News for Saturday, February 25, 2012


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Crystal to the rescue for 84th Academy Awards show

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Oscar ceremony has much to prove Sunday, including whether a blockbuster-free field can draw a TV audience and if Billy Crystal's host routine remains a crowd-pleaser.Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, the show's producers, are laughing off the challenges: "Comedy is the direction we're going

Oscar foreign directors not daunted by kid actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) The director of "A Separation" dished that the biggest diva on the set of his Oscar-nominated film was none other than his daughter.Asghar Farhadi joked during a panel discussion with directors vying for the foreign-language film Oscar at Sunday's 84th annual Academy Awards that his

Oscar turns up the star power for final rehearsal

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Academy Awards are a big deal even to A-listers. That's why a parade of stars came through the theater at the Hollywood & Highland Center Saturday to run through their lines and prepare to address their peers in front of a worldwide audience of millions.MUPPET REHEARSAL

Braves hoping Beachy, Minor make their pitch

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- For more than two decades, the Atlanta Braves relied on their rotation to become a contender.

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Alcovy basketball squads advance to Class AAAA Sweet 16

COVINGTON -- Both Alcovy basketball squads took care of the visitors from Clayton County to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

Seminoles season ends in first round

JOHNS CREEK -- In less than two minutes during Saturday's first-round state playoff game against Chattahoochee, everything seemed to fall apart for the Salem boys basketball team.

Heritage sweeps Rockdale in soccer

CONYERS -- The Heritage soccer teams swept a pair of games from rival Rockdale Friday at Reid Stadium.. In the nightcap, Rockdale jumped on top with a goal in the first minute of the game, but the Heritage defense tightened up and held the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the

Salem girls fall in first round

CONYERS - Keeley Chester scored 21 points and Kayla Richards added 11 as Forsyth Central defeated the Salem girls, 48-39 in the first round of the Class AAAA state basketball playoffs Friday.

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Stewart seeks 1st victory in Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tony Stewart has had plenty of chances to win the Daytona 500, and he's had his heart broken every time.

Holsey, Tech take down Maryland

ATLANTA -- Sophomore Kammeon Holsey recorded his first double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Georgia Tech used stifling defense in the second half to beat Maryland 63-61 on Saturday.

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Caldwell-Pope sparks Georgia past Gators

ATHENS -- Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, Gerald Robinson added 15 and Georgia snapped No. 12 Florida's three-game winning streak with a 76-62 victory Saturday.. The Gators, who never led in the game, trailed by double digits most of the second half. They whittled the lead to

Voters could decide on charter school law

Local school boards are concerned with control that would come with the new charter law.

Illinois man extradited to Newton in child sex case

An Illinois man has been extradited to Newton and charged with sexual exploiation of a child.

GFC to hand out free seedlings at 'Lorax' opening

GFC will han dout free seedlings to celebrate the opening of the kids' film "The Lorax."

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Olde Town Conyers jazz concert features seasoned saxophonist

As part of its First Friday Concert Series, Unity Church presents the Dave D'Angelo Jazz Quartet on March 2 at 8 p.m.

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JENKINS: This one's for all the single ladies

When it comes to finding the man of your dreams, ladies, it's best to leave a little to the imagination.

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Darrell Huckaby: Speaking from the pulpit

On Ash Wednesday I hope that I managed to say something that made a difference in somebody's life.

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Bill O'Reilly: The devil and Rick Santorum

All Santorum is really doing is what Billy Joel once sang about: keeping the faith.

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Ga. officials align with Republican candidates

The Republican speaker of Georgia's House of Representatives laughed when asked if he had endorsed any GOP candidates for president.

Golden lion tamarin at Zoo Atlanta is pregnant

A golden lion tamarin at Atlanta's zoo is pregnant. Zoo Atlanta says the due date is uncertain, but veterinary teams anticipate 5-year-old Robin will give birth in the spring. Golden lion tamarins are tiny monkeys that are about the size of squirrels.

Libertarians wear holsters to protest Ga. gun law

Georgia Libertarians are pushing for a change in state gun laws and have urged members to show up on the University of Georgia campus wearing empty holsters.

Savannah port welcomes its largest cargo ship

The Port of Savannah has welcomed its largest ever visitor -- the mammoth cargo ship MSC Roma. The Liberian-flagged cargo ship measures 1,100 feet long and 150 feet wide and is capable of carrying 9,200 cargo containers.