News for Monday, July 2, 2012


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Georgia Sunshine Laws strengthened

Candidates in the Clayton County 2012 election have raised issues regarding government transparency. The Clayton News Daily has been contacted by readers concerned about access to local government records and citizens have complained about their rights to address officials in open public meetings.

Health director: Get your shots!

Summertime vaccinations encouraged for everyone

The latest Clayton County Board of Health newsletter contains a letter from Clayton County District Health Director Dr. Alpha Fowler Bryan where she is encouraging residents to consider getting routine vaccinations this summer.

Forest Park Youth Football requests use of stadium

The Forest Park City Council will take up a request Monday by the city's youth football league to use Kiwanis Stadium for football and cheerleading practices and games.

Fight reveals alleged incest

Police charge father, daughter

Police responding to a domestic dispute in College Park Friday learned the violence was rooted in an allegation of incest between a man and his adult daughter, who is reportedly HIV-positive.

Clayton students lag in math, science, social studies

Recently released school system-level data from Georgia’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs) shows Clayton County students are struggling to meet or exceed state standards in math, science and social studies. The tests are administered each year to students in the third-grade through the eighth-grade.

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Heat, holidays lower attendance at mortgage workshop

Turnout was “a little slow” at a Saturday seminar offering free advice to homeowners with problem mortgages, said event organizers.

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Abdul-Salaam reportedly missed court date

A member of the Georgia House of Representatives who is running for the Clayton County Commission Chairman’s seat reportedly turned herself into Forest Park police last month after learning there was a warrant for her arrest, according to numerous reports.

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Morrow firefighter injured in condo blaze

A seven-year veteran of the Morrow Fire Department got a little scare Monday after an injury suffered while fighting a condo fire sent him to the hospital.

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Driver pleads not guilty in deaths of 3 teens

A Lithonia driver charged in the 2011 deaths of three teenage pedestrians has pleaded not guilty, according to Clayton County Superior Court records.

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Steps have been taken to insure the safety of race drivers on the track

Google Joey Padgett and you’ll find a YouTube video of him driving his Bandolero car on the Charlotte Motor Speedway three years ago, fighting for position in a quagmire of five cars during a heat race for the Bandolero Triple Crown.

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Plemons racing toward second title in three seasons

Semi-pro leader is two points ahead

William Plemons III is in a familar situation in the Semi-Pro division of Thursday Thunder racing.

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AMS features two nights of racing

Racing fans will be treated to two nights of grass-roots racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week on the quarter-mile Thunder Ring.

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Proposed solutions to nation's symptoms — Tina Dupuy

Republicans love what they call "simple solutions" but it's really just the easiest possible answer to a trumped-up crisis. In short: busy work. America needs to streamline for the challenges of the future so we can remain competitive (blah blah blah). Yet Republican offers are akin to organizing all the paperclips in the office by color and size.

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Rubio's time will come — Michael Reagan

The conservative crowd's clamor for Marco Rubio is beginning to worry me. It could backfire. For one thing, it's setting up Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a disaster.

News Daily to publish a day early

Print editions of the Clayton News Daily will be published on Tuesday, July 3 instead of the normal Wednesday publication date, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.