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Irony found after sheriff’s unusual school drug search

9:16 am Oct. 19, 2017

Police spend most of their time trying to catch and fine the easily caught.

Hundreds of state police officers write traffic tickets. Roughly zero look for ID thieves.

I’m not a police officer, but I’ve long suspected finding drugs is as easy as enforcing the speed limit.

As a kid, I figured the Scooby-Doo gang’s “Mystery Machine” had to be a tempting law enforcement target. How the hippie kids behind “Scooby Snacks” never

Fake news travels fastest

10:57 am Oct. 12, 2017

News has always traveled fast. Thanks to social media, it’s never moved faster.

But speed, as my insurance adjuster will tell you, causes accidents.

It’s true behind the wheel and, I’m sad to report, a keyboard. With everyone in such a hurry to get the news out right now, it’s sometimes not right.

Last week, major news organizations reported Tom Petty’s death before he died.

This week, local news organizations reported Atlanta Mayor Kasim

‘Decriminalizing’ marijuana all about the green

10:49 am Oct. 5, 2017

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone complain about their work, I wouldn’t have to work anymore.

I try not to complain. Writing one mildly amusing column a week shouldn’t be that difficult, but this week’s been a struggle.

The Las Vegas shootings were horrific, and Monday I heard southern rock legend Tom Petty had died — twice.

The depressing stories kept coming.

A sheriff from my former south Georgia

Atlanta traffic pits drunk high school student vs. MARTA

8:16 am Sep. 28, 2017

I don’t believe in fate, but sometimes it seems like mysterious, unknown forces are trying to impede all forward progress.

Monday morning, DeKalb police identified one of fate’s minions as an intoxicated 19-year-old high school student who’d knocked a utility pole and power lines across the busy street I was driving on. The student, charged with DUI, was not seriously injured, police said.

The wreck knocked out power to nearby Georgia Piedmont

Hurricanes and history can’t be wished away

9:43 am Sep. 21, 2017

If Mother Nature had a home address, deputies would have served up millions of restraining orders in the last few weeks.

In late August, Hurricane Harvey ended a disastrous run across the Atlantic by flooding Texas.

Then Hurricane Irma swept across the Caribbean and nailed Florida and Georgia.

Two major earthquakes rattled Mexico this month.

Hurricane Maria just ripped into Puerto Rico, destroying the island’s power grid.

As a friend said on Facebook, “the earth

It’ll take more than Irma to leave us powerless

10:03 am Sep. 15, 2017

There’s something about pine trees swaying in a sustained 40 mile-per-hour breeze that brings religion out in all of us.

Like many of you, I was beseeching the heavens Monday as Irma strolled into town, the lights first flickered and many of us plunged into darkness.

After immediately polishing off a carton of ice cream and my phone’s battery, the reality of life as a modern caveman set in. Netflix withdrawal

16 postal carriers busted in cocaine sting

2:44 pm Aug. 30, 2017

At least 16 mailmen wanted Atlanta to be the home of more than just one kind of coke.

A press release from the U.S. Department of Justice say postal carriers here accepted bribes to deliver “kilogram-quantities of cocaine” to locations across the metro area.

Only the cocaine wasn’t the real thing.

The arrests came after a sting operation where the mailmen (and mailwomen) “provided special addresses that the drug trafficker could use

History’s losers win with Confederate memorials

6:57 pm Aug. 23, 2017

Growing up, I had plenty of opportunities to chant “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

I’ve slowed down a bit since those fleet-footed days, but more things bounce off

Cheap eclipse glasses not a bright idea

1:46 pm Aug. 16, 2017

Since the dawn of history, mothers have been telling children they like to not stare directly at the sun.

Monday, millions of Americans, many of them in Georgia, will ignore that excellent advice and bet their future ability to see on free sunglasses.

I am clearly not qualified to offer career advice, but, if I did, there might be a burgeoning need for ophthalmologists come Tuesday.

Like many of you, I ordered eclipse