September 18, 2013 |
A Georgia teen kidnapped from her home at gunpoint has been found alive and two suspects are in custody in connection with the case, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday. Police said 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez was found Wednesday in Conyers, about 25 miles from her home, where two gunmen allegedly broke in and abducted her after in an apparent home invasion. “This is a good day,” said County Police Chief Gregory Porter in a press conference. “She is safe.… She's in good health, and she's being evaluated as we speak.” More than 100 personnel had been involved in the search for Ayvani, he said.
September 6, 2013 |
A weird thing happened last weekend to 10 proud bowl teams that went a combined 94-37 in 2012: They all lost. This is bounce-back (or else?) Saturday for Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Texas Christian, Brigham Young, Boise State, San Diego State, Georgia, Oregon State, Utah State and Vanderbilt. The theory that it's better to lose early in college football is true, but it depends on what you're playing for. Teams that lose early from the Southeastern Conference are always in much better shape than common-folk conference schools.
September 1, 2013 |
Five things to watch this week in college football. 1. Stanford avoided a first weekend upset because its season doesn't begin until next Saturday against San Jose State. Watch out, though, because last year's game was 17-17 in the fourth quarter before Stanford won with a field goal. 2. No. 10 Florida visits Miami in one of the most intriguing early-season matchups. Florida's offense still isn't firing right, but Miami has an emerging star in running back Duke Johnson, who rushed for 186 yards in the Hurricanes' opener.
August 23, 2013 |
Georgia is slotted at No. 5 because that's how many yards the Bulldogs fell short last year of playing (and we presume beating) Notre Dame for the national title. Five…yards. That's less than three fathoms, if you can fathom that. The game-ending call will be second-guessed for years. Georgia, down 32-28, was at Alabama's eight with the clocking clicking inside 15 seconds. With no timeouts left, roughly 99.8% of us sitting at the Georgia Dome that day for the Southeastern Conference championship game expected Georgia to rush to the line and spike the ball.
August 23, 2013 |
The woman who persuaded a school gunman to surrender before anyone got hurt -- and the 911 operator who handled her dramatic call -- met for the first time Thursday night. The joy was evident. Antoinette Tuff, a bookkeeper at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, outside Atlanta, became an instant national hero this week after she helped avert a catastrophe at her school. A man who reportedly had a history of mental illness and violent outbursts had entered the school with an AK-47 assault rifle and about 500 rounds of ammunition.
August 22, 2013 |
Shortly into the documentary "The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear," director Tinatin Gurchiani asks an interviewee: "If I come with you, will you show me your life?" It's an intriguing, grandly put question whose promise is never quite fulfilled in this thoughtful but slow and random snapshot of life in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Wanting to make a film about growing up in her war-torn home country, Gurchiani posted a casting call for Georgians aged 15 to 23 with on-camera ambitions - or at least curiosity.
August 22, 2013 |
Sometimes the thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a brave mom with a heart -- and a tense call with 911 in which she tells the bad guy he's not so bad. After the grade-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., last year, proposals to prevent similar calamities included putting a guard with a gun in every school. But when a disturbed young man marched into a Georgia grade school with an AK-47 and about 500 rounds of ammo on Tuesday, the quick thinking and warmth of school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff helped ensure his surrender before anyone got hurt.
August 21, 2013 |
A young gunman may have bypassed a security system to enter a Georgia elementary school Tuesday, but he could not get past school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff. Tuff says she was able to persuade the gunman, who police said fired half a dozen shots from an AK-47 at officers, to lay down his weapons and ammunition inside a school office. She even convinced the man to lie on the floor with his hands behind his back as police closed in, Tuff told ABC News. "I just talked him through it," Tuff said in a televised interview.
August 21, 2013 |
Stop me if you've heard this one: A man armed with an assault rifle walks into a school … OK, it's no joke. And it wouldn't be funny if it were. On Tuesday, it happened again: “A 19-year-old man dressed in black and armed with an AK-47 assault rifle fired at least six shots at police from inside an elementary school in suburban Atlanta,” as my colleague David Zucchino reported . Fortunately, this time -- unlike in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., and Virginia Tech and, oh, you get the idea -- no one was hurt.
August 20, 2013 |
An elementary school in Georgia was evacuated after shots were reportedly fired at the school, and police have a suspect in custody, according to local media reports. There were no casualties immediately reported at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb, Ga. After news of the shots broke, helicopter TV footage showed a large crowd of students gathered behind the school, some gathering at buses. The scene looked calm as students and adults milled about on school property.