News for Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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Mgbemena looks forward to 'one answer' in life

If Michael Mgbemena has to single out one thing he likes about math, he says it is the fact that there is no ambiguity about the answer to an equation.

Music comes naturally to North Clayton's Bell

Damarcus Bell's head turned when he heard a trash can's wheels creak as they rolled across the floor of North Clayton High School's cafeteria last week.

Jonesboro's McGill knows formula for excellence

Kody McGill enjoys working through math problems and finding solutions.

Morrow High's Phan thrives under pressure

Thanh Thuy Thi Phan, or "Thuy" (pronounced Twee) for short, is just as good with words as she is with people.

Coupons rev up instant-savings offers

Any time a store offers an instant-savings dea,l I get excited. Sales that offer instant savings of a specified dollar amount, when shoppers buy certain items, are great opportunities for us to stock up at sale prices, and to actually get the store to "pay us" to shop.

Mundy's Mill's Krieger finds steps to success

With straight A's since kindergarten, devoting herself to her studies has become a habit for Kimiko Krieger, but she also has a passion for dance.

Forest Park's Garcia sets an example

While Forest Park High School Star Student Carla Garcia may seem calm and easy going, she is serious when it comes to the task at hand.

WORKTEC manager picked to lead advocacy group

Debbie Walker-Lass, the specialist manager for Clayton County Public Schools' WORKTEC employment and training center, was recently tapped to serve as president of the Georgia chapter of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE).

Riverdale man sentenced in impersonation case

A Riverdale man, who authorities say held himself out as a U.S. State Department employee to deceive church members, investors and law enforcement officers, was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Clayton's STARs to shine today

While nine Clayton County Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Students will venture down separate paths once the 2009-10 school year ends, they all share a common interest in being the best students at their respective schools.

Mount Zion's Martinez paints picture of success

Mount Zion High School Star Student Maria Martinez is an artist with a number of other talents to fall back on.

Parent, caretakers questioned in baby's death

Riverdale police are questioning the mother and caretakers of a 6-month-old child, who was brought to Southern Regional Medical Center "dead on arrival," early Tuesday morning.

Alcorn engineering a future in machinery

While most of his fellow seniors at North Clayton High School are still picking which college they will go to, Devon Alcorn is already trying to decide which defense contractor he wants to work for after college.

Southern Regional seeks open-heart surgery approval

Since 2006, Southern Regional Medical Center has been one of the few hospitals south of Interstate 20 to perform angioplasty procedures, according to hospital officials.

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Local children learn tumbling at recreation center

Kimlien Campbell decided a few weeks ago it was time to do something about the constant jumping and rolling around that her 7-year-old son, Nathaniel, and her 6-year-old daughter, Briana, were doing in the family's Hampton home.

Registration for Elite Scholars lottery begins Thursday

Clayton County parents, who want to get their rising sixth-through-ninth-grade students into the Elite Scholars Academy Charter School for the 2010-2011 school year, can begin registering for the school's admission lottery on Thursday, school system officials have announced.

Lovejoy's Pugh studying for career in medicine

Hoping to get an early start toward medical school, Lovejoy High School's Mariesha Pugh jumped into the college world at the age of 15.

Clayton Schools scaling back graduation shuttle service

Clayton County Public Schools is cutting back on shuttle buses for graduation ceremonies in May, in an effort to reduce the cost of ferrying people between Tara Stadium and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, where the ceremonies will be held, school officials announced on Monday.

Eagles Landing ready to move on

As Eagle's Landing led South Atlanta, the No. 1 team in the state, in the finals of the Region 4-AAA tournament Monday, players on the Golden Eagles bench locked arms, leaned forward and held their breath. A year ago, Eagle's Landing had won just six games. Now, they were on the verge of an improbable upset.

Stockbridge gets hot at right time

As Stockbridge finished up practice on Tuesday evening, coach Duane Kelley gathered his team in a circle at midcourt. Just as the coach finished his post practice analyst, he pointed to a spectator on the sideline, and told his team about a conversation he had with him before last week's Region 4-AAAA tournament.

My reading to-do list - Jason Smith

I reached a bit of a milestone last week.

48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returns from Afghanistan - Gen. William T. Nesbitt

After a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, it's time to welcome back the Georgia National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT).

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