News for Wednesday, January 25, 2012


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Clayton State shut down 2-time player of week, cruise 70-53

The Clayton State men’s basketball team came out with a sense of urgency Wednesday against Lander, the Lakers knowing that the last thing they needed was yet another close Peach Belt Conference defeat.

Newborn holding public hearing on charter change

The Town Council will hold one more public hearing before sending a charter amendment to the General Assembly.

Rainy forecast, potential severe weather ahead

Some rain is expected to reach Georgia late Thursday, with the potential for thunderstorms.

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Coming soon to Starbucks menu: Wine and beer

Starbucks Corp., the company that proved there's no such thing as paying too much for a cup of coffee, is expanding its experiment with two other elixirs that Americans love, wine and beer.

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Eagles hold on for 8-point win

Eastside's boys basketball team survived a scare by Henry County before regrouping in the final two minutes for the 70-62 win on Tuesday.

Vikings' owner Wilf 'optimistic' about Metrodome site

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team wants a new stadium in the Twin Cities, even if it means building on the current site of the Metrodome.. It was the New Jersey businessman's strongest signal that he would ultimately accept the site that

America's next Olympic star could be anyone

Michael Phelps. Missy Franklin. Jordyn Wieber. Ryan Lochte. Any of those athletes could be the defining face of the U.S. Olympic team in the run-up to the London Games. So far, though, none stands alone as "The One To Watch" -- at least not according to people who make a living out of watching the Olympics.

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Rockdale survives in overtime

CONYERS -- Rockdale boys basketball coach Alvin Williams admitted his team hadn't played its best Tuesday against Loganville. But it's much easier to deal with a subpar performance when it results in a victory.. LaRonta Parks scored 13 of his 14 points after regulation, including the go-ahead field goal

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NFL extends Goodell's contract

NEW YORK -- Now that the NFL has labor peace for the next decade, Commissioner Roger Goodell has job security through the 2018 season.. Not only did Goodell get through one of the league's most contentious and troubling periods -- a 4 -1/2-month lockout of the players -- but

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Smiley announce run for Rockdale BOC seat

Local resident and a regular at Rockdale County government meetings Sam Smiley tossed his hat in the ring for the post 1 seat on the county Board of Commissioners.

Conyers Middle School students arrested in pill incident

Two Conyers Middle School students have been arrested following an incident last week in which they had prescription pain pills not prescribed to them on campus earlier this month.

Firefighters respond to West Ave. minivan fire

Rockdale County Fire and Rescue extinguished a vehicle fire Wednesday morning at an Interstate 20 entrance ramp on West Avenue.

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Conyers Police prepares for recertification

City officials expect the Conyers Police Department will regain its state recertification by the end of February and new national accreditation by the end of this year.

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Salem groups present musical

Salem High School's Theatre Salem and Thespian Troupe #5120 presents "Little Shop of Horrors" this winter.

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Covington Police offers new crime fighting software to keep community informed

The Covington Police Department has added a new dimension to their website called Crime Reports.

Newton students move into Ombudsman building

Ombudsman, the private company being used by NCSS this year to run its alternative program, moved into its stand-alone building on the Bypass Road after waiting for months to find a location.

Bearable Hugs campaign collecting stuffed animals for kids

Donations of teddy bears and other stuffed animals are being collected by the ocal DHS Child Support Center to give to children in crisis.

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Used book collection points spring up throughout county

Green bins are popping up throughout Newton County, providing residents a way to donate used books.

