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November 29, 2001 | War News | Cobb News

N E W S     H E A D L I N E S
Georgia anti-abortionist tipped FBI on suspected anthrax hoax source
NEW THIS EVENING   On the day after Thanksgiving, anti-abortion militant Neal Horsley of Carrollton, posted a message on the site saying that Clayton Lee Waagner had visited him and told him he had sent the hoax anthrax mailings to family planning clinics around the country. Link to the story

CBS to explore King speech
NEW THIS EVENING   Five years after CBS was sued by the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for using footage of King's ``I Have a Dream'' speech, ``60 Minutes'' is examining how the speech has been commercialized.
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Video e-mail to be sent to troops
NEW THIS EVENING   Family and friends of U.S. troops serving in and around Afghanistan will be able to share video e-mail messages in time for the holidays. The campaign will kick off Dec. 4 in New York and Washington, D.C., and later launch in Atlanta and other cities.
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Suit filed against MARTA for alleged disability assistance violations
NEW THIS AFTERNOON   Six plaintiffs including Fulton County Magistrate Judge Stephanie Davis, have filed a class action suit in federal court against the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), citing alleged disability assistance violations. Link to the story

Black employees of Kroger file suit,
want it to go class-action

NEW THIS AFTERNOON  Five black employees of Kroger Co. sued the supermarket giant in federal court Thursday, claiming they were systematically denied promotions because of their race. Link to the story

Tearful Lasseter appears
on 'Good Morning America'

A tearful Michael Shane Lasseter told a national television audience today that he "deeply regrets" the incident that shut down Hartsfield International Airport and inconvenienced thousands of travelers along the East Coast. AJC report

Turner reflects, sees
'endgame' for cable business

NEW THIS AFTERNOON  "The endgame is just about here," Ted Turner told cable industry executives Wednesday, sounding the alarm about rapid consolidation among cable operators during a wide-ranging interview session at the annual Western Show convention.
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Alliance moves to take
final Taliban stronghold

BREAKING NEWS A top commander of the northern alliance said Thursday that his forces were moving into the Taliban's last stronghold in southern Afghanistan.
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Breakthrough at Afghan talks
The northern alliance and the former king's delegation agreed Thursday to a formula for an interim council that will run Afghanistan until March, an adviser to the northern alliance said. Link to the story

    Americans favor military courts
    Americans overwhelmingly support some of the U.S. government's controversial anti-terrorism measures including military courts to try suspects and eavesdropping on prisoner-lawyer conversations, according to a poll released on Wednesday.
    Link to the story
    Barr joins Dems in questioning tribunals

    GOP pushes Social Security tax break
    Aiming to break a deadlock, Senate Republicans are pushing a $100 billion economic stimulus package anchored by a proposal to give workers and employers a one-month holiday from Social Security taxes.
    Link to the story

    White House condemns Chambliss
    on anti-Muslim remarks

    A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Saxby Chambliss says Democrats and the media are keeping alive a controversy that should have died last week when Chambliss apologized for making anti-Muslim comments.
    Link to the story

    Federal deficits likely until 2005
    The recession and the costs of war and battling terrorism have made annual federal deficits likely for at least the next three years, the White House budget director said Wednesday. Link to the story

    Banks, markets alarmed
    at Enron energy collapse

    The financial world watched nervously on Thursday as America's top energy trader, Enron Corp, teetered on the edge of collapse, fearing a strain on U.S. banks that could send the global economic recovery back a step.
    Link to the story

    Pizza guy catches own carjacker
    NEW THIS AFTERNOON  An apparent taste for pizza landed the man who stole a car owned by a pizza driver in jail. Driver Lawrence Kurtz told Atlanta police he left his car running when he delivered a pizza from Rocky's Brick Oven and Italian Restaurant
    Link to the story

    Turnout favored Woolard, 70% of her vote came from three wards
    To win the City Council president's seat, Cathy Woolard knew she'd need to get all her supporters back out to vote. She did exactly that -- almost to the number. AJC report.
    Link to the story

    Braves to lower ticket prices
    Prices for tickets to Atlanta Braves games won't go up in 2002, after the team failed to draw 3 million fans last season for the first time since moving to Turner Field in 1997.
    Link to the story

    West Nile virus found At Zoo Atlanta
    New test results confirm that the West Nile Virus has been found at Zoo Atlanta. Three flamingos tested positive for traces of the West Nile Virus.
    Link to the story

    Delta Connection adding
    more flights from Atlanta

    NEW THIS AFTERNOON  Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) Saturday will inaugurate daily nonstop Canadair regional jet (CRJ) service between Atlanta and Evansville, Ind., Atlanta and Albany, Ga., and Atlanta and Dothan, Ala. The new round-trip service replaces flights currently operated with the 30-passenger Embraer Brasilia turboprop aircraft.
    Link to the story

    Special treatment at airport
    for certain Delta customers

    Delta Air Lines' best customers will get shorter lines for security checks. Link to the story

