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'The Artist' earns best-picture, lead-actor Oscars

"The Artist" won five Academy Awards on Sunday including best picture, becoming the first silent film to triumph at Hollywood's highest honors since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago.

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Wine-tasting event to support teen moms

When teen-mom Princess Barkley didn't know what else to do, Fulton County's Department of Family and Children Services contacted House of Dawn, a non-profit organization that provides a stable home for teen mothers and their babies.

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Church responds to pastor's arrest

The governing authority over a local church congregation has publicly decried the Aug. 4 arrest of one of its members on child sex charges.

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News of the Weird 8-13-2011

A More Reputable Career; Cultural Diversity; Latest Religious Messages; Questionable Judgments; Cutting-Edge Research; Least Competent Criminals;

Abiding in Christ, the way of life - Jim Bell

We do not use the word "abide" very much in our every-day vocabulary. In fact, it is not popular, except for those who study the Bible, read or write poetry and those who love religious songs and gospel music.

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Hunt trims scholarship list to eight schools

Calling it a difficult decision, North Clayton senior Marcus Hunt has trimmed his college basketball scholarship offers from 30 to a more workable eight schools.

Fill those water pots! - Susan Bennett

Trusting God isn't necessarily being passive. In fact, trusting God almost never means doing nothing while we wait for God to do whatever he's going to do.

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2011 Softball Preview

Here are five teams from the area to keep an eye on this softball season in the Southern Crescent.

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Great projects begin with grand visions, and Mark Miller has no shortage of either

In the short, four-year history of Strong Rock Christian football, the Patriots are looking for their first winning season.

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Jonesboro man indicted in death of stepfather

A convicted felon with a long prison history was indicted Wednesday in the December shooting of his stepfather.

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CSU's incoming freshmen move into dorm

"Man, I'm tired," said Victoria McKinney, while catching her breath, after travailing up two flight of stairs.

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Faith Notes - August 12, 2011

Greater Solid Rock to host Community Evangelism Block Party

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TOTO USA recognized as clean economy leader

The Americas division of a plumbing manufacturer has been identified as the leader in clean jobs in the water efficient product sector for the metro Atlanta area, said a spokeswoman.

Young at heart, young in looks - Ronda Rich

One morning, I received an e-mail from a reader who began by explaining that her 81-one-year-old mother was a devoted reader of this column and my books.

A call for personal preparedness - Charley English & Jeff Hood

With just half a year under our belt, the state of Georgia and metro Atlanta have already experienced their share of severe weather, and we obviously don't know what's in store for the second half of 2011.

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Football scrimmages allow fans first look at teams

The day has finally arrived for Drew cornerback Jadarius West and his teammates.

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Dillon is a one and a half year old domestic shorthair tabby.

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Stewart is a 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier.

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District kicks off $50 million scholarship challenge

The Clayton County School System's graduating class of 2011 received an estimated $18 million in scholarships to attend college -- not including the Hope Scholarship -- according to Dr. Alicia Dunn, the coordinator of guidance and counseling for the school district.

The Great Concessionaire - Will Durst

Sorry if you settled into your recliner ready to enjoy the blessed silence destined to descend on the political playing field in the aftermath of the Debt Ceiling Death Match.

Fat presidents, lean governent? - Tom Purcell

A fat president and a lean government are suddenly looking better than a lean president and a fat government.

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Mahone column: No QB Controversy at Drew High

As Drew coach Jarrett Laws sees it, there is not, and there will not be, a quarterback controversy on his team.

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No joke, Livingston wins 'crying towel' award

Armed with their best one-liners, jokes and put-downs, each of the nine Clayton County football coaches stepped to the podium during the annual Rotary Club Of Clayton County Crying Towel luncheon to poke fun at their teams.

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Lovejoy residents upset about tax implementation

Property owners gathered in the chambers of the Joe Murphy Public Safety Building in Lovejoy, for a public meeting, regarding a millage rate that will affect them for the first time this year.

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Children getting immunized first week of school

Children and youths in Clayton County can still get immunized.

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Accused shooter held without bond

A Morrow man is being held without bond, following his arrest more than a month after police said he kidnapped, and shot, a former girlfriend, before stealing her car.

Low-cost Internet said to help kids' education

David Cohen, an executive director of Comcast, the cable company, took time out of his busy day on Monday, to greet students at Lee Street Elementary School, for their first day of classes.

