News for Tuesday, October 9, 2012


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Commissioner Goodell reissues bounty discipline

NEW ORLEANS -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith on Tuesday for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and reduced penalties for Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.

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Jeff Meadors: Let's shine some light on schools' performance problems

Charter fever. Some have it. Others hate it. Let's break it down.

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Darrell Huckaby: A turn in the weather brings thoughts of gratitude

Fall fell on the North Georgia Piedmont Sunday evening, and I'm loving it.

Katrina Young: A perspective on public education: the charter school amendment

Charter schools differ from traditional public schools. Charters can waive state laws and local board policies that regular public schools must follow. For-profit charter school companies are responsible to their shareholders, not students.

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Falcons in grade school for United Way event

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons players used their off day Tuesday to go back to school. The full roster of 53 active players and eight practice-squad members visited six United Way affiliated elementary schools in the Atlanta area.

Patriots host Clarke in key league game

CONYERS -- Last season, the Heritage football team used a stirring 21-14 home victory over Clarke Central in Week 2 as a springboard to a 7-0 start and a region championship. There's a good chance the Gladiators are headed back to Conyers this weekend with revenge on their minds.

Four local teams take next step in softball season

COVINGTON -- Hosting a state playoff on their home fields is a new thing for Rockdale and Alcovy, which both play in Class AAAAAA along with Newton, which will be on the road against No. 4-ranked East Coweta, while Heritage, which last hosted in 2010, will host a playoff game in the Class AAAAA tournament.

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Without Strasburg, Nats turn to Jackson for Game 3

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg joined his teammates for an off-day workout at Nationals Park on Tuesday, red socks pulled nearly up to his knees while tossing baseballs in the outfield a day before the first postseason game in the nation's capital in 79 years.

Carpenter to withdraw lawsuit against BOE member

Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter has decided to drop her lawsuit against a school board member.

Atlanta attorney files suit against Georgia school systems

An Atlanta attorney filed the suit in Fulton County Superior Court accusing the state's 180 local school districts of using funds to campaign against the charter school amendment.

United Way sets $400K goal

The local chapter of United Way has kicked off its annual fundraising campaign with a goal of reaching $400,000.

Water trails workshop to be held in Porterdale

Georgia River Network's annual Water Trails Workshop will take place in Porterdale this weekend.

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People's Choice

"Two Lizards" by Rebecca Braswell was named the People's Choice at Southern Heartland's Artful Harvest exhibit.

Meadors' attorney asks for documents from school board

The attorney for school board Vice Chair Jeff Meadors has filed a request for documents from the Newton County Board of Education.

Man robbed at gunpoint while hanging clothes on line

A teen robbed another teen at gunpoint Sunday night, taking his Playstation 3 and a cell phone, according to the Covington Police Department

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Recognizing Fire Safety Week

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Covington Lions host pancake supper

Covington Lions will host their second annual pancake supper Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the clubhouse on Conyers Street.

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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

An assortment of dogs and cats are available for adoption this week at the Newton, Rockdale shelters.