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5:10 p.m. Going to wrap it up for the day, but here’s a summary. For more detail, scroll down below.
>> The rescue seen around the world has so far been a success, with 24 miners rescued thus far. AP Story. See the miner-by-miner rescue photos. More photos. Rescue seen around the world.
>> This news broke late last night but the Atlanta Braves held a press conference today to confirm that former Braves assistant Fredi Gonzalez would be the team’s next manager, after the retirement of legend Bobby Cox. Gonzalez was an assistant under Cox and the decision was anticipated. Story. Photos. Jeff Schultz thinks it’s a good idea. Mark Bradley disagrees.
>> DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis will appoint William O’Brien as police chief on Thursday. Story.
>> The missing North Carolina 10-year-old is presumed dead and efforts seem to be pointed to the stepmom, who has been described in stories as somewhat of a loose cannon. Story.
5:09 p.m. Atlanta rapper Lil Jon reportedly joining Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Radio & TV with Rodney Ho.
5:09 p.m. Ending the day with the report of the Cobb County school bus crash. The buses were empty. Two school buses and a car collided in Cobb County Wednesday, but no one was seriously injured.
2:50 p.m. DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis will appoint William O’Brien as police chief on Thursday.
“It hasn’t sunk in,” O’Brien told the AJC Wednesday. “When I started 25 years ago, I never had chief in my sights at all. I always thought I would love to make it to the level of lieutenant or captain. Making it to chief has definitely surpassed any goals I’ve ever had in my career.”
2:19 p.m. It’s official: Fredi Gonzalez has been announced officially as the new Atlanta Braves manager. He’ll wear No. 33. Said Gonzalez, who has coached here before and lives in Marietta: “It’s an hon0r and a privilege to get to manage a baseball club like the Atlanta Braves.” Follow Braves beat writer tweeting now.
1:39 p.m. Well, I guess we’d find a bunch of connections if we all had genealogists spend time tracking our family history, but this news that President Obama is a 10th cousin to Sarah Palin is interesting nonetheless.
1:34 p.m. You have 30 more minutes to chat with AJC editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich. Tell him we say “hi.”
1:32 p.m. Police are investigating the robbery of an armored truck late Wednesday morning at DeKalb Medical Center. DeKalb police spokesman Jason Gagnon told the AJC that no one was injured during the robbery.
11:43 a.m. Big news out of the State Board of Regents meetings sure to spark debate: Illegal immigrants can no longer attend the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and other academically competitively public colleges, starting next fall. Story. Get Schooled blog.
11:31 a.m. Here’s the other national story on everyone’s radar. The AP reports a Mexican police commander investigating the reported shooting of an American tourist on a border lake plagued by pirates has been decapitated and his head was found in a suitcase, a Texas sheriff says. Rolando Flores was the commander of state investigators in Ciudad Miguel Aleman and looking into the potential homicide of tourist David Hartley at the hands of Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake, which borders Texas and Mexico. Hartley’s wife Tiffany said the two were on jet skis when David was shot in the head by pirates. As she tried to retrieve his body, they continued firing and chased her to the U.S. side of the lake, she told police.
11:14 a.m. More details have emerged in the story of a missing disabled 10-year-old, Zahra Clare Baker, in Hickory, N.C. Police say they can’t find anyone outside the household who has seen Zahra alive in the last month. Police said the search for Zahra had shifted to a homicide investigation, canceling a missing child alert. The girl’s stepmom Elisa Barker is being held and is accused of trying to throw off investigators with a fake ransom note. CNN. Hickory Daily Record.
10:51 a.m. Here’s the detail that jumps out at you regarding the man who was shot several times at the Doubletree near I-85 in DeKalb: “Apparently, the male victim frequents the hotel and was last seen with a few female companions just prior to shots being fired,” DeKalb police spokesman Jason Gagnon said. A few?
10:11 a.m. Channel 2 Action News has an interesting story about a Nigerian teenager who was recently stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The teen had Malaria and was trying to illegally enter the country. He was taken to an Atlanta hospital where the malaria diagnosis was confirmed, officials said. He has been treated and has returned to Nigeria, according to the report.
10:00 a.m. Yay. Politics. So we have an election in three weeks and the governor’s race is tops on the list. From the debate yesterday with Democrat Roy Barnes, Republican Nathan Deal and Libertarian John Monds, here’s a quote for you, courtesy of Barnes. Barnes said Deal accusing him of being negative is “kind of like a possum telling a skunk his breath stinks. That’s all I see on television, my new name, ‘Roybama.’ ” The quote is funny, but wouldn’t the skunk calling out the possum’s smell be a better example of hypocrisy? Story. Photos.
9:52 a.m. We have the update on the school bus crash in Carroll County, the second in a week over there. No injuries to the 24 Bowden High students on board but three people in the pickup that collided with the bus were injured.
9:51 a.m. Sorry for the hour delay. That’s the Atlanta commute for you.
8:47 a.m. No injuries have been reported to the 26 children on the school bus involved in a crash in Carroll County this morning. A pickup truck apparently ran into the left side of the bus. By 8:30 a.m., authorities had the truck on a flatbed wrecker and the bus was being moved under its own power. The condition of the pickup driver was not immediately available. On Oct. 4, a Carroll County school bus driven by a trainee driver overturned on Ga. 113 near I-20, killing Temple High School student James Rashawn Walker and injuring 13 others.
8:32 a.m. Here’s a look at some morning headlines from the area:
>> A man was shot in the chest in Southwest Atlanta after opening his door.
>> A man who police said frequents a DeKalb hotel was shot multiple times.
>> A Cumming woman who vanished from her apartment one week ago was found unharmed Tuesday afternoon at a Buford Dam park wearing nothing but a pair of garbage bags.
>> A Monroe man has been charged with murder in the death of a 70-year-old woman found dead in her Walton County home Tuesday night.
8:20 a.m. Here’s what we know on the Carroll County school bus wreck: Carroll County authorities were responding to a school bus wreck Wednesday morning west of Carrollton. The wreck happened before 8 a.m. on Ga. 166 near Simonton Mill Road, about three miles west of downtown Carrollton. Initial reports are that a truck is trapped under the bus. There was no immediate word on injuries to the 26 children on the bus or the drivers of either vehicle.
8:14 a.m. It’s 63 degrees and mostly cloudy. From Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton: There is a slight risk of an isolated shower this morning with the arrival of a weak cool front. A stronger cold front arrives later tonight with the promise of cooler temps by Thursday.
8:11 a.m. There is a report of another school bus wreck in Carroll County. More details to come.
8:05 p.m. The AJC reported last night that Fredi Gonzalez will be named the next Atlanta Braves manager and will be introduced Thursday to the media. Two unmanned sources confirmed the report. Gonzalez, 46, would succeed his former boss and mentor Bobby Cox, who retired after 29 seasons as a major league manager, including 25 with the Braves. Jeff Schultz: Gonzalez is the perfect fit.
7:52 a.m. You were probably asleep, but most of the world was watching as the first of 33 miners was brought to the surface in San Jose Mine, Chile. The AP reported:
Florencio Avalos emerged from the missile-like rescue capsule smiling broadly after his half-mile journey to the surface. In a din of cheers, he hugged his sobbing 7-year-old son and wife and then President Sebastian Pinera, who has been deeply involved in an effort that had become a matter of national pride.
The story also said these miners have spent more time underground – a half mile underground, by the way – than anyone else on record. It had been 69 days. The entire rescue operation is expected to take 36 hours. See the photos here.
7:51 a.m. Hello Wednesday. So soon?