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John Lorinc

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One week after his 21st birthday, John Lorinc entered the world of radio at WBHV in State College, Pennsylvania.

A few months after graduating from Penn State University’s College of Communications, Lorinc returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh.

That’s the city known for its three rivers and residents who put french fries in their salads.

While in Pittsburgh, John worked at WRRK, doing morning news and traffic for the “Quinn in the Morning Show.”

John also had a classic rock shift at WRRK on Saturday nights, which is why he never needs to ever hear songs like “Hotel California” and “Stairway to Heaven” ever again.

Lorinc also wrote record reviews and interviews with musicians for the now-defunct Rock N Roll Reporter, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

In 2000, Lorinc moved to Atlanta and worked at CNNRadio for a decade as an anchor/reporter.  He also produced a weekly music feature called “Measure to Measure.”  Among the musicians who were on the show included: Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Ray Manzarek of the Doors, Jon Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt, Big Boi of Outkast, Smokey Robinson, Trace Adkins and Miranda Lambert.

Other career highlights include winning a GABBY Award for a WUGA story on Athens-based singer/songwriter John Keane and writing an excerpt in Larry Kane’s New York Times’ best-selling biography "Lennon Revealed."

Lorinc has been with WABE since 2012.

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People with pollen problems won't be breathing easy over the next month or so. 

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“Today there is definitely a lot of tree pollen, even the pine pollen is starting to come out now as well as juniper pollen," David Redding, an Atlanta-based allergy physician, said.

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Temperatures fell below freezing throughout much of the state this week, and that could cause havoc with fruit crops.

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“That’s the life of a farmer, you know, when they’re dealing with those contingencies that all they can do is pray for, it makes it very difficult,” Andy Lucas, with the Georgia Farm Bureau, said.

He said fruit farmers are seeing the most damage because their buds started to bloom over the past few months due to the warmer weather.  

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Paper ballots are needed to improve voter confidence in Georgia. That's the main message 20 professors with the national Verfied Voting organization had for Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

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In a letter sent to Kemp's office yesterday, the tech experts recommended voting the old-fashioned way for the upcoming special election for Georgia's 6th District congressional seat.

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It’s cold in metro Atlanta, but there’s none of the snow that other parts of the U.S. have right now.  

However, hundreds of flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were canceled or delayed on Tuesday, due to weather problems, especially in the Northeast.

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Gregg Allman will not be on the road this year.

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A statement on the Georgia-based musician’s website says “It has been determined that Gregg will will not be touring in 2017.”

Those who bought tickets for shows that were scheduled in June are advised to collect a refund at the place of purchase.

Last year Allman canceled a number of shows due to health concerns.

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Thankfully, this won't be a case of déjà vu all over again. On this date in 1993, the infamous "Blizzard of 1993" hit Georgia and other parts of the country.

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That won't happen today, but a blast of chilly weather is coming.

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Early Monday morning, streets around the Georgia State Capitol were blocked off after a suspicious package was reported by the Jimmy Carter statue near the northwest corner of the building.

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About five hours after the discovery, Atlanta officials say the area is clear of hazardous material, according to the DPS Public Information Office. DPS said there was no direct threat made with the package. 

There were no injuries reported.

The package is under investigation.

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A metro Atlanta park has been re-named to honor a local Marine killed in a 2015 ambush.

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Bells Ferry Park is now named Marine Lance Cpl. Squire "Skip" Wells Park.

Cobb County officials made that change official yesterday, according to the foundation named after Wells.

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Ready or not, we are going to "spring ahead" this weekend.

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Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday at 2 a.m., so make sure to push clocks an  hour ahead Saturday night.

The idea of daylight saving was first thought of by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.

Supporters  say the time change helps reduce electricity usage because daylight hours are extended.

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Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in January was 5.5 percent, according to the state's Department of Labor.

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That's down only one-tenth a point from the same time a year ago.

But state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Georgia companies added more positions, and more people entered the work force.

A man accused of holding eight women against their will in a multimillion-dollar mansion is scheduled to appear in court later today. 

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Kenndric Roberts is charged with false imprisonment and trafficking of persons for labor.

Authorities say the 33-year-old lured the women to his Sandy Springs house, promising either modeling jobs or some sort of financial backing.

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Atlanta is among the cities taking part in "International Women's Day," an annual event that shines a light on the achievements women have made.

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One of downtown Atlanta's most historic houses is temporarily closed.

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A public safety evaluation on Martin Luther King Jr.'s  childhood house on Auburn Avenue starts today. The National Park Service says a "comprehensive condition assessment" will be done during the closure.

The park service says this will ensure public safety as well as protection of the historic site.

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Brookhaven city officials are looking for input on what the Ashford-Dunwoody corridor should look like in the future.

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The goal is to improve traffic flow and increase safety on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, starting at Interstate 285 and running through the northern part of the city.

