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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Morning headlines

ARTHUR TESLER: Sentenced to five years this morning for lying to investigators about the fatal 2006 shooting of Kathryn Johnston.

BRAVES FAN DIES: Falls from the upper deck during the eighth inning of Wednesday night's game.

GUN TRIAL: Smyrna gun shop owner Jay Wallace is in New York this week, preparing for his legal showdown with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is expected to take the stand in his federal trial over gun control.

TICKLED PINK: Federal judge orders the Clayton County sheriff to stop setting up road blocks on the dead-end street leading to Pink Pony South in Forest Park. The strip club sued the sheriff in February, alleging he was unfairly targeting its customers.

CRCT BREAKER: State Superintendent Kathy Cox throws out the social studies portion of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests that Georgia middle school students recently bombed, saying the performance was "implausibly low."

NORREESE HAYNES: Will find out in early June if he can get his Clayton school board seat back. During a hearing Wednesday, his attorneys apparently seriously threatened to ask for federal troops to march into Clayton:

While the judge did not give a resolution to either side, the hearing was filled with moments of confusion, theatrics and even threats from plaintiff attorneys to take the case to a federal court and ask for federal troops to march into the county, if Benefield did not decide in Haynes' favor.

BEACON GREASE: The Roswell Beacon, a startup weekly, gets national attention for a controversial cover depicting Obama in a rifle's crosshairs.

STATE OF EMERGENCY: Declared for Cherokee County following Tuesday's tornado and hailstorm. According to this news graphic, the storms have dislodged the entire state of Georgia from the earth, where it's now floating away.

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