News for Monday, March 26, 2012


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Ga. Tech begins spring with bad news on Burnett

Georgia Tech announces some bad news Monday at spring practice — senior linebacker Julian Burnett is unlikely to play this season.

Rare Honus Wagner baseball card could fetch $1.5 million

ST. LOUIS -- A suburban St. Louis man who has been in the collectibles business for a quarter of a century, says the 102-year-old baseball card he's putting up for auction starting Tuesday is about as good as it gets.. Bill Goodwin expects the 1909 Honus Wagner baseball

Senate OKs funding system for new charter schools

ATLANTA (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a new funding system to support new charter schools in Georgia.. The legislation approved Monday by a vote of 38-14 now heads back to the House for final approval.. Voters will decide in November whether to change the Georgia Constitution so state

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Explosion destroys home of Ga. 'Chicken Man'

Associated Press. ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) -- An explosion on Monday rocked the suburban Atlanta home of a man known for his fight to keep chickens on his property, and emergency officials say a body was found inside.. The house belonged to Andrew Wordes, who was known as the "Chicken Man"

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Aggressive parents force egg hunt cancellation

Associated PressCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) An annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children has been canceled because of misbehavior last year. Not by the kids, but by the grown-ups.Too many parents determined to see their children get an egg jumped a rope marking the boundaries of the

Officers who dragged man at airport investigated

Associated PressOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Prosecutors said Monday they were awaiting results of an investigation into the actions of officers who were videotaped dragging a man face down across the Oklahoma City airport after he tried to break through security.James Heidebrecht, 53, was arrested on complaints of trespassing, disorderly conduct and

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Tiny puppy in California could be world's smallest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A puppy named after one of the world's biggest pop stars could set the world's record for tiniest dog.. Animal rescuers in Northern California say the female Dachshund mix, named Beyonce, was so small at birth that she could fit into a spoon. At two weeks, she's

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Benedict arrives in Cuba as 'pilgrim of charity'

Associated Press. SANTIAGO, Cuba -- Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba on Monday in the footsteps of his more famous predecessor, saying he holds great affection for Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits and heartfelt hopes for reconciliation.. President Raul Castro warmly greeted the pope, who said he

Smosny-McGriff returns to Berkmar as head coach

Brookwood grad, who coached previously at Berkmar, Grayson and Meadowcreek, to lead Patriots

Snellville leaders considering Code Red emergency alert system

SNELLVILLE -- Council woman Diane Krause had a goal in mind when she campaigned for her council seat last fall. A former public safety professional, Krause is passionate about emergency notification for the Snellville community. After researching several types of systems, the Code Red emergency alert system got her attention

Gwinnett County track and field results

A look at the Gwinnett County track and field placers.

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Peachtree Ridge girls, Brookwood boys defend county track titles

Eight Gwinnett County track meet records were broken on Monday.

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Parkview players pitch in with cleanup

Athletes from Parkview High School's baseball team all pitched in last month to help a community member in need. The team members and their dads showed up on a sunny Saturday morning to assist a local woman with disabilities clean up her overgrown yard.

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Star-laden Final Four ... mostly

Lurking in virtually every corner of the Superdome this weekend will be lottery picks, some other NBA first rounders and assorted AP All-Americans. Everywhere, that is, except the Louisville locker room.

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Phase 2 begins for Tiger Woods

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods might be the only one who doesn't consider his win at Bay Hill the start of a comeback.

Tim Tebow gets what he -- and New York Jets -- wanted

Say this about Tim Tebow: He's excited to be with the New York Jets. He sure said so -- over and over and over again.

Conflict of interest issue raised at Duluth work session

DULUTH -- A concern was brought forth during the Duluth city council's work session Monday about contracts handed out by the city for certain events.. Currently, state criminal law and the city's ethics ordinance restrict city officials from entering into certain types of contracts with the city.. The request put

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Police: Keep eyes peeled for child prowler

Police believe the same man could be responsible for four separate, lurid incidents involving children since January.

Committee looks at secondary airport study

Committee questions demand for passenger service at Briscoe Field, during study of privatization possibility.

Autopsy: No foul play in case of missing Barrow man

No signs of foul play were found during a Monday autopsy of a Winder man, whose body was found Saturday in a creek bed, officials said.

Ga. lawmakers pass bill revoking teacher bonuses

Lawmakers have passed a bill that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.

Bobby Brown arrested on suspicion of DUI

Officials in Southern California say Bobby Brown has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Jury: Man competent for trial in kicking death

Jury finds Lawrenceville man accused in kicking death of acquaintance in 2007 competent to stand trial.

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Parkview's Parham battles with words

Local Lilburn student competed in Poetry Slam over the weekend. Although she didn't win first, she walked away with new life lessons.

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'Mad Men' ads up record audience for season debut

Absence made the heart grow fonder for "Mad Men" fans, who flocked to the fifth-season premiere in record numbers.

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Justices ready to move to heart of health case

The Supreme Court plunged into debate Monday on the fate of the Obama administration's overhaul of the nation's health care system, and the justices gave every indication they will not allow an obscure tax law to derail the case. (With Video)

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Gwinnett officer, agency receive MADD awards

Gwinnett County Police Department honored by MADD Georgia for making 2,630 DUI arrests in 2011.

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Tebow the Jet: Celebrity backup meets media

Tim Tebow got his first New York close-up Monday. (Video Inside)

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Trayvon Martin's parents to join rally in Fla.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- The parents of an unarmed black teenager shot dead by a neighborhood watch captain in a gated community are leading a rally Monday in the city where he was killed to protest the lack of an arrest or prosecution.. Professional football players Ray Lewis and Santonio

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Pope Benedict wins over Mexico; next stop Cuba

SILAO, Mexico (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI headed to Cuba on Monday, hoping to inspire the same outpouring of faith on the communist-run island as he did in Mexico's conservative Catholic heartland.. Crowds waving flags and Vatican-yellow balloons cheered Benedict at the airport and mariachi bands played as

More laptops reported stolen from Ga. doctors

ATLANTA (AP) -- A metro Atlanta physician says his office was broken into as police investigate another break-in at the offices of a group that's been fighting abortion-related bills in the Georgia Legislature.. Dr. Richard Zane of the Atlanta Women's Health Group said his office was broken into

Ga. agencies spend $18.7 million on water wars

The state of Georgia and the Atlanta Regional Commission have spent about $18.7 million in outside legal fees during two decades of legal battles involving Florida and Alabama over access to drinking water.

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Jimmy Kimmel to host 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel just got a prime-time gig: Host of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.. The star and executive producer of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" will host the Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.. "I hope

Lake Lanier steadily rising as tourists return

Authorities say Lake Lanier isn't as high as it was this time last year, but it is steadily rising as tourists begin returning for its busy spring and summer seasons.