DALTON, Ga. — Whitfield County Commission Chair Lynn Laughter knew her effort to renew a sales tax referendum was deeply in trouble about a month ago, when she invited residents to tour an old government building. Laughter invited members of the community to tour Administration Building #2, where the accountability courts meet. A former church, Laughter said the downtown building is about 80 years old. The basement floods, the toilets don't flush and the HVAC system continually breaks. If voters approved the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax on a referendum, the commissioners promised to tear down the old building and construct a new home for the courts. But that night, Laughter recalled, only about a dozen people showed up. About 15 miles northwest, the Catoosa County Commission ran into similar problems. It held five public meetings to educate voters on the need for a new Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. In three of those meetings, Commission Chair … [Read more...] about What last week’s sales tax failures tells us about the state of North Georgia politics
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump conceded Wednesday night that "no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber." He said he was not looking for an alternate option after Pelosi served notice earlier in the day that he wouldn't be allowed to deliver the address to a joint session of Congress next week.Pelosi had taken the step after Trump said he planned to show up in spite of Democratic objections to the speech taking place with large swaths of the government shut down.Denied that grand venue, Trump promised to come up with some sort of alternative event. The White House scrambled to find a site matching the gravitas of the traditional address from the rostrum of the House to lawmakers from both parties, … [Read more...] about Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union address
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 5:36 PM EST Jan 23, 2019 Mobile, Ala. — Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn has a knack for addressing his team’s biggest need early in the draft. His three first-round picks — offensive tackle Taylor Decker, middle linebacker Jarrad Davis and guard Frank Ragnow, each crossed off the top item on the offseason shopping list. This year’s biggest need isn’t as clear as it has been in past years. Depending on what the team does in free agency, the Lions could enter the draft in serious need for an upgrade at guard, slot receiver, tight end, cornerback and defensive end. But few positions can impact a game on a down-to-down basis like an edge rusher. Don’t let the Lions’ sack total from last season fool you. The defense managed to get to opposing quarterbacks 43 times, an impressive mark, but the team leader was Romeo Okwara. The early-season waiver claim finished the year with 7.5. And more than … [Read more...] about Senior Bowl offers wealth of edge-rushing talent for Lions to consider
For adolescents blessed with willowy good looks, the fashion world offers the prospect of glamour, celebrity, and wealth. But this, for many, is what the beginning of a modeling career can actually look like: On her first test shoot as a 15-year-old, Dasha Alexander said, a photographer held a camera in one hand and digitally penetrated her with his other — a move, he explained, that would make the pictures more “raw” and “sensual.”When Coco Rocha refused to get naked on set as a 16-year-old, she said, the photographer replaced her with a girl who was younger and more obedient. Months later, a famous photographer simulated an orgasm as he took Rocha’s picture.By the time Lenka Chubuklieva was 17, she said, an agent had repeatedly groped her, a photographer had thrown her on a bed and kissed her, and another photographer had masturbated in front of her and threatened to ruin her family in Ukraine if she told anyone.“If people really understood … [Read more...] about The fashion world promises glamour and wealth. Instead, many find harassment and assault.
It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.That's certainly true for the wealth of breakfast-focused restaurants and daytime eateries — both new and old — in the Colorado Springs area.The fast-food sector has been seen as driving increased restaurant breakfast business in recent years. McDonald's introduction a few years ago of all-day breakfast gave a hefty boost to the chain's sales. Lifestyle I tried McDonald's new Triple Breakfast Stacks, and now I'm full of syrup, butter and shame By Tim Carman The Washington Post But if you think people in this frenetic, on-the-go society only have time to grab an Egg McMuffin or other quick breakfast snack, think again. Sit-down restaurants are getting their share of the morning crowd. "We have a lot of regular customers who eat with us three or four times a week," says Randy Price, who owns three Urban Egg, a Daytime Eatery (formerly Over Easy) restaurants in the Springs as part of … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs breakfast battles: New restaurants compete with old favorites