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Posted: 9:13 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013

Deen Admits Racial Slur; DEA Raid in Avondale Estates  

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By Veronica Waters

Paula Deen admits using the N-word. The celebrity chef says she has used racial slurs in the past, but that she and her brother don't tolerate hateful behavior. The two are accused of racial and sexual discrimination in a $1.2 million lawsuit by a former manager of their restaurant, Lisa Jackson. The 66-year-old Deen says, though, times have changed. The admission came during a deposition in May, which was just filed in court. Among the excerpts:

Jackson lawyer: "Miss Deen, have you told racial jokes?"

Deen: "No, not racial."

Jackson lawyer: "Have you ever used the 'N' word yourself?"

Deen: "Yes, of course."

Deen testified that she probably used the racial slur when talking to her husband about "when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head."

"I didn't feel real favorable towards him," she said, referring to the robber.

Jackson lawyer: "Have you used it since then?"

Deen: "I'm sure I have, but it's been a very long time."

Deen's lawyer, Bill Franklin, says she does not find the use of racial epithets acceptable and is looking forward to her day in court.

A young man is in the hospital this morning, after being shot by an Atlanta police officer during a confrontation in Buckhead. Police say the man drew a gun as officers were trying to question him in a series of robberies.

Just as more and more businesses say they're having a hard time filling certain jobs, Georgia is launching classes this fall to help high school students find careers they want and like. Students, their parents and counselors will be able to tailor their education via Career Pathways to focus on fields as diverse as communications or construction, IT or finance, law enforcement or advanced academics. The state school superintendent says it's important to make high school relevant to the real world for teens.

Even health experts are impressed by these numbers: Researchers say a vaccine for a sexually-spread virus has cut infections in teen girls by half. This is the first evidence of how well the HPV vaccine works since it came on the market seven years ago. For girls ages 14 to 19, HPV was slashed 56%. Among girls who had gotten the vaccine, the drop in HPV infections was higher--88%. The virus can affect men and women, causing problems from genital warts to cervical cancer.

A former employee of Grady Memorial Hospital has been indicted for embezzlement. U. S. Attorney's officials say 53-year-old Donald Thomas is accused of doctoring payroll records, and stealing about $450,000.

The DEA raids a suspected drug lab in Avondale Estates. A neighbor said that driving by the house near Rockbridge Road and 1st Avenue, there was always a funny smell and taste in the air. DEA agents wore gas masks as they carted jugs of chemicals and laboratory glassware away from the rental home. So far, there have been no arrests, and an agency spokesman has not yet confirmed what was being made at the house.

Alpharetta Police discover a grow house off Waters Road. They confiscated more than 250 marijuana plants, estimating the street value at $850,000. The house was being rented out. No one's in custody yet, although detectives have identified a person of interest.

A mixed bag on the state unemployment front: Georgia's unemployment rate went up a tenth of a point in May, to 8.3%. The state Labor Department says it's mainly because more people were looking for work. Still, Georgia now has its largest number of jobs since December 2008. Health services and construction were among the growing fields.

"Sopranos" star James Gandolfini is dead at age 51. The actor died Wednesday while vacationing in Rome. The man who brought Tony Soprano to life in the HBO series is being remembered as "genius" by the show's creator, and for his generosity and love of family by a co-star.

A Taliban spokesman offers to exchange an Army sergeant who was last seen four years ago for five of their operatives at Guantanamo Bay. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in southeastern Afghanistan in June 2009. This month, Bergdahl's parents got a letter from their son through the International Committee of the Red Cross.

FBI director James Mueller tells lawmakers that his agency has used drones for surveillance of stationary subjects. Mueller says the use of unmanned aircraft hasn't been frequent and their use is covered by guidelines for aerial surveillance. But he concedes the policy needs to be adapted and that such operations are "worthy of debate."

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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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