News for Sunday, April 5, 2009

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Braves fall to Tigers in preseason finale

ATLANTA - Rick Porcello, making a bid to be more than a fill-in starter for Detroit, pitched two scoreless innings and the Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4 on Saturday in each team's final exhibition game.

Bill Shipp - 04/05/09 THE BAKER FACTOR

Thurbert Baker is not exactly a clone of Barack Obama, but neither is he another Vernon Jones.

Industries to expand, upgrade Haver, Pratt add to operations

CONYERS - Two companies, whose U.S. operations are based in Conyers, have recently announced expansion and upgrade plans for their local facilities this year.

Bringing out the best Many gather to participate in Special Olympics

CONYERS - Students in Rockdale County's Special Olympics had a lot to celebrate Friday. Not only was it the last day of school before spring break, but the athletes also got to participate in the annual Special Olympics track and field competitions.

Spartans advance to title game

DETROIT - Raymar Morgan grinned and lifted his right arm high in the air, saluting a stadium filled with Michigan State fans with a little wave.

Schools to close for spring break

CONYERS - Some metro Atlanta students and families will head to area beaches or sleep in this week to celebrate the return of spring.

Community Calendar - 04/05/09

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Darrell Huckaby - 04/05/09

A couple of years ago my lovely wife Lisa and I celebrated our silver wedding anniversary. Anyone who spends a quarter of a century with me deserves a medal, but Lisa didn't get one. I did, however, take her to Henderson's for supper. I was going to treat her to a movie at the Moonlit Drive-In, but it had been closed since before we even met.

Orlando downs Hawks for 2nd straight victory

ATLANTA - Dwight Howard scored 21 points and tied a season high with 23 rebounds, helping the Orlando Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks 88-82 on Saturday night to pull within a half-game of tying for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Braves notebook: Lowe looking to 'embrace' opener

ATLANTA - There's a lot riding on tonight's opening day start for Derek Lowe.

Creative summer Various local art camps available for children

With summer just around the corner, local arts organizations are hoping that parents will turn their attention to those weeks when their children will be off from school and itching to fill their days.

Rams, Tigers score 43 runs combined in split

COVINGTON - Newton and Alcovy split a doubleheader Saturday as the two teams combined for 43 runs and 53 hits, 20 of which went for extra bases.