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Sen. Johnny Isakson salutes Otis Brumby Jr. on U.S. Senate floor

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson paid tribute to the late newspaperman Otis Brumby Jr. on the floor of the United States Senate, introducing a seven-page eulogy into the official record.

Brumby died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. Here is a link to the AJC’s news obituary on him. Here is a link to the obit his own paper, the Marietta Daily Journal, ran.

Isakson, a close family friend, said he will be traveling back to Georgia for Brumby’s funeral on Wednesday, planned for 11 a.m. at Marietta First United Methodist Church.

Here’s a YouTube video of Isakson’s tribute:

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Emotions, surprises during Aimee Copeland’s visit with Katie Couric today

Photo Credit: Disney-ABC Domestic Television / Ida Mae Astute

Photo Credit: Disney-ABC Domestic Television / Ida Mae Astute

Aimee Copeland greeted America for the first time Tuesday, standing tall.

Months after the deadly infection that threatened her life and forced multiple amputations, the 24-year-old Snellville woman appeared on Katie Couric’s new talk show, “Katie.” She moved slowly but surely on a prosthetic foot, assisted by a walker, as Couric nodded encouragement and blinked back tears.

“It felt pretty good,” Copeland said as she settled in. “You take for granted just looking people in the eye.”

Copeland freely discussed the rigors of rehab and the challenge of relearning simple skills like brushing her teeth. She laughed and smiled throughout the visit and sang along to the Bob Marley song “Is This Love” that played during a commercial break. Not once did her sunny personality dim.

“I love life,” she said. “It’s a beautiful thing.”

In interviews with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and …

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Aimee Copeland to talk, walk with Katie Couric

Aimee Copeland will visit with Katie Couric today on her new show, "Katie." Photo credit: Channel 2 Action News

Aimee Copeland will visit with Katie Couric today on her new show, "Katie." Photo credit: Channel 2 Action News

Aimee Copeland will walk today, on national television.

Day 2 of Katie Couric’s new daytime talk show, “Katie,” will feature an interview with the 24-year-old from Snellville whose battle with a rare, flesh-decaying bacteria resulted in multiple amputations. In order to save her life, surgeons at Doctors Hospital in Augusta had to cut off her left leg, her right foot and both hands.

“Katie” airs at 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 2.

Throughout her ordeal the University of West Georgia graduate student kept a positive attitude. Her strong will and fighting spirit has generated national attention in the months following the accident that resulted in contact with the rare bacteria. Her family has kept supporters updated on her progress online at aimeecopeland.com, and today they will be able to see the young woman they’ve been virtually cheering on.

“Still facing a rigorous …

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Atlantans in New York reflect as 9-11 anniversary approaches

Caitlyn Corsetti will observe the anniversary of 9-11 as newly minted New Yorker this year.

Caitlin Corsetti will observe the anniversary of 9-11 as newly minted New Yorker this year.

The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has always been a difficult day for Atlanta native Caitlin Corsetti.

Her father used to work at the World Trade Center and lost many friends that day. Her cousin, FDNY Ladder Company 3 Lt. Kevin Donnelly, died while trying to rescue people from one of the crumbling towers.

“I had never known anyone who had died before,” she said. “Being that young, I was so confused.”

A sixth grader at the time, she also found that some of her classmates had trouble understanding why she took the disaster so hard, so personally. It took a long time for anxiety to subside – and to this day, it hasn’t completely.

“Having to deal with that at a young age definitely impacted me,” Corsetti said.

Corsetti's cousin, FDNY Ladder Co. 3 Lt. Kevin W. Donnelly, died while trying to rescue people on Sept. 11, 2001. Photo by Harry Loud

Corsetti's cousin, FDNY Ladder Co. 3 Lt. Kevin W. Donnelly, died while trying to rescue people on Sept. 11, 2001. Photo by Harry Loud

On Tuesday, the 11th …

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President Obama, Gov. Romney team up for Atlanta charity event … sort of

Democrat Party? Republican Party? Neither: Just a party! Skyland Trail patron co-chair and luncheon hostess Betsy West and Benefits of Laughter co-chairs Mary Johnson and Robin Howell cut up with the cutouts. Photo credit: Tim Wilkerson

Democrat Party? Republican Party? Neither: Just a party! Skyland Trail patron co-chair and luncheon hostess Betsy West and Benefits of Laughter co-chairs Mary Johnson and Robin Howell cut up with the cutouts. Photo credit: Tim Wilkerson

President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney are teaming up to benefit an Atlanta organization called Skyland Trail.

Well, sort of. Kind of. Okay, not at all. But their cardboard cutouts sure do look happy to be on board.

