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Further Tragedy for Family of Boy Brutally Mauled by Dogs

Tracy Dowdy Fain suffered stroke, aneurysm while at hospital with son

(Newser) - "It's just unreal," Sandra Moore tells Fox 5 . "I just don't know how much more we can take." Moore's grandson, 7-year-old Ethan Fain, was mauled by two dogs who pulled him out of a tree and attacked him last Christmas Eve in Georgia.... More »

Georgia Politician Wants Confederate 'Blight' Gone

Carving on Stone Mountain was backed by the KKK

(Newser) - With Confederate monuments making headlines in the wake of Charlottesville, the front-runner heading into the Democratic primary for Georgia's governorship is calling for the removal of a massive carving of Confederate leaders from the state's Stone Mountain, WSB-TV reports. "We must never celebrate those who defended slavery... More »

Parents of Teen Who Died in Gym Mat Ordered to Pay $292K

After Kendrick Johnson's parents dropped their lawsuit, judge orders them to pay up

(Newser) - The parents of a Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat and their attorney must pay more than $292,000 in legal fees to dozens of people they accused of foul play in a lawsuit that was later dropped, a judge ruled. The body of Kendrick Johnson, 17,... More »

Rapper Yung Mazi Shot, Killed Near Police Station

The performer was shot at a pizza shop in his hometown

(Newser) - A 31-year-old rapper known as Yung Mazi has been shot and killed outside an Atlanta pizza shop, less than eight months after he survived being shot at a Waffle House and then tweeted "God made me bulletproof," the AP reports (that tweet has since been deleted). Atlanta police... More »

Mom Discovers Crash Site, Realizes Son Is Dead

'You never think it's going to be you'

(Newser) - There was no heartbreaking visit from police. Instead, Nicole Bahret learned of the death of her son when she unknowingly came upon the scene of the crash in which he'd died. While driving home from running errands in Forsyth County, Ga., Bahret immediately recognized one of three vehicles at... More »

Man Helps Woman in Need, Gets Big Surprise Years Later

Chris Wright had no idea a kind gesture would come back around

(Newser) - Chris Wright was driving to church in Georgia in 2014 when he spotted TunDe Hector walking in the rain carrying a jerrycan. She'd run out of gas with $5 in her pocket. The Good Samaritan tells ABC News he offered her a lift to a gas station and back,... More »

Cops: As Mom Spent 6 Hours Getting Hair Done, Baby Died

DeKalb police say hot-car death wasn't intentional

(Newser) - Two cases of youngsters losing their lives in hot cars are making headlines this week. Skylar Fowler, 1, became the first child to die in a hot car in Georgia this year in a June 15 incident that's emerging following mother Dijanelle Fowler's Monday arrest. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... More »

Notorious Jewel Thief Caught Shoplifting in Walmart

Cops say Doris Payne's latest theft was worth $86.22

(Newser) - A notorious jewel thief with an illicit career spanning six decades has been caught stealing again, but she wasn't after sparkly gems this time, police near Atlanta say. Doris Payne, 86, was arrested at a Walmart store around 5pm Monday and charged with shoplifting $86.22 worth of merchandise,... More »

Family Puzzled After Missing Cremains Turn Up on Beach

And not even on a beach in the state where they went missing

(Newser) - Authorities and relatives are at a loss to explain how the cremated remains of a Georgia woman mysteriously washed up on a Florida beach, the AP reports. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that a box containing the ashes of an Atlanta-area woman was found by a man... More »

Photo Taken From Window Led to Missing NC Teen

Hailey Burns rescued hours after her parents got a message online

(Newser) - Shaunna and Anthony Burns awoke on May 23, 2016, to find their daughter missing and their front door unlocked. It is believed Hailey Burns, then 16, left the home in Charlotte, NC, and was picked up less than a mile away by a man she'd met online. A year... More »

Republican Wins Most Expensive House Race

Ossoff fails to pull off upset win in Georgia

(Newser) - The most expensive House race in US history became an expensive loss for the Democrats Tuesday as Republican candidate Karen Handel prevailed in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District. The former Georgia secretary of state won with around 52% of the vote to 48% for Democrat Jon... More »

Polls Close in Most Expensive House Race in US History

Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel face off in Georgia

(Newser) - Most polls have closed in Georgia for a special congressional election that offers a potential preview of the 2018 midterm elections, the AP reports. A few precincts remained open Tuesday evening after a rain-soaked day in metro Atlanta. Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff are expected to have a... More »

2nd Man Indicted in Death of Teacher in 2005

Bo Dukes helped dispose of Tara Grinstead's body, say authorities

(Newser) - A new indictment sheds light on the 2005 murder of a Georgia teacher. Authorities say Bo Dukes helped a friend remove the body of Tara Grinstead from her home, then brought it to his uncle's pecan farm near Fitzgerald and burned it, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution . Dukes isn'... More »

The Inmates Could've Escaped. Instead They Called 911

Georgia work crew applauded for assisting unconscious officer

(Newser) - As a Georgia correctional officer lay unconscious on the ground, six inmates surrounded him. Then one reached toward the officer's belt and grabbed, not his gun, but his cellphone. As the inmate called 911, the others removed the officer's bulletproof vest so they could perform CPR. "It... More »

Trump Weighs In as Georgia Decides Big House Race

Voters will decide between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel

(Newser) - The House race that has become much more than a House race will be decided Tuesday in Georgia, and President Trump shot off some early tweets to support the GOP candidate. Republican Karen Handel, he wrote , "will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare," and "strong security,"... More »

GOP Official: Scalise Shooting Will Win Ga. Election for Us

We find out Tuesday if it's Karen Handel or Jon Ossoff

(Newser) - It's a race that's both the most expensive one for a House seat in history and down to the wire: Voters in Georgia will decide on Tuesday whether Democrat Jon Ossoff or Republican Karen Handel will fill a congressional seat for suburban Atlanta. It's incredibly tight, and... More »

Homeowner Held Escaped Fugitives at Gunpoint

He held Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose at bay until cops arrived

(Newser) - Georgia's two escaped inmates were captured Thursday with help from a gun-toting Tennessee homeowner. But first, Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose broke into an elderly couple's home, tied up the occupants, held guns to their heads, threatened to kill them, and ate their beef stew, Bedford County Sheriff... More »

Escaped Inmates Are 'Dangerous Beyond Description'

Pair reportedly spotted shopping after burglarizing home

(Newser) - Two inmates who killed a pair of corrections officers to escape a prison transport bus in Georgia carjacked a vehicle Tuesday and drove 25 miles north to the town of Madison where they broke into a home, authorities say. They changed clothes and were reportedly spotted soon after at a... More »

Cops: Inmates Kill Guards, Escape Prison Transport Bus

A manhunt is underway in Georgia for Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe

(Newser) - Two convicts are on the loose after overpowering and killing a pair of correctional officers on a prisoner transport bus early Tuesday in Georgia, WSB-TV reports. Ricky Dubose, 24, and Donnie Rowe, 43, were among the 30-some prisoners being transported from Baldwin County Prison. According to CNN , authorities say Dubose... More »

Georgia Gov Race Could Prove Historic

Stacey Abrams would be state's first black governor, nation's first black woman governor

(Newser) - Stacey Abrams is what the Washington Post describes as "a Yale-trained lawyer and business executive who writes romance novels on the side," but pending the results of Georgia's upcoming gubernatorial election we could be referring to her variously as that state's first black governor or the... More »

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