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- JSU president accused of Plagiarism
- Light sentences sought for former Gadsden
- Police release sketch of alleged shooter
- HEAT ADVISORY
JSU president accused of Plagiarism
Jacksonville State University President Dr.
Bill Meehan is being accused of Plagiarism. The accusations some
from a JSU alumnus who has accused Meehan of plagiarizing most of a
recent newspaper column that carried his byline. According to the
Birmingham news, an Aug. 1 column dealing with stress management,
appeared in The Jacksonville News under Meehan's name. Jeff
Youngblood, a 1995 JSU Graduate, said about 75 percent of the
article came from an Internet article from Merck & Co. Youngblood,
who says he objected to Meehan's hiring in 2000, said he read the
article over the Internet and then ran a search, immediately finding
the similar article. He said a student would face a harsh penalty
for doing something like this.
Youngblood said that The board of trustees
should remove him or ask him to step down. Meehan said an occasional
newspaper column is prepared under his name by Al Harris, the
university's retired news director, and university staff members.
The column, which has been running since Meehan took the president's
post, occasionally deals with topics in the news or spotlights
university programs. Meehan said he proofreads the final article
before publication, but he did not know about similarities between
his article and the Merck article. Dr. Meehan said "If we did it and
we didn't cite Merck as the source, then we're in error, It’s got my
name on it, and if that's the case, then I accept full
responsibility for it."
Light sentences sought for former Gadsden
Federal prosecutors have filed documents
seeking lighter sentences for three defendants involved in a public
corruption probe in Gadsden citing their "full and complete
cooperation." Prosecutors are asking that former Gadsden City
Council members Jim Armstrong and Fred Huff and former Commercial
Development Authority Director Cathy Back be given a "downward
departure" in sentencing, set for Aug. 16 in Birmingham. Armstrong,
Huff, Back and consultant Larry Thompson pleaded guilty last year in
federal court to bribery and wire fraud charges. Prosecutors did not
request that Thompson be given a lesser sentence and filed documents
in June asking that he be ordered to repay money provided by the FBI
during the sting operation. As part of the plea negotiations, Back,
Armstrong and Huff were promised a downward departure, which means a
lesser sentence, if they pleaded guilty, provided substantial
assistance in the investigation and agreed to testify in any other
proceedings. Thompson also was given the same promise.
Police release sketch of alleged shooter
a Leesburg woman is recovering in a hospital after she was shot four
times as she drove a three-wheeled Honda motorcycle south on U.S.
411 last week. Leesburg Police continue their search for the
shooter. The Department Monday released a sketch of a person of
interest in the shooting. The man is described as between 45 and 55
years old, white, with salt and pepper hair. He appears to be medium
build, possibly between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches. 47
year old Loretta Gilbert, was shot but officials said the bullets
missed any vital organs. She assisted a sketch artist from the
Georgia Bureau of Investigation with the description of the shooter.
The vehicle was described as a black or dark blue GMC Jimmy with an
Etowah County license plate. Anyone with information is asked to
contact the Leesburg Police Department at 526-8888 or 927-3939 or
the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department at 927-3365.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat
advisory for counties in Central Alabama including Calhoun, Etowah
and Cherokee counties. The advisory is in effect until 7 p.m.
Thursday and could be extended through Friday. The advisory states
that a strong high pressure system remains in place across Central
Alabama and this will result in temperatures well above
with some locations topping out above 100 degrees Wednesday and
Thursday afternoons. The combination of the hot temperatures and
high humidity will produce heat indexes around 110 degrees at most
locations. According to the Weather Service, A heat advisory means
that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of
hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a
situation in which heat illnesses are possible. People are advised
to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, stay out
of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors who may be
susceptible to heat-related problems.
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