Landfill expansion opposed by some Twiggs County residents

Landfill expansion opposed by some Twiggs County residents – (view story on

By Carl Lewis

Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010

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 expansion of the landfill. Continue reading

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

Original cover story as it appeared in The Oxford Student (link):

Sexist slurs at OUCA event

By Carl Lewis

News Editor

The Oxford Student



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.oxstucover

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 on Sunday night at the Oxford Union. Continue reading

Foreign students vote fraudulently

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Date: 13/05/2010


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 provided to them by local electoral officials.

Max Gallien, a German student at Queen’s College – who as an EU citizen was eligible to vote in the local council election but not in the general election – said he cast a ballot in the Oxford East parliamentary contest after election workers confirmed to him he could vote in both races.

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“Slay the Jews?!”

“Slay the Jews?!”

Police report contradicts Israeli minister’s allegation of racist abuse by Union member (link to story on

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By Carl Lewis, News Editor

6 May 2010

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 at Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

It did not find any evidence that Rashid uttered the Arabic phrase “Idhbah al-yahud,” meaning “kill the Jews,” as Mr. Ayalon told the audience, and other media outlets have previously suggested.

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Cochran home infested with estimated 1,000 bats


Update: Follow-up story ran on Jul. 30.

Cochran home infested with bats

Owner can’t afford $10,000 extermination price tag

By Carl Lewis

Saturday Jul. 18, 2009

COCHRAN — It smells foul on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Really, really foul.

Walking down the street toward Victoria Jackson’s home, the musky stench gets even worse. Stepping inside, it grows almost unbearable.

“It’s a very, very bad odor,” the homeowner said.


It’s the scent of the droppings from what exterminators estimate are more than 1,000 bats that have made Jackson’s home their roosting spot.

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Eyes on the ‘flies

Eyes on the Flies:

Annual Macon butterfly count keeps tabs on ecosystem

By Carl Lewis

Tuesday Jul. 7, 2009

The van rumbled along the damp clay road as Andy Rindsberg narrowed his eyes upon the thicket of verbena and kudzu scattered underneath the Georgia Power lines.

The vehicle screeched to a halt. Rindsberg grasped his camera, binoculars and field guide and leapt out of the car.


Click to enlarge.

“Look at that!” he exclaimed, gesturing at what appeared to be a clump of average roadside weeds.

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Outside the big box


Outside the big box

Macon Mall turns to arts, entertainment to fill empty space

By Carl Lewis

Thursday, Jun. 18, 2009

Instead of showcasing his art in a downtown gallery like other artists, Michael Paul has chosen a different, less obvious place to share his work: the Macon Mall.

Paul is taking part in a new program called Artspace, which, along with a laser golf course, is one of the mall’s recent efforts to help reinvent itself.

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