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The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new Georgia law forces sex offenders to hand over their Internet passwords to law enforcement. No other state has such a law. And one sex offender is challenging it in court.
Some attorneys say Georgia's sex offender laws are too broad and unconstitutional and legislators need to straighten them out to truly protect children from predators.
A few other states track sex offenders Internet addresses, but Georgia is the first to force its 16,000 convicted sex offenders to turn in Internet passwords as well as screen names and e-mail addresses. Once again attorney's say state legislators are trying to attract votes, but writing bad laws.
Attorney Pete Donaldson said "It's popular to be tough on crime, law and order."
Pete Donaldson has defended sex offenders in the past, and says Georgia legislators need to stop writing laws treating all sex offenders like dangerous sexual predators, and says this Internet law is just as unjust as laws saying sexual offenders can't work within one thousand feet of school bus stops.
Donaldson said "You've driven them away from legitimate use of Internet. They'll get branded. And theoretically if you are going to turn people loose and out of prison, you need to give them an opportunity to support themselves and become productive."
Donaldson says dangerous sexual predators need to be monitored at all times, including their Internet and social networking, but says legislators trying to get votes need to work smarter.
Donaldson said "They are just tough on sex offenders. They are not smart on sex crimes. They are identifying too many people who are not predators."
State attorneys argue that the new Internet requirements give authorities another tool to keep registered sex offenders from striking again. Judges will decide whether the new law is constitutional.
A federal judge heard arguments last week in the legal challenge to the new law. Nor word yet on when he may rule in the case.