Originally created 05/05/02

Across Georgia



Reno advocates adoptions by gays

ATLANTA -Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno said Saturday that laws banning adoption by gays and lesbians are illogical.

"In my state, a gay or lesbian may have the privilege of being a foster parent, a guardian, a pediatrician or a pediatric nurse," Ms. Reno said. "But they can't adopt. That makes no sense."

Ms. Reno, one of several Democrats in Florida running to unseat Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, was speaking at a fund-raising event for the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington-based advocacy group for gays and lesbians.

Okefenokee blaze spreads over dry acres

FOLKSTON -A fire that started Tuesday in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge spread to 7,000 acres Saturday morning.

The fire was sparked by lightning in a brief storm Tuesday and spread quickly because of dry conditions. Refuge ranger Maggie O'Connell said officials are monitoring the blaze but not actively fighting it.

All refuge entrances remained open Saturday.

Stabbing victim found after one-car accident

VIENNA -Three people are being held in the Dooly County jail after police responding to a one-car accident Friday morning and discovered a stabbing victim whom officials say was being driven to the hospital by friends.

Tyre Williams, 30, died at the hospital from multiple wounds. His girlfriend, Aletha Cross, 28, was charged with murder.

The stabbing apparently was motivated by an argument the couple had earlier that night.

Governor prepares to air campaign ads

ATLANTA -Gov. Roy Barnes has launched a blitz of campaign ads on television stations across Georgia, weeks before his Republican challengers are likely to hit the airwaves.

A new ad probably will debut in Macon this week, said campaign spokesman Tim Phillips. Mr. Barnes wouldn't disclose how much he's spending on the campaign, but the incumbent Democrat had a war chest of $11.3 Million.