Friday (3/9/2012)


WINDING DOWN:  The prosecution at the Hemy Neuman trial will call rebuttal witnesses today who will try to refute the defense’s theory that he was insane when he shot Rusty Sneiderman to death outside a Dunwoody daycare.  The defense rested yesterday without calling Neuman to the stand.  Closing arguments could come on Monday.


METRO ATLANTAA teacher at College Park’s Camp Creek Middle School has been charged with abusing special needs students…   A Buford man was arrested in the beating death of his sister at her apartment…  It looks like red light cameras will be around in the City of Atlanta for at least another year.


THE NATION:  The nation's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.3%, even though employers added 227,000 jobs last month…  Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are campaigning in Alabama and Mississippi this weekend…  Two years after the Obama health care overhaul took effect, a new poll shows just 35% of Americans support it.


SOLAR BREEZE:  It looks like the solar storm left the earth pretty much unscathed.  There was some radio communication blackout affecting mainly ham radio operations.  There had been forecasts for a storm strong enough to knock electrical grids offline, mess with GPS and harm satellites.


‘KONY 2012’:  Teenagers and celebrities are the driving force behind a video that has gone viral with more than 40M views since Monday.  Kony 2012 is about a militia warlord in Africa named Joseph Kony whose armies have committed scores of atrocities, including abducting children.  Watch the entire 30-minute documentary.


COMPANY NEWS:  Find out why Coke and Pepsi are changing the formulation of the caramel coloring in their colas (even though it won’t change the taste)…  Wells Fargo plans to start charging a $7 monthly fee on checking accounts that don’t maintain a minimum balance or have direct deposit…  Starbucks is getting into the home coffee maker business.


SHOWBIZ NEWS:  Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law told Oprah Winfrey that she feared drugs would end the singer’s life.  The interview airs Sunday on OWN…  J.K. Rowling’s ‘Pottermore’ website will finally launch early next month…  Filmmaker James Cameron is planning to make a record 7-mile dive in the Pacific.


NEW MOVIES:  John Carter (Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe)…  Friends with Kids (Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Megan Fox)…  A Thousand Words (Eddie Murphy)…  Silent House (Elizabeth Olsen).  Watch the trailers…  New on DVD:  Footloose, Immortals, Jack and Jill, Like Crazy.


TOURNEY TIME:  Georgia beat Mississippi State, 71-61, to advance to the men’s SEC quarterfinals.  The Bulldogs will play Vanderbilt tonight (10 p.m., WPCH)…  The ACC tournament continues at Philips Arena without Georgia Tech.  The Jackets lost to Miami, 54-36…  The NCAA March Madness brackets will be announced Sunday (6 p.m., CBS).


MORE SPORTS:  The Hawks play the Pistons tonight in Detroit and continue the road trip in Sacramento on Sunday…  The Braves lost to the Orioles at spring training, 2-1…  The Gladiators skate at home against Cincinnati tonight and Greenville on Sunday.


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