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Apple unveils watch, larger iPhone

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:29pm

CUPERTINO, Calif. — For the first time in years, Apple’s iPhones aren’t the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company’s first major entry in a new product category since the iPad’s debut in 2010.


The move is significant because of recent questions about whether Apple still has a knack for innovating following the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs.


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Augusta Technical College, Columbia Middle School among finalists for Georgia STEM Education Awards

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:52pm

Augusta Technical College and Columbia Middle School in Grovetown are among the finalists for the third annual Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The award is given to schools, organizations or companies who have made “outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and math education in Georgia,” according to a news release sent out by the Technology Association of Georgia.

The winners will be recognized Sept. 26 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

Commanding general Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon describes new network at TechNet Augusta conference

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:38pm


The commanding general of the Army Cyber Command said Tuesday that his team expects to break ground next year on a defense network at Fort Gordon that will work with private technology firms, and the federal departments of justice and homeland security.

Speaking before a crowd of more than 500 people at TechNet Augusta’s second annual military conference, Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon provided the first public details on how the Army Cyber Command will function at Fort Gordon.

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Technet Augusta opens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:43am

Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, head of the Army Cyber Command, spoke Tuesday during the opening of Technet Augusta, a three-day conference for the nation’s top Army and industry leaders to discuss the latest defense technology.

Jury ready for SC sheriff case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:32am

COLUMBIA— A jury has been seated in the federal fraud trial of Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson.

The (Columbia) State reports Johnson’s trial will begin Monday. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Johnson created false police reports so customers of a co-defendant’s credit repair business could claim their overdue bills were caused by people who stole their identity.

Authorities say Johnson helped create more than 100 fake reports over three years in the county of 34,000 people.

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Aquinas still No. 1 going into home opener

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:31am


Aquinas football remained No. 1 in advance of its home opener on Friday.

The Irish received 13 of 14 first-place votes in the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class A high school football poll. The Irish, who are 2-0 and had a bye this past week, were a unanimous pick previously. No. 4 Mount Paran Christian took the other No. 1 vote in this week’s poll.

Of the four ranked local teams, only Burke County moved in its poll. The Bears lost to No. 3 Griffin, 36-22, and dropped three spots to eighth in Class AAAA.

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GRU study could explain autism gender gap

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:36am

With therapy four times a week, including gymnastics, 7-year-old Ellison Steed is gaining ground on his peers despite his autism spectrum disorder.

“I’m so excited because he is doing so well in school,” said his mother, Erica.

New research at Georgia Regents Uni­ver­sity could help explain why males are much more likely to develop autism, and could provide a potential target for treatment. They might lack a certain receptor for estrogen.

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Ex-SC player faces female student sex charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:04am

COLUMBIA — Former South Carolina and NFL running back Harold Green II has been arrested on charges of assaulting five female high school students.

Multiple media outlets reported that the 46-year-old Green turned himself in to Richland County sheriff’s deputies Monday.

Sheriff Leon Lott said Green is accused of inappropriately touching the Spring Valley High School students who ranged in age from 15 to 17 last month while he was working as a volunteer coach. The students were working as trainers.

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SC deputy shot, killed this morning

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:00am

CHARLESTON, S.C. — One Charleston County sheriff’s deputy has been killed and another injured when they were shot through the door of an apartment.

The sheriff’s office said a standoff at the Gardens of Ashley River apartment complex followed the shooting and ended around 4 a.m. today.

Deputies did not release any information on the status of the suspect to local reporters. A news conference was planned later Tuesday. A department spokesman did not immediately return messages.

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Gas leak continues to rerout Wrightsboro Road traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:18pm

Nearly eight hours after a gas leak was reported on Wrightsboro Road, officials are still attempting to resolve the issue.

About 11:30 a.m., Wrightsboro Road at Marks Church Road closed due to a gas line cut by a contractor in front of Windsor Jewelers Gold buying store.

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Copper wire stolen from four homes under construction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:18pm

Deputies are searching for an unknown suspect, or suspects, accused of stealing copper wire from four Augusta homes still under construction.

The homes, which are being constructed by Bill Beazley Homes Inc., are located in the 1000 block of Roseland Circle, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Approximately 8:57 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to the scene where a total of 300 feet of copper wire had been removed.

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GRU students create crime scene for homicide awareness

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:57pm


Georgia Regents University’s Summerville campus was a crime scene Monday.

There were no criminal acts committed, but talk of murder echoed through University Hall. While there were no bodies, just about every bit of space on the campus’ paved walkways was covered in the chalk outlines synonymous with homicides.

It wasn’t a prank. It was Dr. Kim Davies’ way to comprehend the more than 14,800 people who were murdered nationwide in 2012, the most recent year for which accurate data is available.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer visits Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:30pm

Woodrow Wilson had a side to him unknown to most people. On Monday, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg visited Augusta to share Wilson’s story as he knew it, that of a passionate figure, rather than the stoic image many may have of the late president.

Berg, the author of four bestselling biographies, was in town to promote his latest book, Wilson, which will be released in paperback Tuesday. He met with fans at Wilson’s boyhood home on 7th Street after a brief lecture next door at the Joseph Lamar House, home of Historic Augusta, Inc.

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Augusta sickness likely part of outbreak

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 5:44pm


A rash of seriously ill children in Augusta is likely part of a national outbreak of an uncommon strain of a summer virus, though it has not been confirmed by specific testing, a physician with Children’s Hospital of Georgia said.

“Since the rest of the nation is having a problem, probably we do have the same virus going around here but we haven’t as yet typed it” to confirm the specific outbreak strain, said Dr. Chitra Mani, a pediatric infectious disease physician. “As of yet we don’t know, but we are suspecting we are also in this outbreak.”

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Georgia schools still in funding squeeze

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 5:25pm


School districts across Georgia are in the midst of another bleak year of furlough days, high class sizes and underfunded classrooms despite a slight restoration of state education funding added this fiscal year.

A report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute released Thursday shows the state is still shortchanging districts an average of $439 per student compared to $633 per student last year.

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