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  1. Prayer vigil planned after man in Maserati shot by police in SmyrnaRead the original story w/Photo

    10 hrs ago | Athens Banner-Herald

    Felicia Thomas, mother of Nicholas Thomas, the man shot and killed by police at his place of employment in Vinings, Ga. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, is comforted by her husband, Huey, as their attorney Mawuli Mel Davis, right, speaks at a news conference in Decatur, Ga. 1 comment

  2. Calls for police accountability in death of naked Atlanta manRead the original story

    Thursday Mar 12 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Atlanta residents this week added their voices to a nationwide chorus of calls for increased police accountability after an officer fatally shot an unarmed, naked man. The shooting occurred just two days prior to more unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the location for the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in August.

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  3. Calls for police accountability in death of naked Georgia manRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 12 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Residents in the Atlanta area are adding their voices to a nationwide chorus of calls for increased police accountability after an unarmed, naked man was fatally shot by an officer responding to a complaint of a suspicious person at an apartment complex. More than 100 protesters gathered in the city of Decatur on Wednesday night to protest the death of Anthony Hill, 27. Most said they hoped the latest shooting would become part of an ongoing national discussion on how police officers interact with citizens, especially minorities.

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  4. Georgia House OKs bill allowing exploding fireworks in Georgia; measure heads now to SenateRead the original story

    Monday Mar 9 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Georgians could soon legally celebrate their big moments and holidays with exploding fireworks after the House voted Monday to make them available for sale and use in this state. Currently, Georgia law allows sparklers, but not fireworks that explode or ignite rockets.

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  5. Man riding skateboard struck, killed by train near AtlantaRead the original story

    Sunday Mar 8 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Authorities say a man riding a skateboard has been struck and killed by a train in Decatur, just east of Atlanta. WSB-TV reports that the collision happened Saturday afternoon, on train tracks in the area of East Trinity Place and East College Avenue.

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  6. Georgia craft brewers seek to alter Prohibition-era modelRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 8, 2015 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Brewers of craft beer are hoping their fans will help convince Georgia lawmakers to allow the sale of limited amounts for drinkers to take home. "I like to buy vegetables from farmers and like to buy bread from bakers, and it doesn't seem fair to customers that they can't buy beer from brewers," said Crawford Moran, brewmaster at 5 Seasons Restaurant Brewer and at the Slight & Pint in Decatur.

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  7. Georgia craft brewers seek to alter Prohibition-era modelRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 8, 2015 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Brewers of craft beer are hoping their fans will help convince Georgia lawmakers to allow the sale of limited amounts for drinkers to take home. "I like to buy vegetables from farmers and like to buy bread from bakers, and it doesn't seem fair to customers that they can't buy beer from brewers," said Crawford Moran, brewmaster at 5 Seasons Restaurant Brewer and at the Slight & Pint in Decatur.

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  8. Georgia victim of Wahlberg racism says actor deserves no pardonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 20, 2015 | Athens Banner-Herald

    In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Mark Wahlberg arrives at the 2014 AFI Fest - "The Gambler," in Los Angeles. Wahlberg asked Massachusetts for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988 when he was a teenager in Boston.

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  9. Ringleader in FAMU hazing death sentenced to 6 yearsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2015 | Athens Banner-Herald

    A former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison for manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of a drum major, making him the first to receive prison time in the case. Dante Martin received 77 months, but prosecutors wanted nine years in the beating death of 26-year-old Robert Champion during a brutal hazing ritual in November 2011.

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  10. Temperatures plunge across Georgia; 0 at the highest peakRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 8, 2015 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Temperatures fell to 10 degrees before dawn in Marietta, Cartersville and Rome and 12 in Atlanta as an arctic blast of frigid weather brought the coldest temperatures in a year to Georgia. It was even colder in the north Georgia mountains.

