Georgia News Roundup
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Authors of Georgia history book host discussion at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Contributing authors of an upcoming novel focused on exploring Athens' architectural history are set to host a discussion at the University of Georgia.

Authors Milton Leathers and Gary Doster will join editor Charlotte Marshall and Steven Brown of the university's archives Wednesday to discuss "The Tangible Past of Athens, Georgia."

The book features essays and never-before historical images of Athens. University of Georgia officials say the book was researched using the Heritage Room at the Athens-Clarke County Library, the UGA Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and private albums.

The discussion is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in room 271 of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The event is free and open to the public.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Tours of Atlanta schools museum to begin this week

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Public Schools officials say tours of the new Atlanta Public Schools Archives Museum will now be available to the public.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution Sunday reported that tours of the archives museum are scheduled to begin Monday at the district's building in downtown Atlanta.

The space will feature exhibits including high school yearbooks and the principal's counter where Martin Luther King Jr. registered him for school.

Atlanta Board of Education Executive Direction Howard Grant says the space will highlight the highs and lows the district has faced in its more than 140-year history.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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New interchange opens on freeway near Atlanta

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — A new freeway interchange is expected to get its first test during Monday morning's rush hour.

The "diverging diamond" interchange on Interstate 85 just northeast of Atlanta is the second of its kind in Georgia. It's similar to the state's first one that opened last year along Interstate 285.

WSB Radio reports that Monday's traffic will be routed a different way on the new interchange near I-85 and Pleasant Hill Road, and officials say off-duty police officers will help direct traffic.

Although traffic will be begin using the new interchange Monday, some construction on the interchange will continue through September.

Information from: WSB-AM.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Flood watch extended for much of north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — A flash flood watch has been extended through late Monday afternoon for much of north Georgia.

Continuing thunderstorms through Monday morning prompted fears of flooding from Atlanta to the north.

In addition to Atlanta and its northern suburbs, the flood watch covers the cities of Athens, Rome, Dalton, Blairsville, Gainesville and Toccoa. It is scheduled to be in effect through 4 p.m.

Forecasters say low-lying areas could quickly become clogged with debris, which could lead to extensive street flooding.

Widespread thunderstorms over Alabama early Monday morning were expected to move into north Georgia.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Man, wife dress as superheroes to patrol Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A masked man and his wife who dress in superhero costumes say they're trying to fight crime by patrolling the streets of an Atlanta neighborhood.

The man, who calls himself the Crimson Fist, says he feels like a superhero when he dons his mask and patrols the streets with his wife, Meta Data.

He tells WAGA-TV that he prepares himself for the dangers of the streets, carries handcuffs and wears a "stun device" that wraps around his knuckles. He checks for car break-ins, cleans up litter and alerts police to suspicious activity in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood just south of downtown Atlanta.

Video aired by WAGA shows him and his wife on their rounds, checking cars and visiting with residents.

Information from: WAGA-TV, http://www.myfoxatlanta.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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NTSB: Pilot said engine stopped before plane crash 

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — The pilot of a small plane over central Georgia reported a slight loss of oil pressure, then said his engine had stopped, according to new report by federal investigators.

The pilot of the single-engine plane initially asked air traffic control for permission to land at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon. Then, the pilot said his engine stopped and that he wasn't going to make it to a runway there, according to the preliminary report from National Transportation Safety Board.

The pilot then requested a landing at nearby Robins Air Force Base. The controller at Macon's airport coordinated with Robins Air Force Base and advised the aircraft to contact the tower at the base. However, the pilot never established communication with the base's tower before crashing just under a mile northeast of Robins on May 27, the report states.

Julius Gilreath, 71, of Greenville, S.C.; and Anthony Cabeza, 58, of Greer, S.C., were killed in the crash of the Piper PA-32.

Their flight had departed from Apalachicola Municipal Airport in Apalachicola, Fla., and was headed for Greenville Downtown Airport in Greenville, S.C. when it crashed in a swampy area about 500 yards off Georgia Highway 247.

"Smoke was seen from WRB tower and verified by an airborne aircraft," the report states, referring to the Robins Air Force base tower. "First responders discovered the wreckage in a heavily wooded area approximately 20 minutes after the last radar and radio communications."

