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Marietta man wins $203K
from Free Fantasy 5 ticket

A lottery win has come in handy for one Marietta handyman with a Buy One, Get One Free Fantasy 5 ticket. Roy Hixon, 49, won a $203,300 top prize from matching all five winning numbers in the Nov. 28 Fantasy 5 drawing.

Georgia's economic
outlook 'dreadful'

A top Georgia economic forecaster predicts the Georgia's recession will last a year and a half -- the longest economic slump since the Great Depression -- and won't show signs of recovery until late next year.

Mother: Teacher manipulated
daughter into sexual relationship

MARIETTA - The mother of a former Harrison High School student who was sexually involved with her orchestra teacher, 33-year-old Steven Parkman, said her then-17-year-old daughter was manipulated into the relationship and Parkman verbally intimidated her to keep quiet.

New board gets
vote on SPLOST III work

MARIETTA - With only one Cobb Board of Education meeting left before the new board is seated in January, retiring veteran board member Lindsey Tippins believes the controversial issue of which firm will serve as the project manager for SPLOST III should be postponed.


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Can these hybrid
cars save Detroit?

The buzzword out of Detroit these days seems to be "hybrid."

Acworth high school
students get free computers

Marietta Housing Authority, Cobb schools team up to boost learning potential.

Mosque leader
spared jail time

MARIETTA - Mohammad Raza was spared a return to Cobb County Jail on Wednesday when Municipal Court Judge Roger Rozen gave him one more week to demolish a deck on the Al-Hedaya Islamic Center.

Nichols Defense Witness
Paid $120K

After serving on the Brian Nichols jury for two-and-a-half months, the jurors may find themselves isolated in hotel rooms each night as they deliberate life or death. Attorneys on one side want the jury sequestered and on the other side they don't.

Southern states unhealthiest because of obesity, smoking

Louisiana has displaced Mississippi as the unhealthiest U.S. state and other Southern states were close rivals due to high obesity and smoking rates in new rankings that deemed Vermont
the healthiest.

Atlanta Hot Dog Stand Raided,
Shut Down; 4 Arrested

Atlanta police, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, and the health department raided the "Jones Tasty Dogs" restaurant Wednesday afternoon.

While Looking For SEC
Tickets, Watch Out

Bruce Brown loves college football. I'm a big Gator fan and SEC is the best football anywhere and that's just the ultimate," he said.

Housing prices continue
downward spiral

Single-family home prices fell at a faster pace in the third quarter after moderating earlier in the year and are now 6.5 percent below their 2007 peak, according to a new report by IHS Global Insight.

Ottawa Tops Thrashers; Man
Falls From Upper Deck

Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists in the first period for the Ottawa Senators in a 5-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

Chambliss credits Palin
with firing up base

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), fresh off his win in Tuesday's runoff, said that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin excited the GOP base and helped persuade voters to go to the polls.

Automakers back to try
to sell Congress on rescuerates

U.S. automakers are returning to Congress for high-stakes hearings they hope will persuade skeptical lawmakers to save their troubled industry with $34 billion in emergency aid, but a top Senate Democrat wants to hand their problem to the Federal Reserve.

Poll: California gay marriage
ban backed by less educated

Voters' economic status and religious convictions played a greater role than race and age in determining whether they supported the Nov. 4 ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage in California, a new poll shows.

Oil down to $46 after
nearly four-year lowrates

Oil pared some losses on Thursday after an early fall below $46 a barrel to its lowest in nearly four years, in response to the bleak outlook for the world economy and oil demand.

Miami congresswoman
hangs up on Obama -- twice

Is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a little paranoid? Maybe. On Wednesday, the Republican congresswoman got a call from President-elect Barack Obama, didn't believe it was him, and hung up on him. Twice.

2500 theaters to
go 3-D by April 2009

Jeffrey Katzenberg boldly predicted Monday that there will be nearly 2,500 screens ready for 3-D in time for the March 27 release of DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters vs. Aliens."

