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Let’s talk about taxes: Congressional candidates give their take on tax plans

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Jon Gillooly
April 08, 2014 04:00 AM

CUMBERLAND — Is it time to give up on the Fair Tax, the proposal that would replace federal income taxes with a consumption tax? 

That’s a question the six Republican candidates hoping to fill the 11th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) were asked during a debate Saturday. 

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said while conservatives like to talk about the Fair Tax, realistically it’s not going anywhere, with no movement in Congress. 

Many independent analysts, Swint went on to say, from the University of Virginia to a Money Magazine study, have raised serious questions about implementing such a tax. 

“Is it time to admit the Fair Tax is not all it’s cracked up to be and move on to more fertile areas of tax reform?” he asked. ...


11th Congressional District GOP Debate Saturday in Cobb

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Kennesaw Patch
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Georgia’s 11th District Republican Party will partner with other groups to host a debate at the Cobb Galleria between the candidates who qualified in the Republican Primary to be held on May 20.

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Georgia’s 11th District Republican Party will partner with the AtlantaBuckhead,Cherokee County and Cobb County Young Republicans to host a debate between the Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District on Saturday, April 5. 

it will be held from 7– 8:30 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Center, located at 2 Galleria Parkway.

Invitations were extended to each of the candidates who qualified in the Republican Primary to be held on May 20.

The debate will be moderated by Kennesaw State University Professor of Political Science Kerwin Swint, Ph.D, and Georgia Republican Party National Committeeman Randy Evans.  

Scheduled to attend are Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District including Bob Barr; Allan Levene; Edward Lindsey; Barry Loudermilk; Col. Larry Mrozinski, USA, Ret.; and Tricia Pridemore. 

Questions for the candidates may be submitted via Twitter using @cd11debate and #cd11debate.

The event is free to attend, but all guests must pre-register. Tickets will be available on Wednesday, April 2.

Located in the northwestern portion of metro Atlanta, the district includes portions of Cobb, Bartow, Fulton and Cherokee counties

Culinary program at KSU offers students real life application with pro chefs

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Sally Litchfield
April 02, 2014 10:04 PM
The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University is cooking up new culinary opportunities with its Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Program. The intense nine-month program provides an alternative to traditional, classroom-based culinary education programs. 

The course is led by Chef Frazer Breckenridge, a 2006 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta and Chef Rich Bradshaw, who received his culinary education from Johnson & Wales. The program is modeled after the European style of teaching, allowing students to participate in classroom instruction as well as real-life application through apprenticeship hours. 
Students will train alongside professional chefs and their staffs in working kitchens. Knife skills, nutrition and the entire cooking process, from food and equipment prep to plating and serving exquisite dishes, will be covered in a weekly format. Apprenticeships are conducted at several of Atlanta’s finest establishments including Endive Catering, Park 75 at Four Seasons Hotel, Villa Christina at Perimeter Summit, and Parsley’s Custom Catering.

After 15 years in sales for Delta Airlines, Margaret Karizada knows the value of the Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Program. Having graduated in 2012, she pursues her true passion of cooking as full-time caterer and entrepreneur. Her ultimate goal is to open her own restaurant. 

Karizada said when she’s cooking, it doesn’t feel like work. She is grateful for her time in KSU’s culinary program. 

“It was hands-on work,” Karizada said. “You learn more because you are dealing with different seasoned chefs in the industry. Every day, you learn something new. Overall, it was a positive experience.” ...


New film highlights ‘Western Theater'

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Haisten Willis
April 01, 2014 04:00 AM
Many people can remember the names of famous Civil War battles they learned about in school, names such as Gettysburg, Bull Run and Antietam. 

But the battles of the “Western Theater” — then considered the land between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River — had a great impact on the war that often gets overlooked.

Those battles are the focus of a new television miniseries called “Civil War: The Untold Story.” 

Airing Sunday night from 7 p.m. to midnight on WPBA, one of two PBS member TV stations in Atlanta, the miniseries depicts some of the most important battles fought in north Georgia. ...

Timed to coincide with 150th anniversary

The series is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the “Campaign for Atlanta,” including that year’s presidential campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw.

Though many of the film’s battle re-enactments took place on the actual battlegrounds, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was not a filming site. 

