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Gun Rally Organizers Face $6,700 Security Bill

Apr 12, 2018
AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper, File

Organizers of a gun rights rally in Atlanta this weekend are being charged to gather outside the Georgia state Capitol.

Capt. Mark Perry of the Georgia Department of Public Safety confirmed Thursday that organizers were told they need to pay about $6,700 for security at a rally where the expected attendance is 500 people. A group that held a gun control rally last month was charged a similar fee.

Atlanta rally organizer Chris Hill said his group still plans to show up but has no intention of paying. He called the fee "an insult."

Helping Reduce the Risk of Obesity and Diabetes

Apr 12, 2018
Photo: Allison Salerno

The obesity and diabetes epidemic in the United States is worsening. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows nearly 40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of adolescents are obese — the highest rates ever recorded for the U.S. Public health researchers say that areas with higher poverty rates typically have a greater risk for obesity and diabetes. WUGA Feature Reporter Allison Salerno has the story about efforts right here in Athens Clarke County to help folks limit that risk. Click on the following links for more information:

Memorial Bike Rides Planned to Honor Karen Tinsley

Apr 11, 2018

A pair of memorial bike rides is planned for Karen Tinsley this Sunday. The UGA professor was killed this past Tuesday while she was riding her bicycle on Astondale Road in Bishop. Ken Sherman is a member of the Nitty Gritty Bike Band in Athens and the event organizer.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says meth hidden inside wax Disney figurines has been confiscated near Atlanta and is worth roughly $2 million.

The DEA tells WSB-TV it is one of the biggest meth busts ever in Gwinnett County. The drugs were concealed inside 500 figurines of Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck, Pluto and other Disney characters.


Grady College is one more than a dozen university journalism schools signing a letter of concern to the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Chairman, David Smith.

Dean Charles Davis calls the company’s attack on other media, specifically the print media, unprecedented.

“If there’s one inviolable rule in journalism it’s that we don’t ever attack each other,’ according to Davis. “We might criticize one another, we’ll certainly shoot holes in people’s reporting if it’s not very good, we’ll certainly take to critiquing their work.”

He says this is an exceptional situation.