Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

"We are going to tell Georgia's criminals if you deserve the

sentence, you will serve the sentence."

-- Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard, announcing plans to file legislation

requiring criminals to serve 100 percent of their sentences.

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ATTORNEY RENOMINATED

President Clinton nominated Cobb County lawyer Thomas W. Thrash

Jr. again yesterday to fill a vacancy on the federal court bench

for the northern district of Georgia.

Thrash, a former lawyer for the Georgia Democratic Party, has

also served as chairman of the Cobb County Democratic Party. He

represented Gov. Zell Miller before the state ethics commission

in a complaint filed during the 1994 election campaign.

He first was nominated by Clinton last year to succeed retired

U.S. District Judge Robert Vining. But the Senate failed to act

on the nomination before Congress adjourned last fall, forcing

Clinton to resubmit it to the new Congress.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Thrash's

nomination last summer, and no opposition emerged. But several

days after the hearing, four Georgia Republican congressmen

wrote Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., urging him to block

confirmation.

Initiated by Rep. Nathan Deal of Gainesville and signed by

Reps. John Linder of Atlanta, Charlie Norwood of Augusta and

Jack Kingston of Savannah, the letter complained that Thrash's

"work as a plaintiff trial lawyer and his past statements

clearly indicate he will be judicial activist."

EMISSIONS WAIVER SITES

Georgia's Clean Air Force, the state agency that administers the

emissions program, is opening 36 new emissions waiver stations

for senior citizens.

Only five stations were previously available. About 540,000

Georgia senior citizens with a driver's license may qualify for

an emissions waiver and they can use the new stations

immediately, officials said. …

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