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School District Gets Snarky on Twitter Over Snow

Georgia kids who tweeted for a snow day got more than they bargained for

(Newser) - Kids in Georgia hoping the year's first winter snow would land them a Friday off took to Twitter on Thursday to plead their case, and they found themselves an able sparring partner in the form of the unnamed handler of @CherokeeSchools . That's the Twitter account for the Cherokee... More »

Lawyer Accused of Killing Wife Owed Her $350K: Court Docs

McIver contends gun went off accidentally while couple were in a car

(Newser) - An Atlanta attorney facing manslaughter charges in the September shooting death of his wife owed her $350,000 when she died, CBS46 reports. A business owned by Diane McIver had spotted her husband, Claud "Tex" McIver, the money in December 2011, with a payoff date (with interest) set for... More »

Boy Grows Hair for 2 Years for Best Reason

Tyler Boone endured taunts, being called a girl for friend Gabby Ruiz, who has alopecia

(Newser) - For two years, Tyler Boone has been growing his hair out, and a few days after Christmas the 10-year-old finally had his 12-inch tresses shorn—not as part of some evolving tween aesthetic, but because the kid with the "super-big heart" was donating it to a friend who suffers... More »

Police to Shoplifting Suspect: 'Please at Least Try to Hide'

Guy left his driver's license info and a fingerprint

(Newser) - A man in Marietta, Ga., filled out a pawn ticket right before allegedly shoplifting from a pawn shop. That means he left the clerk with all of his driver's license information and even a fingerprint ... during a transaction that was caught entirely on camera. The Marietta Police Department had... More »

Firm Cited for 23 Violations After Robot Kills Bride-to-Be

Auto parts plant cut safety corners to meet high targets: OSHA

(Newser) - Federal authorities have announced nearly two dozen safety violations issued to an auto parts manufacturer after a bride-to-be who worked at its Alabama plant was crushed to death by a robotic machine. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday announced 23 violations after investigating the death at the... More »

'Granny Gem Thief' With 20 Arrests Adds Another

Doris Payne allegedly tried to steal $2K necklace in Atlanta

(Newser) - Her life of crime has involved more than 20 arrests on two continents over six decades—and, apparently, Doris Payne isn't done. The 86-year-old woman, dubbed the "granny gem thief," was arrested Tuesday at a mall in an Atlanta suburb where she's accused of trying to... More »

Man at Large After Allegedly Shooting 2 Cops, Killing 1

Police were responding to a domestic violence call in Georgia

(Newser) - Authorities have identified an officer who was shot and killed in south Georgia and another who was critically injured while responding to a domestic violence call, the AP reports. Americus police chief Mark Scott said Americus officer Nicholas Smarr died and Georgia Southwestern State University officer Jodi Smith was airlifted... More »

Georgia Man Still Has No Clue Who Our New President Is

And Joe Chandler doesn't want to know

(Newser) - A Georgia man has taken "ignorance is bliss" to a whole new (seemingly impossible) level, and he definitely earns his standing in UPI's "Odd News" category. WGN reports that as of Sunday, Joe Chandler, an artist from Brunswick, still had no clue who won the presidential election—... More »

Cops: Conspiracy Theorists With 'Arsenal' Arrested

Men allegedly planned to free souls by attacking research facility

(Newser) - Some men want to save our souls through religion. Two Georgia men arrested last week allegedly wanted to save them by shooting up an Alaska research facility that has been at the center of multiple conspiracy theories. Det. Michael Vickers tells the Alaska Dispatch News the men—30-year-old Michael Mancil... More »

Georgia Executes Autistic Cop-Killer

He opened fire with AR-15 after dispute in 1997

(Newser) - A man convicted of killing an Atlanta police officer and wounding a second officer with an AR-15 rifle was executed late Wednesday, becoming the seventh inmate put to death in Georgia this year. Gregory Paul Lawler, 63, was pronounced dead at 11:49pm at the state prison in Jackson after... More »

Boy 'Thrown to Floor' by Teacher Has Leg Amputated

School didn't call an ambulance for 13-year-old, says attorney

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy sent to an alternative school was thrown to the ground multiple times on his first day, injuring his right leg so badly that it had to be amputated, a lawyer for the boy and his mother says. Attorney Renee Tucker says the Columbus, Ga., teen was slammed... More »

Post by Cop Who Pulled Over 'Terrified' Black Youth Goes Viral

But Lt. Tim McMillan says he kind of wishes he could take the post back

(Newser) - Lt. Tim McMillan put up a Facebook post Oct. 1 about an encounter he'd had with a young African-American man and how he wished relations between police and the community could be better. The Garden City, Ga., cop had no idea how much of a chord he'd strike... More »

Educator Fired for Calling Michelle Obama 'Gorilla'

School board discovered racist Facebook posts

(Newser) - An Atlanta-area woman threw away a 27-year career as an educator in the seconds it took her to make ugly comments about Michelle Obama online. Forsyth County Schools says paraprofessional teacher's aide Jane Wood Allen was fired after calling Michelle Obama a gorilla on Facebook, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.... More »

Walmart: Sorry We Refused to Make Police Officer's Cake

Cop's daughter says bakery employee called design racist

(Newser) - Walmart has apologized after employees at a Georgia store refused to make a retirement cake for a police officer. The officer's daughter told radio host Todd Starnes that she wanted the cake to feature a black and white American flag with a blue stripe added in to symbolize the... More »

Cop Says Black Man Shot Her; Officials Say That Didn't Happen

Sherry Hall has been fired, and warrants have been issued for her arrest

(Newser) - A white Jackson police officer has been fired after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found she lied about being shot by an unidentified black man, AJC.com reports. Rookie cop Sherry Hall had only been on the job for three months when she was shot on Sept. 13. Calling in... More »

Cops: Girl Brings Knife to School to Fend Off Clowns

The 11-year-old was arrested Friday

(Newser) - In what's either a prudent safety measure or an excellent example of media-induced hysteria, an 11-year-old girl in Georgia was arrested Friday for allegedly bringing a knife to school to protect her from clowns, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. "She said that the reason she had the knife was... More »

Atlanta Rapper Dead at 40 in Car Crash

Shawty Lo's vehicle went over guardrail and burned

(Newser) - Rapper Shawty Lo—real name Carlos Walker—has died in a blazing car crash in Atlanta, his manager confirms. Fulton County police say a single car accident occurred around 2:20am Wednesday when a white Audi went over a guardrail on an I-285 ramp, hit two trees, and caught fire,... More »

Judge Refuses Legal Name Changes for Transgender Men

Lambda Legal is appealing Judge Roper's decisions

(Newser) - An LGBT rights group is asking an appeals court to step in after a Georgia judge declined a legal name change for a second transgender man, the AP reports. Lambda Legal says it filed an appeal Thursday of a June order by Columbia County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper... More »

Video Shows Moment That Dad Saw Babies Get Carjacked

Atlanta man admits he left car running

(Newser) - As he came out of an Atlanta gas station Saturday night after paying for his fill-up, Lestor Chaney was overwhelmed with a feeling no parent ever wants to experience: complete fear, ABC News reports. Chaney tells WSB (which spells his first name "Lester") he went inside the Texaco... More »

'Genius' Sperm Donor, Who's Schizophrenic, Turns Self In

Christian Aggeles, who looked good on paper, has fathered more than 36 children worldwide

(Newser) - How often are sperm donors vetted, and how often do they get away with enhancing their positive traits? It's a question at the heart of ongoing lawsuits involving James Christian (Chris) Aggeles, who donated his sperm to Georgia-based Xytex Corp. years ago and fathered 36 children between 2000 and... More »

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