10 baffling medical conditions

Persistent sexual arousal syndrome. An allergy to cold temperatures. Music-induced seizures.

Jimmy Carter writes new
book on Middle East

Former President Jimmy Carter has written a new book on the Middle East with a title he hopes will not be as controversial as the last one, which was called, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

Massive firings, buyouts
at Gannett (11 Alive's parent)

Gannett is in the midst of perhaps the largest mass, chainwide layoffs -- not just buyouts -- in the history of the newspaper industry.

'Several cities' could have no
daily paper as soon as 2010

Newspaper and newspaper groups are likely to default on their debt and go out of business next year -- leaving "several cities" with no daily newspaper at all, Fitch Ratings says in a report on media released Wednesday.

NFL offers first live
game broadcast in 3-D

In broadcasting the world's first live 3-D football game to theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Boston on Thursday evening, the NFL promises an "up close, personal, visceral" experience that could open a new revenue stream for the league.

Networking glitch knocks
Yahoo offline for some

A networking problem made Yahoo's Web site unreachable for many users on Wednesday.

CBS to run Yahoo's
Internet radio service

Chalk up another Internet radio casualty of significantly increased royalty fees for airing music online. Yahoo Music, once the top music destination on the Web, is handing over the bulk of its Launchcast Internet radio operations to CBS Radio.

Officials: Pakistan militants
masterminded attacks

India suspects two senior leaders of a banned Pakistani militant group orchestrated the deadly Mumbai attacks, officials said Thursday, as Pakistan's president vowed "strong action" against any elements in his country involved in the siege.

Palin files late
disclosure for free 2007 trips

Gov. Sarah Palin has added to her financial disclosure forms two free trips that she took nearly two years ago but failed to report. Palin, who was Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, made the disclosures last month, but after Election Day when she and McCain lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The trips were first revealed in a story by The Associated Press in October.

Obama: Financial bailout
must help homeowners, too

President-elect Barack Obama signaled a clear desire Wednesday to use a significant portion of $700 billion in financial bailout funds to stanch foreclosures by helping struggling homeowners with their mortgages.

UAW to renegotiate labor
terms, suspend jobs bank

The United Auto Workers said Wednesday it is willing to change its contracts with U.S. automakers and accept delays payments of billions of dollars to a union-run health care trust to do its part to help the struggling companies secure $34 billion in government loans.

O.J. Simpson's final
chapter: a prison sentence

During his trial for armed robbery and kidnapping, O.J. Simpson once sat in a courthouse hallway musing on what might have been: Before his arrest, he had considered moving to Las Vegas, where he liked the climate and the people he had met.

30-mile debris pile becomes
symbol of FEMA delays

A 30-mile scar of debris along the Texas coast stands as a festering testament to what state and local officials say is FEMA's sluggish response to the 2008 hurricane season.

Wild Police Chase
Ends In Crash

It's like something you normally see on the interstates in California -- but this wild and winding police pursuit was right in our own back yard. In Marietta to be exact.

Ex-Lithonia Mayor Arrested,
Claims Police Harrassment

Former Lithonia Mayor Joyce McKibben was arrested and taken to jail Monday, charged with disorderly conduct criminal trespass and obstruction of a police officer.

Animals Rescued From
Snellville Home Second Time

A Snellville woman who was arrested nearly three years ago for aggravated animal cruelty, is at it again according to Gwinnett County Police.

Man Arrested In DeKalb
Dog Beating Case

DeKalb County Police said they have arrested a man and charged him in connection with the savage attack of a dog that was found beaten in Murphy Candler Park.

Couple Finds Hundreds of IDs,
Credit Cards in Box Bought at Auction

A Barrow County couple may have uncovered what appears to be a large identity theft ring.The couple recently purchased a number of boxes from an auction held at U-Store storage facility on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. They paid $10 for the boxes and their contents.

Nichols' Daughter Takes The Stand

The most highly anticipated defense witness in the Brian Nichols murder trial came to the stand on Wednesday -- his 16-year-old daughter.

