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Obama to decide
F-22 jet's fate


Soon after taking office, President Barack Obama and his defense team will decide the fate of the next-generation Air Force fighter, the F-22 Raptor.


Georgia Tech runs for
472 yards, routs Miami


Ruining Miamiís return to national prominence, Georgia Tech ran for a staggering 472 yards -- the second-most ever allowed by the Hurricanes -- and romped to a 41-23 victory.

School chief unclear on
future handling of SPLOST work


After making contradictory statements, it is unclear where Cobb Schools Superintendent Fred Sanderson stands regarding a request made to him by a Facility Group executive to transfer SPLOST II work from the Facility Group to another firm.

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County schools
break records


COBB COUNTY - Cobb's universities and technical colleges are reporting record enrollment numbers, contributing to an all-time high enrollment at Georgia's public colleges and universities.

Sidewalks a
hot-button forum issue


ACWORTH - Northwest Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham said a top request she receives from residents is for more sidewalks in the county.


Thousands protest in Iraq
against US troops pact

Followers of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr marched Friday against a pact letting U.S. forces stay in Iraq until 2011, toppling an effigy of President George W. Bush where U.S. troops once tore down a statue of Saddam Hussein.


Michigan worries automaker
meltdown could doom state

A quarter-century ago, Michigan's monthly unemployment rate hit 17 percent and so many laid-off workers left the state that bumper stickers asked, "Will the last one leaving Michigan please turn out
the lights?"


Americans still giving,
despite economic meltdown

As more Americans turn to charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other aid groups are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors and finding that even when times are tough, people still give.

Tech school leaders
discuss merger


Educational leaders from North Metro, Chattahoochee and Appalachian technical colleges met in Cartersville last week to discuss their merger.

Life U. salutes the
late Dr. William Harris


About 200 people donned red berets at Life University Wednesday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. William M. Harris, 90, who died Nov. 9 from complications of a stroke.

Obama records radio
ad for Georgia's Martin

President-elect Barack Obama is chiming in for the first time in the Georgia Senate runoff, recording a new radio ad that urges voters to support Democrat Jim Martin.

MARTA facing loan
defaults, 'Armageddon'


MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency: could it really be on the brink of ruin, the latest casualty of the economic crisis?

BofA could move jobs
to Charlotte


Bank of America will likely relocate 650 jobs from the bank's namesake skyscraper in Midtown Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C., unless the building gets a major renovation.

Delta Ditches Choice
Seat Charge


After a backlash from some of its elite fliers, Delta Air Lines Inc., the world's biggest carrier, has halted a program on Delta-operated aircraft that allowed customers to purchase better seat assignments on certain flights.

Nichols Victims' Families
Share Their Stories


The judge in the Brian Nichols trial denied a defense motion for a mistrial Thursday morning. The motion stemmed from a damaging phone call that was played for jurors on Wednesday, in which Nichols said to his brother that if he could do it again, he would kill more people.

US seeks 300 billion dollars
from Gulf states: report

The United States has asked four oil-rich Gulf states for close to 300 billion dollars to help it curb the global financial meltdown, Kuwait's daily Al-Seyassah reported Thursday.

Plunging economy adds
incentive to quit cigarettes

Smokers say high cost encourages them to kick the habit

Collapse of Citi Bank may be near

Citigroup Inc. shares tumbled below $5 a share Thursday to their lowest level in
more than 15 years.

Obama staff confirms Clinton
will get Secretary of State post


President-elect Barack Obama plans to nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state after Thanksgiving, a new milestone for the former first lady and a convergence of two political forces who fought hard for the presidency.

Verizon staff had unauthorized
access to Obama's cell


Verizon Wireless said on Thursday that some employees had gained unauthorized access and viewed a personal cell phone account held by President-elect Barack Obama that is now inactive.

From woolly mammoth hair,
the beast's genetic map is born

Woolly mammoths lumbered for more than 100,000 years across northern North America and Eurasia. By 2,000 BC, the behemoths had vanished, falling to human hunters and changing climate.

Suit forces 'evangelical' eHarmony
to offer gay dating service

eHarmony was founded in 2000 by evangelical Christian Dr. Neil Clark Warren and had ties with the influential religious conservative group Focus on the Family.

Most Americans
favor Clinton at State

A new Gallup Poll finds that 57% of Americans are in favor of President-elect Obama appointing Sen. Hillary Clinton as the secretary of state in his administration. Just 30% oppose it.

Cincinnati talker targets women, the poor, and 'black fathers;' has huge audience

In a report last week by Media Matters for America documenting the right-wing echo chamber of local and regional radio hosts, Cincinnati radio host Bill Cunningham stood out as one of the more prolific purveyors of hate speech and offensive salvos.

Georgia Jobs Forecast
Looks Dire


The Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University says Georgia could lose 100,000 more jobs next year, even more before this economic crisis gets any better.

You Paid For It: Millions
On Public Toilets


In a year with a budget crises, and jobs disappearing, viewers have said they're outraged over tax dollars being used to pay for high-priced public toilets. They call it a waste of money.

Charities Inundated
With Needy


Times are tough for a lot of people. The loss of jobs has driven a new clientele to charities for help. A Presbyterian church in Morrow is a perfect example of how the dynamics of the needy have changed.

