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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 »

Teens' Bodies Were Left Posed Behind Publix

Including one left in a 'sexually explicit fashion'

(Newser) - One of two victims found dead behind a Publix grocery store in Georgia earlier this month was naked, her body placed in a "sexually explicit fashion," according to an autopsy. Natalie Henderson's body also revealed she had been shot in the head at close range, reports the... More »

Tyler Perry Says He'll Pay for Funeral of Girls Left in Hot Car

15-month-old twins Ariel and Alaynah died last Thursday in Georgia

(Newser) - Tyler Perry has offered to pay for the funeral of the twin 15-month-old girls who died last Thursday after being left alone in a hot car in Georgia, ABC News reports. Police say Asa North was drunk when he left his daughters, Ariel and Alaynah, in the car. He's... More »

Ship's Crew Trapped Since April Finally Going Home

'A shameful story of crew neglect'

(Newser) - Fifteen crew members stuck aboard a cargo ship anchored off the coast of Savannah, Ga., for four months will soon be going home, the AP reports. According to NPR , the Newlead Castellano—owned by NewLead Holdings in Greece—was seized by US marshals in April over unpaid loans. Attorney Todd... More »

Twin Girls Die After Being Left in Hot Car

Father of Georgia 15-month-olds has been charged

(Newser) - Grim news from Carrollton, Ga.: Police say twin 15-month-old girls died after being left in the back of an SUV Thursday evening, USA Today reports. Police say that when they responded to a 911 call, they found neighbors holding the little girls in a baby pool, trying to cool them... More »

After Teens Found Dead Behind Publix, an Arrest

But police aren't giving a possible motive

(Newser) - A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in Georgia in connection with the murder of two 17-year-olds behind a Publix grocery store, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The bodies of Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis were found by a delivery driver Monday in Roswell; each had been shot in the head. According... More »

2 Teens Shot in Head Behind Grocery Store

Their parents believed they were home in bed at the time

(Newser) - Two 17-year-old high school students were found dead behind a Georgia grocery store Monday morning, each with a single bullet wound to the head, WGCL reports. A delivery driver found the bodies of Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis around 6am behind a Publix grocery store in Roswell. According to WSB... More »

Teen Boys Ask for Jobs to Stay Out of Gangs

'I hired them on the spot'

(Newser) - When four teen boys, ages 13 and 14, approached the head of the LaGrange Housing Authority in Georgia asking for summer jobs, they weren't just hoping for pocket money. "I said why do you want a job? They said so we want get in trouble and we do... More »

Guy Won $3M in the Lottery, Allegedly Sank It Into Meth Ring

Ronnie Music could now face life in prison

(Newser) - When Ronnie Music Jr. won $3 million in a Georgia Lottery scratch game last year, he decided to invest—in methamphetamine, say police. Music, of Waycross, Ga., pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and firearm charges last week after prosecutors accused the 45-year-old of supplying drug dealers with at least... More »

Georgia News Anchor Swept Over Waterfall

41NBC is mourning Taylor Terrell

(Newser) - The station 41NBC in Macon, Ga., is mourning news anchor Taylor Terrell, who was swept over a waterfall to her death the day before her 25th birthday. A US Forest Service spokeswoman says Terrell fell 160 feet over Rainbow Falls in Transylvania County, NC, on Thursday after she slipped on... More »

It's Totally Legal to Take Pics Up Women's Skirts in GA

Court of Appeals says legislature needs to change the law

(Newser) - It's completely legal for people in Georgia to take photos and videos up women's skirts without their knowledge, according to a 6-3 Court of Appeals ruling this week. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the ruling stems from an incident in which a grocery store clerk was caught taking multiple... More »

Homeless but Determined, Teen Pitched Tent Outside College

Georgia's Fred Barley biked 6 hours to campus on child-size bike

(Newser) - When police received a report over the weekend of a tent pitched outside of Gordon State College in Barnesville, Ga., they headed over and asked the occupant to come out with hands in sight, the Herald-Gazette reports. Fred Barley, 19, emerged, and he had an amazing story to tell—and... More »

Georgia Sets Record With 6th Execution This Year

John Conner beat a friend to death in 1982

(Newser) - Georgia on Friday executed its sixth inmate this year, the most in any calendar year in the state since the death penalty was reinstated four decades ago. John Wayne Conner, 60, was put to death for beating a friend to death during an argument after a night of partying in... More »

Boy Apologizes for White Privilege in Epic Poem

'I have started life on the top of the ladder'

(Newser) - A 14-year-old stood up in front of his eighth-grade class in May and delivered what is now "being celebrated as the definition of responsible self-analysis by a white American," per Fusion . In a viral video posted two weeks ago, Royce Mann of Atlanta begins his poem "White... More »

Cops: Woman Endures Days of Horrific Abuse From Husband

He allegedly blinded her, stabbed her, drugged her, tried to pull her teeth out

(Newser) - Police say a new mother in Atlanta suffered horrific abuse at the hands of her husband for two days before being rescued by her mother. “He was jabbing at her eyes, jabbing at her eyes so she couldn't see the baby," Fawn Ortega tells WSB-TV . "[He]... More »

Thirsty Thieves Steal 78K Bottles of Beer

The beer was worth about $90K

(Newser) - Maybe they were planning an epic party? Police in Atlanta say thieves stole two refrigerated trucks carrying 3,272 cases of beer—or about 78,500 bottles worth $90,000—from a craft brewery on Tuesday. By the time officers tracked down the trucks, both were empty, reports the Atlanta ... More »

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