- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Pet owners told to scoop poop

PALMER — The City Council passed a “scoop-the-poop” law after school officials complained that Swanson Elementary School had to temporarily lock up its playground, a popular destination for dog owners, because of the mess the pets left behind.

Under the law, pet owners could be fined $75 for a first offense, $150 for a second offense and $300 for a third.


Special session urged for teen sex case

ATLANTA — Black state lawmakers yesterday called for a special session of the state legislature to help free a man serving a 10-year mandatory sentence for consensual oral sex when he and his partner were teenagers, calling it “Georgia’s shame.”

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King once preached, and three state senators delivered a letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican, urging him to bring back state lawmakers for a special session to change the law keeping Genarlow Wilson behind bars.

Mr. Perdue is in Ireland as part of a two-week European trip to promote trade with Georgia.

State Sen. Kasim Reed, Atlanta Democrat, said that if Mr. Perdue declines to act, the General Assembly should take the historic step of calling itself back to the Capitol. Such a move would require the support of three-fifths of the members in each chamber.

Last week, a Monroe County Superior Court judge called Wilson’s sentence “a grave miscarriage of justice” and said Wilson should be released. The state attorney general is appealing that decision, saying it could free more than 1,000 child molesters in Georgia’s prisons. Wilson remains in prison pending a bond hearing July 5.


Health risks posed before diabetes

CHICAGO — Diabetes is dangerous even before the disease becomes full-blown, boosting the risk of death from heart disease in its earliest form, Australian researchers said yesterday.

Before most people develop type 2 diabetes, they have trouble metabolizing sugar, a problem known as pre-diabetes that affects 56 million people in the United States.

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