News for Thursday, February 23, 2012

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AP Interview: Oscar nominee Demian Bichir

MEXICO CITY (AP) Demian Bichir learned an important lesson when he left his native Mexico to launch a U.S. acting career and ended up working in a Mexican restaurant in New York: How to live the invisible life of an illegal immigrant with dignity.It's a subtle quality he brings

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Teams hope to use their homecourt advantage

It in no way guarantees a win, but for the seven Southern Crescent teams lucky enough to host a first-round state playoff game, it could be a big advantage.

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Ailing tournament teams make no excuses

Short-handed doesn’t necessarily mean a short stay in the playoffs.

Clayton reservoirs to open for fishing season

Clayton County residents will pay $5 per vehicle, or $30 for a season pass. Non-county residents pay $10 per vehicle, or $40 for a season pass. Authority Spokeswoman Suzanne Brown said season passes are sold at the entrance offices of the Shamrock/Blalock and J.W. Smith reservoirs, when staff is available.

IRS urges taxpayers to utilize ‘Free File program’

The IRS has partnered with the Free File Alliance, a coalition of top tax software companies, to push taxpayers to use the IRS Free File program. Through this partnership, taxpayers with an annual income of $57,000 or less can use a leading tax software to prepare, and electronically file, their returns for free

Jonesboro ministry promoting disaster preparedness

Marcia Atkins, the founder of Jonesboro-based Hope Family Ministries, is set to unveil her wearable emergency preparedness kits — called Personal Emergency Toppers, or P.E.T.s — during a Rescue Readiness reception her ministry is scheduled to hold on Sunday, from 4 p.m., to 6 p.m., at the Drury Inn, located at 6520 Lee Street, in Morrow.

FAITH NOTES: VIP Ministries will meet Tuesday at Forest Park Baptist

The VIP Ministries of Forest Park Baptist Church, 634 Main Street, Forest Park, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 10:45 a.m., in the church fellowship hall.

Russell, Dennis Jr.

Mr. Dennis Russell, Jr., 89, of Forest Park, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

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The very short list of reader-recommended destinations — Curt Yeomans

Beverly, a faithful reader from McDonough, was the only reader to respond to my call for natural wonders everyone should see, and she brought up a good point — there are plenty of natural wonders here, in Georgia’s state parks, for people to see.

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Don’t call me ‘Granny’ — Ronda Rich

Karen, one of my two best friends, is always hip and trendy. She buys clothes that are cutting edge, is familiar with all pop culture and, really, she is quite glamorous. Somehow, that image doesn’t mesh with the image I have of women called “Granny.”

Oscar-nominated actors tell favorite movie moment

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Many of this year's Oscar-nominated actors first experienced the magic of movies as children.. When asked on Oscar.com to reflect on their favorite movie moments, nominees such as Jessica Chastain, Kenneth Branagh, Gary Oldman and Octavia Spencer immediately went back in time.. "My favorite was

A nun, football coach and Marine going to Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- At least one person on the Oscars red carpet won't have to worry about what to wear: Mother Dolores Hart.. The 73-year-old nun, who left Hollywood in 1963 to join a monastery after starring in films with the likes of Elvis Presley and George

Movie critic Michael Clark makes his Oscar predictions for 2012

In far more ways than one, the Oscar ceremony this coming Sunday will be a grand celebration of the past and should provide more competitive drama than the last ten telecasts combined. In all six major categories there is not a single clear-cut, runaway favorite and it's unlikely even

AP critics pick 'The Artist' for top Oscar wins

LOS ANGELES -- Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire are boringly in lockstep on their picks for this season's top Academy Awards categories, depriving them of their usual snide debate over who's going to win.. Both predict the silent film "The Artist" will win for best-picture

Oscars to drop Kodak name from awards show

Oscar organizers have agreed to drop mentions of the Kodak Theatre from Sunday's broadcast.

Moratorium shuts down unlicensed teen parties

Henry County officials have put a halt to the unsanctioned gatherings of teenagers, often in vacant buildings. Their massive numbers, which have ranged from 400, to 600 youngsters, pose a threat to their safety, and the safety of others, officials said.

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‘Math whiz’ the county’s brightest STAR

He relates math to everything

Through the eyes of Morrow High School senior, Michael Hollyday, just about everything in the world is viewed mathematically.

Beard, Mr. Larry

Mr. Larry Beard, 60, of Jonesboro, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.

Leiber, Mr. Wilford D. “Sonny”

Mr. Wilford D. “Sonny” Leiber, 76, of Locust Grove, passed away Feb. 21, 2012.

National Archives to release 1940 census documents

The world is about to get a glimpse of what America looked like during its transition from the Great Depression, to World War II.

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Just Loaf’n returns to Stockbridge

Restaurant serves New Orleans-style cuisine

Just Loaf’n, returned to the Southern Crescent city, after a five-year hiatus. The owner, Darren Williams, and his business partner, Laletha Moore, re-opened the eatery this month.

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