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Meet four people doing great things in Atlanta on "Georgia GameChangers!"

Watch "Georgia GameChangers," Tuesday Dec. 12 at 8p.


“Georgia GameChangers” is a Family 2 Family Special focusing on inspiring local people improving Atlanta and North Georgia. These game changers are re-writing history, challenging the rules and going after big dreams.


Channel 2’s Jovita Moore talks with former Falcons running back, Warrick Dunn. For more than 20 years he has helped single parents across the country become homeowners. He talks about his charity project, “Home for the Holidays,” and what inspired him to give back to the community in such a big way.


Channel 2’s Justin Farmer introduces a local mechanic who is the driving force behind a ministry that fixes cars for free. Viewers will see how he’s changing lives one car at a time.

Viewers will also meet an inspiring man who’s helping animals. Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer gives an inside look to his very unique soup kitchen for four legged friends. He tells why he started the program and how he’s helping pets stay with the families that love them so much.


Then, Channel 2’s Fred Blankenship has the fascinating story of an Atlanta student’s invention that maybe the solution to a worldwide problem. She created and designed a portable toilet to improve sanitation conditions around the world.


“Channel 2, through our long running Family 2 Family project, is committed to bringing Georgians programs that support the community,” said Tim McVay, Vice President and General Manager of Channel 2 WSB-TV. “We invite our viewers to watch this primetime special ‘Georgia GameChangers’ and get inspired by people who live right here in our hometown. They show us all how we, too, can make a difference.”


WHAT: Georgia GameChangers

WHO: Channel 2 Anchor Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore

WHERE: Channel 2 WSB-TV

WHEN: Tuesday,December 12 at 8 p.m.  

Max Clifford, the 'King of Spin,' dies in UK prison

Max Clifford, a celebrity publicist whose clients included O.J Simpson, David Beckham and Simon Cowell, died in a British prison, CNN reported Sunday. He was 74.

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Nicknamed the “King of Spin,” Clifford was serving an eight-year prison term after his 2014 conviction for a series of indecent assaults on teenage girls, CNN reported.

Clifford was the first person to be convicted in an investigation into sex abuse allegations against late British TV host Jimmy Savile.

Clifford denied 11 accusations of sex abuse dating from 1966 to 1985, calling his arrest and prosecution “a nightmare.” 

“As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. Our condolences are with Mr. Clifford's family at this difficult time,” the ministry said in a statement. The cause of Clifford's death was “not self-inflicted” the statement said.

Back injury forces Lindsey Vonn to drop out of World Cup race

After injuring her back in a World Cup race Saturday, skiing champion Lindsey Vonn withdrew from another scheduled super-G event Sunday before the race was canceled because of fog.

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Vonn tweeted her decision 45 minutes before Sunday’s race was to start, saying she was focused on being healthy for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Vonn, 33, hurt her back during her run in Saturday’s super-G race, CNN reported. She made it to the bottom of the slope, but slumped to the snow after crossing the finish line.

Vonn later tweeted she had an "acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction. I got compressed on the 6th gate and my back seized up,” CNN reported.

Vonn finished 24th in Saturday's race, more than a second behind winner Jasmine Flury of Switzerland.

The Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea will be held Feb. 9-25. The American star won the downhill title at the 2010 Vancouver Games but missed the 2014 Sochi Games because of injury.

University of Georgia, Army Cyber Command eye partnerships

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The University of Georgia and the U.S. Army's Cybersecurity Command could soon be exchanging students and workers.

A civilian Army official, Ronald Pontius, says the command would take up University of Georgia Vice President for Research David Lee's offer during a UGA conference on informatics, or big data.

Pontius is deputy to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Command, The Athens Banner-Herald reported.

At a recent conference in Athens, Pontius said the U.S. Army Cyber Command in east Georgia is looking to build partnerships with the University of Georgia. He suggested that possible collaborations with the university could include internships, research projects and young Cyber Command workers studying at UGA, among other ideas.

When Army Cyber was authorized in 2009, it was the Army's first new command in 30 years, since Special Forces in 1987, Pontius said. Army officials deemed the new command fully operational last month. And soon, its headquarters will move from 11 buildings scattered across three states to Augusta's Fort Gordon, Pontius said.

The new command is a part of the U.S. Cyber Command, which also includes Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard units.

Pontius recalled the mid-century space race between the United States and the Soviet Union and the "tremendous partnership" then between academia, industry and government.

Now as then, "the very foundation of our national security is related to technology," he said at the recent conference at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the Athens campus. The event was sponsored by UGA's new Georgia Informatics Institutes for Research and Education.

Pontius and three young Army lieutenants, all West Point graduates, described what the new Cybersecurity Command is: searching for "anomalies" with computers processing 10 to 40 terabytes of data a day, up to 150,000 digital events in a second.

Its responsibilities spill over into everything the Army does - logistics, health care, maintenance, weapons systems.

The overall Cyber Command has about 19,000 people worldwide, 80 percent military. Its activities include a joint task force that came together 17 months ago to "deal with ISIS in the cyber arena," he said.

Pontius and the cadets spoke of a "fundamental change" in what the Cyber Command does since it was formed.

"What has fundamentally changed is that very complex things can be done by people who don't have the super-complexity themselves," he said.

The command is particularly focused on criminal behaviors in China, Iran, North Korea and other nations.

"It's hard to tell the difference, especially with Russia," what is state-sanctioned activity and what is criminal, he said. "It's all very much intermingled."

At the University of Georgia, informatics is a major research initiative under UGA President Jere Morehead and Provost Pamela Whitten. Two years ago, Morehead approved hiring 10 new faculty members in informatics.

