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Athens joins cities hosting women's rights marches

Hundreds of people marched around the Athena statue in front of The Classic Center in downtown Athens on Saturday afternoon, in a hastily arranged rally allowing Athens to join dozens of cities in this country and around the world that hosted women’s rights marches throughout the day, many of which attracted hundreds of thousands of people.

“We want a leader, not a creepy tweeter,” the marchers chanted briefly during the march, noting the fact that the rally came the day after Donald Trump, notorious for his use of the Twitter social media platform and for some coarse language about women, was inaugurated as the nation’s 45th president

Many of the people at the Athens rally had wanted to attend marches either in Atlanta or Washington, D.C., but work and other responsibilities intervened. Among them was Catherine Vandenberg, who said the Athens event gave her a chance to express her view that “feminism is a human right.”

Vandenberg attended the rally with a group of friends who got word of the event through social media or other informal channels. One of those friends, Margie Siggelkow, was at the rally in part to express concern about the election of Trump, a sentiment that figured into the tone of other women’s marches around the country.

Read more: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2017-01-21/athens-joins-cities-hosting-women-s-rights-marches

Hundreds take part in Women's March in Savannah

About 24 hours after a new president was sworn into office, droves of Savannahians crowded Johnson and Wright squares to send a “bold message” to the new administration.

Sporting signs that read “Girls Just Want to have Fundamental Rights” and “Hate Does Not Make America Great,” hundreds packed the downtown areas as part of a local Women’s March parallel ling the thousands that came together in Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C and other major cities to promote both equal and women’s rights.

“This march is what we want to tell the administration and our legislators and what we want accomplished over the next four years,” said Murem Sharpe, vice chair of Georgia’s WIN List, which co-sponsored the event with Planned Parenthood Southeast. “We the people — we hired them. So we’re telling them issue by issue what we want them to do.”

The event was an opportunity for Savannah women who couldn’t travel to the national Women’s March in Washington, D.C., to participate right at home, Sharpe said.

Read more: http://savannahnow.com/news/2017-01-21/hundreds-take-part-women-s-march-savannah#

Baker of Trump's inauguration cake says she was commissioned to copy Obama's

WASHINGTON -- Celebrity pastry chef and Food Network star Duff Goldman took to Twitter early Saturday to point out that President Donald Trump’s inauguration cake appeared to be an exact replica of the cake he designed and created for Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration.

In a message posted to his Twitter account, Goldman included a side-by-side image of his cake creation next to Trump’s inaugural cake and wrote, “The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama’s inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trump's. I didn’t make it."

According to The Washington Post, neither Trump’s team nor Goldman responded to comment requests, but the woman who made the cake came forward to talk about her creation.

Tiffany MacIsaac, the owner of Buttercream Bakeshop in Washington, D.C., said she had been commissioned to create the cake.

Read more: http://www.ajc.com/news/national/baker-trump-inauguration-cake-says-she-was-commissioned-copy-obama/x25W07KPjmPb4sJmd7WgpI/

It's fake and a prop!

11 dead, 23 hurt in severe storms in Georgia

State emergency management officials say 11 people have been killed and 23 have been hurt after severe weather hit southern Georgia, according to the Associated Press.


Two people died in Brooks County.


The Berrien County Sheriff's Office also confirmed at least two people died during the storm, according to WALB-TV. Information is limited at this time.

Seven people were killed in Cook County and two were killed in Berrien County. At least three more injuries were confirmed in Thomas County.

Read more: http://www.ajc.com/weather/alerts/breaking-dead-hurt-severe-storms-georgia/cn9RFwCjNuG6zJAhXi9NdO/

Survivor gets $15M in deadly pileup that killed five nursing students

Nearly two years after a truck driver caused a seven-car crash killing five Georgia Southern University nursing students, a jury has awarded a survivor $15 million in a civil suit.

