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Best Quick Thinking by a Newspaper Reporter in Peril: Don O'Briant

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People often wonder how well they’ll perform in a life-and-death situation. On March 11, DON O’BRIANT, a reporter at the AJC, found out firsthand. With alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols demanding at gunpoint that O’Briant climb into the trunk of the Honda Nichols was carjacking, O’Briant said no. Nichols pistol-whipped him. O’Briant stumbled to his feet and ran. Asked later why he didn’t obey, O’Briant said, “You don’t do that. You’re giving up any control you have at the moment.” O’Briant’s quick thinking may have saved his life, and gave us a glimmer of good news on an otherwise dismal day.

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