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4:23 p.m. That’s a wrap. We’ll be here again tomorrow.
4:09 p.m. A veteran Carroll County high school teacher and renowned religious singer was arrested Wednesday after police say he attempted to arrange a sexual tryst with a male student.
3:43 p.m. An Atlanta panda may or may not be pregnant. Though there is still no confirmation that Lun Lun, the giant panda at Zoo Atlanta, is with cub, recent data suggests that she is nearing the end of a pregnancy or pseudo-pregnancy.
3:33 p.m. Jeez. Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg storm off ‘The View’ over Bill O’Reilly’s Ground Zero ‘mosque’ issue. And O’Reilly uses word ‘inartful’. That’s been used twice in a week and it’s safe to say is now solidly a euphemism.
3:01 p.m. Speaking of movies, is there something cinematic about the story of T.I. helping police talk a jumper off the ledge of a Midtown high rise yesterday afternoon. I’m thinking “Lethal Weapon,” perhaps, when Sergeant Martin Riggs uses his unorthodox approach to get a jumper off the ledge of a building by handcuffing said jumper and leaping as one together while his horrified partner watches. It’s one of those “it’s not by the book but gets results moments”. Boy, I hope Mike Luckovich tackles this in tomorrow’s cartoon.
2:50 p.m. Wasn’t exactly a scene from an action movie where a truck (preferably a gas tanker) just edges across the tracks to avoid an oncoming train. Imagine trying to sell Ridley Scott on this one: “OK, a non-exploding truck is driving at or close to the speed limit when it ignores a warning sign and tries to cross the tracks as a freight train miles away edges toward the intersection. Police act with appropriate speed and call the train company and the train applies the break and narrowly misses a collision by one quarter mile. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief.” And then, close with: We’d see Keanu Reeves as the sufficiently fast-acting police officer. Read the actual story here. (The movie version was better, right?)
2:36 p.m. Wondering about the status of Lake Lanier? Lanier’s water level has stayed fairly close to the full mark of 1,071 feet above sea level since last September, and although relatively dry conditions in recent months have dropped the lake’s current level to 1,069.1 feet, that’s still nearly 20 feet higher than Lanier’s low point of 1,050.79 feet recorded on Dec. 28, 2007.
1:19 p.m. The season may be over, but news keeps flowing at Dave O’Brien’s AJC Braves Twitter feed. It’s a Must Follow.
1:14 p.m. Some added detail on why a woman missing for six days was found unharmed near Lake Lanier wearing only a trash bag: She had been swimming in the lake. Oh.
1:12 p.m. A metro Atlanta man who was found dead in Newton County has been identified. The remains of Wendell Barber, 29, were found by a hunter in a remote part of Newton County, according to Channel 2 Action News. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation told the TV news station that authorities were trying to determine how Barber wound up in the woods off Piper Road in the south end of the county.
1:03 p.m. The Blue Angels are here, and I say that mostly so we can parade out this video of former AJC editor Steve Beatty, who passes out on a video when flying with them. But they are doing a show here this weekend. Wings over Marietta.
12:15 p.m. A man wanted for an Atlanta murder was captured in Americus, according to a WALB report. Investigators got a tip that Eric Stone was staying with relatives there. Stone is accused of robbing an Atlanta Texaco station last month with an AK-47 assault rifle. One man was shot and killed, a pregnant woman and a two year old were shot but survived. Story on the original shooting.
12:06 p.m. Here’s a quick look at what’s up over at Channel 2 Action News for the noon telecast:
>> Clayton County officials arrested a man Thursday who they said stole a car with a sleeping baby inside. The baby has since been found safe. WSB. AJC.
>> Crews in southwest Atlanta worked Thursday morning to repair a water main break that left some residents without water.
>> It’s 70 right now in Atlanta. Mostly sunny, breezy. NW 10-15 mph. Highs in the low to mid 70s. Weather update.
11:23 a.m. AJC sports columnist Jeff Schultz has a few thoughts on how the Braves might improve next year. One would mean trading the young, talented starter Jair Jurrjens. Also, Glenn Hubbard doesn’t make new coach Fredi Gonzalez’s list as coaches to retain.
10:35 a.m. For those wondering, there is no indication of any ties between T.I. and the potential jumper he talked off the ledge of a Midtown high rise yesterday during rush hour. Follow the story here. Video.
10:09 a.m. Clayton County officials arrested a man Thursday who they said stole a car with a sleeping baby inside, according to a Channel 2 Action News report. The baby has since been found safe.
9:58 a.m. Somewhat of a mysterious situation in the case of a missing man in DeKalb. His wrecked car has been found on I-85, Channel 2 Action News reported Thursday. His family told Channel 2 Action News that Debero’s wrecked car was found on I-85 in Gwinnett County on Saturday. They are checking with local hospitals to see if Debero might have been admitted as a John Doe.