The Capitol Steps, a politically inspired comedy troupe that takes aim at officials of every stripe, will perform at the 15th annual Benefits of Laughter fundraiser, planned for Oct. 17 at the St. Regis hotel in Buckhead.

The event will aid Skyland Trail, which serves adults with mental illness, and the president will attend – Skyland Trail president Beth Finnerty, that is.

Patron committee co-chairs Betsy West and Amy Kenny hosted a recent luncheon at Skyland Trail to thank committee members and event co-chairs …

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Blue Jean Ball aids Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta

 Hala and Steve Moddelmog, the honorary chairs of the 2012 Blue Jean Ball

Hala and Steve Moddelmog, the honorary chairs of the 2012 Blue Jean Ball

The 2012 Blue Jean Ball to benefit Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta is planned for 6:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Atlanta History Center’s Tullie Smith Farm. The denim-attired event features music and barbecue while raising funds to solve crimes.

Event chairs are Thad Ellis, senior vice president at Cousins Properties; and Tom Ratchford, founder of Formulytics, both of whom serve on the board of Crime Stoppers.

“The Blue Jean Ball is a great night of fun and a way for citizens to come together and take an active role in keeping neighborhoods safe,” Ellis said in a statement. “You can network with like-minded people and businesses who also are investing in the safety of our community.”

The 2011 Blue Jean Ball raised more than $65,000, proceeds which were used for crime prevention and which helped lead to 32 arrests of criminal suspects, event organizers said. This year’s fundraising goal is …

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T.I. and Kelsey Grammer star together on “Starz,” party together on Facebook

A screen shot from T.I.'s Facebook page

A screen shot from T.I.'s Facebook page

T.I. and Kelsey Grammer have teamed up for this season of “Boss,” airing on Starz.

Tonight the two team up to celebrate the collaboration – on Facebook.

Beginning at 9 p.m. T.I. will “host” a live viewing party on his Facebook page. Grammer will join in with his own live stream. You can watch the whole thing on a SpreeCast tab on T.I.’s page. (No one just watches television anymore!)

Fans can expect plenty of interaction. “A chosen few who participate will be rewarded with virtual face to face interaction with Kelsey and T.I.,” an event notice promises.

Check it out here.

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Katie Couric to interview Aimee Copeland

Katie Couric with

Katie Couric visited Atlanta over the summer to promote her new daytime show "Katie," which will air at 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 2, starting Monday. She is shown here with Tim McVay, vice president and general manager of Channel 2 WSB-TV. Photo credit: Nelson Hicks

Veteran broadcast journalist Katie Couric launches her new show on Monday, and Aimee Copeland will be among the guests during the show’s first week.

“Katie,” which will air at 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 2, will cover a broad range of topics, including people in the news, authors, celebrities and health issues. In the video clip above, Channel 2 anchor Jovita Moore sits down with Couric and gives viewers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at preparation for the show.

Couric visited over the summer to promote “Katie,” and the station is excited she is joining the daytime lineup.

“When Katie visited Atlanta and WSB-TV in July, it was amazing how she connected with guests at a luncheon with local business …

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Chipper Jones, Tim Hudson greet families at Children’s Healthcare event

Atlanta Braves players Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson spent time with the Dana and Michael House and their sons Brady, in the yellow shirt, and Brooks, in the red. Brooks, 7, is cancer-free after 18 rounds of chemo and five surgeries at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Photo courtesy of CHOA.

Atlanta Braves players Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson spent time with Dana and Michael House and their sons Brady, in the yellow shirt, and Brooks, in the red. Brooks, 7, is cancer-free after 18 rounds of chemo and five surgeries at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Photo courtesy of CHOA.

About a year ago, Brooks House of Winder was playing baseball when his parents noticed a bump on his jaw.

Dana and Michael House figured their active son had gotten dinged on the diamond, but took him to see a doctor just to be sure it was nothing serious.

It was.

Diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, Brooks went through 18 rounds of chemotherapy and five surgeries, logging 85 days at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“All of this was way too much for anyone to go through, especially a child,” Dana House said at a Children’s Healthcare luncheon this week. “We feel very blessed to have received treatment at a hospital wiht such advanced technology. The people, to me, are really what set …

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Oprah Winfrey spotted in Atlanta

oprah-final-show_620x350Oprah Winfrey was spotted twice in Atlanta on Thursday.

First, we actually saw her – and more importantly, heard her, walking through the lobby of a certain high-end hotel mid-day yesterday. (Her voice carries!) We didn’t get a close look at her though, and did not want to speculate with no confirmation.

But later the same day, a source reported spotting Winfrey dining at that same hotel’s restaurant. Finally, we received notice that Winfrey’s new television network, OWN, will be hosting a private event  on Monday with the cast of “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.”

So, given all that info it would appear that the O is indeed in the A. QED.

When we know more, we’ll post it!

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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