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5:42 p.m. Former school bus driver Michele Threlkeld has filed a lawsuit against Buford City Schools Superintendent Geye Hamby (pictured) and Transportation Director Brenda Brown, saying she was fired over a post on her Facebook page.
4:51 p.m. Braves are on the mind with 50-plus hours to go until Game 1. AJ C beat writer Dave O’Brien takes his stab at projecting the team’s 25-person roster.
3:49 p.m. From a press release for Rashawn Walker, the 17-year-old student killed in the Carroll County bus crash Monday: “A vigil has been arranged for students, faculty, and community to attend in honor of Rashawn Walker. This is a grassroots movement from the student body. The student body is working with local clergymen to prepare the agenda for the candle light vigil tonight. The vigil is formed out of love and respect for the student who was lost and those who were injured. The band will play a feature song of “Amazing Grace”. Hot chocolate will be provided by the Temple High School Band Booster Club.” Witnesses describe fatal crash. Noon prayer.
3:32 p.m. Braves just announced this, too, according to AJC beat writer Dave O’Brien: Braves just announced Tim Hudson was named 2010 MLB Comeback player of the year. Photos of Braves Tuesday workout.
3:09 p.m. The new school bus that ran off the road Monday afternoon in Carroll County, killing one student, was equipped with a video camera. Police plan to review the recording in addition to interviewing witnesses, the bus driver and surviving passengers to determine why the bus ran off the road and flipped, according to Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Justin Howard. Witnesses describe scene. Photos from the vigil.
3:07 p.m. A 61-year-old Sandy Springs man has been accused of groping a passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight. Ranchhodbhai Lakha was arrested and charged with assault and sexual assault after the incident, according to the FBI. A passenger on the flight from Dallas on Monday complained “of being touched several times in an inappropriate fashion and reported this to the flight crew,” Brian D. Lamkin, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta office, said in a statement Tuesday.
2:00 p.m. Lilburn police say they’ve identified the man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in Walmart last month. Story.
1:10 p.m. New mascot Uga VIII is scheduled to make his long-awaited debut at the Oct. 16 game against Vanderbilt in Sanford Stadium, Sonny Seiler told the AJC today. UGA beat blog.
12:45 p.m. MLB announces final three game times for Braves-Giants playoff series. Game 3 on Sunday is 4:37 p.m. Game 4, if necessary, is at 8:37 p.m. and a final Game 5 in San Francisco would be 9:37 p.m. Story. Beat blog.
11:53 a.m. Update: Witnesses say a dog that chased the girl into middle of the street Tuesday morning was a pit bull. The girl, retreating from the unleashed dog, was struck and killed by on oncoming car in McDonough while on the way to school, said police. Police are trying to determine who owns the dog. The owner could face charges. Full story.
11:26 a.m. Consider this an early lunchtime diversion of a few items of interest.
>> Conan gets all sexy in TBS talk show promos. Radio & TV with Rodney Ho.
>> Tenn. fire department refuses to fight fire of homeowner who failed to pay fee. Jay Bookman.
>> Jon Stewart lampoons fired CNN anchor Rick Sanchez. AP.
>> Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell is back with this much discussed ad. YouTube.
11:18 a.m. Gwinnett Police say it’s still too early to tell if the man and woman found dead in Lawrenceville is a murder-suicide. Gwinnett Police spokesman Edwin Ritter said that the couple’s 12-year-old son went to a neighbor’s house around 7:30 a.m. and told the neighbor his parents were having problems. The neighbor phoned police, who responded and found the couple dead inside the home, Ritter said. Story here.
11:01 a.m. Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, a mandatory penalty that left him defiant as ever and the judge who sentenced him determined to send a message to anyone who might want to follow in his path. AP Story.
10:59 a.m. A 14-year-old girl stepped into the street to get away from an “aggressive dog” and was hit by a car and killed Tuesday morning, Henry County police said. Authorities identified the victim as Henry County High School student Miracle Parham, according to Channel 2 Action News. AJC. WSB.
10:04 a.m. Atlanta Police report that thieves threw a large rock through a window on the North Highland side of Urban Outfitters on Ponce de Leon Avenue at North Highland Avenue just before 5 a.m. They took two racks of blue jeans priced at $29.99 a pair and possibly several shirts. Story.
9:42 a.m. More on the man and woman found dead in Lawrenceville: They were found dead inside a home in the 2000 block of Carriage Way, police said. Gwinnett Police spokesman Edwin Ritter said that the couple’s son went to a neighbor’s house and told the neighbor his parents were having problems. The neighbor phoned police, who responded and found the couple dead inside the home, Ritter said. Following story here.
9:25 a.m. Gwinnett County investigators are at the scene of a double homicide in the Lawrenceville area. We’re following.
8:28 a.m. For those that care, Rodney Ho has a recap of the Season 3 premiere of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
8:08 a.m. This also broke last night: The man known as the Phantom of the Fox Theatre is now suing his landlords for the right to remain there. Joe Patten is accusing Atlanta Landmarks — the nonprofit that runs the historic theater in Midtown — of “willful, intentional and deliberate acts of housing discrimination” because of a change made to his lifetime lease.
8:07 a.m. Last night, Douglasville City Council members voted down a pit bull ban Monday night by a 4-3 vote before an overflow crowd.
8:02 a.m. “It’s almost like a Shakespearean tragedy.” – a quote in yesterday’s most popular story at AJC.com. A 67-year-old federal judge was arrested on charges of purchasing cocaine and marijuana, along with prescription painkillers, which he shared with an exotic dancer he met last spring at the Goldrush Showbar in Atlanta. Today’s story. FBI report.
7:55 a.m. We’ve learned more about the Carroll County bus crash that claimed the life of 17-year-old James Rashawn Walker and injured many more. The bus had no obvious mechanical problems, and the driver was not suspected of using alcohol or drugs. The Georgia State Highway Patrol said the driver, Kenneth Ross Herringdine, 59, was a trainee with a valid commercial drivers license and that another experienced driver was on board teaching him.
Profile on Walker. Sign the Guestbook. Map of the accident. Scene. Video could be key to determining cause.
7:35 a.m. Yikes, the main headline this a.m. jumps out at you on AJC.com. “Study: 4 Atlanta neighborhoods among nation’s most dangerous.” Atlanta had more neighborhoods on the list than any other city, according to the report by walletpop.com. Coming in at No. 5 on the list is the Carter Street area, found within zip codes 30314 and 30313. Marietta Street, including the 30313 and 30303 zip codes, makes the “dangerous” list at No. 7. Also making the list from Atlanta are the Richardson Street neighborhood, which ranks No. 17, and Humphries Street, which ranks No. 22.