experts at the University of Georgia reacted to today’s ruling and speculated about what it may mean for Georgia. Phedra Corso, Department Head
, Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health. I think there are big implications for the state of Georgia and other states. They have to pull together the state-based health exchanges, which are required under the ACA. The states have to have a marketplace where insurance companies can compete for the business of individuals or small businesses. The state will create their own exchanges. The State of Georgia has been on hold, waiting for the Act to be …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Someone stole a $15,000 ATV, among other items, from a construction site in Athens, Ga..
Officials from Gray Construction and from Plateau Excavation—both working on the new Caterpillar site—reported a burglary at the construction site. It happened sometime between Tuesday night at 6:30 and 6am on Wednesday. According to an incident report filed with the Athens Clarke County Police Department, someone went into an unlocked storage trailer belonging to Gray Construction and took three extension cords and three gas cans. Thieves also stole a red $15,000 ATV and damaged the ignition switch of another ATV. They also stole batteries from various pieces of heavy-duty equipment. Someone went into an unlocked trailer, where workers would meet, and partially ripped a television off the wall, trying to steal it. It was lying against a…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
How I plan to stay sane with a house full of kids.
I'm going to be honest. As a stay at home mom, the thought of having both of my children at home with me all day this summer actually sounds terrifying. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids. But just thinking about all the hours that I'll have to fill with activities makes me want to crawl into bed and suck my thumb. So, I decided to compile a list of activities and daily routines that will ensure my sanity in the heat of summer. My goal is to not once hear a child say "Mom, I'm bored!" Plus, a little structure never hurt anybody. Get outside-The first order of the day will be to head outside while the temperature is cool. Let the kids hunt for lizards, play in the dirt, run around to let off steam, and just enjoy the fresh air. The …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Plateau Excavation, of Austell, GA, Contracted to Grade 245-acre Plant Site
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Monday, May 21, 2012
Caterpillar has hired Plateau Excavation of Austell to excavate and grade the property near Athens, GA, for its 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant. Work on the $200 million heavy equipment plant has begun already. The project should be significantly completed by January 2013, and Plateau has 35-40 team members working on the project – approximately half of which are new hires. Caterpillar plans to eventually employ 1,400 at the new facility. The local excavation firm, which specializes in providing turnkey site development construction, will install 14,300 linear feet of storm drainage through out the site. The disturbed acreage will be 115 acres, while the earthwork volume is 850,000 cubic yards. The new plant is set to begin …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Women have more control in the delivery room.
I love that women have so many choices when it comes to childbirth these days. We've come a long way even since the time that my mother gave birth to me in the 1970's. Today, women have some say over the direction that they want their child's birth to take. If a mother wishes to have a water birth at home with a midwife by her side, she has that option. Those who would rather be in a hospital and settle into a lovely epidural during labor have that option as well. With the trend of parents writing a birth plan, a woman can feel secure that her wishes will be acknowledged as her labor progresses. More and more husbands are playing the role of supportive coach to their wives, and it's very common to see men wandering the halls of a …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The day my son learned to be a hero instead of a bully.
At first glance, a school playground may look like a fun place to play. The tire swing beckons and the monkey bars shine in the sunlight. Yet, to some children, it is a battleground. A place where a villain may lurk behind every tree and a hero to save them seems far away. Bullies have been around since the beginning of time, it seems, but statistics show that more and more children are victims than ever before. Some 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally and physically. In a time when a child is bullied every seven minutes, it's crucial that parents talk to their children about the issue. If we can catch them when they are young, it may prevent grave results as they enter adolescence. A staggering 44% of suicides among 10- to 14-…
Monday, April 23, 2012
Most of north and central Georgia is under both a high wind as well as a fire danger advisory into the early evening.
Monday, April 23, 2012
In a day when the temperature is expected to reach just 61, the National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a wind advisory to remain in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. In addition to this, a high fire danger conditions alert has been issued for today and into the early evening hours. Both of the advisories are for most of north and central Georgia. Wind Advisory: Fire Advisory