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ACC Library

The Athens-Clarke County Library presents Tech Tips: Google Maps Tomorrow at 4:30. The seminar will teach those attending about new and advanced features on Google Maps.

The program will cover topics including navigation tools for transit, driving, walking, and biking. Participants will explore newer features such as offline maps, indoor maps, local directories, and hotel and dining reservations, as well as how to control user privacy.

University of Georgia

More than 2,800 students are eligible for UGA’s fall Commencement. The university will welcome its newest alumni Friday as more than 1,700 undergrad and 1,100 graduate students have met requirements to walk in the ceremonies. 

 

The undergraduate ceremony takes place at 9:30 am in Stegman Coliseum. Tickets are required. University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley will deliver the undergraduate address. 

 

Missing Athens teens see social media posts; return home safely

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Two Athens teenagers who were reported missing for five days on Tuesday are back home safe, Athens-Clarke County police said Wednesday.

The teens, ages 14 and 16, were last seen on the night of Dec. 7 at the downtown Athens Christmas parade.

“They were found because of social media posts,” police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said. “They saw it themselves and turned themselves in after seeing the posts.”

Rodriguez said he had no idea where the teens had been, but they went back home.

UGA Football Player Arrested on Felony Forgery Charge

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A UGA football player was arrested Tuesday on a felony forgery charge. 

Online Athens is reporting that yesterday, freshman Latavious Brini, was arrested on a forgery charge from a July incident.

 

Police allege that Brini used a fake $100 bill for a transaction at a local Pet Supplies Plus store in the Alps Shopping Center in Athens. The store later found that the bill was counterfeit.

 

Deadline for Enrolling in Obamacare Nears, Some Exceptions

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Friday is the last day for millions of consumers interested in coverage to enroll under the Affordable Care Act in the 39 states served by the federal program. Though consumer interest has remained steady, the Trump administration cut the signup season in half, from 90 days to 45.  

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The popular crowdfunding service Patreon has backed off plans to change its payment structure, after widespread, vocal and passionate opposition from creators and their fans.

Last week, the site announced it would attach a surcharge to every individual donation pledge — a change that would negatively impact anyone trying to send small quantities of money to multiple artists they support. Many users immediately pulled their support from the platform.

On Wednesday, the site reversed course, apologized to members who have already lost money, and issued a mea culpa.

A class-action lawsuit against the City of New York has spurred the first suit of its kind that promises cash compensation to those who say they were illegally put in solitary confinement while at Rikers Island jail complex between 2012 and 2015. As the Associated Press reports, the city will pay more than $4 million to 470 plaintiffs in the case.

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