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Monday, January 7, 2013

First Slice 1/7/13: Richard Long, historian and Emory professor, has died

Richard Long, a noted cultural historian and Emory University professor, has died. Over the course of his long and distinguished life, the Philadelphia native penned numerous books, taught around the country, was named a life member of the of the High Museum's Board of Directors, and donated his papers to the Auburn Avenue Research Library.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews today are expected to close Deering Road, a popular cut-through for motorists traveling from Northside Parkway to Peachtree Road, to make repairs to aging beams underneath the Brookwood Amtrak station. How long are we talking about? Probably six months.

More than 60,000 young Christians descended on Atlanta over the weekend for the Passion conference. While here, festival organizers say, the youngsters raised more than $3 million to help prevent human trafficking and donated 44,000 towels and 120,000 pairs of socks for Southeast homeless shelters.

Doctors say that the Atlanta Police officer who was struck by an alleged drunk driver on Friday night is improving.

Glynn County residents are scratching their heads over the mysterious death of a former county commissioner. His body was found in a river with his hands bound in front of him and a gunshot wound to his head.

President Barack Obama today is expected to officially announce Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska and Vietnam War veteran, as his pick to lead the Department of Defense.

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