"It is a major traffic thoroughfare and is subject to some congestion, particularly in peak traffic times, and we want to make sure that we plan for it in the future," said Brookhaven spokesman Burke Brennan.

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A legendary part of downtown Atlanta's history, and skyline, is heading off into the sunset.

The Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta closed its doors for good following Sunday afternoon's Monster Truck Jam.

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Throughout its 25 years the Dome welcomed nearly 40 million people to more than 1,400 events.

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The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) has called on leaders of Georgia’s mosques to improve their security measures.

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Last month, three mosques in and around metro Atlanta received identical emails from a self-described "Muslim slayer" threatening widespread attacks against Muslims in the area on March 15. Other mosques around the U.S. have received similar threats.

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A huge development around the Brookhaven MARTA station may still happen.

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That's after plans recently hit a dead end.  

MARTA has been pursuing transit-oriented development throughout metro Atlanta.

Those are mixed-use developments located at or near MARTA stations.

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If you suffer from allergies, keep plenty of tissues nearby over the next few months.

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At least so far, this is the warmest February Atlanta has seen since records started in 1879, according to the National Weather Service.

And the mild winter means early pollen.

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If you live in Metro Atlanta, chances are you've had meals and other events interrupted by someone trying to make a sales pitch.

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According to a study by YouMail, a company that tracks telemarketers, more than 100 million robocalls were received in Metro Atlanta in January.

The 404 area code received the most in the nation with more than 47 million robocalls.

The 678 exchange came in fourth with nearly 32 million.

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The city of Sandy Springs has approved a new land use plan. It's called the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, also known as the "Comp Plan," and it's a roadmap to help Sandy Springs develop and redevelop over the next 10 years.

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"Because a lot of the jobs have shifted to the North Perimeter area and as a result, we've gone from a suburb to an edge city and we have to adapt to that," said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

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A group of state Senate Republicans has proposed legislation that they say protects the people's religious rights. 

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The measure says the state government should follow the pattern set out in the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

That law says the Federal government must show a "compelling government interest" before it can restrict someone's exercise of religion.

The new bill is not as broad as the one vetoed by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal last year. 

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An Atlanta company that organizes sports programs is getting ready to unveil plans for a sports and entertainment complex in DeKalb County.

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The Atlanta Sports Connection is building the 200-acre complex near Stonecrest Mall.

The complex will include facilities for 22 different sports, including a soccer stadium that will seat 15,000 people.

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering hunters an incentive to trap more coyotes.

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It's called the "Georgia Coyote Challenge," and it runs from March through August.

Each hunter who hands in a coyote carcass gets entered into a monthly drawing for chance to win a lifetime hunting license.

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Good news for Atlanta sports fans still dealing with the sour aftertaste of the Super Bowl – spring training is underway.

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Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers held their first workout Wednesday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

So, is there room for optimism?

"I think the lineup is better, you know, some of these players got a lot of at-bats last year, so they should be able to produce a little more," Atlanta-based sports reporter I.J. Rosenberg said.

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The University of Georgia is not getting a new stadium, but it may just be the next best thing.

On Tuesday, Georgia's athletic board of directors gave the nod to a $63 million project for Sanford Stadium.

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The city of Chamblee might get a boost in population, if a grass-roots organization from unincorporated DeKalb County gets its wish.

“People want to have better representation, you know, and better governance,” says John Oselette, a member of the Chamblee Study Group.

On Thursday, Oselette and others from the Northlake and North Briarcliff areas will make the pitch to Chamblee officials.

The main goal is to get DeKalb County representatives to sponsor the issue so that it gets on a ballot that residents can vote on.

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Most people enjoy a warmer-than-usual winter.

But, Georgia peach farmers do not.  

Georgia's peach crops need about 1,000 hours of temperatures below 45 degrees...between November and mid-February.

They're called "chill hours." 

"The trees need to lay dormant for a certain period of time and the buds really need that chill accumulation to be able to set a crop and create a peach,” said Lee Dickey, a peach farmer in Crawford County.

Last year Georgia had only about 750 chill hours and the crops were down about 20 percent.

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People with allergies beware: pollen is back in Metro Atlanta.

Atlanta Allergy and Asthma reports the pollen count in Metro Atlanta reached 513 Monday. That's after being at a pollen count of 62 on Friday.

"We didn't hit values nearly this high until March, so this is very early for us," said Laura Belanger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

She said Metro Atlanta will likely see rain later Tuesday, and that might help ease pollen.

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Former University of Georgia football star Quentin Moses died in a house fire Sunday morning in Walton County, Georgia.

A woman and a 10-year-old girl also died in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

After leaving UGA, Moses played in the NFL for three teams, including the Miami Dolphins, where he suited up as a linebacker from 2007 through 2010.

Moses most recently was an assistant coach at Reinhardt University.

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