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Officials: Georgia deputies shoot, kill knife-wielding woman

Sep. 21, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities said a woman who was armed with a knife and a blow torch was fatally shot by deputies in Georgia after she charged at them with the knife. The shooting happened Monday morning after deputies arrived at a home in Athens for a domestic call, the Oconee County Georgia...

Ronnie Hogue dies, UGa's 1st Black scholarship hoops player

Sep. 18, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Ronnie Hogue, the first Black scholarship athlete on the Georgia Bulldogs men's basketball team, died Friday, the school announced. He was 69. Hogue was a native of Washington, D.C., and lived in Maryland. No cause of death was given. Arriving at Georgia in 1969, Hogue averaged 20.5...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Georgia coach Kirby Smart, center, talks to his players during a timeout in the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Athens, Ga. There will be much interest in possible changes coming to No. 4 Georgia’s offense with a new quarterback, who is expected to be Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman, and a new coordinator, Todd Monken. Still, Smart’s Bulldogs may lean on their experienced defense in the pandemic-delayed season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Georgia coach Smart, wife donate $1 million to university

Sep. 17, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart and his wife Mary Beth have committed $1 million to the university for programs supporting social justice and athletes impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as an expansion of the Bulldogs' football facility. The Smarts joined Detroit Lions quarterback...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020 file photo, protesters gather at the University of Georgia Arch for the Davenport-Benham Black Law Student Association march in downtown Athens, Ga.  The University of Georgia has reversed itself and now says it wants to host an early voting precinct on campus after widespread pushback. The change in position came after the university had announced it would not allow voting to take place in the typical location in the student center because of concerns about COVID-19 transmission. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

In reversal, Univ. of Georgia now wants to host early voting

Sep. 17, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia has reversed itself and now says it wants to host an early voting precinct on campus after receiving widespread pushback. The change in position came after the university had announced it would not allow voting to take place in the typical location in the...

University of Georgia undergraduate students move into Brumby Hall one week before the start of the fall semester during the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

COVID-19 infections leap again at University of Georgia

Sep. 9, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Coronavirus infections continue to spread at the University of Georgia, with the school reporting more than 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week. The numbers, reported Wednesday, push the 39,000-student university close to 2,600 total infections in the past four weeks, according to...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Georgia coach Kirby Smart, center, talks to his players during a timeout in the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Athens, Ga. There will be much interest in possible changes coming to No. 4 Georgia’s offense with a new quarterback, who is expected to be Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman, and a new coordinator, Todd Monken. Still, Smart’s Bulldogs may lean on their experienced defense in the pandemic-delayed season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Smart finds no QB clarity in No. 4 Georgia's 2nd scrimmage

Sep. 5, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The second preseason scrimmage for No. 4 Georgia on Saturday provided no clarity to the quarterback competition that continues without a top contender. After Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman announced his decision to opt out on Wednesday, the competition took on a different look. Newman...

File-Wake Forest's Jamie Newman (12) throws a pass during the first half of the Pinstripe Bowl NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in New York.  Newman, the Wake Forest transfer who was the projected starting quarterback for No. 4 Georgia, is opting out of the 2020 season to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft. Newman announced his decision on his Twitter account on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. He said he made the decision to skip the season “after much prayer and discussion with my family.”(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Georgia QB Newman opting out of season to prepare for draft

Sep. 2, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jamie Newman, the Wake Forest transfer who was projected to start at quarterback for No. 4 Georgia, is opting out of the season to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft. Newman announced his decision on his Twitter account Wednesday. He said he decided to skip the season “after much...

Stafford, Smart donate $500,000 to UGa diversity program

Aug. 14, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford and Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart have contributed a total of $500,000 to an athletic department program focused on diversity and social justice. University President Jere W. Morehead said Friday the initiative will “promote an inclusive...

Workers continue removing the downtown Confederate monument in Athens, Ga, early in the morning on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Georgia city dismantling Confederate monument from 1872

Aug. 11, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Work crews in Georgia have begun dismantling a Confederate monument that has stood in the median of a busy street in downtown Athens for nearly 150 years. City crews using bucket lifts started taking down sections of the towering marble obelisk late Monday and worked through Tuesday...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...