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5 arrested in connection with 1983 murder in Spalding County

Timothy Coggins was found dead in 1983.  Arrest were finally made

Five people, including two law enforcement officials, were arrested Friday by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department in connection with a 1983 cold case.

Timothy Coggins, a 23-year-old man, was found dead on a power line near Manley Road in the city of Sunny Side on Oct. 9 of that year.

Frankie Gebhardt, 59, and Bill Moore Sr., 58, were charged with murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing a body. Lamar Bunn, a Milner Police Department employee, and Sandra Bunn, 58, were charged with obstruction. Gregory Huffman, a detention officer with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with obstruction and violation of oath of office.

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Death toll hits 40 in California wildfires; thousands find homes destroyed

California fires death total reaches 40The death toll in the Northern California wildfires hit 40 as firefighters entered the second week of attempting to douse multiple blazes and residents returned to find nothing left to salvage from their homes.

On Saturday night, Sonoma County announced that its coroner had confirmed two more deaths, bringing the death toll there to 22.

Sixteen fires have scorched 214,000 acres, forced the evacuation of 100,000 people and destroyed about 5,700 structures, Cal Fire said Saturday.

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Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of MP Arts and SciencesThe movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was announced on Saturday, over decades of alleged sexual misconduct.

Weinstein, 65, faces allegations of sexual misconduct from more than two dozen women and three of rape.

A statement from the Academy, the industry body which governs the annual Oscars awards, said: “The board of governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy.

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Trump administration reduces support for prisoner halfway houses

Federal halfway houses being shut by Trump's DOJThe administration of President Donald Trump has been quietly cutting support for halfway houses for federal prisoners, severing contracts with as many as 16 facilities in recent months, prompting concern that some inmates are being forced to stay behind bars longer than necessary.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Justin Long confirmed the cuts in response to an email inquiry from Reuters, and said they only affect areas with small populations or underutilized centers.

“The Bureau remains firmly committed to these practices, but has had to make some modifications to our programs due to our fiscal environment,” Long said.

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Nearly 3 decades later, Anita Hill sees the needle moving

Anita Hill

It's been 26 years since Anita Hill, soft-spoken and deliberate in her bright blue suit, sat before a Senate panel and detailed the lurid sexual harassment charges that would transfix a nation. Clarence Thomas went on to the Supreme Court, but Hill's testimony was a watershed moment that raised awareness in incalculable ways.

Will the sordid Harvey Weinstein scandal be recalled as another one of those watershed moments, its reverberations spilling out of Hollywood into the everyday workplace? Hill is one of those who thinks it will.

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At this Florida juvenile justice program, staffers set up

Palm Beach Juvneile Corrections Facility

The allegations were straight out of Oliver Twist: Teens said there were maggots in the food — and barely enough of it. The youths wore threadbare and filthy clothing. They lacked soap, toothpaste, deodorant, socks. The medical care was lousy, toilets overflowed and the buildings were crumbling. Officers choked and punched them.

For discipline and diversion, workers organized fights among the detainees. And sometimes they bet on them.

The delinquent boys came and went. But Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility remained.

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Charlottesville: Warrant issued for DeAndre Harris

Warrant issued for man beaten by white supremacists at Charlottesville rally

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of an African American man who was assaulted by at least six white nationalists following a confrontation during the deadly August rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The arrest warrant was issued on Monday for DeAndre Harris, 20, for unlawful wounding, a felony charge that is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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