News for Monday, April 2, 2012

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High demand crashes National Archives’ 1940 census launch

It turns out the National Archives and Records Administration’s opening of the 1940 census records on Monday was quite popular with Americans.

Let political ads go the way of cigarette commercials - Tina Dupuy

When asked to report on the onslaught of political ads on television, words like "flood," "deluge," and "torrent," will suddenly pepper copy.

The political obituary of Newt Gingrich? - Joe Gandelman

When a friend caught iconic comedian W.C. Fields reading a Bible shortly before his death, he asked Fields what he was doing. "I'm looking for loopholes," Fields replied.

Isn't that nice? - Michael Reagan

President Obama wants his dear friend, Vlad the Russian, not to worry about the details of how the American missile defense system in Europe will be designed and implemented.

Local agency to offer AARP services

After meeting several social responsibility and business requirements, Smarr Financial Services Inc., is now authorized to offer a popular insurance program in Clayton County.

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McGarrah parent determined to send daughter to D.C.

Victoria Rice is a fifth-grader at McGarrah Elementary School who has been selected to attend the 2012 Junior National Young Leaders Conference this summer. Now, it’s just a matter of raising the money to go.

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Bama signee Tomlinson hurts knee playing soccer

Henry County senior and Alabama football signee Dalvin Tomlinson will require surgery after sustaining a significant knee injury while playing on the high school soccer team.

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2012 Major League Baseball preview

The Atlanta Braves get their 2012 season started in just a few days. But before then, you can get ready for the entire Major League Baseball season at our MLB preview page.

Fifth annual PB&J drive benefits McDonough, Riverdale pantries

Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta, two divisions of Synovus Bank, have announced their hosting of the Fifth Annual “Spread the Love” Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive to benefit 36 local food pantries in the communities they serve.

Sheriff hosting two youth-oriented events

Clayton County middle school students have a unique opportunity to experience what it is like to be sheriff, in one of two youth-oriented events hosted this spring by Sheriff Kem Kimbrough.

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MLB 2012: Key dates for the upcoming season

A new home for the Fish, a special anniversary and a farewell to the NL for the Astros highlight the 2012 major league season. A handful of dates to mark on the schedule:

Riverdale hosting Easter egg hunt on Saturday

The event is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Amphitheater in front of Riverdale City Hall, located at 7210 Church Street. The event is free to the public.

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Baseball's oldest stars are some of its greatest

New York's Mariano Rivera and Atlanta's Chipper Jones aren't the only ones in the 40s still playing a young man's game.

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TOP ROOKIES: Several newcomers hoping for big impact

Check out these rookies to watch, beginning with two players trying to follow in teammate's footsteps.

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MLB PREVIEW: Bracing for an extra wild season

The major leagues are now a major free-for-all. Credit (or blame) goes to an expanded postseason format that adds two more wild-card clubs this October.

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Church collects more than 300 dresses for local proms

First Baptist Church in Lovejoy helps nearly 50 girls get the dresses and accessories needed to attend their proms.

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AL PREVIEW: Yankees, Red Sox no longer rule in free agency

The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels played an offseason game of "can you top this?" that used to be reserved for the AL East powers.

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NL PREVIEW: Division-by-division predictions and analysis

A look at the National League in predicted order of finish.

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NL wide open after turbulent offseason

A year ago, it was the Philadelphia Phillies, and then the rest of the National League. Everyone was picking Roy Halladay and Co. to win the pennant. OK, so everyone was wrong. This year, Philadelphia is still one of the favorites — but the situation is different.

Who has the best odds to win the year's first major?

Glantz, Culver give their odds on the Masters field

Bios of top Masters contenders

Check out this year's top players — listed in order of predicted finish

Masters Facts and Figures

Quick glance, including TV schedule, for this year's event

Woods, McIlroy take starring roles in the Masters

Golfers take paths over the past years that would have been difficult for anyone to chart

Slow year thus far for Scott

Aussie hasn't spent much time on the course in 2012

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