Several factors contributed, including the park’s accessibility to the public and the need to build trenches, according to Kennesaw State history professor Michael Shaffer.

Instead, the small town of Resaca, about an hour north of Cobb, was used, becoming a replacement for Kennesaw. Filming for the Battle of Kennesaw took place in the summer of 2012.

Kennesaw State students got a special look at “Civil War: The Untold Story” ahead of its television debut last month, with Wheeler and local historian Willie Ray Johnson conducting a question and answer session afterward.

“They do a good job of interweaving into the story line the plight of the African-Americans, both enslaved persons as well as some of what they call the United States Colored Troops who were part of Sherman’s army,” Shaffer said. 

“They singled out a few individuals in Marietta, like an African-American nurse who tended to wounded federal troops.”

Upon the nurse’s death, soldiers she had cared for insisted she be buried in the Marietta National Cemetery, and many of those soldiers are buried next to her today.

“It’s a moving part of the story,” said Shaffer. ...



Kennesaw State, NASA promote STEM education in girls

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The growth of women entering highly competitive fields in science and technology are forcing some colleges and universities to look to the preteens of today for the jobs of the next decade. A group of sixth graders attended a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educational workshop hosted by Kennesaw State University on Monday as the school looks to inspire girls interested in STEM-related fields. One of NASA's educator-astronauts was in attendance to help motivate and give advice to over two-hundred students from across north Georgia. Read more about Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger's visit to KSU on

Atlanta Science Fair at Kennesaw State University

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Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Aiming for the stars

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Marietta Daily Journal
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger speaks to a group of middle school girls, including students from J.J. Daniell Middle School, as a part of the Girls’ Adventures in STEM
(science, technology, engineering and math) workshop at Kennesaw State University’s on Monday. Metcalf-Lindenburger spoke about her experiences as an astronaut and her time aboard the International Space Station.

Kennesaw State to host numerous Atlanta Science Festival events

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Kennesaw State to host numerous Atlanta Science Festival events

National Academy of Sciences member J. Woodland Hastings and NASA astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger among the featured presenters

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 4, 2014) — Kennesaw State University’s College of Science and Mathematics will be host to many exciting Atlanta Science Festival programs ranging from film screenings to seminars. To explore the complete festival schedule of more than 100 events citywide, visit


Kennesaw State is a proud sponsor of the weeklong celebration of local science and technology held March 22-29. Atlanta residents of all ages will have the opportunity to explore how science is connected to all parts of our lives. Events at KSU include:

Memorable robot-themed concert: Spend Saturday, March 22, enjoying a robotic-themed concert from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jason Barnes, an amputee drummer, will perform at the Bailey Performance Center. Shimi, a robotic companion developed by Georgia Institute of Technology’s Gil Weinberg, will accompany Barnes for a memorable night of entertainment.

Girls Adventures in STEM: The Georgia Department of Education invited approximately 200 middle school girls to participate in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program at Kennesaw State. NASA astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger will be on hand to speak with the students and help get them excited about STEM-related school topics and careers. This event takes place on March 24 at KSU Center from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Chemistry on the Green: Spend an afternoon observing unique chemistry demonstrations and hands-on activities. “Chemistry on the Green” will be held on the Campus Green at KSU from noon to 2 p.m. on March 26.

Dinos lighting the night: Susan Smith, Foundation Fellow in the Department of Biology and Physics at Kennesaw State University, discusses how and why microscopic marine organisms called dinoflagellates are bioluminescent. National Academy of Sciences member, J. Woodland Hastings, will join Smith and explain their research. This illuminating event is Friday, March 28, at Clendenin Building room 1008.

Free film “Europa Report”: Spend Friday, March 28, watching the new science fiction film “Europa Report” at Prillaman Hall. The movie portrays the story of the first crewed mission to Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. After the screening, a panel will discuss various elements of the film, including its scientific, artistic and cultural implications. This event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kennesaw State University recognized as an innovator for its “Farm-to-Fit” program

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Kennesaw State University recognized as an innovator for its “Farm-to-Fit” program

Culinary and Hospitality Services nominated for second consecutive year by National Restaurant Association

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 14, 2014) — Kennesaw State University’s Culinary and Hospitality Services has been named one of three finalists for the 2014 Operator Innovation Awards in Health and Nutrition by the National Restaurant Association (NRA). The nomination comes one year after the University was named “2013 Innovator of the Year” by the organization.  

