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Posted: 11:14 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Governor Takes Responsibility; Yahoo Mail Hacked; Beyonce College Class 


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AAA Road Service, tows a car on I-285 near the Ashford Dunwoody Road exit on Thursday, January 30, 2014. The lingering impact of the snow and ice is hundreds of cars around metro Atlanta that are either being claimed or towed at great expenses to owners
Beyonce and JayZ at 2014 Grammys photo
Kevin Winter

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Beyonce Knowles (L) and rapper Jay-Z perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)

By Veronica Waters

Governor Deal says "the buck stops with me" when it comes to the way Georgia handled the snowfall that crippled metro Atlanta.  “We did not have adequate preparation, and I do accept responsibility for that,” said Deal in a press conference Thursday.  He also said they did not respond fast enough or with enough magnitude to prevent the horrific traffic jams.  Deal has ordered an internal review of the state's delayed response.

Didn't retrieve your abandoned car Thursday?  It's probably been towed by now.  As of midnight, the State Patrol had started tagging and towing vehicles to help clear the roads.  Drivers will not have to pay the costs for vehicles the state has hauled away.

Will the head of Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency lose his job over this?  Asked if he's thought of resigning, Charley English replied, "That's not my call."  English said he should have started the state's response hours earlier than he had, saying, "I made a terrible error in judgment earlier." 

A 14-year-old girl loses part of a leg below her knee as she helps push the family's car on an icy Cobb County road.  She was hit by a car that couldn't stop; a three-care pileup resulted.  Through the night, doctors at Children's Healthcare at Egleston worked to reattach the leg, and said they were optimistic.

Hoax or hazardous material?  A suspicious white powder has been found at several hotels near the site of the Super Bowl.  The powder was mailed to the hotels and one envelope was sent to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  The FBI and HAZMAT teams are among those investigating.

New York City ends the legal fight over its controversial stop-and-frisk policy after a judge ruled it unfairly targets blacks and Hispanics.  Mayor Bill de Blasio says they will fix the "fundamental problems" that allowed stop-and-frisk to "grow out of control and violate the rights of innocent New Yorkers."  Lawyers say communities will have input into the changes, which will be overseen by a federal monitor over three years, and will include more training for officers.

Hackers access usernames and passwords of an untold number of Yahoo mail users--and used that information to gather names and e-mail addresses of the people those users recently e-mailed.  Yahoo did not reveal how many people were affected.  It's possible the hackers could reset the passwords and access other retail sites, since many web sites allow people to log in with their e-mail accounts.

Your cell phone can carry all your credit cards; what about your driver's license?  A measure proposed in the state Senate, SB 323, proposes that Georgia law enforcement be able to use your cell phone snapshots of the front and back of your license in place of an actual card.  Only cops--not bars, liquor stores or polling places--could use it for legal ID.  It would ban police from surfing through those sexy selfies or anything else on the phone while checking your identity.

A Salt Lake City school apologizes after elementary school cafeteria workers throw out 32 kids' lunches--because they owed money on their lunch accounts.  The kids did get a piece of fruit and a milk carton to last 'em the rest of the day.  A cafeteria manager and a district supervisor have now been placed on leave.

You might call it Beyonce 101.  Rutgers University in New Jersey is offering a course called "Politicizing Beyonce."  The professor says they're using Mrs. Carter's career to explore American race, gender and sexual politics.

The KISS 104 weather forecast: sunny highs in the low 50s; lows 27-32.  Saturday, mostly cloudy, 40% chance of drizzle, high 54.  Sunday, mostly cloudy with light rain, high of 64.

Veronica Waters

About Veronica Waters

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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