Forsyth County gambling operations busted

This isn’t like the old days. Demographics have changed. Six people have been arrested on commercial gambling charges at two Forsyth County, Georgia convenience stores. Three people were arrested at  the Quick Stop Convenience Store, 2383 Canton Highway—Srinivas Varaganti, 44, assistant store manager Prakashbhai Patel, 51, and 38-year-old Maria De Leon—and about $6,500 in cash was seized. In a separate probe, the owner and employees of Country Corner Shell Station at 601 Dahlonega Street, Cumming were arrested after allegedly paying out winnings from video poker machines in cash, alcohol, and lottery tickets. Owner Allauddin Panjwani, 57, his son, manager Javed Panjwani, 32, and clerk Manuel Ramirez have been charged in the case All are out on bond. Court appearances are scheduled for…

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Dew on the Kudzu: Brambleman has “surprises throughout”

Atlanta book reviewer Idgie at Dew on the Kudzu has posted her take on Brambleman: This book has great amounts of historical information in it, which will appeal to many, and that little element of supernatural, which turns it into a nice fictional book with surprises throughout.   A little bit of something for everyone! Check out her full review.

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A hate crime against haters?

Police say that a group of “masked radicals” descended on a suburban Chicago restaurant and attacked a meeting of white supremacists, resulting in several injureies and at least five arrests. Apparently the attack was extracurricular to protests during the NATO summit being held in Chicago. Read more.

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White supremacist gets 40 years in Arizona bombing

From the Arizona Republic (azcentral.com): A federal court judge on Tuesday imposed a 40-year sentence on a White  supremacist who was behind a 2004 bombing that seriously injured Scottsdale’s  diversity director. A jury found Dennis Mahon, 61, guilty in February of conspiracy to damage  buildings and property by means of explosives, malicious damage of a building by  means of explosives, and distribution of information related to explosives. Read more.

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RACE WAR! Conservative media revel in black-on-white crime stories

The conservative media have locked onto the issue of black-on-white crime, and it’s pushing it this election season. Is it racist? Is it accurate? Who cares? They’re running with it anyway! McKay Coppins over at Buzzfeed has written an excellent (and must-read) piece on the issue that looks at this phenomenon and the politics behind it. He writes, “The conservative media’s in-your-face reporting of black-on-white crime is a sort of demonstration project — a rebellious response to decades of fielding charges of racism from the cultural elites who run the mainstream press.” Sadly, I doubt that those people who so gleefully press this issue understand or care about the nation’s sordid history of overreporting (and fabricating) black-on-white crime to justify foment a real war of racial suppression that…

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