The new center's head is engineering professor Kyle Johnsen, but informatics research spans 19 academic units across several of the university's colleges and schools, including pharmacy; agricultural economics; management information systems in the business school; and geography, statistics, genetics and others in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Savannah approves $1.4M to get delayed police station moving

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah city leaders have approved $1.4 million to move forward with a new police station two years after historic row houses were demolished for the project.

The Savannah City Council voted Thursday to enter into a contract with Johnson-Laux Construction to prepare the site of the planned Central Precinct. Old homes being used as affordable apartments were torn down in 2015 to make room for the new police precinct.

The Savannah Morning News reports the precinct's construction has been delayed by contracting and budgeting issues. Mayor Eddie DeLoach and some council members rejected a scaled back design for the building in May after DeLoach complained it looked like a prison.

Savannah officials have budgets $7.7 million total for the new precinct.

LIST: Here's how much snow fell across Georgia counties

It is a question you cannot help but wonder: How much snow did we get this weekend? 

Severe Weather Team 2 has been tracking the snowfall throughout the weekend and continues as patchy black ice remains a threat into the overnight hours Sunday.

[Download the FREE Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area]

Meteorologist Katie Walls produced a compilation of verified reports from Channel 2 Action News viewers and the National Weather Service.

Thanks for sharing your totals! I've verified and compiled a list of totals from viewers and @NWSAtlanta here: Remember, if you share your total, please measure it from a flat surface, like a patio or deck. — Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) December 10, 2017

If you want to share or send your snowfall total, Walls says to remember it needs to be taken from solid surfaces, like a back deck or patio.

Amount (inches) Location County 14 South Paulding/Douglasville Paulding 13 Dallas Paulding 12 Carters Lake Gordon 12 Lost Mountain Cobb 12 Bremen Haralson 12 Hiram Paulding 12 Temple Carroll 11.8 Sweat Mountain Cobb 11.5 Buchanan Haralson 11 Kennesaw Cobb 11 Talmadge Pickens 11 Cross Roads Cobb 11 Marietta Cobb 11 Mableton Cobb 11 Villa Rica Carroll 10.5 Hiawassee Towns 10 Draketown Paulding 10 Cartersville Bartow 10 Blairsville Union 10 Fort Mountain Murray 10 Smyrna Cobb 10 Carrollton Carroll 10 Poseyville Haralson 10 Winston Douglas 9.8 Rydal Bartow 9.5 Jasper Pickens 9 Holly Springs Cherokee 9 Douglasville Douglas 9 Morganton Fannin 9 Coal Mountain Forsyth 9 Powder Springs Cobb 8.5 Hurst Fannin 8 Acworth Cobb 8 Chatsworth Murray 8 White Bartow 7.7 Virginia Highlands Fulton 7.3 Lindale Floyd 7 Woodstock Cherokee 7 Canton Cherokee 7 Rome Floyd 7 Dahlonega Lumpkin 6.5 Newnan Coweta 6 Alpharetta Fulton 5.2 Clarkston DeKalb 5.1 Marblehill Pickens 4.5 Duluth Gwinnett 4.5 Oscarville Forsyth 4.5 Alto Banks 4.5 Cumming Forsyth 4.5 Dunwoody DeKalb 4.2 Cleveland White 4 Gainesville Hall 4 Sandtown Fulton 3.5 Madras Coweta 3.3 Tucker DeKalb 3 Decatur DeKalb 2.5 Rest Haven Hall 2.3 ATL Clayton 2.2 Harbin Gwinnett 2 Kirkwood DeKalb 1.7 Lake City Clayton 1.5 Scottdale DeKalb 0.3 Danielsville Madison Trace Athens Clarke

GA Lottery

ATLANTA (AP) _ These Georgia lotteries were drawn Sunday:


(one, four, five, seven, ten, thirteen, fourteen, sixteen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-one, twenty-four)

Estimated jackpot: $191 million

Estimated jackpot: $229 million

Mega Millions


Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Morning' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Morning" game were:


(one, four, five, seven, ten, thirteen, fourteen, sixteen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-one, twenty-four)

Impact of Ryan Shazier's injury felt at Ohio State

As Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier begins recovery from a spinal injury suffered in Cincinnati on Monday night, the former Ohio State University football star is in the thoughts and prayers of players at his alma mater. 

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Most of the current Buckeyes who met with reporters Friday night had a similar reaction when asked about Shazier, who had spinal stabilization surgery Thursday

“It’s scary, but that’s the game of football that we play,” OSU receiver Parris Campbell said. “You never know what’s going to happen. Injuries are prone to happen at some time, but that’s just something you’ve got to pray about. It’s scary to watch but you can’t prevent something like that from happening.” 

Fellow receiver Terry McLaurin added: 

“It doesn’t make me not want to play. You’ve got to be conscientious as best as you can. But that can happen to anybody. Everybody knows what they’re signing up for.” 

>> Steelers’ Ryan Shazier has spinal surgery

Offensive lineman Jamarco Jones expressed similar sentiments. 

“I mean, yeah, like I said it’s a part of the game,” Jones said. "I wouldn’t really say it scares me too much. I’ve been playing football all my life. I’ve seen some pretty bad injuries in football. 

“It sucks but I think it’s harder more for the parents and the family than us. I think football players understand the risks we’re taking. It’s more other people outside the locker room who may not necessarily understand why we do this,” Jones said.

“I don’t think too many football players would say watching an injury would deter them really because we know what we’re getting into.” 

Ohio State returned to practice Friday to begin preparations for playing USC in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29. 

AP Top Georgia Headlines at 10:10 a.m. EST

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Analysts raise concerns about cost of nuclear project

Georgia church expects to feed more than 1,000 families

Snow exits South, marches toward Northeast

In hospitality industry, sexual misconduct often part of job

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