Originally created 02/09/02

Across Georgia



Delta will add three Atlanta-Brunswick flights

ATLANTA -A Delta Air Lines regional carrier will begin offering three daily round-trip jet flights between Atlanta and Brunswick, replacing the smaller turboprop aircraft that currently makes the trip.

The flights offered by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, beginning Sunday, mean 30 more seats will be available daily for flights between the capital and the coastal city.

The flights will be on Canadair jets.

The Brunswick-to-Atlanta flights will leave daily at 6:15 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and 7:10 p.m. The Atlanta-to-Brunswick flights will leave at 10 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The trip takes about 65 minutes.

Black Panthers inquire into tying incident

ATHENS -The New Black Panther Party has brought a contingent to Athens to protest a playground incident in which three white pupils reportedly tied a black pupil to a tree.

An attorney for the black pupil's parents complained to the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for the Nov. 20 incident at Hilsman Middle School.

The New Black Panther Party's national chief of staff, Hashim Nzinga, told reporters outside the Clarke County School District headquarters that the organization had launched an investigation.

Superintendent Lewis Holloway said witnesses had reported the child was never tied to the tree. He said Thursday he was confident the Department of Education would find that the school handled the matter properly.

Economist says slump in taxes was expected

ATLANTA -State tax collections were down again in January for the seventh month in a row, but the state's economist said the dip was expected and won't cause the governor to revise his spending plans.

"We had expected January, certainly, to be negative," said Henry Thomassen, the governor's chief economic adviser. "I don't think there's anything new."

Collections for the month were $1.3 billion, down $81 million, or 5.7 percent. That left collections for the first seven months of the budget year at $7.6 billion, down $457.5 million, or 5.6 percent, from the same period last budget year.

Gov. Roy Barnes has recommended $215 million spending cuts in the current budget to compensate for the sluggish economy.