Originally created 06/14/05

Across Georgia



Ex-Paine president is interim at Fort Valley

ATLANTA - William H. Harris, a former president of Alabama State University and of Paine College, was named Monday as interim president of Georgia's Fort Valley State University.

Mr. Harris will assume the post July 1 and serve through the fall semester.

Mr. Harris was president of Alabama State University from 1994-2000. He also served as president of Texas Southern University from 1988-93 and of Paine College from 1982-88.

Fort Valley's current president, Kofi Lomotey, who has been at the traditionally black college since October, 2001, is leaving the post June 30.

College student killed by train in Germany

ATLANTA - An Atlanta student who attended Florida State University was found dead at a subway station in Munich, Germany, apparently after he fell beneath a train.

Witnesses noticed the body of Rob Fortuna, 23, lying near the tracks at the station Friday, authorities said. A police statement says he appeared to have slipped between two carriages while trying to board a train.

The departing train dragged him and ran over his body. There is no evidence of foul play, police said.

Mr. Fortuna was a senior at Florida State.

Three soldiers hurt in Iraq still hospitalized

ATLANTA - Three soldiers from the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade remained hospitalized Monday after a mortar attack on their forward operating base, brigade officials said.

The soldiers - from the 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment - were taken to a Baghdad hospital after the Sunday attack that wounded eight soldiers, officials said.

A fourth brigade member suffered minor injuries during the attack at Forward Operating Base St. Michael, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, officials said.

The 48th, which was called to active duty in January, includes soldiers from Georgia, five other states and Puerto Rico.

Barrow County voters to decide about tax

WINDER - Early voting starts today for a pair of elections in Barrow County, including whether to continue a special purpose local option sales tax for six years.

The proposed tax - which could bring in $67.9 million - doesn't kick in until July 1, 2006, after the current sales tax expires.

If approved, the lion's share of the revenue would pay for a $46.4 million criminal justice center, including a new jail with 384 beds.



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