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      Prison Riot over underdone Chicken Dinner
      A prison riot erupted because a tough inmate thought his chicken dinner was underdone.
      Riot police had to quell the trouble at Autry State Prison, in Pelham, Georgia.
      The prison guards locked down the entire jail until reinforcements arrived to restore order after two hours.
      "It appears they were incited by one particular inmate who was complaining that his chicken was not thoroughly cooked," said Scott Stallings, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
      "It appears it was just his complaint about the chicken. But you'd be surprised how things we might consider insignificant on the outside can be a real problem in a prison setting.
      "These are tough people. They're not in prison for making rational and evenhanded decisions."
      Mr. Stallings says the prison staff isolated the disgruntled inmates to one floor of a cellblock and locked down the prison's other 1,175 inmates.
      During the dispute, the inmates damaged lights, broke off sprinkler heads, broke windows and set fire to mattresses causing about £8,000 worth of damage.
      The angry inmates refused to return to their cells until 36 tactical squad members entered the cellblock. No injuries were reported.
      "It appears it was just a spontaneous thing," Mr Stallings said.An investigation has been launched.

      Story filed: 14:26 Tuesday 18th December 2001

      Atlanta may be the heart of the South but a local DJ's Southern accent may have cost him his job.
      James Carney, better known to radio listeners as "Moby," was terminated in August after an 11-year stint as morning DJ for WKHX, Kicks 101.5 -- a country station.
      Unlike other high-profile DJ firings of late, Carney wasn't fired for foul language or setting up lewd stunts, it is the sound of his voice that's the culprit.
      "If you listened to Moby's dialect, it didn't reflect the average Atlanta day," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the station's program director said.
      "There were lots of memos about my Southern drawl and about my dialect and my diction and my vocabulary, double entendre," the dismissed DJ said.
      "The program director at the time said I should take diction lessons and grammar lessons."
      Station officials denied Moby's Southern accent caused his termination. But even that it was an issue during his employment has upset some listeners.
      If a British accent is good for the BBC and urban slang for rap stations -- why should a Southern twang clash with country?
      "It's always been OK to pick on Southern white guys," Carney said.
      Moby has since landed a new job -- hosting the morning show on another Atlanta radio station, WZGC -- which plays rock 'n' roll.
      "The accent doesn't really matter to me," said Frank Jaxon, WZGC program director.
      "It's what they're saying, what kind of personality they have and how they relate to the audience … and Moby is a master at that."
      While the Southern sound of Moby's voice may have been too down-home for a country station, he's landed on his feet in another musical genre known for it's laid-back attitude.
      "I was too country for country," he said. "But I'm not too country for rock 'n' roll."

      Wednesday, October 23, 2002 by Jonathan Serrie

      Georgia woman stabbed over McDonald's Meal Dispute
      PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) -- A McDonald's employee was arrested on second-degree assault charges Wednesday after an upset customer was stabbed in the forehead with a ballpoint pen.
      Stephanie Renee Coleman, 21, of Phenix City is accused of leaning over the counter and repeatedly stabbing Nelani Walton of Columbus, Ga. in the forehead with a pen, police said.
      "There was an order that was placed, and, evidently, the customer wasn't pleased with it," Phenix City Police Capt. Jim Hart said.
      Walton, 29, was treated for stitches to her forehead and cuts to her mouth and later released.
      "There was a great deal of profanity coming out of the employee prior to the stabbing," Walton's attorney Kenneth Funderburk said late Thursday.
      Coleman was fired before the incident after Walton told the manager about the argument, store owner Jack Pezold said. Coleman is being held on $10,000 bond.

      The Associated Press 4/12/02 2:12 AM

      Georgia woman arrested for having a baby by teen husband
      CONYERS, Georgia (AP) -- A 21-year-old woman was charged with statutory rape after she gave birth to a child fathered by her then-13-year-old husband.
      Summer Jessica Strickland of Conyers was arrested last week. According to Newton County records, she married her boyfriend, now 14, on August 7, five weeks after the baby was born.
      The case presents a kind of legal paradox. Although the couple was allowed under Georgia law to marry because they are parents, it was illegal for them to have sex before marriage.
      Georgia law describes statutory rape as "sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 and not his or her spouse." The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison.
      Authorities are basing Strickland's charges on an October 10 sexual encounter that led to her daughter's July 4 birth. District Attorney Richard Read said marriage doesn't make any previous sexual encounters legal.
      "Regardless of what their relationship was, the boy is still 13," he said. "We'll try to determine what exactly happened."
      Strickland, who is out of jail on bond and at home with the baby girl, said Tuesday the arrest shocked her family.
      "He's my husband," she said. "I just don't understand."

      August 23, 2000

      Free Burial to any DUI
      Globe and Mail
      Funeral homes in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina have a New Years solution for the elderly whose pensions are insufficient and who have lost their will to live — free funerals for those who die drinking and driving. Ultimately, the free funeral offer is intended to dissuade New Year's revelers who drink their way to merriment from leaving the party as if it were Jay Gatsby's.

      Cross dressing car thief
      "Police in three states are searching for a cross-dressing robber and car thief. The thief has hit four used car lots in North Georgia and Alabama. Police say the crook dresses like a woman, then asks to take a test drive and never returns." Is he/she hot, though?

      Atlanta pathologist a skull collector, Deadhead
      Atlanta Journal-Constitution
      A humorous profile of Dr. Kris Sperry, the eclectic medical examiner working to identify the hundreds of corpses buried behind that crematory in Georgia. The forensic pathologist (and Wilford Brimley lookalike) loves the Grateful Dead, tattoos, and human skulls. He has a private collection: "The doctor has a collection of photography and photography books, as well as human skulls, many from Tibet. 'He's just a collector,' said [his wife]."

      High on PCP and brandishing a shotgun, James Brown interrupts an insurance seminar next door to his business office in Augusta, Georgia and accuses the attendees of using his private restroom. The resulting 90-minute interstate pursuit ends only after police shoot out his truck tires. The Godfather of Soul ends up serving two years in prison.

      A law for sweet tea?
      ATLANTA (AP) - For some Georgia lawmakers, a meal wouldn't be complete without sweet tea. Now they could put that into law.
      Rep. John Noel, D-Atlanta, and four co-sponsors filed a bill Tuesday that would make it a misdemeanor "of a high and aggravated nature" not to offer sweet tea in any Georgia restaurant that serves iced tea.
      Noel acknowledged the bill was an attempt to bring a little humor to the Legislature. But he said he wouldn't mind if it became law.
      Under the bill, restaurants could still serve unsweetened tea, but must serve sweet tea as well. The proposed bill specifies the tea must be sweetened when it is brewed.
      Misdemeanors can carry a sentence of up to 12 months in jail.
      Noel got the idea when he wasn't able to order sweet tea at a restaurant in Chicago. It wasn't on the menu.

      Facing fraud trial, Georgia mayor wins lottery
      The Associated Press
      Last Updated 1:52 p.m. PDT Wednesday, August 6, 2003 DAWSON, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of this small town won $500,000 in the Georgia Lottery a month before his trial on charges of insurance fraud and forgery. Mayor Robert Albritten went to Atlanta on Monday and picked up his prize, worth about $300,000 after taxes, said lottery spokesman J.B. Landroche.
      Albritten is scheduled to go on trial next month on 19 counts. The owner of a funeral home, he allegedly sold life insurance to elderly nursing home residents, many of whom may not have realized what they were purchasing. Insuring people without their knowledge is against Georgia law.
      Earlier this year, Albritten pleaded guilty to drunken driving after a wreck that hospitalized a woman. His blood alcohol level was 0.167 percent, more than twice the legal limit.
      He has been mayor since 1991 in the town of 5,500 people in southwest Georgia. He was re-elected last fall despite the drunken driving and fraud charges.
      Albritten has refused to comment on his legal problems and did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.
      Lottery officials said he won the largest prize possible in the 10th Anniversary Instant Game. The odds of winning $500,000 are 1 in 480,000, Landroche said.

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