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Posted: 9:07 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014

Baby's killing: payback?; Sterling speaks out; Bey's sis Solange jumps Jay-Z after Met Gala (VIDEO) 

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Stuffed animals have been left outside the Stone Mountain home where a 9-month-old was killed during a home invasion Saturday night. (Bill Torpy / william.torpy@ajc.com)

By Veronica Waters

A baby boy is dead this morning, shot and killed during a weekend home invasion in Stone Mountain.  DeKalb County Police believe it's the latest shooting in a deadly crime spree stemming from a May 3 party shooting.  They are looking for two teen suspects:  Cutrez "Lil Red" Johnson, 16,and Oslushla "Boo" Smith, 19.  Police say three to four men barged into a home on To Lani Farm Road  Saturday night, and kicked in a bathroom door where three women had taken shelter with a young baby.  DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander says the gunmen opened fire in the small room, killing the nine-month-old boy and injuring the three women, ages 36, 23, and 21.  The deadly home invasion came hours after police got an anonymous call telling them another victim was in a home on Agape Way.  There, a 19-year-old witness to the May 3 shooting was found shot to death.  

"I'm not a racist."  Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling makes that statement to Anderson Cooper in a CNN interview being aired tonight.  The 81-year-old apologized for his racist comments caught on tape, and says he was baited into making them.  Sterling says he knows he caused a problem, but doesn't know how to correct it.  

"I'm apologizing, and I'm asking for forgiveness," says Sterling.  "Am I entitled to one mistake...in 35 years?"

Meanwhile, his estranged wife Shelly Sterling tells ABC's Barbara Walters that she will fight top keep her 50% stake in the team, even if the NBA forces her husband to sell it.

A TMZ report says Jay-Z was attacked by Solange Knowles in an elevator after the Met Gala.  Black & white security video from that elevator at the after-party shows Beyonce's little sister hitting and clawing at Bey's husband after they step through the sliding doors, while Beyonce stands nearby.  A tall man pulls Solange back as she seems to yell at the rapper, and manages to kick him at least once.  There's no word what may have led to the elevator beef.  

 

Good news for summer drivers:  Georgia gas prices may be about to head down--now, and through the summer.  So says Mark Jenkins, with AAA South in Tampa.  Jenkins says Georgia's average of $3.60 for a gallon of regular unleaded is down three cents from a week ago. Today, Atlanta's average is a bit higher--at $3.68 a gallon.


Georgia's races for senate and governor could be close here in Georgia. A new AJC poll shows Democrat Michelle Nunn with a 1-point lead over Republican David Perdue in the race for Senate.  Meanwhile, Governor Deal holds a lead over Democrat State Senator Jason Carter by several points, for now. 

Nigeria sends two army divisions after those kidnapped schoolgirls.  The U.S. has a team of advisers there and an Israeli counter-terrorism team arrives today.  The extremist group which has claimed responsibility for the abductions, Boko Haram, released video which claims to show dozens of the girls, supposedly now converted to Islam.  

He's the first openly-gay player to be drafted into the NFL.  Missouri All-American Michael Sam had to wait until the 7th round before being picked up by the St. Louis Rams.  He says that he was confident he would get chosen, and that "every team that passed me, I was thinking how I'm going to sack their quarterback."  Miami Dolphins player Don Jones tweeted "OMG" and "horrible" after Sam and his boyfriend kissed briefly during the draft celebration; Jones has since been fined and will be excused from team activities until completing training related to his comments.

The TSA plans to work on customer service.  The department is creating a program to improve operations affecting travel and tourism.  Lines and crowd management, logistics, and self-service technology are among the areas the TSA will analyze.

She was teased a kid, called "cow" and "zebra" by schoolmates.  Her next nickname could be "America's Next Top Model."  Nineteen-year-old Chantelle Brown-Young, who suffers from the skin condition vitiligo, has landed a spot on the next season of ANTM.  Going by the name "Winnie Harlow," she said in her pitch video, "I am the underdog, and I want to prove that one can follow one's dreams despite all the flaws and setbacks."  Vitiligo is a disorder which occurs when skin cells that produce melanin either die or stop working, causing irregularly-shaped patches of light skin on the body.

 

Two giant pandas are leaving Zoo Atlanta.  Five-year-old boy Xi Lan and three-year-old girl Po are moving to a breeding research center in China.  Their younger twin sisters and parents will remain in Atlanta.


With no clues and no leads in the Reynolds Plantation murder case, the FBI hopes new digital billboards will help investigators find out who decapitated 88-year-old Russell Dermond and kidnapped his 87-year-old wife, Shirley.  

Georgia has just three days left to reduce a massive backlog of food stamp applications--or lose $15 million in federal funds.  The Department of Human Resources says it has about 33,000 to review.  

The calendar says Spring, but a wintry storm is dropping heavy, wet snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming and thunderstorms and tornadoes have developed in southeastern Nebraska.  

The Washington Monument reopens today after $15 million in repairs following an earthquake in August, 2011.  The 130-year-old monument honoring George Washington now has new exhibits to display, and visitors can again ride an elevator to the top of the highest point in the nation's capitol. 

The KISS 104 weather forecast:  partly cloudy with 30% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms; highs near 86. 

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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