    Deputy pleads guilty in shootout
    A former sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty today to charges in connection with a shootout at his home.
    Link to the story

    How misbehaving cops
    stay in the ranks

    A deputy is supposed to be fired the first time he commits an act of physical abuse. It says so right there, on page 62 of the Fulton County personnel handbook. "First offense: Dismissal." Link to the story

    Good Samaritan dies of injuries
    An man who jumped in front of a speeding driver to pull a baby stroller out of the street has died of his injuries.
    Link to the story

    Cincinnati Police defend killing
    of another black man

    A black robbery suspect was shot and killed by Cincinnati police on Wednesday, but the police chief in the city -- where a shooting in April set off racial disturbances -- said the officers acted in self defense.
    Link to the story

    Philips Arena tops five million guests
    Philips Arena hosted its five-millionth guest yesterday during the Atlanta Hawks home game against the New York Knicks. The attendance milestone comes just two years and two months after the venue's September 1999 grand opening. "We now know of at least five million affirmations that Philips Arena's unique design, amenities and roster of events have been a 'hit' in Atlanta," said Philips Arena President Bob Williams. "It's remarkable that we've hosted so many guests in just over two years."

    CDC studying if land near proposed aquarium is a health risk
    The week after Home Depot Chairman Bernie Marcus pledged $200 million for an aquarium to be built at the Atlantic Station site, an agency within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun preliminary investigations into whether the Atlantic Station development site constitutes a threat to public health. Link to the story

    Charlie Daniels fights cancer
    Veteran country musician Charlie Daniels, best known for the hit song ``The Devil Went Down to Georgia,'' has undergone successful prostate cancer surgery and is expected to recover fully, according to a statement released by his publicist.
    Link to the story

    Americans have more sex
    than in any other country

    The United States remains the sexual superpower of the world with Americans making love more often and with more partners than any other nationality, according to a survey by a leading condom manufacturer.
    Link to the story


    T V     S E C R E T S
    Evening news: Use the word 'tonight' as much as possible to make older stories look fresh
    Tonight, tonight, tonight. The rule for the late evening news is to make everything sound fresh, even if the stories are hours old. If an accident happened earlier in the day, many stations will simply fabricate "Police investigators tonight are trying to find out why a young girl was run down." They don't check to see if the traffic investigators went home at 5 p.m. like most people do. They just stick 'tonight' in there--in almost every story. Another thing some news stations do is skew the timeline in Afghanistan.

    It's not just skewing the timeline, it's misleading the location, too. Yesterday, WXIA ran footage of Chiquita's office tower, showed its offices and got a shot of the company's logo on the wall -- but never said where the company was located ! (Cincinnati). That's because it wouldn't be a local story anymore.

    Secrets of Local TV news >>>

  • MONDAY: Local TV news is completely ratings driven
  • TUESDAY: Anchors are performers, not journalists
  • WEDNESDAY: Some local stations can't afford to cover the community

    Rich's/Macy's parent to restructure online division, close Bloomingdales.com
    NEW THIS AFTERNOON  Federated Department Stores Inc. said it will stop selling merchandise on its Bloomingdales.com site, cut back its offerings on Macys.com and take a $50 million to $60 million charge in the fourth quarter. Link to the story

    Office vacancy rate here,
    elsewhere on the rise

    NEW THIS AFTERNOON  Five million square feet of sublet space in Atlanta has driven the office vacancy rate from 10.7% to more than 15%. Local brokers report that more than a million square feet of that sublease space was added in the third quarter. Link to the story

    Delta, other airlines to
    maintain fuel surcharge

    Most major airlines plan to maintain a fuel surcharge on each one-way ticket even though the price of jet fuel has been cut in half during the past year. Link to the story


    Knicks 105, Hawks 100
    Latrell Sprewell scored 25 points and the New York Knicks held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks for the second time in three nights, 105-100 on Wednesday.
    Link to the story

    Selling tickets next
    on Tech's bowl agenda

    After a couple of intense days of locking down a berth in the Seattle Bowl, now comes the tricky part for Georgia Tech officials: Selling tickets to the game.
    Link to the story

    Braves to lower ticket prices
    Prices for tickets to Atlanta Braves games won't go up in 2002, after the team failed to draw 3 million fans last season for the first time since moving to Turner Field in 1997.
    Link to the story

    Tech, FSU to meet minus
    the fanfare, stakes

    It doesn't even seem like the same season. Back in mid-September when they were originally scheduled to meet, Georgia Tech and Florida State were flying high - both undefeated and ranked in the top 10.
    Link to the story

    Canadiens 5, Thrashers 1
    Richard Zednik scored two goals as the Montreal Canadiens extended their season-high winning streak to five games with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night over the Atlanta Thrashers.
    Link to the story

    Reeves pleads for big
    crowd for Rams game

    Dan Reeves, the Atlanta Falcons' executive vice president and head coach, added a title in sales Monday. Though he knows a sellout is unlikely for this week's game against St. Louis, Reeves was begging for a good turnout at the Georgia Dome. Link to the story

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