Official: Corps should change river basin flow

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A regional planning official says she's pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change the way it moves water through the river basin that flows in and out of Lake Lanier.. The Atlanta Regional Commission is pushing the Corps to reconsider its efforts to protect

Hustler targeted for printing photos of dead woman

ATLANTA (AP) -- A divisive free speech legal fight involving the nude pictures of a model that were published after she was killed by her husband is surfacing again in federal appeals court.. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday considered whether Hustler Magazine should award nearly $20

Top Ga. judge calls for reform of juvenile system

ATLANTA (AP) -- The state's top judge says Georgia should overhaul its juvenile justice system, as lawmakers turn their focus to criminal courts for adult offenders.. Chief Justice Carol Hunstein of the state Supreme Court told the General Assembly on Wednesday that putting nonviolent youth offenders into juvenile prisons does

More than 1,500 turn out for Ga. school choice

ATLANTA (AP) -- More than 1,500 students, teachers, parents and advocates of school choice stormed the Georgia Capitol on Wednesday, telling lawmakers that the state's children deserve educational options.. Education was the focus at the Gold Dome as supporters marked National School Choice Week. Similar events were held across the

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Gingrich: Romney self-deportation plan a fantasy

DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Wednesday ridiculed rival Mitt Romney's call for self-deportation of illegal immigrants as an "Obama-level fantasy" that would be inhumane to long-established families living in America.. The former House speaker ripped that part of Romney's immigration policy during

Sales contracts for homes dip from 19-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in December after hitting the highest level in a year and a half a month earlier.The National Association of Realtors says its index of sales agreements fell 3.5 percent last month to a reading of 96.6. That's

J.C. Penney to permanently mark down prices

J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers will no longer have to wait for a sale to get the lowest prices in its stores.

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Death penalty sought against Lilburn man in Macon law student slaying

A Lilburn man charged with murder in the death of a Mercer University law school graduate is scheduled to be in court Wednesday.

Medical Examiner: Body found is missing Ga. woman

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office has identified a body found in south Atlanta as Stacey Nicole English, the Atlanta woman who was reported missing last month.

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Delta 4Q profit soars on higher fares, demand

Delta Air Lines' fourth-quarter net income rose sharply, as higher fares offset a bigger fuel bill.Like other carriers, Delta was able to raises fares by cutting the amount of flying it did at the end of last year. The money it made flying a passenger a single mile rose 12 percent.

Ga. launches 2012 travel guide, tourism campaign

he country music trio Lady Antebellum is featured on the cover of the new 2012 Georgia Travel Guide, which has an interview with the group's members discussing their favorite spots to visit in the state.

Police: Man bolts from pet store with $1,800 puppy

Police in Dunwoody are on the look-out for a puppy thief who made off with a $1,800 pooch.

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UGA baseball to begin season ranked No. 11

Along with the Baseball America ranking, the Bulldogs check in at No. 18 in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Top 40.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Kentucky beats Georgia, 57-44; Miami handles Georgia Tech, 64-49

Kentucky's Daruis Miller comes off the bench to lead the Wildcats past Georgia, and Miami has no trouble beating Georgia Tech on a long night for Peach State teams.

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SEC hoops coaches complain about ESPN’s scheduling

Several SEC men’s basketball coaches think ESPN is playing favorites to powerhouse Kentucky by scheduling their games on Saturdays against other SEC schools that have just played two nights earlier on Thursdays.

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Giants admit they targeted 49ers goat Williams

Comments made after the game by members of the Giants -- that they purposely targeted concussion-prone 49ers returner and WR Kyle Williams, who almost single-handedly cost San Francisco the NFC Championship and a spot in the Super Bowl -- will not be reviewed by the league, the NFL said Tuesday.

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Tigers land Prince Fielder

The race ends Tuesday to land baseball's most coveted free agent, Prince Fielder, who opts to leave Milwaukee and sign with Detroit -- the same team his father, Cecil, once starred with -- for nine years and a whopping $214 million.

Edith Owens

Edith Marie Owens, age 87, of Covington, GA passed away January 22, 2012. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line) ...

Judith Ann Belback

Judith Ann Belback, passed away January 22, 2012 peacefully at home in Conyers, GA. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Art Belback, of Conyers, GA; daughters Caroline ...

Robert Daria

Dr. Robert C. “Bob” Daria, age 40 of Monroe, passed away, Sunday, January 22, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 10AM Thursday, January 26, 2012 in the Loganville ...

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Muriel Groggel King

Muriel Groggel King, 87, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, went home to the Lord on January 20, 2012. Muriel was born July 6, 1924 in Manassas, GA to ...