The report is preliminary in nature, and it typically takes investigators several months and sometimes years to make a final determination on the cause of air crashes.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Students try to take ACT test, but no one show up

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Officials are working to reschedule ACT tests for about 100 students who showed up at a high school south of Atlanta to take the test but couldn't because there was no one to administer it, officials said.

The students showed up Saturday at Lovejoy High School in Hampton prepared to take the test, which is needed to apply for many colleges and universities, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The school district makes schools available for the testing, but the testing organization administers the exams, Clayton County Public Schools interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson said.

The company is working to reschedule the test as soon as possible, ACT spokesman Ed Colby told The Associated Press Monday morning.

The test supervisor didn't show up, and never informed ACT officials that she wouldn't be there, Colby said. He wasn't sure why she failed to show.

The ACT will work with students to reschedule the exam as soon as possible, Colby said.

"Obviously that's our No. 1 priority, is meeting the needs of those students who were expecting to take the test that day," he said.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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GBI agents probe deadly shooting at police station

SARDIS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of an ex-police officer at a police station in eastern Georgia.

Officials say 34-year-old Dwayne Burke, a former Sardis police officer, was killed Monday morning after breaking into an evidence room at the department about 50 miles southeast of Augusta.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Pat Morgan tells the Augusta Chronicle Burke was armed with an axe and was confronted by another officer.

Authorities say Burke left the department in 2009 and was investigated by the GBI for allegedly taking and transmitting nude photos of himself in the department's restroom.

He was later arrested on terroristic threat charges and was arrested in 2010 when police found guns and drugs his car. In 2012, Burke was arrested in a burglary involving $16,000 of jewelry.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Body found on the Clarkston campus of Georgia Perimeter College

CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) — State authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered on the Clarkston campus of Georgia Perimeter College.

GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang says the body of an unidentified man was discovered Monday morning at the school just east of Atlanta.

Lang says the man appeared to be in his 20s and was lying in a grassy area about 30 feet away from a sidewalk. Lang says the man's cause of death has been ruled a homicide. Authorities are not disclosing how the man was killed.

It's unclear whether the man was a student or an employee of the college. Lang says his body has been taken to the state crime lab and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia gun rights group finds new convention host

ATLANTA (AP) — A gun rights advocacy group has found a new host for its summer convention after a misunderstanding led to its ouster from a west Georgia resort.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that Georgia Carry officials plan to host their summer convention at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center, near the Cobb Galleria Centre in Vinings. The convention is scheduled for Aug. 9-10.

The group planned to host its convention at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. A resort employee told Georgia Carry Executive Director Jerry Henry that members could openly carry firearms on resort property.

In May, a resort spokeswoman apologized to the group, saying the resort has a policy banning weapons from the premises.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia Perimeter College student sues Board of Regents for budget docs

ATLANTA (AP) — A former student journalist at Georgia Perimeter College has filed a lawsuit against the university system's Board of Regents for failing to produce documents under the state's open records law.

David Schick, past editor of the student newspaper, had been seeking records related to the college's budget shortfall and layoffs. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Fulton County.

Schick is seeking an injunction compelling the university system to comply with his requests. The lawsuit claims the university system has not produced all the records requested and engaged in "obstruction, delay and at times outright misrepresentations."

Regents' spokesman John Millsaps told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/14sffnL) he's unaware of the lawsuit, and system policy prohibits commenting on pending litigation.

Schick is receiving legal counsel through the Student Press Law Center.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Man mauled by 3 pit bulls during run, hospitalized

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police say an Athens man is recovering from an estimated 20 bites after being attacked by three pit bulls.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the unidentified 26-year-old man was out for a run Sunday when the dogs attacked him, leaving wounds to his face, back, arms, legs and other parts of his body. The man was bleeding heavily when police arrived.

Witnesses told police the owner of the dogs would let them loose when people passed by, and authorities say none of the dogs had rabies tags.

Police say a similar attack involving the same dogs happened in 2012.

The dogs have been taken into custody by Athens-Clarke County Animal Control and the incident remains under investigation. It wasn't immediately clear if the owner of the dogs was arrested.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Teen shot while selling candy in suburban Atlanta 

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Atlanta say a teenage girl has been hospitalized after being shot while she was selling candy.

Clayton County police say the 14-year-old girl was selling candy in Jonesboro when a car approached Monday afternoon. Authorities say a shot was fired from inside the car and the unidentified girl was wounded in her abdomen.

The girl was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and information on her medical condition was not immediately available.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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