News for Monday, April 30, 2012

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Familiar Forest Park Penney outlet stays open, but changes name

SB Capital Group bought 15 J.C. Penney Outlet stores, keeping their management and staff and renaming them JC’s 5 Star Outlets.

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Backward banking — Michael Reagan

Our banking system is completely screwed up when it comes to getting a home loan.

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Funny money — Peter Funt

For most Americans, a penny at the gas pump has vivid significance, but billions of dollars create a meaningless blur.

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Pirates set season scoring high, beat Braves 9-3

Pedro Alvarez and Yamaico Navarro each hit two-run homers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a long-awaited offensive breakthrough as they beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Monday night.

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Seven area teams make baseball postseason

When the state baseball playoffs come around each year, Mount Zion is usually packing away its equipment.

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Rondo-less Celtics try to even series vs. Hawks

Rajon Rondo lost control in the final minute of Game 1, and that means he won't be on the court for Game 2.

Opportunity zones to be discussed in Hampton

The City of Hampton will hold a work session today, May 1, at 6 p.m., at City Hall, at 17 East Main St., in Hampton. Officials are expected to discuss the creation of a redevelopment plan, for the purpose of establishing opportunity zones within the city, according to City Manager Andy Pippin.

Clayton State appoints new vice president

Kate Troelstra has been appointed as the next Vice President for External Relations at Clayton State University, according to school President Tim Hynes.

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Trial begins for accused cop killer

Bun testifies in pre-trial hearing

Veasa Johnathan Bun told a Clayton County Superior Court judge on Monday that he gave a statement to investigators, hours after he was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Clayton County sheriff’s deputy, only out of the fear that they would otherwise beat him up.

Morrow woman hit by 5 cars, dies

A Morrow woman, who had just left a group of friends at a Tara Boulevard nightclub, died early Saturday when she was repeatedly run over while trying to cross the busy roadway, Clayton County police said.

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