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Clarkston mom kills daughter’s fiance’; Terry Crews speaks out about being groped; NFL will discuss player protests

• Clarkston mom kills daughter’s fiance’

A Clarkston mother is charged with killing her pregnant daughter’s fiance. Paw Law, 57, is accused of shooting Nyatole Eh, 17, of Clarkston, several times in the abdomen, as they got ready for breakfast on October 8. Law was said to be angry that Eh and her daughter were planning to get married and move to Wisconsin. A Clarkston Police detective said the woman went to a pawn shop and bought a gun on Saturday, after an argument over the move. “There was no type of argument or even altercation at that point. It’s looking like Mom just walked up behind the victim and shot him,” said Det. Jason Elliot.

( AJC/by Cory Hancock)

• Kennesaw State University chearleaders take a knee

Kennesaw State University cheerleaders are speaking out after taking a knee at a football game. In the Sept. 30 game, several of the cheerleaders kneeled during the national anthem. In the following Saturday’s game, the entire squad was off the field. The Cobb County sheriff, Neil Warren, admitted that he talked to the KSU president about it, saying he was “outraged” and promising to stop going to games if the protest over police brutality continued. Warren says the president, Sam Olens, assured him it wouldn’t happen again. The young ladies who talked to Channel 2 Action News agreed they were nervous, but that the protest was worth it. They say the actions bring attention to behavior that’s been pushed to the background and that while they understand there are critics, they will continue supporting the appeal for justice. Republican State Rep. Earl Ehrhart called the kneeling a “repugnant and hateful” political statement.

• Terry Crews speaks out about being groped

As more actresses from Angelina Jolie to Gwyneth Paltrow come forward to reveal their own stories of harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, actor Terry Crews says he can relate. Crews didn’t call any names, but revealed on Twitter that some “high level Hollywood executive” once groped his privates as he and his wife were stunned into silence. He said hearing about the Weinstein cases now gives him PTSD.

•  Marijuana ordinance

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signs an ordinance to decriminalize minor marijuana possession. The bill to eliminate jail time and lower the fine for anyone caught with under an ounce of weed.

• Missing Newton County newborn

The death of a Newton County newborn has been ruled a homicide after a GBI autopsy confirms two-week-old Caliyah McNabb died from blunt force trauma. Her father, Christopher, took off for hours when the baby’s body was found in a duffel bag in the woods on Sunday, after the girl was reported missing on Saturday. He is being charged with murder.

• Daniel Defense gun manufacturer

A Georgia-based gun manufacturer plans to lay off as many as a third of its workforce. Daniel Defense, based near Savannah, cites declining sales. At least four of the semi-automatic assault rifles found in the hotel room of Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock were made by the company. It has not been revealed whether any of those guns were the ones modified to shoot more like machine guns.

• NFL will discuss player protests

The NFL’s owners meet next week, and the issue of player protests during the national anthem is the big topic. A letter to all 32 teams from Commissioner Roger Goodell says in part, “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”

Mike Ditka is apologizing for saying he wasn’t aware of any racial oppression in the U.S. over the last 100 years. The ex-Chicago Bears coach made the comments in a radio interview while criticizing players who kneel during the national anthem as they protest racism and police brutality. Ditka was harshly criticized for seemingly ignoring Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation and the lynching of blacks that occurred well into his lifetime. He says he was only referring to the NFL, not society overall.

• Equifax

Hackers may also have driver’s license information on more than 10 million Americans. The Wall Street Journal reports this is In addition to personal information, including Social Security Numbers, of 145.5 million people, stolen from Equifax.

 

President Obama’s last day in office, final press conference

President Barack Obama will be spending his last full day in office. The White House has left Obama’s schedule for today mostly empty, saying he would use the time to pack. The president is expected to grant one final round of clemency, following hundreds of commutations and pardons he issued earlier in the week. Officials say the last batch would focus on nonviolent drug offenders serving lengthy prison sentences.         President Obama pens a final letter to Americans:

Trump rips Lewis for inauguration snub; Services announced for late Bishop Long; Food recalls

There’s a war on words between a civil rights icon and the incoming administration’s leader. Georgia Congressman John Lewis told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he’ll be one of some 20 Democrats boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration–the first one he’s missed. Lewis was asked if he could forge a relationship with Trump. “I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be very difficult,” said Lewis. “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.” He cites the Russian hacking that assisted Trump and “destroyed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton” as reasons. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel is wrong,” said Lewis. “I think there was a conspiracy on the part of Russia to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair.” Trump then ripped into Lewis, responding in his customary way–on Twitter–tweeting that Lewis should focus on “fixing and helping his district” and describing it as “in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested).” “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” he tweeted. The response angered many in Atlanta, including Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor Raphael Warnock. “Rather than sending nasty tweets, he really ought to sit at John Lewis’s feet and learn what service, sacrifice, and integrity look like,” said Warnock. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Lewis should reconsider his stance and that Trump has every right to defend himself. “For someone of his stature, not just in the civil rights movement but in voting rights, to make a comment that he did not consider Donald Trump to be a legitimate president I think is deeply disappointing,” said Pence. But even some in the GOP are finding it hard to defend the incoming president. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Greg Bluestein says the comments struck a nerve. “I reached out to about a dozen Republicans over the weekend, trying to get them to defend what Donald Trump said or respond to it,” said Bluestein, “and only a handful had supportive words for Donald Trump.” Fulton County Chairman John Eaves is inviting Trump to come to Atlanta to see it for himself–the many good parts, and the parts that need improvement, he says. “I think at the end of the day, we want our country and our local cities to all be successful. Let’s put personalities aside,” said Eaves. New Birth Missionary Baptist Church announces funeral services for Bishop Eddie Long, who died Sunday after what they say was a “gallant private battle with an aggressive form of cancer.” Long’s funeral will be at 11:00 a.m., January 25. The flamboyant pastor was beloved by many, but was also considered controversial after four young men accused him of sexual misconduct, in a case that was settled out of court. Long’s health had been the topic of discussion for months, as his once-burly figure shrank to that of a much thinner man. He said in a video last summer that his slimmer look was due to a new vegan diet. Long attended some church services over the holiday period; last month, New Birth posted a video on YouTube that showed the minister dancing on stage but appearing to need some help moving at first. Pictsweet recalls some 12-ounce packages of breaded okra because they may contain glass fragments. Affected packages have “use-by” dates of November 3, 2018. Return them to the store for a refund. Golden Flake recalls five-ounce bags of Hot Thin & Crispy potato chips. Milk is not listed on the label, which could be a problem for those who are allergic. The chips can be returned to the store for an exchange or refund. A real-life NASA drama tops the box office for the second straight weekend. Fox estimates “Hidden Figures,” about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race, will make over $25 million over the long holiday weekend. Only the Green Bay Packers stand between the Atlanta Falcons and the Super Bowl.  The Falcons trounced Seattle on Saturday, 36-20.  The Packers had a last-minute comeback against the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31.  The Falcons host the Packers Sunday at 3:05 in the Georgia Dome. The KISS 104 weather forecast: sunny high near 70. Tuesday, a 40% chance of showers and high of 72.
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