News for Sunday, October 18, 2009

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Operation Sandbox holds motorcycle ride

CONYERS - Motorcycle riders will be revving their engines for a good cause on Saturday.

County to fix up houses

CONYERS - There are a little more than 200 foreclosed properties in Rockdale County, but a $2.7 million grant is going to help get families back in some of those homes.

Nesbitt leads Ga. Tech past No. 4 Hokies

ATLANTA - Virginia Tech might have lost its shot at a national championship on another doomed trip to Atlanta.

Tebow helps Florida top Razorbacks

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tim Tebow kept Florida's perfect season intact.

Police Academy recruit dies

COVINGTON - A 54-year-old police academy recruit died Friday while taking part in a training exercise at DeKalb Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy, according to Cory Thompson, public relations and information director with the school.

Ravens try to slow down undefeated Vikings

A prevalent opinion around the NFL heading into this season was that if the Baltimore Ravens found some offense, they'd be a Super Bowl favorite.

Magnet school application process to begin soon

CONYERS - Students interested in attending the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology will soon be able to apply for the 2010-11 school year.

Whose move will pay off biggest in NBA?

Kobe Bryant was hours away from another championship when that large, looming shadow appeared again.

Douglas Letter - 10/18/09

As Congress debates and lurches towards health care reform, lawmakers should seek ideas from programs that are already working rather than reinventing a very expensive wheel. Medicare Advantage is one such program which has been very successful.

Cancer survivor stresses importance of checkups

Lynne Oliver almost skipped her mammogram the year doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer. At age 50, she'd been having them annually for 10 years.

Community Calendar - 10/18/09

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Quarles Letter - 10/18/09

Recently I have been concerned about the information that is going out across our nation. There are so many people who are actually uninformed by choice. They are letting the news people and newspapers tell them what is happening instead of actually going on the Internet or changing channels for a while and listening to another view of a story. The people on TV are making money on our concerns, our worries and magnifying the issues, twisting the issues and in many cases straight up lying about the event. This is outrageous! Not to mention dangerous.

Cutler, Ryan pass attacks to face off

ATLANTA - Jay Cutler and Matt Ryan have quickly passed their way into the records of two franchises known for running the ball.

Bulldogs snap losing streak with victory over Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Georgia Bulldogs got the tuneup they needed just in time before their game against top-ranked Florida.

Kathleen Parker - 10/18/09 REPUBLICAN WOMEN -- HEAR THEM ROAR

As the Republican Party continues its pilgrimage through the desert, its leaders may be missing the oasis for the vale of tears.

Benson found guilty Sentenced to life

COVINGTON - After a week of graphic and detailed testimony, it was ultimately the prosecution the jury chose to believe in the trial of Franklin Benson who stood accused of murdering and dismembering the body of his girlfriend Leslyan Williams. After about five hours of deliberation, the jury came back with a guilty verdict late Saturday afternoon.

Rob Jenkins - 10/18/09 Don't call it the Redneck Riviera. . . aw, go ahead

Take a furlough day (for me), add two days off from school (for the kids) and three weeks' worth of millennial flood-induced depression, and what do you get?

Darrell Huckaby - 10/18/09

The bizarre drama that played out live on the major news networks Thursday was reminiscent of the time baby Jessica got stuck in the well. All afternoon the cameras followed the silver balloon across the skies over Colorado while we breathlessly waited to see if the balloon would land and the 6-year old boy whom we all presumed to be inside would land safely. It was one of things where we all - or at least most of us - allowed ourselves to become emotionally invested in the fortunes of a complete stranger.

Eastside eliminated from state playoffs Lady Eagles downed by Woodland, Henry

STOCKBRIDGE - A slow start by Eastside's volleyball team turned out to be a crucial mistake, as they were eliminated in the Class AAA state playoffs by Woodland, Henry in the first round Saturday.