News for Tuesday, November 20, 2007

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Robbers hit 4 businesses

COVINGTON - Four local business were robbed at gunpoint in as many days last week, according to Newton County and Covington authorities.

Varner shuts as water hits all-time low Lake 10 feet below full pool

COVINGTON - Lake Varner has been closed to all boating and fishing effective Monday.

Thieves damage church's A/C units

COVINGTON - A Covington church will have to repair its five air conditioning units after they were damaged by an unknown copper thief over the weekend, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Tomorrow's winner? Yesterday's Cafe finalist in 'Good Morning America' contest

RUTLEDGE - Yesterday's Cafe in downtown Rutledge is about to be in the national spotlight.

Bonds indictment anything but a surprise

The other shoe has dropped, so to speak, and now we see baseball superstar and all-time home run leader has been indicted for lying to federal authorities in connection with steroid use in baseball.

Fire delays cheerleading team, but owner says they'll be back

COVINGTON - Even though the United Cheerleading Storm lost all of its equipment and awards in an adjacent building's fire less than two weeks ago, the teams continue to practice and prepare for competition.

Police in suburban Atlanta charge boys, ages 8 and 9, with rape, kidnap of 11-year-old girl

ACWORTH - Three boys, ages 8 and 9, were being held Monday in a detention center on charges of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl near a suburban apartment complex, officials said.

Some folks' teeth need all the wisdom they can get

Here we are a scant 48 hours before Turkey Day, give or take a quick trip to the grocery store or two, and our youngest child, Jenna, has chipmunk cheeks, relegating her prospects for enjoying a normal Thanksgiving repast to those two forlorn standard bearers of pessimism, slim and none.

Rams ready to hit the mats

COVINGTON - The Newton Rams begin their wrestling season today and they are hoping to progress and build on what they accomplished last year.

Events 11-20-07

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Michael Vick surrenders 3 weeks early

RICHMOND, Va. - Disgraced Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick surrendered Monday three weeks before he was to be sentenced for a federal dogfighting charge, though a legal expert says it's unclear whether the move will soften his punishment.

Health Report 11-20-07

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department. Any score below 90 is considered failing.

Lopsided loss leaves Petrino with yet another QB decision

ATLANTA - Joey Harrington was sixth in the NFC in completion percentage and had led the Atlanta Falcons to two straight wins when he was benched by coach Bobby Petrino for the start of Sunday's 31-7 loss to Tampa Bay.

Heritage girls ready for tipoff

CONYERS - The Heritage girls basketball team is looking to build on the momentum of Dave LaBarrie's first season as coach of the Lady Patriots.

Back to the Braves Glavine returns to finish career in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Tom Glavine never got used to making that unfamiliar turn in the tunnel beneath Turner Field, the one that took him to the visiting clubhouse the last five years.

Pastor of megachurch says uncle is his father

DECATUR - The 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch is at the center of a sex scandal of biblical dimensions: He slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her.

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Lawmakers question lottery share for education

ATLANTA - Concerned lawmakers Monday peppered Georgia Lottery Corp. officials with questions about the declining percentage of lottery proceeds going to education in recent years.

America in double jeopardy

When used as a noun, the word debate means, 'A discussion involving opposing points of view.' Using such a definition, the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates are engaging in something other than debate.