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UGA graduates will need more for honors

ATHENS, GA. — Professors at the University of Georgia have decided to make it tougher for students to graduate with honors.

UGA officials voted to make the change last month because the proportion of students earning honor diplomas has crept up to nearly half.

Of those graduating Friday, 40 percent finished with grades meeting at least the current standard for cum laude distinction. About half that many students graduated with honors 15 years ago.

Other colleges have recently opted to make honors more difficult to earn, said Rodney Mauricio, the Educational Affairs Committee chairman for the UGA University Council.

Under the new standards, students will be required to have a grade-point average of 3.6 to graduate cum laude, compared to 3.5 now. Magna cum laude grads will need a 3.75 average, up from 3.7. The 3.9 grade-point average required to graduate summa cum laude is unchanged.

The changes don’t take effect until December 2018.

Man sentenced to life in wife’s death

BAXLEY, GA. — A man convicted of making up a story about a fatal home invasion has been sentenced to life in his wife’s slaying.

Michael Courson of Bax­ley pleaded guilty Monday to charges of felony murder, filing a false report and tampering with evidence. In January 2013, Courson told investigators that two men broke into his home and strangled his wife, Mandy.

Witnesses said Courson tried claiming a life insurance policy in his wife’s name, was responsible for loans on several cars he did not own, and closed all of the couple’s joint accounts three days after her death.

1,000 ounces of gold taken from shipwreck

CHARLESTON, S.C. — An expedition to bring back the remaining gold from a steamship that sank in 1857 off South Carolina in one of the nation’s worst maritime disasters has recovered almost 1,000 ounces of gold – the first gold recovered from the wreck in almost a quarter-century.

The S.S. Central America was bringing gold back from California when it sank in a hurricane claiming 425 lives. About $50 million was recovered during expeditions to the wreck in the late 1980s and early 1990s before legal disputes shut down the operation.

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Pirate 05/09/14 - 12:47 pm
The SS Central America is Odyssey’s Latest Desperate Attempt

From Meson Capital’s March report that fully and without question debunked the SS Central America:
After extensive analysis of the SS Central America and the seeded claims of a secret Army gold cache, I conclusively know that no secret cache exists.
1. I spoke with credible deep sea archaeology experts directly involved with the SS Central America case for over two decades and they universally dismissed the notion of a secret Army cache.
2. Tommy Thompson’s best friend and expedition ship mate stated without question: there was never a secret army treasure on board.
3. Multiple Judges and official court documents conclusively dismiss the possibility of a secret cache.
4. Direct source materials from 1857 we obtained also clearly prove there is no secret Army cache.
5. SS Central America estate’s own internal expert analysts show the SS Central America has no Army cache.
6. Eyewitness direct quotes from 1857 of Captain Herndon of SS Central America also clearly demonstrate there is no Army cache.
7. SS Central America tried to both raise their own money to excavate this treasure with their own crew directly experienced on the site and were not successful. They also explored selling the project outright with no success as well.
8. Even if there was anything of value left below, it would have been long ago stolen by other salvors the SS Central America estate knows have been going after the treasure while their insolvency has left the site defenseless and without oversight for over 5 years.
9. Even if an army gold cache existed, it would lead to a repeat of the “Black Swan” fiasco as there is no statute of limitations on government property under maritime law and the shipment would be forfeit like in the “Black Swan” case.

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