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AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones; identifiers hampered online anonymity

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:03pm

WASHINGTON — AT&T Mobility, the nation’s second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it’s no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users’ smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers’ identities online.

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Georgia eyes probation reform

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:13pm

 

ATLANTA -- At the direction of Gov. Nathan Deal, a panel of criminal justice experts has been studying Georgia’s misdemeanor probation system and is expected to make a slate of recommendations, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.

“Transparency and oversight are probably the two key catch phrases that are driving what we’re doing,” said Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs, co-chair of the governor’s Criminal Justice Reform Council.

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Bond denied for two Augusta men facing rape charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:09pm

Two men accused of rape and false imprisonment in what a prosecutor described as a bizarre scheme to terrorize someone were denied bond Friday.

Ricky L. Darby, 41, and William J. Krepps, 20, have been held without bond since their arrests earlier this month. Neither man has a felony record but Senior Judge William J. Fleming Jr. denied bond in Richmond County Superior Court on grounds they could pose a danger to the community.

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SEC leads Tailgate Top 10

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:00pm

Before football games at the University of Mississippi, one of the best parties in the South is held on 10 grassy acres shaded by dozens of hulking oak trees in the middle of campus.

Under canvass tents, women in dresses and high-heeled shoes mingle with men wearing pressed khakis and starched dress shirts.

The buffet tables are covered with checkered cloths and freshly cut flowers. There’s plenty to eat and drink.

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Facts about Richmond County property taxes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:00pm

As the saying goes, nothing is certain but death and taxes, and the due date for the second item has arrived.

Stragglers who submit their Augusta ad valorem tax bill payments after Saturday will find their bills bearing 1 percent interest per month and a 10 percent late payment penalty, according to arctax.com, the Web site of the Richmond County tax commissioner.

Here are some other facts about local property taxes:

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U.S. Rep. John Barrow lists Washington townhouse for rent

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:39am

U.S. Rep. John Barrow listed his Washington townhouse for rent this week, just days after he said he will sell his Augusta home to spend time with family in Athens, Ga., following a 10-year run in the House.

Barrow’s spokesman, Richard Carbo, confirmed the Augusta congressman plans to rent his two-story condominium about a half-mile from the U.S. Capitol, but refused to speculate on whether the move signals Barrow’s intent to seek re-election in the future.

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Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice will return to racing in 2015

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:03am

Palace Malice will race again in 2015.

Dogwood Stable’s prized colt, who won the 2013 Belmont Stakes, has been cleared for competition after an examination found him to be fully recovered from a bone bruise.

“The X-rays and ultrasounds taken in Kentucky on Thursday morning are as good as we hoped they would be, and Dr. Larry Bramlage and Dr. Robert Copelan pronounced him completely sound,” Cot Campbell, Dogwood president, said in a release issued Friday.

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Free church concert Sunday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:17am

St. John United Methodist Church is presenting a free concert Sunday afternoon open to the public.

The performance, featuring the Vega Quartet with pianist William Ransom, begins at 3 p.m.

The church, 736 Greene St., will provide a nursery, while an offering will take place for the Maxwell Theatre Project.

For more information, call (706) 724-9641.

 

Augusta woman accused of DUI, reckless driving on Walton Way

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:26am

An Augusta woman is facing numerous charges after flipping her car Wednesday morning on Walton Way.

Keshia Lavscaitte Hicks, 39, has been charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, DUI with a passenger under 14 years of age, serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving, according to Richmond County jail records.

The incident occurred around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday on the 3000 block of Walton Way when Hicks was headed to the Academy of Richmond County to drop off a student, according to Sgt. Danny Whitehead.

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SC man sentenced for bodies in barrels

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:12am

ANDERSON, S.C. — A second man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for helping dispose of bodies found in Lake Hartwell.

Local media outlets report that Shaine David Fischer was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact to murder.

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Mystery illness hits 74 Emory students

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:01am

ATLANTA — Emory University officials say dozens of students have been stricken by gastrointestinal illnesses in recent days.

School officials said that as of Thursday night, 74 students had been treated on campus and at the Emory University Hospital emergency department.

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