Tuesday, March 9, 2010

UGA Researcher, Family Killed In Israel

University of Georgia researcher Efrat Gamliel-Atinsky, her two children and her mother, were all killed in a car crash in Israel on Sunday.

Gamliel-Atinsky, 39, her mother Esther Gamliel, her daughter Noam, 5, and her 9-month-old son Ya'ari died Sunday in Israel's Negev desert when another vehicle crossed the center line, causing a four-vehicle crash.

Gamliel-Atinsky took the children to Israel over spring break so her elderly grandparents could meet Ya'ari. Her husband, Bryan Atinsky, was in Milwaukee with relatives.

Missing Teen Found Dead

Authorities say the body of a 15-year-old McIntosh County boy was found in a rugged state wildlife management area after a 12-hour search.

McIntosh County Sheriff Steve Jessup says a Georgia Department of Natural Resources ranger and other searchers found the body of Daniel Head Monday afternoon about three miles from the nearest paved road.

The sheriff says Daniel and his stepfather, Brian Gale, had gone into the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area in on Sunday and got lost.

Jessup says Daniel became too tired to walk and that Gale carried him as far as he could but finally left him to go for help. The sheriff says the family called the sheriff's office after the two failed to come home on Sunday and a search was begun.

Georgia Considers Banning Sex Offenders From Facebook, MySpace

Georgia sex offenders could soon be removed from popular online social networking sites.

State Rep. Rob Teilhet introducing a measure Tuesday that would allow the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to send sex offenders' information to Facebook, MySpace and other sites.

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The sites could then remove their information, ban them from creating profiles and notify state authorities of any suspicious activity.

Teilhet, a Smyrna Democrat running for attorney general, said the proposal will help clear the Internet of dangerous child predators.

"The Internet is a powerful social and educational tool for our children. It should not be a danger-zone populated by pedophiles."

A similar proposal has already been adopted in New York and others are being considered in California and Oklahoma.

Anti-Tax Group Rallies At State Capitol

Tax hike opponents warned state legislators not to raise taxes to balance the state's budget. The rally today was headlined by Grover Norquist, head of the national anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform. About 100 protesters - some wearing tea party T-shirts - gathered on the Capitol steps.

Anti-smoking advocates are pushing for a $1-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax to help fill a growing budget hole.

But Norquist said legislators need to address spending. He accused elected officials who are proposing tax hikes of failing to govern and make tough decisions. The event today drew a number of conservative political candidates for the Legislature and Congress.

Gun Goes Off In Classroom; Teen Injured

Police in Dublin, Georgia say a 15-year-old is charged with having a firearm on campus after a handgun he was carrying discharged in a classroom and a bullet fragment struck another student.

Dublin Police Chief Wayne Cain said the 15-year-old told authorities he brought the gun to Dublin High School on Monday for self-protection. Cain said he was putting the gun in his backpack when it went off.

Cain said a bullet fragment ricocheted off the floor, striking the leg of a 17-year-old student, causing a bruise.

Cain said the 15-year-old was being held at a Youth Detention Center pending a hearing. He says the gun belongs to a family member.

WSB; Georgia Radio News Service; 360.

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