News for Monday, March 8, 2010

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BOE to hear school system's SACS report

During a called meeting, tonight, the Clayton County Board of Education will be presented with a copy of Clayton County Public Schools' latest report on regaining full Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation.

Clayton bus drivers bring home national title

Clayton County Public Schools special-needs bus drivers, David O'Keeffe and Jacquelyn Turner, became national champions over the weekend, taking first place in the 13th Annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo.

Jonesboro panel to review police chief applications

Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox said it will be another month and a half before the city has its next permanent police chief, now that a panel -- which includes the mayor and two city council members -- has been chosen to review the 26 applications for the position.

College student killed in Clayton crash

A college student, home for spring break, was killed Monday morning when her car was struck by a pickup truck, Clayton County police said.

Four Clayton officers fired

Four Clayton County police officers have been fired over allegations involving inappropriate conduct, according to an Atlanta TV station.

Henry commuters getting larger Xpress lot

A new, $3.5 million Park and Ride lot, complete with 1,040 parking spaces, is planned for Henry County.

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Jackson Elementary wants arts theme county-wide

Charray Helton, a fifth-grader at James A. Jackson Elementary School, was happy to learn that the school she would be attending this year has a fine arts theme.

AAA expects jobs boost to hike gas prices

While the region has been rocked by some sobering economic news over the past week, an optimistic economic outlook on the national front may be cause for future hikes in gasoline prices.

City ordinance bans nudity, alcohol in clubs

The Forest Park City Council adopted a new adult-entertainment ordinance on Monday, incorporating many of the same features of a March 2009 ordinance that prompted federal lawsuits from two different strip club owners.

Stepping toward cultural understanding - Joel Hall

Late last month, the makers of Spite hosted the first-ever Sprite Step Off, arguably the most publicized and highly-anticipated college step show in history -- held right here in Atlanta, Ga.

Reconciliation -- Playing parliamentary games with America's future - Mike Reagan

Well, the not-so-surprising news of the week out of Washington is that President Obama is now calling on Congress to schedule a straight vote on the Democrats' health-care reform measure.

Freedom and faux populism - Tina Dupuy

The trick to great rhetoric is to pick a word or phrase everyone likes and no one can possibly be against. Then, take that expression and be completely for it, daring anyone to challenge you.

NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon spends time with local Cub Scouts

Former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon reached out to local Cub Scouts before Sunday's Kobalt 500 as part of "Scout Day at the Races."

CSU women win Peach Belt Tournament, faces Tusculum in first round of NCAA Regional

The Clayton State Laker women's basketball team continue to add to its growing hardware.

Forest Park's Cole has unique perspective

There are four teams left in the Class AAAA girls basketball tournament. And only one coach has seen them all on the court, matching wit and roster for 32 minutes.

Reconciliation — Playing parliamentary games with America's future - Mike Reagan

Well, the not-so-surprising news of the week out of Washington is that President Obama is now calling on Congress to schedule a straight vote on the Democrats' health-care reform measure.

Forest Park's Cole has unique perspective

There are four teams left in the Class AAAA girls basketball tournament. And only one coach has seen them all on the court, matching wit and roster for 32 minutes.

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