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  11. Decatur man sentenced in ATM skimming schemeRead the original story

    Nov 20, 2014 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Federal prosecutors say a metro Atlanta man has been sentenced to federal prison time for his role in an ATM skimming machine that involved more than 5,000 victims. Authorities say 36-year-old Michael J. Ellis of Decatur, Georgia was sentenced to eight years and five months in prison for stealing bank debit card numbers and passwords from people in Georgia and Florida by using an ATM skimming device.

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  12. Prosecutor: Former band member organized hazingRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 28, 2014 | Athens Banner-Herald

    A prosecutor said Tuesday that a former band member charged in the death of a Florida A&M University drum major was the chief organizer of a brutal hazing ritual that had been a secret tradition at the school for years. During opening statements in the manslaughter and hazing trial of 27-year-old Dante Martin, state attorney Jeff Ashton called the ritual that brought on Robert Champion's death in 2011 a "dark tradition" inside FAMU's band.

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  13. Jurors picked in trial of FAMU band membersRead the original story

    Oct 28, 2014 | Athens Banner-Herald

    A jury has been picked in the trial of one of the four remaining Florida A&M University band members charged in the hazing death of a drum major. A jury of four women and two men was selected Tuesday.

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  14. Hazing trial starts for 4 FAMU band membersRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 27, 2014 | Athens Banner-Herald

    The trial of four members of Florida A&M University's marching band on charges of felony hazing and manslaughter was scheduled to start Monday, nearly three years after drum major Robert Champion died from being beaten. His death has shone a spotlight on a hazing ritual at FAMU known as "crossing Bus C," and caused the band - which had played at the Super Bowl and before U.S. presidents - to be suspended for over a year.

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  15. Hazing trial starts for 1 FAMU band memberRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 27, 2014 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Jury selection in the trial of one of the four remaining former Florida A&M University's band members charged with felony hazing and manslaughter in the death of a drum major is set to move to a second day, while trials for three other remaining defendants have been postponed until April. Attorneys questioned 80 prospective jurors Monday at the start of the trial of 27-year-old Dante Martin.

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  16. Hazing trial starts for 1 FAMU band memberRead the original story

    Oct 27, 2014 | Athens Banner-Herald

    A judge has postponed the cases of three of the four remaining defendants facing charges in the death of a Florida A&M drum major. Judge Renee Roche delayed the trial Monday at the request of attorneys for defendants Benjamin McNamee, Aaron Golson and Darryl Cearnel.

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  17. Hazing trial starts for 4 FAMU band membersRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 27, 2014 | Athens Banner-Herald

    The trial of four members of Florida A&M University's marching band on charges of felony hazing and manslaughter was scheduled to start Monday, nearly three years after drum major Robert Champion died from being beaten. His death has shone a spotlight on a hazing ritual at FAMU known as "crossing Bus C," and caused the band - which had played at the Super Bowl and before U.S. presidents - to be suspended for over a year.

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  18. Attorneys want word 'hazing' excluded from Florida trialRead the original story

    Oct 22, 2014 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Defense attorneys for the four Florida A&M band members charged in a drum major's death are going before a judge to ask that the word "hazing" not be allowed to be used at their trial next week. Defense attorneys on Wednesday also are hoping the judge reconsiders their challenge to Florida's hazing law.

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  19. Defense argues FAMU hazing death was 'contest'Read the original story

    Oct 14, 2014 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Defense attorneys for four Florida A&M band members charged in a drum major's death said Tuesday that the state's anti-hazing law is so vague that what happened on the band bus can be considered a contest, not hazing. Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Robert Champion, of Decatur, Georgia.

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  20. Superintendent candidates differ on how to boost graduation ratesRead the original story

    Oct 12, 2014 | Athens Banner-Herald

    The candidates for state superintendent of schools offered differing prescriptions for raising the high-school graduation rate during their only televised debate Sunday. Republican Richard Woods, a veteran educator from South Georgia, said the solution is tailoring the graduation requirements to the child's career choice.

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