News for Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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Burglary suspect shot in hand by homeowner

COVINGTON - A suspected burglar received a close call in the early morning hours Sunday when he sustained a gunshot wound to just two fingers after he was shot at four times with a 9mm handgun, according to an incident report completed by Officer Stanley Moore of the Covington Police Department

Officials confiscate 2 zebras DNR says owners failed to get proper permits

OXFORD - A zebra named Barcode that made national headlines when he became part of a prank at Oxford College earlier this year has been confiscated from his owners by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division.

Three head coaches fired day after season

Lofty expectations did in Eric Mangini and Romeo Crennel, as their teams' seasons crumbled from high hopes to demoralizing finishes.

Turnover battle Aggressive defense to be key for Falcons win in playoffs

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta coach Mike Smith can only hope John Abraham and Lawyer Milloy are quick healers.

Return to the good ol' days

Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Parent fights board over Obama shirt

COVINGTON - A parent of an Indian Creek Middle School eighth-grader is fighting the Newton County Board of Education after the school principal gave her son in-school suspension for wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt following the November election.

Johnson's 25 lifts Hawks past Denver

ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Denver Nuggets 109-91 on Monday night to close out an important homestand with a long-awaited milestone.

Alcovy boys, Newton girls win at Sweet South Eastside girls collect third-place finish in Hooptacular

The Alcovy boys and Newton girls basketball teams collected opening round victories at the Sweet South Classic on Monday in Madison.

LSU's Miles focused on Ga. Tech

ATLANTA - LSU coach Les Miles said Monday it was premature to discuss possible changes on his coaching staff before Wednesday night's Chick-fil-A Bowl against Georgia Tech.

Pizza delivery man robbed, assaulted

COVINGTON - A Papa John's Pizza delivery man was robbed at knifepoint and assaulted around 10:15 p.m. Friday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.