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Miss Molly trolley destroyed by flames

12 minute read , Posted on November 06, 2010, by Carl V. Lewis

Trolley bursts into flames just moments after dropping off students - Link to story on MercerCluster.com The Cluster - MercerCluster.com By Carl V. Lewis, Online Editor online@mercercluster.com One of Mercer’s two student trolleys inexplicably burst into flames early Friday morning just moments after dropping off its last load of passengers at Greek Village. The driver of the iconic “Miss Molly” trolley was traveling north on Stadium Drive near the University Center around 3:30 a.m. when he...

Republicans trim Cagle’s powers

9 minute read , Posted on November 06, 2010, by Carl V. Lewis

UPDATE: Story picked up by Augusta Chronicle, cited in AJC Jim Galloway’s Political Insider Republicans trim Cagle’s powers -  (view published story on Macon.com) Following a heated day of closed-door meetings in downtown Macon, Georgia’s Senate Republican leaders decided Friday to strip some of newly re-elected Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s powers in the Senate. Chamber leaders are calling it a new “power-sharing agreement.” The Republican caucus gathered at Mercer University’s Woodruff House on Friday to discuss...

Scott topples Marshall in 8th district congressional race

14 minute read , Posted on November 03, 2010, by Carl V. Lewis

Scott topples Marshall in 8th district congressional race Reflecting the broader national backlash against the Democratic Party this election season, voters denied U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon a fifth term in office Tuesday, choosing Republican Austin Scott as his replacement. With 78 percent of precincts reporting, Scott led Marshall 52.5-47.5 percent in a bruising battle for Georgia’s 8th Congressional District seat. Scott, the current state representative for Tift and Turner counties, celebrated his victory...

Sen. Brown pushes HOPE limits, seeks family annual income cap of $150K

12 minute read , Posted on October 31, 2010, by Carl V. Lewis

Sen. Brown pushes HOPE limits, seeks family annual income cap of $150K (link to story on Macon.com) Georgia’s Senate minority leader proposed one possible solution to the dwindling HOPE Scholarship fund Wednesday: Only give it to the students who need it the most. Calling for a “return to the original intent” of the state lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship program, state Sen. Robert Brown, D-Macon, pushed for the family income cap to be reinstated for HOPE eligibility...

Woman’s body found in backyard of vacant Macon home

8 minute read , Posted on August 20, 2010, by Carl V. Lewis

UPDATE: Follow-up on autopsy report from Aug. 21 SPACE Woman’s body found in backyard of vacant Macon home A woman’s body was discovered in the backyard of a vacant south Macon home Thursday afternoon. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said police received an anonymous call about 2 p.m. that a fully-clothed, dark-haired white woman in her late 30s or early 40s was lying dead in the bushes at 1284 Glendale Ave., near Houston Avenue. She...

Landfill expansion opposed by some Twiggs County residents

10 minute read , Posted on August 11, 2010, by Carl V. Lewis

Landfill expansion opposed by some Twiggs County residents - (view story on Macon.com) It’s not just the rumble of garbage trucks past Tracie Fountain’s Twiggs County home each day that perturbs her. It’s the odor. Fountain lives just down the road from the Wolf Creek Landfill in Dry Branch, so close that she can smell the garbage dumped there. She’s one of the 779 Twiggs County residents who have signed a petition opposing a planned...

Go back to your kitchen, woman! Sexist heckler in row at Oxford Tories meeting

30 minute read , Posted on July 12, 2010, by Carl V. Lewis

Original cover story as it appeared in The Oxford Student (link): Sexist slurs at OUCA event SPACE Less than a week after reaffiliating with the University, Oxford’s Conservative Association has become entangled in a scandal over allegations of sexism at one of its events. Vitus van Rij, a Tory student from King’s College London, allegedly shouted “Kitchen, kitchen, shush up woman, go back to the kitchen” at a female speaker during OUCA’s Port and Policy event...

Foreign students vote fraudulently

16 minute read , Posted on May 19, 2010, by Carl V. Lewis

Some non-UK students had the chance to vote fraudulently in last week’s election because of lax safeguards and mistaken electoral rolls—and at least 13 foreign students claim to have actually voted illegally, an Oxford Student investigation has revealed. Eight of the students interviewed declined to speak on the record or reveal their college affiliation publicly, citing concerns about revealing publicly that they broke the law or – more frequently – not wishing to speak negatively about College administrators who failed to compare for accuracy the data...

“Slay the Jews?!”

10 minute read , Posted on May 08, 2010, by Carl V. Lewis

“Slay the Jews?!” Police report contradicts Israeli minister’s allegation of racist abuse by Union member (link to story on OxfordStudent.com) Police have found no evidence for the widely reported claim that a student protester yelled “Slay the Jews” during an Israeli minister’s speech at the Oxford Union last term. A video analysis of the event has revealed that Noor Rashid, a third-year at Teddy Hall, gave an accurate account to authorities concerning what he shouted...

Eyjafjallajokull eruption scatters students across the globe

9 minute read , Posted on April 22, 2010, by Carl V. Lewis

Eruption scatters students across the globe When second year Lady Margaret Hall student Matthew Nicholl flew home to Northern Ireland for the Easter holiday last month, he knew it might be a hectic time of the year to travel. What he didn’t know, however, is that a volcanic ash cloud would get in his way. “It’s the last thing I was worried about. And now I’m in an awful situation. I have absolutely no idea...

State colleges, universities hit with furloughs

10 minute read , Posted on August 13, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

State colleges, universities hit with furloughs Public college students in the midstate may experience canceled classes, longer lines at the cafeteria and less one-on-one time with their professors this fall. As part of a new cost-cutting measure approved Wednesday by the Georgia Board of Regents, faculty and staff at Georgia’s colleges and universities will take six furlough days during the upcoming academic year. The measure is expected to save the state $42 million. “The university...