>> Questions that remain: Who was the jumper and does he have any relation to T.I.? And what made police think that a T.I. message would help the situation? What if the jumper wasn’t a fan? For instance, if Elton John, Ted Turner or Chipper Jones was in the area, would they be allowed to help in the same way? And where do they draw the line celebrity wise? How well known do you have to be to qualify as someone who can help authorities in this type of situation? And, finally, did T.I. stay at a Holiday Inn Express Tuesday night?
9:47 a.m. OK, we have an update on T.I., the Atlanta rapper who apparently assisted police and talked a potential jumper off the ledge of a Midtown high rise yesterday during rush hour. He addresses what some feel – and what V-103’s Ryan Cameron noted in an interview – was impeccable timing. The Grammy Award winner, whose real name is Clifford Harris, is scheduled Friday to appear in front of a judge who will decide whether to revoke his probation after a drug arrest in Los Angeles. He had been released from prison this year and is on probation for firearms violations. Here’s what he told Cameron:
“I didn’t wake up this morning with the intentions of going down and helping hostage negotiators talk someone down off a ledge. I don’t think that could be in anyone’s plan of action. I don’t expect this to have any different impact on any of my circumstances. That wasn’t my motivation.”
9:31 a.m. The Michael Vick versus Matt Ryan quarterback showdown that some have been clamoring for might not happen again because of an injury. Last season, when the Eagles faced the Falcons at the Georgia Dome, Ryan was out with a turf-toe injury. The Falcons (4-1) are set to face the Eagles (3-2) at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, but Vick has a rib injury and did not practice Wednesday. Falcons beat blog.
9:30 a.m. In the second break-in at a Glynn County church, a pastor said burglars took crayons, toothbrushes, toys and other items collected to send overseas to impoverished children for Christmas.
9:15 a.m. Those who follow national politics or Saturday Night Live may be interested to hear about the debate yesterday in Delaware between Senate hopefuls Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons. Fox. NY Times. Washington Post.
8:57 a.m. More than half a dozen pornographers in California’s multibillion-dollar adult entertainment industry have halted production after an actor tested positive for HIV — and more shutdowns were expected. The identity and gender of the HIV-positive actor have not been released by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, the clinic where the case was discovered. The clinic was working to identify and test on-screen partners of the actor.
8:46 a.m. You had me at “Cheerleader Mom.” A cheerleading mom was accused of stealing $27,000 from the Wheeler High School cheerleaders. She is out of jail after turning herself in Tuesday morning.
8:33 a.m. Let’s take a quick look at news from overnight and early morning.
>> Big story, all miners are safe in what turned out to be an amazing, gripping rescue that played out on TV. Story. Photos. AJC’s Cynthia Tucker chimes in.
>> Resident attacked after complaining about Adair Park prostitution. Story.
>> Police in North Carolina continue to search for a 10-year-old girl they fear is dead, perhaps at the hands of a family member.
>> Woman’s body found in Forsyth County home. Story.
>> Mexican authorities promise ‘diligence’ looking into beheading of investigator exploring killing of an American tourist on a border lake. Dallas Morning News. AP.
>> We’ll be following this T.I. story here throughout the day, trying to get both reaction and some more detail. Readers who follow our Twitter account have already asked if a) this was a stunt or b) this is typical police procedure. Some might feel a stunt is possible because of T.I.’s current legal situation: The Grammy-award winning musician has a court hearing scheduled Friday following an arrest last month in Los Angeles while on probation. But honestly, that would take a lot of forethought, and sometimes people just respond to certain situations. “Something in me just said, ‘man you gotta try and help. You gotta do whatever you can,’ ” the rapper said. Said police: “He didn’t have to stop. He could’ve kept on going about his business. We’re happy it ended the way it did, and we thank him.” This would be a fun story to discuss. Comment below, but please, keep it in check, right?.
8:09 a.m. Most of Atlanta and probably a big part of the music community is trying to wrap their heads around yesterday’s news that rapper T.I. helped Atlanta police talk a potential jumper off a Midtown skyrise. The short version: Dude threatens to jump. T.I., en route to a video shoot, heads to the scene to see if he can be of assistance. (Which is a touching if not weird assumption, right?) Another officer taped a quick video message which was then sent to the man on the roof, T.I. told the radio station. And it worked. Download audio of T.I.’s interview with WSB Radio.
7:58 a.m. Phew. That was close. We try to get this thing rolling each day by 8 a.m. Got the coffee. It’s time to face Thursday head on. First, a few resources. Follow traffic news all day here. The AJC Twitter account is hands down one of the most enjoyable, informative feeds you could follow. Channel 2 Action News has your weather.