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February 2012 Archives

Some 9/11 Remains Landfill Bound?

Did some body parts of the victims of 9/11 get sent to a landfill instead of given a more respectful disposition? It sounds like it, based on word coming out of the Pentagon, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Although the number of victims is unclear, the mere idea that some 9/11 remains were landfill bound is likely to upset a lot of people. Most of the landfill bound 9/11 remains were from the Pentagon site and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site.

The committee that investigated the transfer found certain improprieties at the military's Dover base in Delaware, which houses the military's mortuary.

Three Cobb County Pedestrians Killed Include Fmr. Falcons Chaplain

Three Cobb County pedestrians were killed over three days and another was severely injured, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The most recent incident occurred on South Marietta Parkway. A silver Grand Am driven by Sheila Mize, 57, struck a man on a cross-walk. Police are considering charges against Sheila Mize. Meanwhile, the pedestrians’ name was not yet released, pending notification of his death.

In another accident, Wendy L. Nolan was killed when struck by a 2004 Toyota Corolla. In that case, no charges were filed.

Weight-Loss Drug Qnexa Gets Endorsement

The highly anticipated weight-loss drug Qnexa just got some positive news from an FDA advisory committee after earlier risks were reevaluated, reports The Los Angeles Times.

The FDA’s panel of experts voted to endorse Qnexa. This could mean that the FDA itself would possibly approve an anti-obesity drug for the first time since 1999. The vote was 20-2. Experts find it an interesting reversal becasue in 2010 the same panel decided that there were too many heart problems and birth related problems associated with Qnexa’s side-effects.

Will Georgia Gun Bill Mean Concealed Weapons Everywhere?

Concealed weapons might be coming to bars, public schools, and even colleges and government buildings if a Georgia house bill becomes law, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Representative Sean Jerguson, a Republican from Woodstock, is one of the bill's co-sponsors. The bill would get rid of many of the restrictions that currently apply to concealed weapons in Georgia. A counter-bill that would require four hours of training for anyone who gets to carry a concealed weapon has not gotten much attention in the house.

The current Georgia gun bill is HB 981.

Video of Attempted Walmart Kidnapping Chilling

The video of the attempted Walmart kidnapping where a 25-year-old man tried to abduct a 7-year-old girl is quite chilling, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The girl targeted by the kidnapper, Thomas Andrew Woods, is named Brittney Baxter.

In the video she's walking in an aisle in Walmart when Thomas Andrew Woods tries to lift her and run, except she starts to scream and kick, and he drops her and leaves.

What is even scarier for Brittney Baxter and her family is that the attempted kidnapper was previously convicted of the voluntary manslaughter of his uncle, James Michael Price. He was currently on probation.

Clayton County Road Rage and Gun Waving

It isn't even hot out yet and road rage is showing up on Georgia streets.

Hiram Alexander Perrin is in jail, charged with aggravated assault and child cruelty, because he allegedly pointed a gun at a couple and their four-year-old during a Clayton County road rage incident, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been held without bond.

Hiram Perrin's alleged road rage occurred on Tara Boulevard at Poston Road, near Jonesboro, reports WSBTV.

The couple in the car were Marcus Bateman and Christy Lee and their daughter Nevaeh.

Electric Cigarette Explodes From Faulty Battery

Some front teeth, a good part of a tongue, and a burnt face, are all a result of an electric cigarette exploding in Florida, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The victim, Tom Holloway, of Niceville, FL., (ironic name) was using the electric cigarettes to get off his cigarette addiction. The local fire department compared the accident to putting a bottle rocket in one’s mouth. The incident has caused the man to become a bit of an accidental celebrity, with a Facebook page created for him.

Rincon Kitchen Stove Fire Consumes Father and Wife

A stove fire in Rincon, Georgia, apparently caused the death of a father and severely burned his wife, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

David Ehsanipoor of Effingham County sheriff’s office said that the identity of the father was Vernon Warner. He was 39-years-old. Autopsy results have revealed that he died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. Vernon Warner’s wife, Audrey Warner, survived the kitchen stove fire, but is in critical condition, reports the AJC.

The Rincon kitchen stove fire tragedy could’ve been even worse, but thankfully the Warner’s three children, ages thirteen, nine and two, were able to escape the fire.

Coffee Brewers Spraying Hot Liquid: Tassimo Recall

To those that love their home-brewed coffee, beware.

Turns out that more than a million coffee makers are being recalled, reports the Associated Press.

The brand at issue is Tassimo. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have already been 140 reports of problems with Tassimo single-cup brewers dousing people with hot coffee. There have been nearly 40 instances of second-hand burns from coffee brewers. In one case, a ten-year-old girl suffered burns to her face and neck.

Freight Train Versus Truck Hauling Scrap Metal: Who Wins?

No one wins when a freight train strikes a truck hauling scrap metal, as was the case in Marietta, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In fact, three members of the freight train crew were injured and taken to a local hospital.

The accident occurred at the CSX Transportation crossing near Loudermilk Drive and Marble Mill Road. The truck was a Blaze Recycling truck that had gotten stuck on the crossing.

The cause for the sticking was that the landing gear on the Blaze Recycling Truck got "high-centered" on the road, reports the AJC.

Georgia Assisted Suicide Restrictions Overturned

The Georgia Supreme Court just struck down a state law written in 1994 to discourage assisted suicides, reports the Associated Press.

The law at issue made it a felony for anyone that "publicly advertises, offers or holds himself or herself out as offering that he or she will intentionally and actively assist another person in the commission of suicide and commits any overt act to further that purpose." The group challenging the law argued that it violated their free speech rights. The Georgia Supreme Court assisted suicide opinion agreed.

Motorist Jason Dapice of Alpharetta Killed

A motorist by the name of Jason Dapice of Alpharetta was killed in a wreck in Alpharetta, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dapice, who had been driving a Toyota Corolla, had been headed eastbound on Cumming Street near Clairmont Avenue. The car apparently left the roadway, struck a utility pole, and caught fire.

Responding officials were able to pull Dapice out of the fire and took him to North Fulton Hospital, but he later passed away.

Incidents like this, of single-vehicle crashes, require detailed investigations by officials.

Akrimax Recall: Pfizer Recalls a Million Birth Control Packs

Millions of birth control pills are being recalled by the giant Pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Pfizer’s birth control pills recall is due to a packaging error that could leave women without insufficient amount of hormone and potentially cause a pregnancy.

The problem is with Lo/Ovral-28, generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol. The products are marketed by Akrimax Rx Products under the Akrimax Pharmaceutical brand.