Monday, June 22, 2009

GNB Update

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Georgia officials say courthouses statewide still face major gaps in security. The Associated Press reports that the Fulton County courthouse doesn't have a mandated security plan. That plan was supposed to be implemented more than four years after a shooting spree left a judge and three other people dead. But Fulton County isn't alone, as more than a dozen other counties also have failed to come up with a security plan. You may recall that Brian Nichols was sentenced to life in prison without parole last December for the deadly shooting spree that happened on March 11, 2005. State lawmakers passed a measure a year later requiring that courthouse security be stepped up in spite of criticism that it wasn't strong enough.

Chrsyler's recent bankruptcy becomes personal for one Georgia family. reports that a middle Georgia family is suing the troubled U.S. automaker for a faulty vehicle design that ended in death two years ago. Jimmie Davis was killed in 2007 when the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving in flipped on state Highway 27 near Americus. The surviving family members say the Jeep's roof wasn't strong enough, causing his death. They filed a lawsuit in Sumter County State Court earlier this year, but Chrsyler has yet to respond to that complaint.

An out-of-work couple has a unique job search plan: touring major league ballparks. The Associated Press reports that Roberto Coquis and Judy Pino came up with the idea after they recently lost their government jobs in Washington, D.C. Their next stop will be in Atlanta. That's where the Braves will host the New York Yankees Tuesday and Wednesday. Coquis, Pino, and their young daughter plan to visit every big-league ballpark by the end of the summer, and leave resumes in each city along the way.

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