Most Dangerous Toys
List Released


Keenan's Kids Foundation released its 10th annual 10 Most Dangerous Toys Of The Year list Thursday. The popular toys may pose a risk to children.

Thanksgiving School
Vacation Dates


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and so are school breaks. The following public school districts have the entire week off starting on November 24, 2008:

Georgia's Hopes for Reversing
Water Ruling Fading


Georgia is running into more resistance in its bid to convince the Supreme Court to overturn a critical court ruling that undermined the state's water rights.

SWAT Standoff At DeKalb
Apartment Ends


A standoff with SWAT teams at a DeKalb County apartment complex ended just after 6 a.m. Friday. The incident began with a 911 call from a unit at the English Oaks apartments on Church Street. Police said shots could be heard during that call for help.

Homeowner Shoots Next-Door
Neighbor During Burglary


A Glynn County homeowner frustrated after his house was broken into twice and his vehicle once in recent days shot a 20-year-old next-door neighbor in the process of stealing a rifle from his home, according Glynn County police.

Wheelchair-Bound Woman Sued
After Being Hit By Truck


An insurance company went after a disabled woman in a wheelchair after she was hit by a truck. The woman called Channel 2 Consumer Investigator Jim Strickland to find out why.

Dwyer Leads Georgia
Tech Past Miami


Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Georgia Tech rolled up 472 yards on the ground in a 41-23 romp of 23rd-ranked Miami-Florida.

Athens Thieves Targeting iPods,
Cell Phones, And More


More and more property crimes are hitting the Athens community and police said the area is on target to have its highest level of property crime since 1976.

Health-care fraud sends
three to jail


An orthopedic surgeon and chiropractor from metro Atlanta are among a group sentenced to federal prison for a $3 million health-care fraud scam.

Dr Pepper to deliver on
its free-soda promise


Dr Pepper is making good on its promise of free soda now that the release of Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" is a reality.

Obama plans to nominate
Clinton for top diplomat


President-elect Barack Obama plans to nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state after Thanksgiving, a new milestone for the former first lady and a convergence of two political forces who fought hard for the presidency.

Three ABC programs
hear no pickup lines


ABC has decided against giving full-season orders to "Pushing Daisies," "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Eli Stone," but is not officially saying that the struggling shows are canceled.

Shanghai tower named
year's best skyscraper


The Shanghai World Financial Center, the world's second-tallest building that some say resembles an elegant bottle opener, was named on Thursday by architects as the best skyscraper completed this year.

Atty. Gen. Mukasey
collapses during speech


Attorney General Michael Mukasey was hospitalized but conscious and alert early Friday after collapsing during a late-night speech to a conservative legal group.

Sources: Daisies, Eli Stone
and Dirty Sexy Canceled


ABC has canceled Pushing Daisies, executive producer Bryan Fuller has confirmed to me exclusively.

Buried Glaciers
Found on Mars


Mars has vast glaciers hidden under aprons of rocky debris near mid-latitude mountains, a new study confirms, pointing to a new and large potential reservoir of life-supporting water on the planet.

Children dying in Haiti,
victims of food crisis


The 5-year-old teetered on broomstick legs ó he weighed less than 20 pounds, even after days of drinking enriched milk. Nearby, a 4-year-old girl hung from a strap attached to a scale, her wide eyes lifeless, her emaciated arms dangling weakly.

Study shows messiness leads
to behavior decline


Does a messy neighborhood make a difference on how people act? It sure does! Graffiti on the walls, trash in the street, bicycles chained to a fence, all resulted in a decline in how people behaved in a series of experiments.

Clinton cuts down the
size of her debt


Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has reduced the size of her presidential campaign debt to less than $7.5 million as of Nov. 1, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

Congress sends jobless
benefit extension to Bush


With no end in sight to economic bad news, President George W. Bush is about to ensure that millions of laid-off workers won't see their unemployment checks disappear as the year-end holidays approach.

Report says CIA withheld
info from White House


The CIA withheld information from the White House, Justice Department and Congress about the 2001 shooting down of a plane over Peru carrying an American missionary family,part of a yearslong cover-up of lethal violations in U.S. drug-interdiction procedures, according to a classified internal CIA report.

Relief at pump: gasoline
below $2 a gallon


Here's something to be grateful for: This Thanksgiving, the price of gasoline is expected to be below $2 a gallon. Some analysts foresee pump prices as low as $1.75 a gallon this winter.

Harry Potter's Not Opening,
and They're Not Over It


The fan petitions are still growing. The movie is still not coming out. Friday was supposed to be the day Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opened. Instead, over the summer, Warner Bros. rescheduled the franchise's latest adventure for next July, a move that caused a fan upset that hasn't entirely settled.

Americans still giving,
despite economic meltdown


As more Americans turn to charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other aid groups are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors and finding that even when times are tough, people still give.

Thousands protest in Iraq
against U.S. troops pact


Followers of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr marched Friday against a pact letting U.S. forces stay in Iraq until 2011, toppling an effigy of President George W. Bush where U.S. troops once tore down a statue of Saddam Hussein.




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