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Twenty Two Arrested in Richmond County Over Four Days

Twenty Two Arrested in Richmond County Over Four Days

  “Operation Mayday” was a four day proactive effort centered in Richmond County, GA.  The operation took months of planning.  The arrestees, ranging in age from 19 to 52, traveled from areas around Augusta and from South Carolina with the intent to meet a child for sex.  Some of their occupations included actor, funeral home […]

Beware of Political Commentators

Beware of Political Commentators

A political commentator is an individual that practices a form of journalism called advocacy journalism. As the name suggests, advocacy journalism supports a particular position openly or subtly. It does this by mixing opinion with news reporting. Typical examples of political commentators are talk radio hosts and opinion editorial columnists. I would argue that not […]

Every Child Can Be Smart

Every Child Can Be Smart

While helping my oldest daughter with her math homework one afternoon, we came across a concept that she had difficulty grasping. It was multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting with decimals. “You can do this. You are smart,” I said to her in a stern yet reassuring tone. “I am not smart. I mean, I am […]

Turn Back The Block receives $10,000 donation

Turn Back The Block receives $10,000 donation

Friends With Benefits Fund, the production and promotion company that brought The Major Rager to downtown Augusta during Masters Week, has donated $10,000 to the Turn Back The Block initiative in the Harrisburg neighborhood. “We really want to have a direct impact on the community,” said George Claussen, founder of Friends With Benefits Fund. “We […]

Joey Brush killed in motorcycle accident

Joey Brush killed in motorcycle accident

Former state Sen. Joey Brush was killed in a motorcycle accident this morning in Columbia County, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Brush, 59, died from his injuries following the accident that occurred on Columbia Road near Louisville Road. The other driver was at fault. The former state senator, who spent more than 10 […]

Only The Blind Should Judge

Only The Blind Should Judge

A few days ago, I watched a video on YouTube. It was a conversation between Malcolm Gladwell, columnist and author, and Adam Alter, associate professor of marketing and psychology at NYU’s Stern School of Business and Psychology department and author. Part of their conversation was about racial bias, social psychology, and the justice system. Considering […]

Scientology documentary is brilliant and chilling

Scientology documentary is brilliant and chilling

On March 29, HBO aired a documentary called “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.” Among other things, the film shares compelling testimonies from former members of the group. In addition, the film makes three particular claims about the church’s practices and inner workings that are worth discussing. First, Scientologists do not respond kindly […]

Killing of Walter Scott isn’t an open-and-shut case

Killing of Walter Scott isn’t an open-and-shut case

Many consider Officer Michael Slager’s arrest for the killing of Walter Scott in North Charleston, S.C. as evidence that the justice system works. However, it is not enough to simply say that the justice system works because it responded to an incident where a police officer was caught on video shooting a fleeing suspect in […]

“Why Did You Kill Me, Officer?”

“Why Did You Kill Me, Officer?”

A video has surfaced that shows a 50-year-old man named Walter Scott being shot several times in the back from a number of yards away by Officer Michael Slager in North Charleston, S.C. Scott died as a result of his injuries. To be clear, what follows is not an attempt to inflame tensions between the […]

The Masters’ Green

The Masters’ Green

What is the economic impact of The Masters Tournament? I set out to answer that question late one night. I found a few promising answers, but nothing conclusive. One answer came in the form of a 2008 article by Damon Cline in The Augusta Chronicle titled, “Masters Tournament: What’s the economic impact?” The article states: “In 1997, the Augusta […]