In the Loop

  • Gun Group Will Push to Expand Campus Carry in 2018

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    A campus carry protest Mar. 21 on the UGA campus.

    While most Athens residents would prefer to talk about repealing campus carry, an influential gun-rights group will be lobbying state legislators to expand the law next year.

    Buried in AJC political reporter Jim Galloway's Sunday column are these words from John Monroe, vice president of


  • Kent Kilpatrick Named ACC Leisure Services Director

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    Longtime Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services administrator Kent Kilpatrick has been named the department's new director.

    Kilpatrick has been the interim director since Pam Reidy left in June 2016. ACC Manager Blaine Williams announced late Friday that he made the title permanent.


  • Vote to End Net Neutrality Scheduled for Today



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    Indivisible District 10 members gathered outside an Athens Verizon store Dec. 7 to protest the end of net neutrality.

    Dozens of protesters braved wintry weather last week to demonstrate in front of a local Verizon store against the rollback of Obama-era net neutrality laws, joining thousands of others at more than 700 similar demonstrations across the country.  

    Today, a coalition of organizations, including Free Press, Center for Media Justice, Color of Change and other groups are demonstrating in front of Federal Communications Commission offices in Washington, DC immediately prior to a scheduled FCC vote to on ending net neutrality.

    Toni Reed, a co-chair of the political group Indivisible Georgia District 10, said that the effort would make “access to the internet… based on what you can afford. Deregulation will only benefit the wealthy and large corporations.”


  • UGA Employee Arrested for Bringing Gun Into Dorm


    A University of Georgia bus driver was arrested last week after leaving his handgun in a residence hall restroom, according to UGA police.

    Brett Michael Davis, 30, stopped at Brumby Hall to use the men's room on the morning of Dec. 6, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. He took his gun out of his holster and placed it on the railing of a handicapped stall, then left without the gun.

    Fifteen minutes later, he returned for the loaded weapon, but an administrator at the dorm had already seen it and called police, who were on the scene when he returned.


  • The Clarke County Jail Is Now Detaining Undocumented Immigrants for Deportation


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    Athens residents protest the Trump Administration's immigration policies in September.

    More than a dozen inmates at the Clarke County Jail have been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement since the Clarke County Sheriff's Office reversed its policy in July and started holding undocumented immigrants for ICE.

    The Red & Black reported that the reversal came about because of "changes to the Department of Homeland Security’s policy."

    “In light of these changes, and in keeping with our role and responsibility for community safety with respect to the detention of individuals with outstanding warrants, we now recognize ICE detainers that are supported by a warrant for arrest or warrant for removal or deportation,” Captain Hayden Hodges of the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

    At ICE's request, the sheriff's office will now detain inmates at the local jail for up to 48 hours after they're scheduled to be released. ICE has made 17 such requests and picked up 13 inmates, Hodges told Flagpole.


  • Podcast: James O'Keefe and Project Veritas

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    In this episode, co-host Baynard Woods talks with Chris Faraone about the horrible history of James O'Keefe and his right-wing sting operation Project Veritas. Faraone is the editor of Dig Boston and the author of I Killed Breitbart.

    Democracy in Crisis is a syndicated column that appears in a number of alternative weekly papers and on the Real News Network. This episode was mastered by David Hebden of the Real News.


  • Driver Who Killed Athens Cyclist Sentenced to 25 Years

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    A memorial for Ashley Block in September 2016.

    A Madison County woman was sentenced to 25 years in prison for hitting a killing a University of Georgia graduate student and another cyclist while driving intoxicated and distracted, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

    Judge Eric Norris sentenced Whitney Baker Howard, 32, to a total of 31 years. She will serve the last six on probation. Howard was convicted of two counts of felony vehicular homicide and several other charges in October.

    Howard's SUV crossed the center line on Athena Drive while answering her phone is September 2016 and hit Ashley Block and Mitchell Enfinger, killing Block and seriously injuring Enfinger.


  • Need Legal Advice? Two Free Clinics Are This Week

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    Superior Court Judge Regina Quick has organized a free legal clinic Saturday.

    The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement will host a "Know Your Rights" workshop at 5:30 p.m. today at the Athens-Clarke County Library to educate people on how to file complaints under the city's anti-discrimination ordinance.

    Speakers will include lawyers Nancee Tomilson on civil rights and John Beasly on workplace discrimination, and ACC Attorney Bill Berryman on the "bar admittance" ordinance, which bans bars from denying entry based on factors like race, gender identity or sexual orientation.

    Saturday, newly sworn-in Superior Court Judge Regina Quick will host the first of several "Access to Justice Pop-Up Clinics" from 9–11 a.m. at the Rocksprings Community Center.


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