Georgia News Roundup February 16, 2015




Macon Telegraph

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Savannah Morning News

  • Police foil plot to kill people at mall

    TORONTO — A senior police official said that police foiled a plot by two suspects who were planning on going to a mall and killing as many people as they could before committing suicide on Valentine’s Day in Halifax. The official told The Associated Press on Friday the suspects were on a chat stream and were apparently obsessed with death and had many photos of mass killings. Police and other …

    Sat, Feb 14, 2015

  • Superstition times 3: 2015 calendar has 3 Friday the 13ths

    LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Get ready for superstition — times three. Friday is the first of three Friday the 13ths this year. Each year has at least one Friday the 13th, but there can be as many as three. 2012 was the last year with three Friday the 13ths; the next will be 2026. Here’s a look at the mysterious date through the eyes of a numerals-obsessed educator who calls himself Professor 13; a …

    Sat, Feb 14, 2015

  • Chatham commission to discuss police, Recorder’s Court at Tuesday workshop

    The Chatham County Commission had a full slate of subjects to discuss at its regular meeting Friday, but one absent topic was the future of the Savannah-Chatham police department. Commissioners did not broach the subject in a short meeting before open session or in open session. But, as the Savannah Morning News reported Friday, the county has been discussing the subject with Savannah officials …

    Sat, Feb 14, 2015

  • Sea turtles may suffer if S.C. grants erosion-control permit

    Threatened and endangered sea turtles may take the brunt of new erosion-control structures that property owners hope to build on Daufuskie Island’s shoreline. But South Carolina’s natural resources department is urging other regulators to reject the request. The Haig Point Club & Community Association wants permission to construct two new erosion control revetments and to build on four existing …

    Sat, Feb 14, 2015

  • Jenkins pulls away from SHS 78-64

    EASTMAN — Savannah High hung tough with Jenkins for a while, but in the second half the suffocating defense and relentless offense of the Warriors was too much to overcome as Jenkins cruised to a 78-64 win in a Region 1-AAA semifinal at Dodge County High. Jenkins (23-3), ranked second in the state among Class AAA schools by Score Atlanta, advances to tonight’s 8:30 p.m. championship game with …

    Sat, Feb 14, 2015

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Athens Banner-Herald

  • Universities often miss projections on course enrollment

    ATLANTA ‑ Administrators at Georgia’s public colleges have a hard time predicting the popularity of academic majors they offer, according to figures showing a coin toss would be about as accurate. Of 336 programs approved by the Board of Regents in the last 10 years, just 163, or 49 percent, met or exceeded projected enrollment by their third year, according to the University System of Georgia …

    20 mins ago

  • Georgia resident gored by bull in Spain out of intensive care

    MADRID (AP) — A 20-year-old American man who was badly gored during a bull-running festival is out of intensive care and improving, a spokesman for the Clinic Hospital in western Salamanca said Monday. Benjamin Miller, from Georgia, was out of danger and not likely to have to undergo any further operations, the spokesman said. He spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with hospital rules …

    3 hrs ago

  • Governor issues state of emergency, but Athens area likely to miss brunt of winter storm

    On Sunday, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency ahead of a wintry mix expected to hit areas of north Georgia today. But the worst of the winter storm likely will miss much of the Athens area. Up to a quarter inch of ice could accumulate in more than a dozen mountainous northern counties that include cities such as Blairsville, Dalton and Dahlonega, the National Weather Service said in a …

    4 hrs ago

  • ‘Failing’ label for Gaines Elementary surprises Clarke school officials

    Clarke County school officials were surprised to learn one of the county’s public schools is on Gov. Nathan Deal’s list of “failing” schools, which he says should be taken over by the state for low performance. Gaines Elementary School was on a list of 140 schools statewide that would be defined as “failing” under a formula Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled last week as he floated a proposal to create a …

    12 hrs ago

  • Minority student populations on the rise at UGA

    The University of Georgia has grown more diverse over the past two decades, but today’s enrollment is not quite the mix that it might have expected back in 1994. In 1994, more than 87 percent of UGA students were white, according to University System of Georgia statistics. Last fall semester, white students were 70.1 percent of UGA’s enrollment of more than 35,000 students. read more