Perdue Wants Agencies
To Consider More Cuts

The slower economy means less money for state government to spend on services. So, Gov. Sonny Perdue says he wants state agencies to think about more cuts.

Coupon Mom Cuts
Out Hunger

Stephanie Nelson founded the popular website nearly eight years ago, but it was originally called Cut Out Hunger.

Atlanta Woman Sexually Assaulted
During Home Invasion Robbery

Three armed men held a young couple hostage and sexually assaulted the woman Wednesday night inside a northeast Atlanta apartment.

Jimmy Carter Writes
New Middle East Book

Former President Jimmy Carter has written a new book on the Middle East with a title he hopes will not be as controversial as the last one: "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

Alabama County Passes
Obama Holiday

Next year, there will already be a holiday in honor of President-elect Barack Obama. At least, in Perry County in central Alabama.

Georgia near bottom
on national job report

Georgia lost 61,300 jobs during the past year and is near the bottom of all states for job loss, according to a new federal report.

Kansas State beats
UGA for bio lab

The University of Georgia will not be home to the $450 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), according to U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

Throw Christmas tree:
Tannenbaum used as weapon

Authorities say a Florida man who lives with his parents has been charged with attacking his father with a Christmas tree and its metal stand.

TV soaps and their
stars face cost-cutting

The troubles that are part of imaginary life on daytime dramas are hitting those shows for real in the form of budget cuts and dismissals.

2 arrested in alleged torture
of teen, who escaped

A Girl Scout leader and her husband were arrested after an emaciated, terrified and nearly naked 17-year-old showed up at a gym with a chain locked to his ankle, saying he had just fled his captors, authorities said Tuesday.

Ancient insect imprint
found in Massachusetts

U.S. researchers say they have discovered what appears to be the oldest imprint of a prehistoric insect, made while the dragonfly-like creature was still alive.

What's up in a down economy?

Today's news that we're now officially in a recession and have been for a year may come as no surprise to those of you who have been reading newspapers, watching TV, or had a conversation with another working American in the last few months.

Thai airports reopens after
PM ousted by court

The first commercial flight in a week arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday as anti-government protesters ended their siege of the country's two main airports, declaring victory after Thailand's prime minister was ousted by a court ruling.

American folk music
legend Odetta dies at 77

Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77.

Coleman pleads no contest
to disorderly conduct

Gary Coleman has pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a September incident at a bowling alley.

Divers find body of former
NHL All-Star Martin

Police divers recovered the body of Hubert "Pit" Martin, a four-time NHL All-Star in the 1960s and '70s, who drowned after the snowmobile he was driving plunged into an icy lake near his home.

Goldman mulling Internet
banking operation: report

Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) is considering launching an Internet banking operation, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation.

Chambliss wins US
Senate runoff in Georgia

Relieved Republicans celebrated a resounding win in Georgia's hard-fought U.S. Senate runoff, a victory that denied Democrats a filibuster-proof majority and cemented the state's reputation as a GOP bastion.

Obama to name Richardson for
Commerce on Wednesday

President-elect Barack Obama is ready to name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his choice for commerce secretary after passing over his vanquished Democratic rival for secretary of state.

GM exec: bankruptcy not
an option for industry

General Motors Corp. President Fritz Henderson said Wednesday that bankruptcy isn't a viable option for struggling U.S. automakers seeking $34 billion in federal aid, maintaining that a retooling plan they're giving to Congress this week is sufficient to save the industry.

Cruise ship passengers
surprised by pirate attack

Passengers on a luxury cruise liner attacked by pirates in the dangerous waters between Yemen and Somalia said Wednesday they were surprised by the assailants' boldness and described hearing the "Pop! Pop! Pop!" of the pirates' rifles firing at the ship.

Kmart worker shot during
dispute at Philly store

A Kmart worker was shot and critically wounded at a store loading dock Tuesday morning after he intervened in an argument between a co-worker and her boyfriend, police said.


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