Jurors deliberated for about four hours Friday before deciding on the amount that trucking company Total Transportation of Mississippi and its parent company, U.S. Express, must pay Megan Richards.

“I would pray all the time because I thought I was going to die young,” Richards testified in court.

Richards was released from the hospital the day after the crash, but she was taken to another treatment facility, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Read more: http://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/survivor-gets-15m-deadly-pileup-that-killed-nursing-students/VzGyuVXVn0Hmkqbu88xAcP/

Police estimate: 60,000 in Atlanta for the social justice march to the Capitol

4:42 p.m. -- 60,000 is the new estimate from the Atlanta Police Department.

“The march has been peaceful and without incident,” said APD Sgt. Warren Pickard in an email.

There is a timeline regarding the march at http://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/police-estimate-000-atlanta-for-the-social-justice-march-the-capitol/PlaULPX2mykkjcHk799zLP/ .

It was an incredible turnout considering that only 10,000 were expected and the weather in Atlanta was rainy.

Georgia water wars cost taxpayers nearly $30 million

The infamous water wars between Georgia and Florida has ended up costing the public nearly $30 million over the last year.

Just after Gov. Nathan Deal urged state lawmakers to leave the emergency fund intact, the Governor signed an executive order this week that shifted $3.5 million from the state’s emergency fund to pay the latest water wars legal tab. This was already on top of another $26 million the Governor set aside last year for the case’s expected legal fees.

The two states are still awaiting an official order from a special master to resolve the long fight.

The water feud between Georgia and Alabama involved water flowing from Lake Lanier downstream through Alabama all the way to Florida’s Apalachicola Bay.

Read more: http://evans.allongeorgia.com/georgia-water-wars-cost-taxpayers-nearly-30-million/

Georgia prosecutor arrested in prostitution sting

A Georgia prosecutor is set to be the one that’s prosecuted after he was arrested during what law enforcement officials are saying is a massive prostitution sting.

55 other people were arrested when Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Quinn was charged racketeering and pandering. His lawyer, though, says the charges in Dunwoody were taken too far.

The two police say were the ring leaders, Sam and Darliene Crenshaw, were charged with much more serious crimes, including running a commercial sex enterprise.

The New York Daily News reports:

One of the two escort services that were busted up, called “Gold Club,” was operating in a building across the street from the police station in Dunwoody, according to the Journal-Constitution. The second escort service, called “Lipstick and Shoes,” also operated in Dunwoody, the paper reported.

Police placed hidden cameras in at least one of the buildings, which they say captured hours of illicit activity.

Read more: http://evans.allongeorgia.com/georgia-prosecutor-arrested-in-prostitution-sting/

Delaware Welcomes Joe Biden Home After Decades in Washington

On his last day as vice president, Joe Biden briefly revived a tradition he had followed faithfully as a U.S. senator for Delaware: He rode the commuter train home from Washington.

Biden and his wife, Jill, hopped aboard an Amtrak train bound for Wilmington after attending the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington on Friday.

Marching band members and alumni from Biden's alma mater, the University of Delaware, joined scores of uniformed Delaware National Guard troops, schoolchildren and hundreds of other well-wishers to greet the Bidens at a celebration on Wilmington's riverfront, a stone's throw from the Amtrak station that bears his name.

"We never thought we left home," a subdued Biden said as he began his speech, quickly becoming emotional.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/delawareans-biden-home-decades-washington-44931251

Pope: I'll Judge Trump After We See What He Does

Source: AP

Pope Francis says he'll wait to see what U.S. President Donald Trump does before forming an opinion about him.

In an interview published Saturday evening by Spanish newspaper El Pais, Francis says he doesn't like "judging people early. We'll see what Trump does."

Asked about populist-style political leaders emerging in the United States and Europe, Francis warned against seeking a savior in times of crisis.

He said Adolf Hitler in the 1930s' Germany "was voted for by the people and then he destroyed the people."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/pope-judge-trump-44958373
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