    12 hrs ago

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WSB-TV 2 Atlanta

  • Conan O’Brien brings show (and U.S. entertainment) to Cuba

    For the first time in more than 50 years, an American late show is being filmed in Cuba. Conan O’Brien reportedly spent the weekend filming his late-night show in Havana — something that hasn’t been done since 1959 when Jack Paar interviewed Fidel Castro on  his  late-night show.  A show rep told  Deadline , “The episode is intended to give O’Brien’s audience a rare glimpse into Cuban daily life …

    18 mins ago

  • Expectant mother tries to induce labor with ‘Thriller’ dance

    There have been a range of home remedies throughout the years that purport to induce labor. Pregnant Florida expectant mother,  Bonnie Northsea not only thought she’d give it a try, but taped it for all her friends to see. “Someone told me Thriller would induce labor,” she writes on her Facebook , “Here I am on my due date 40 weeks looking like a fool. I’m so awesome!” …

    18 mins ago

  • Jack White denies guacamole demands, calls recipe ‘inside joke’

    Just call it GuacamoleGate. After a copy of Jack White’s  tour rider  circulated online, the former White Stripes frontman  posted a letter  clarifying that demands for guacamole – made with a  very detailed recipe  – were part of an “inside joke” between his tour manager and promoters. Read more trending stories Click here or scroll down to see how the incident played out on social media …

    5 hrs ago

  • Europe’s oldest woman says being single, eating raw eggs helped her reach 115

    Could staying single really be better for your health? Europe’s oldest woman, 115-year-old Emma Morano, recently told the  New York Times  the twofold secret to her long life: being single and eating three raw eggs every day. The Verbania, Italy, resident, whose only marriage ended in 1938, said she rejected other suitors after the …

    8 hrs ago

  • Neighbors worry new construction will add more traffic to already busy area

    Neighbors fear 1,000 new housing units near Phipps Plaza in Buckhead could create even more traffic congestion in the already populated area.    The North Buckhead Civic Association pressed the Buckhead CID to commission a study for this area and to help develop solutions. “The traffic is already bad at this intersection and with the addition of thousand apartments, it is bound to be worse …

    12 hrs ago

Chick-Fil-A CEO Cathy worried about area around Falcons stadium

Georgia pretty good for black-owned businesses

Former Tifton banking CEO charged with fraud

UGA lands Roquan

Survey finds Atlanta has about 80,000 more single women than men

Ben Affleck looking to shoot movie on Georgia coast

Dunwoody Homeowner's Association "wary" as it approves new development

Savannah area bridge, the Back River Bridge, costs jumps $2 million

Waffle House may open new restaurant in downtown Atlanta

Sam Massell to give State of Buckhead address

Atlanta Magazine: Who owns these Atlanta eyesores?

Atlanta transportation Uber and Lyft

Georgia legislators look to ban Uber/Lyft…

…”want to run Uber and Lyft off the road”

The 25 highest paid people at the Gold Dome

Future Hall of Famer hired as Braves assistant

Georgia set to execute first woman since 1945

"The house wine of the South"

Want to run around in your underwear on Saturday?

Nice wine and chocolate pairings in Dahlonega

Atlanta Regional Commission

ARC wants input

Death penalty opponents rally at Gold Dome

APS, Superintendent say property deeds not part of Beltline negotiation

Beautiful City series: Old Fourth Ward

44 photos in honor of the immortal 44's birthday

Legislature, transit funding and state constitution not mixing very well

Synovus denies relocating to Atlanta report

Ron Hart on Brian Williams debacle

1,000 foot water slide coming to Columbus?

Columbus Mayor Tomlinson

Columbus Mayor Tomlinson has advice on transportation


Atlanta Mayor Reed

Behind Paywall but must read if you can: “What’s for lunch? You, if you annoy Hizzoner”

Some Georgia legislators looking to raise minimum wage

Atlanta Water Department fiasco continues

Invest Atlanta releases new city housing strategy

Hawks Kyle Korver added to NBA All-Star team

Georgia horse racing

Finally time to bet on horse racing?

…”job creator or scourge?”

"Georgia can be great"

(Shout out to Mel!) Tigah Woods to miss Masters?

Bradley: Hawks lose three of six but sky is not falling

Some Georgia legislators looking to raise minimum wage

Braves may have to move Spring Training location

Savannah Book Festival authors reading guide

Atlanta Democrat files bill to annex new Cobb Braves stadium into Atlanta