There are reports of a homicide on Athens’ east side: the victim is said to be a pregnant woman, 24 years old, killed in Carriage Court off Barnett Shoals Road. Athens-Clarke County Police say the shooting happened around 9:30 Monday night. The victim is identified this morning as Auriel Callaway. She died after being taken to an Athens hospital. Callaway was four months pregnant with a fetus that did not survive. A 2 year-old who was in the home at the time of the shooting is being taken care of by other family members. There are reports that the boy’s mother was the shooting victim and that she was holding his hand at the time of the homicide. There is no word yet on suspects or motive. Police say they are questioning possible witnesses and other persons of interest. Athens-Clarke County Police say someone apparently stole upwards of $20,000 from a pizza restaurant on Hull Road, theft of cash from the restaurant that has taken place over the past year. Police investigators say they are looking at restaurant employees as suspects. Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies say they have found and arrested the man who ran away from a car on I-85, leaving the scene of a traffic stop and leaving a child inside the car. Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas says the child is safe, turned over first to DFACS and then to a grandmother in Atlanta. The suspect was spotted and arrested Monday afternoon, walking along the Interstate in Banks County. An 8 year-old boy from Hartwell is in the burn unit of a hospital in Greenville South Carolina: the boy was injured in an explosion at a home in Gillsville. Banks County EMS says the boy suffered burns on his face and arms when someone tossed a plastic bottle filled with flammable liquids into a burn pile. The GBI is releasing more details about an officer-involved shooting in Dalton. A police officer was called to an intersection where a man was jumping on cars and running in and out of traffic. The suspect attacked the officer, who uses a taser on 32 year-old David Schmitt. Schmitt took the taser away and tried to use it on the officer. That’s when Schmitt was shot. He went to the hospital in Dalton with what are said to be non-life-threatening wounds. The officer suffered minor injuries.
Cas Mudde, Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor of International Affairs in the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, has been named to Prospect Magazine’s 2019 list of “World’s Top 50 Thinkers.” Those selected are considered leaders in their fields who engage in original and profound ways of thinking with the central questions of the modern world. Mudde has been recognized for his extensive work on populist politics and the far right. He defined modern populism in 2004 and has since laid the groundwork for research and reporting in the area. His research interests extend to civil society, conceptualization, democracy and democratization, Euroskepticism, political parties, political ideologies, and social movements. “Cas Mudde has not only provided an authoritative definition of populism, he has advanced our thinking about the ascendancy of populism — and of extreme partisanship — and their effects on the body politic,” said Matthew R. Auer, dean of SPIA. “We’re delighted that Cas is being recognized for his timely and impactful scholarship and commentary.” Mudde was one of two political scientists to make the top 50. He is among academics from Princeton and Columbia University who were also named to Prospect magazine’s list. “Cas Mudde is widely recognized as the world leader on research concerning populism and the rise of radical right parties in the United States and Europe. Without a doubt, his research is the most cited and transformative work in this area,” said Amanda Murdie, head of the department of international affairs. “His identification as a top 50 world thinker is an incredible honor for his work and a great reflection of the tremendous scholarship being produced right now in the department of international affairs.” Mudde also holds the title Professor II in the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. Born in the Netherlands, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at Leiden University before moving to the United States in 2008. He has held tenure-track positions at Central European University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Antwerp. “I see my nomination first and foremost as a reflection of the importance of the topics I study … but also as evidence that scholars can, and I think should, contribute to the public debate,” Mudde said. Mudde’s nomination adds to the several honors and accolades he’s received, including the 2019 Leonard Shapiro Memorial Prize Lecture by Government and Opposition and the 2017-18 Belgian Professor Chair by Francqui Foundation. Prospect magazine is a British publication that covers current events in politics, policymaking and business. The publication has compiled the “World’s Top 50 Thinkers” list annually since 2004. Readers have the opportunity to vote on their favorites from the list which will determine the final rankings.
Thanks to a $1 million gift, law students who have demonstrated success in the face of challenging circumstances will have assistance as they earn their law degrees from the University of Georgia School of Law. The Brian and Kim Cain Family Scholarship Fund, established by 1987 alumnus Brian P. Cain and his wife, Kim McLemore Cain, will offer two full scholarships for students who have overcome significant hardships while on their journey to law school. The Cains said they were pleased to create this scholarship to provide financial support for UGA law students, noting the scholarship honors their parents, who valued hard work, higher education and faith and set a lifelong example of service and philanthropy. “We appreciate the tremendous opportunities afforded by a great legal education,” Brian Cain said. “We hope this scholarship will help the School of Law in its mission to provide an affordable legal education to its students and to continue being recognized as the best value in legal education in the country.” In recent years, the School of Law has focused on ensuring that obtaining one’s dream of becoming a lawyer and serving state and society are possible for any student. “The cost of a legal education should never deter a passionate student from working toward his or her goals,” Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said. “The law school is grateful the Cain family has recognized this need and made a commitment to help future lawyers and leaders as they earn their degrees and pursue jobs that make sense for them without burdensome debt.” Brian Cain has been with the law firm Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman, LLP, since his graduation from law school, representing commercial real estate developers, owners and investors in all aspects of real estate ownership. Kim Cain earned her degree in broadcast journalism from UGA. The couple lives in Marietta.