News for Tuesday, January 17, 2012


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Braves avoid arbitration, re-sign Bourn, Jurrjens, O'Flaherty

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to one-year deals with outfielder Michael Bourn for $6.845 million, starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens for $5.5 million and reliever Eric O'Flaherty for $2.49 million.. The agreements were reached just before teams and players exchanged figures for arbitration hearings.. Bourn, who

Falcons hire Miami's Mike Nolan to lead defense

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons hired former San Francisco coach Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator on Wednesday, hoping he can toughen up a unit that has rarely ranked among the NFL elite.. Nolan spent the last two seasons as Miami's defensive coordinator. Prior to that, he served four years

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Creating a buzz: Insects, not ankle bug Williams in Aussie comeback

MELBOURNE, Australia -- If anything, it was the insects buzzing around Rod Laver Arena that bugged Serena Williams the most.. The injured left ankle held up fine in her opening match Tuesday at the Australian Open, and even the near-midnight start time was OK. But the bugs?. "I hate

Roof leak leads to basketball postponement

Rockdale girls win in shortened game

When the originators of the 3-point shot first came up with their innovation nearly 80 years ago, they probably had nights like Tuesday in mind. The Class AAAA No. 8 Rockdale girls basketball team hit nine 3-pointers and blew out Heritage 41-17 in a Region 8 game shortened to one half by a roof leak.

Newton girls fall in final seconds 56-55

COVINGTON -- None of Newton's 17 turnovers was costlier than its final one with 3.4 seconds left on the clock resulting in a 56-55 loss to Luella on Tuesday.. Precious Price, who along with Milola Burks had 14 for Newton, sank a basket with 21 seconds left to give the

Salem's Smiths to sign with Alabama State, Heritage's Cornwell commits to Gardner-Webb

The Salem girls soccer team will have a pair of players move on to the next level as twin sisters Alayna and Mariel Smith have verbally committed to Alabama State University.

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Despite small crowds, arena a home away from home for Tech

Renovations to Alexander Memorial Coliseum lead to season of game elsewhere

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Legislating sweet tea just too good to be true

I hadn't been so excited about a political cause since Zell Miller wanted to give me a pay raise and pay my children's tuition at UGA.

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Rep. Doug Holt: A View from the House

The fiscal 2013 spending plan will be an easier budget to compose than the last several, but will still present some difficulties.

Cal Thomas: Three conservative victories

While most attention is focused on the presidential race and Republican hopes to oust President Obama from office, some significant steps were taken last week on issues dear to the hearts of conservatives.

Romney says he may release tax returns in April

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Mitt Romney's four remaining challengers are keeping the spotlight on the Republican front-runner's wealth and business dealings by pressing him to release his income tax returns. Romney says he might make them public in April. By then, he hopes to have the presidential nomination

MLK III steps down as King Center president

The eldest son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. announced Tuesday he is resigning as president of the Atlanta center that honors his father's civil rights legacy.

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Italian captain placed under house arrest

ROME -- An Italian coast guard official vehemently demanded that the captain go back to his crippled cruise ship to oversee its evacuation, but the captain repeatedly resisted, according to a shocking audiotape made public Tuesday.. Prosecutors have accused Capt. Francesco Schettino of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his

NYC killer admits final crime: subway slashing

NEW YORK — A man who had already acknowledged killing four people in a rampage of stabbings, carjackings and other crimes has admitted slashing a subway passenger at the end of his violent spree across New York City.

Ark. teen held on $750K bond in sister's death

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — A 15-year-old accused of fatally shooting his older sister at their family's rural Arkansas home stood before a judge by himself Tuesday and was ordered held on $750,000 bond, a prosecutor said.

Billy Crystal hints at Oscar theme in online video

The Academy Awards is the best awards show on TV — at least according to Billy Crystal. The veteran Oscar host calls it "the granddaddy of all the shows" and says in a new video that he appreciates being "trusted with this show again."

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Homeless New York science whiz invited to State of the Union

A homeless New York teen who's a semifinalist in a prestigious national science contest has been invited to watch President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Brentwood High School senior Samantha Garvey has been invited to the Jan. 24 speech as a guest of Long Island Congressman Steve Israel.

Newton school board considering calendar option

The Newton County Board of Education is considering a shortened school calendar.

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Shepherd, Perry win MLK awards

Archie Shepherd and Cathelene Perry are the winners of this year's MLK awards.

Washington Street redevelopment plans get underway

A charrette will take place this weekend to plan the future of the Washington Street corridor.

Man sentenced to life in killing of Canton girl

A judge on Tuesday sentenced a 20-year-old maintenance man to life without parole in the killing of a 7-year-old Canton girl.

Covington Fire Dept. charges woman in connection with woods fire

A woman has been charged with arson in connection with a woods fire off Alcovy Road Sunday afternoon.

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Gerald Hipps: 'A story to tell' about Iwo Jima

Jasper County resident Gerald Hipps guarded the Marine flag-raisers on Iwo Jima.

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Ellis to run for chairman

Keith Ellis is the first Republican candidate to announce a run for Board of Commissiners chairman.

Ga. Gov. Deal says state economy is stabilizing

Gov. Nathan Deal says he believes that Georgia's economy is stabilizing after the worst recession since the Great Depression and the weak recovery that followed. The Republican governor testified Tuesday before a joint committee of state lawmakers tasked with reviewing Deal's spending plans.

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Brady, Eli show NFL pedigree in playoffs

New England’s Tom Brady and New York’s Eli Manning are both shining in the playoffs.

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Pets available for adoption this week at Rockdale, Newton shelters

A variety of pets are available for adoption this week at both the Rockdale and Newton animal shelters.

Tate execution set for Jan. 31

The Georgia Department of Corrections has set a Jan. 31 execution date for Nicholas Cody Tate.

Wikipedia will black out for a 24-hour protest

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia where users contribute and edit entries, will shut the English version of its website for 24 hours tomorrow to oppose proposed U.S. anti-piracy legislation.

Dorothy "Dot" Silvio

Dorothy (Dot) Ann Roberts Silvio, previously of Grayson, GA, currently of Covington, passed away January 14, 2012. She is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Luke Silvio ...

Virginia Owens

Virginia Philips Owens, age 84, of Conyers, died Monday, January 16, 2012. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Claire Lindsey and son, Mike Owens. Surviving are her husband ...

Jaynes Mobley

Jaynes R. “Russ” Mobley, age 82, passed away Friday, January 13, 2012, after suffering a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice M ...

Gary Ginn

Gary Ginn of Oxford passed away January 14, 2012, at Newton Medical Center. He was 57 years old at the time of his death. Mr. Ginn was preceded in death ...

Sally Hawkins

Mrs. Sally J. Hawkins, age 96, of Social Circle passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012. She was born September 19, 1915 in Social Circle to the late Rufus Mahlon and ...

Stanley Parnell

Stanley Davis Parnell went to be with the Lord on January 16, 2012. He was a member of Christ Cornerstone Church. Stanley was born in Porterdale, GA on Auugust 25 ...

J. Donald Hammonds

Mr. J. Donald Hammonds, 66 of Conyers passed away January 14, 2012 at Rockdale Medical Center. Mr. Hammonds was a self employed carpenter by trade and was a loving father ...

Marilyn "George" Morris

Marilyn “George” Morris, age 85, of Lithonia, died Sunday, January 15, 2012. Arrangements by Henry Funeral Home, Lithonia, 770-482-4411,