Barnes aide calls legislators 'sluts'
ATLANTA -Gov. Roy Barnes' chief of staff coined a new phrase for some Republican legislators who have a reputation for casting stones at Democrats.
Bobby Kahn told a reporter with the Atlanta Business Chronicle the GOP lawmakers were "quote sluts" after their comments appeared in an article criticizing the governor for withholding the names of six companies getting special income-tax reductions.
"The quote is correct," said Stephanie Kirijan, Mr. Barnes' deputy press secretary.
She said the comments were directed at Sen. Eric Johnson of Savannah and Rep. Mitchell Kaye of Marietta.
Teacher released in 1971 investigation
DECATUR -A teacher arrested last week as a suspect in a 1971 Chicago slaying has been released because of a lack of evidence.
Jonpatrick Anderson, 50, was arrested last week at Southwest DeKalb High School, where he works as a substitute teacher and ROTC instructor. He insisted it was a case of mistaken identity.
Mr. Anderson left the DeKalb County jail Thursday because officials in Cook County, Ill., said they had difficulty finding evidence in the slaying of an 85-year-old robbery victim.
Man jailed for role in deadly beating
PERRY -A Warner Robins man will serve at least 10 years in prison after admitting to helping beat a man who later died.
Herschel Alfred Haslem, 18, agreed to tell prosecutors what role two other men played in the Nov. 21 beating of David Merrill Hogue.
Mr. Haslem was sentenced Thursday to 20 years, of which 10 years must be served in prison and 10 on probation.
Police are still looking for Bennith McKenzie, 29, who is considered to be the main suspect in the case, said Houston County District Attorney Kelly Burke. He said evidence shows Mr. McKenzie struck the fatal blows to Mr. Hogue over a dispute that happened earlier in the day.
The third suspect, Alvin McKenzie, 22, is awaiting trial.
Australian company purchases mining land
BRUNSWICK -An Australian company has bought 1,522 acres in northern Glynn County, where it hopes to mine for titanium.
Iluka Resources Ltd. would employ 50 people at the mine and would pump about $30 million into the local economy during a four-year project.
Titanium is used as pigment and in aircraft, sporting goods, automobiles, medicine, food products and pharmaceuticals.