Originally created 10/06/04

Across Georgia



Atlanta newspaper gets powder in mail

ATLANTA - An envelope with suspicious white power and a letter inside was sent to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The envelope, which arrived at the newspaper's offices Monday afternoon, was sent from Virginia and contained a three-page, single-spaced letter claiming the powder was poison, said Madelyn R. Adams, the newspaper's vice president of administration and diversity.

Scott Whiteside, the executive vice president and general manager of the The Journal-Constitution, said the letter was discovered by mail screeners.

The FBI is investigating the envelope, Mr. Whiteside said.

Gunshot kills mother in front of 8-year-old

SNELLVILLE - A man who was wounded in a shootout with police is accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend.

Dwayne Albritton, 44, broke into Tamatha Gilbert's home early Monday morning and got into a confrontation with her, authorities said.

Mr. Albritton then followed Ms. Gilbert and her son as they tried to flee to a neighbor's house, police said. Ms. Gilbert was pounding on the neighbor's door when Mr. Albritton shot her, said Cpl. Dan Huggins of the Gwinnett County police.

The shooting happened in front of Ms. Gilbert's 8-year-old son, Cpl. Huggins said.

Mr. Albritton then drove off in Ms. Gilbert's sport utility vehicle but was stopped by police.

Aging female gorilla dies at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA - A female lowland gorilla has died of old age at Zoo Atlanta, officials said Tuesday.

Paki first showed signs of illness in April and underwent exploratory surgery to remove a tumor in her abdomen. Zoo officials said she had been recovering well for an aging 41-year-old gorilla.

Paki was born in the wild and arrived at Zoo Atlanta from a primate research center in 1988. She was the mother of the first gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta.

Georgia politicians refuse to be surveyed

WASHINGTON - Organizers of an annual survey to determine the policy stances of political candidates say Georgia has one of the nation's worst response rates.

The refusal to answer the Project Vote Smart questionnaire was particularly high among Georgia incumbents. Of the 11 federal office holders seeking election this year, only one - U.S. Rep. Denise Majette, a Democratic Senate candidate - filled out the survey.

Only Mississippi, Hawaii and South Dakota were lower than Georgia's 22 percent in 2004.

Georgia candidates gave a variety of reasons for ignoring the survey.

"The survey is quite confusing, and it's easy to distort or spin your answers," said Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey.