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Posted: 10:54 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013

Tax-Free Shopping Weekend; New Gwinnett Jobs; Man Posts Murder Pic on Facebook 

By Veronica Waters

It's not just a sales tax holiday today and tomorrow; it's a roadwork holiday, too. Georgia's DOT is postponing road construction from 8 this morning to 10:00 Saturday night, within five miles of malls and major shopping districts, so people won't have to be delayed by lane closures as they head out for tax-free back-to-school shopping. Some overnight construction or long-term closures may continue. Here's the AJC's Sales Tax Holiday Cheat Sheet.

New jobs are coming to Gwinnett County. The fast food chicken chain Bojangles is looking to hire 200 staffers for a pair of new restaurants. Job fairs are planned August 15 & 16 in Norcross and Commerce; applications are online at bojangles.com. Also, Berkley Southeast Insurance Group plans to open its headquarters in Lawrenceville next year, bringing with it about 55 jobs. Berkley primarily serves business is construction, hospitality, and manufacturing.

Three arrests have been made in connection with last night's fatal shooting in the parking lot of a Zaxby's restaurant in Smyrna. Desmond Mosby, Gershom Joshua Brown and Kemanie Rhaburn were arrested and charged with murder in the death of 29-year-old Jarvis McNabb. Cobb County Police have not released a motive, but say the shooting was not random.

A Florida man apparently confessed on Facebook to killing his wife--and posted a photo of her dead body. The post on the page of 31-year-old Derek Medina said, "Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys, miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news." Within the same minute, a picture was posted of the 26-year-old woman slumped on the floor, with some blood visible on her left cheek and arm. The photo was online for about five hours until the website was alerted to the content, and removed it. Medina's post claimed that Jennifer Alfonso was punching him so "I did what I did." His father said Alfonso was charging his son with a knife. Medina later surrendered to Miami-Dade police. He has written a few small self-help books, including one about saving marriages through communication.

Usher and his ex-wife head to Fulton County Superior Court this afternoon for a new chapter in the battle over custody of their two kids. Tameka Foster requested an emergency hearing after their five-year-old son nearly drowned in a backyard pool this week. Foster contends Usher's aunt is not a suitable caretaker while he's on the road. Her court filing says the boys have told her they'd rather be with her than with caretakers when their dad is traveling.

An elite shop in Zurich, Switzerland, is apologizing to Oprah Winfrey after a staffer there refused to show the media queen a handbag, telling her, "It's too expensive." The woman then told Oprah she might want to look at some less-pricey purses. The bag was on sale for about $38,000. Oprah the billionaire was in Switzerland for Tina Turner's wedding. She says she didn't blow up at the staffer, just left the boutique--but points out that it's proof that racism still exists.

About four in 10 white Americans have no friends of color. Ann Morning, a sociology professor at New York University, is not surprised, pointing out that Americans segregate themselves nearly everywhere from neighborhoods to places of worship to schools. Morning says there is an age gap; younger people tend to have a broader base of friends. Thirty-seven percent of blacks surveyed in the Reuters/IPSOS poll said they have no friends outside their race, either.

President Obama will bestow the nation's highest civilian honor on an Atlanta leader in the civil rights movement. Rev. C.T. Vivian worked with Dr. King and was arrested during the legendary Freedom Rides. Others among the group of 16 receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year at the White House: Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton.

More winners of Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot are emerging. Officials in Ocean County, N.J., say 16 workers from a county garage have one of the three winning tickets. A Minnesota man claimed his third of the jackpot yesterday, about $58 million after taxes. The third ticket also was sold in New Jersey, but the holder remains unknown.

The KISS 104 weather forecast: Friday through Sunday, hazy, warm and humid, with a 40% chance of scattered showers and storms, highs in the upper 80s, lows in the low 70s.

Veronica Waters

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Veronica Waters is the morning news anchor on KISS 104.1 and B-98.5FM. She is also an anchor and reporter for News/Talk WSB.

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