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Shirreffs, Jefferson pop off against rival Commerce

Questionable headline IMO. It seems likely to have been inspired by the accompanying photo but the term "pop off" has a pretty negative connotation, akin to what is now most often referred to as "smack talk". Since the story doesn't include anything along those lines I'd say it's poorly chosen & likely to give those who casually see it the wrong impression.

posted @ Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 00:40

The Editor's Desk: Maybe we need some different friends

Likely lots of factors in play that haven't gotten much attention (at least in the coverage of the Pew study). For example, what about those who use social media in whole or in part in connection with their business? That would certainly have a chilling effect on the willingness to be controversial.

Ther are also those who subscribe to the quaint old theory about "religion & politics" For many social media is a means of connecting with distant relatives, perhaps there's a reluctance to break that rule & risk spoiling the fun you intended social media to provide in the first place.

While I'm content to attribute some of the Pew results to factors like those, perhaps the answer is even simpler: a growing number of people that are figuring out that life is too short (or maybe is too long) to engage in the flame wars common to the free-fire zone that is the internet. The stress of doing so often simply outweighs the benefits..

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:22

Athens Christian point guard Turtle Jackson switches commitment from UConn to UGA

Surprising ... until you discover that UConn just got a commitment from a higher rated guard (Jalen Adams from Ashburnham, Mass) last week. Then, suddenly, this makes a great deal of sense.

posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 - 23:13

Athens Academy football coach Michael Gunn resigns

Story gets updated "July 1 9:14pm" ... and promptly returns the error about the season opener (which Chris previously corrected last night)

{shakes head}

posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 01:48

Athens Academy football coach Michael Gunn resigns

@Chris White: {nods in appreciation}

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 - 23:43

Athens Academy football coach Michael Gunn resigns

Season actually starts 8/22, versus Glascock County. 8/29 vs ACS is the first _region_ game.

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 - 21:35

Clarke school district seeks to become charter system

@mpd0.59: Did you seriously just cite that as thought it actually carries any weight? Or served any purpose except to provide thinly veiled excuses for the abysmal performance of the greatest example of good money after bad that this nation (and quite possibly any other) has ever allowed to fester.

Shearer should have been embarrassed to waste space on it, the ABH should have been embarrassed to print it and you ought to be embarrassed to reference it as though it had any significance.

posted @ Friday, June 27, 2014 - 15:14

Madison, Clarke, Jackson schools look good in economist's school report card analysis

Dab some more perfume on that pig

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:36

AthFest 2014 begins with push for diversity, focus on youth

@Kwijibo Junior: Which means it has a lower percentage of anything of interest, I don't think the concept shouldn't really be all that hard to grasp. Meanwhile towns smaller than Athens have MUCH more notable acts appearing at all-day or multi-day rock festivals (presumably that's not a phenomenon exclusive to the genre), while the local attempt to be all-things-to-all-people draw a mix of hopefuls, never-weres and a lot of never-will-bes.

posted @ Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 01:13

AthFest 2014 begins with push for diversity, focus on youth

I think that the article sums up pretty neatly why I've never had less interest in the event than ever before (granted, it was extremely limited interest in the first place): I like what I like, have zero interest in what I don't like. "Diversity" in a music festival is quite possibly the least effective selling point ever. {shrug} If it float some boats, cool, just happens to cause mine to take on water.

posted @ Friday, June 20, 2014 - 01:46

Macon considers return of minor league hockey

Meh. The quality & consistency of play in the SPHL isn't generally enough to get too many people excited.

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 14:01

Proposed hotel tax break fails to pass Athens-Clarke development authority

Gosh, can't imagine why the local hotel association -- of existing operators who would suddenly face major competition -- would oppose such a thing.

posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 - 09:57

Recruiting spotlight: Athens Christian's Barron trying to turn heads

All things considered, I'd probably have chosen to avoid using the words "Athens Christian" and "recruiting" in the same headline. Jus' sayin'.

posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 00:55

Rep. Broun's son arrested in Athens on marijuana charge

As much as it pains me to say it, this story sure does appear to fit rather neatly with Broun's decision last week to complain about enforcement of federal drug laws.

posted @ Monday, May 12, 2014 - 13:04

Woman killed crossing Athens Perimeter

Same question I had on the previous incident: crosswalk or no?

posted @ Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:17

UGA installs first public level 2 electric vehicle charger in Athens area

2 of them eh? One for each of the toy vehicles in the greater Athens area.

posted @ Friday, May 9, 2014 - 14:09

Athens woman killed crossing West Broad Street by hit-and-run driver

Crosswalk or no?

posted @ Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:45

UGA students say elderly lack social media etiquette

Hopefully this article was butchered by editing, otherwise without any real reason to include the oh-so-helpful insights of random college students this appears to have been a wasted attempt to localize a bit of wire copy. Meanwhile the seeming arrogance of these kids believing the adults who have moved into the arena actually give a damn about their opinions on their posting habits is almost comical.

In a college newspaper this would have had context, alas in a supposedly adult media format ... well, as I said, hopefully this was butchered somewhere along the way.

posted @ Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 01:11

Athens could lose scheduled airline service

That this subsidy has ever existed (on this particular route) in the first place is rather absurd.

posted @ Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 11:01

Georgians meet in Athens to rally for marijuana legalization

Pity there's never a good drug dog handy when you need one. What "should be done" is making a second conviction a capital offense. Sorriest collection of individuals to gather in Athens since the Occupy Tent City broke up.

posted @ Monday, April 28, 2014 - 16:27

River cleanup volunteers haul trash in kayaks, canoes

Did Ms. Wong bring her boyfriend Kif Kroker?

(Futurama humor, don't mind me)

posted @ Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 13:31

Blackmon: Standardized tests aren't useful tools

What an utterly useless column, filled with the same tired crying that we always seem to get from the anti-accountability crowd. Quite literally nauseating.

posted @ Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 12:18

Cyclist, motorist have words in Winterville

Greatest scourge on local highways today, surpassing even oversized SUV's.

posted @ Monday, April 21, 2014 - 18:05

Mayor says Prince Avenue study has become 'political football'

@DanMatthews: But nobody with a brain actually takes anyone associated with the Flagpole seriously so that's probably not the best example to use.

posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 16:38

Athens middle school teacher busted for indoor marijuana farming

A simple straight up criminal. He has no place anywhere near students, and as far as I'm concerned no place in a law abiding society except behind bars The one pity I see is how weak our punishments for this sort of behavior usually are. That this gets sympathy rather than scorn is another sad sign of what a depraved & valueless society we live in.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 13:01

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