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Guide to online coupons - Jill Cataldo

Jill Cataldo saves hundreds on groceries by making the most of the common coupon. You can, too.

Justitia, open your eyes - Peter Funt

Should Justitia remove her blindfold?

A beautiful view - Martha Carr

There are these narrow points in any long journey where it takes courage to push through and keep going, but the view from the other side is breathtaking and life unfolds in completely new ways that are unexpected, bold and sweet.

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Jonesboro leaders approve 'sagging pants' ban

The Jonesboro City Council approved an ordinance that bans a fashion trend known as "sagging pants," on Monday, by a 5-1 vote, but only after residents and councilmembers engaged in a nearly 20-minute-long debate that exposed heated, and passionate views on the topic.

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Hundreds at Chick-fil-A back-to-school 'party'

Even though the sweltering heat was daunting, hundreds of Clayton County residents, this weekend, ignored the high temperatures and high humidity to attend the annual Chick-fil-A back-to-school bash.

Obamanomics : The gift that keeps on giving - Michael Reagan

Like everybody else, presidents have birthdays and have a right to celebrate them and invite others to join them in the festivities. But taking advantage of the occasion to bash the rich, and then charge some of them a whopping $40,000 to be able to sit near him as he observes his birthday is nothing short of outrageous.

Politics, reality show style - Tina Dupuy

The difference between a documentary and a reality show is staging. A documentary tells a story about real life. The subjects are normally not paid, aren't actors and the story is non-fiction. It's a quiet, illuminating and thoughtful genre (read: boring).

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A Ladies Touch

The Arts Clayton Gallery in Jonesboro opened a new special exhibit, featuring female artists, this past Friday.

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Culinary instructor is school's 'Top Chef'

Margaret June, the Culinary Arts instructor at Drew High School -- also affectionately referred to by her students as Chef June -- was recently named as the ProStart "Culinary Teacher Of The Year."

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Riverdale 'Seafood & Beer Fest' Labor Day weekend

The City of Riverdale will try something new Labor Day weekend, launching its first "Seafood and Beer Fest," according to Cie Cie McGhee, the city's marketing and events specialist.

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Atlanta airport's senior management re-arranged

Internal changes have been made to the management team at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to a recent announcement that managers, Balram Bheodari, Richard Duncan and Roosevelt Council, Jr., have been selected for new positions in Atlanta's Department of Aviation.

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Forest Park Library's youth program influences teens

Several teenagers had their eyes glued to the screen, while the projector was running. It seemed as if life around them diminished as they were sucked deeper and deeper into the movie, entitled, "X-Men."

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Woman finishes bar exam while in labor

A pregnant suburban Chicago woman was so determined to finish the Illinois bar exam that she completed the test even after going into labor.

A man in search of his mail - Tom Purcell

A man reaches a point in his life when he realizes what he really wants.

Save our small towns - Danny Tyree

As a resident of a small town (Belfast, Tenn.), I am distressed by the 2010 U.S. Census.

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Clayton Center helps families with school supplies

"The Devil is a lie," said Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon. "No one should stop you from accomplishing your dreams."

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Health officials: West Nile found near Jonesboro

The West Nile Virus has once again shown up in Clayton County, officials with the Clayton County Board of Health confirmed Wednesday.

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Accused shooter's dad guilty in federal bribe case

The father of a teenager accused of killing a Clayton County sheriff's deputy faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine in a scheme to bribe an immigration officer.

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Georgia's first lady visits Arts Clayton Gallery

Arts Clayton officials and artists, last week, went to the state Capitol in Atlanta, to visit Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra.

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College Park considers rebuilding of apartment units

Two three-story buildings are being considered for re-construction at the Village of College Park, located at 4060 Herschel Road, in College Park.

Entrapped worker dies at Hartsfield-Jackson

A man working at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was extricated from under a hydraulic lift, but did not survive, said Katena Carvajales, a spokeswoman for the airport.

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Senior center hosts life after cancer program

One thing often leads to another .... It was two years ago that Vearies Lavender decided to collect wigs for cancer patients, who lost their hair during chemotherapy treatments.

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Clayton BOC amends car sales ordinance

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to amend a county ordinance, which bans people from parking a car for sale in a public right-of-way, to grant exemptions to owners of new, and used, car dealerships.