Last year, Kennesaw State received the Operator Innovation Award for Sustainability for its “Farm-to-Campus-to-Farm” program. The University went on to claim the top prize — Innovator of the Year — the first time an educational institution had been selected to receive the prestigious industry award, besting organizations including Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and the U.S. Air Force.

“We are honored to be nominated for the OI awards this year, and especially proud to receive the nomination two years in a row,” said Gary Coltek, director of Culinary and Hospitality Services, which manages all food service operations at Kennesaw State. “The college and university food service sector is trending toward more traditional restaurant practice; the NRA is an excellent resource for information and is helping to raise awareness of the positive changes in campus dining.”

In naming the University’s “Farm-To-Fit” program as a finalist in this year’s competition, the NRA cited: “This campus dining program encompasses all aspects of healthy living, starting with the nutritional improvement of food grown on campus farms by increasing their nutrient-density, to thoughtful menu creation and preparation, to programming designed to encourage healthy lifestyle choices.”

The Operator Innovation Award winners are selected by an independent panel of foodservice operator experts from across the industry. This is the third annual award program. Three finalists in five distinct categories – Marketing, Health and Nutrition, Menu Development, Sustainability and Technology – will be brought to Chicago for the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in May. The winners in each category will be announced at a celebration gala on May 17.

This recognition is the latest in a string of accolades for Kennesaw State’s Culinary and Hospitality Services. In 2013, it received the prestigious Loyal E. Horton Award for Residential Dining Concepts from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). In addition, the University was ranked fourth by in its 2013 Best College Dining Halls list and eighth by the Daily Meal is its 2013 list of 60 Best Colleges for Food in America.

The National Restaurant Association is the largest foodservice trade association in the world, supporting nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses. The NRA represent and advocate for foodservice industry interests with state, local and national policymakers, provide tools and systems that help members achieve significantly better operating results, offer networking, education and research resources.

For more information about Kennesaw State University’s Culinary and Hospitality Services, click here:

Tensions rise over access to local government

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It was a chilling crime and, even with a quick arrest, disturbing questions lingered.

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Derrick Thompson called 911 in the coastal Maine city of Biddeford to report that he was being threatened. Police checked out the complaint, decided it was a civil matter and left the scene. Three minutes later, the teenager and his girlfriend were shot dead.

In a state averaging 25 murders a year, the case was clearly of public interest and the police officers were doing the public's business. But answering questions about their handling of the call took a lawsuit, an appeal and 11 months after state prosecutors turned down the Portland Press Herald's request for 911 transcripts.

The faceoff was eventually settled in the newspaper's favor by Maine's top court. But editors, advocates and academics say such situations reflect increasing difficulty getting access to information from statehouses and city halls across the country, as officials broadly interpret exemptions in laws requiring openness.

Tensions between government officials, journalists and watchdog groups are a constant in American life. But while it can be difficult to measure change, observers are troubled by what they see as declining transparency that some say may be abetted by public apathy. Government's swing away from openness began with post-Sept. 11 security worries, they say, and has been fueled more recently by officials' concerns about individual privacy, changes in technology and opaque laws on campaign finance. ...

At the same time, researchers say journalists are finding it more difficult to obtain information from government through Freedom of Information requests. And, in a survey of more than 450 state and local reporters to be released this week, an overwhelming majority said that public information officers for agencies they cover are increasingly restricting access to officials and imposing other controls limiting their ability to report on government.

"The problem is pervasive," said Carolyn Carlson, a professor of communication at Kennesaw State University, outside Atlanta, who conducted the survey. "I think it's a problem for reporters as well as for the public. It means that reporters can't tell the story that they want to be able to tell them about their government."

Those findings are echoed in the anecdotal experience of newsroom leaders surveyed recently by the Associated Press Media Editors. Of the 37 who responded, two-thirds said that over the last five years the governments they cover had become less cooperative in providing access to records, meetings and officials. ...

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