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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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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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Many people have some sort of ballpark near their house. Now, Cobb County residents can have the new Atlanta Braves' stadium in their backyard.

The Battery Atlanta is a mixed-use haven in Cobb County that features retail and office space, hundreds of apartments and, of course, the new home of the Braves.

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Georgia is among the Southern states affected by another recall from Ruth's Salads.

Officials say listeria was found in products from a South Carolina plant.

This recall includes all of Ruth's pimento cheese and its cream cheese with pineapple and pecans.

Last week, pimento spread made in Charlotte, North Carolina,was recalled in a number of states, including Georgia, when listeria was discovered at a plant in that state.

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Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., has been confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary.

The 52 to 47 vote along party lines came early Friday morning. Democratic officials had stalled the vote until nearly 2 a.m., making claims that Price would cut health care for millions of Americans.

Price has been a critic of the Affordable Care and while in Congress proposed a plan that he said would be a better replacement.

Supporters like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say Price will stabilize health care markets.

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Former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is the new U.S. attorney general.

So what does that mean for his former neighboring state of Georgia?

"He is going to be ... not extreme right, but he’s very conservative and I think most Georgia voters probably agree with his priorities," said Dr. Kerwin Swint, a political professor at Kennesaw State. 

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One of Atlanta's most famous artifacts on the Civil War is getting a new home.

The legendary Cyclorama – a big, circular wall painting – that depicts the Battle of Atlanta is being moved from its long-time location in Grant Park to a special exhibit at the Atlanta History Center.

About 200 people are involved in the task, which starts Thursday and is expected to take two days.

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State lawmakers filed a bill Tuesday that would allow licensed gun owners to have concealed weapons on Georgia's public college campuses.

The bill comes from Republican Rep. Mandi Ballinger, of Canton, and has 15 other co-sponsors.

The bill does not allow guns in student housing and sports stadiums.

Last year Ballinger co-sponsored a similar bill, which was passed by lawmakers, but vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says Georgia is among the 17 states that ban concealed weapons on college campuses.

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The last time the Georgia Department of Transportation put forward plans for new lanes on Peachtree Road in Buckhead, there was an outcry over bicycle lanes.

So GDOT took comments from the public and then went back to the drawing board before finalizing the plan.

“You’re going to have two north-bound lanes and three south-bound lanes and a converted lane that will become a two-way left-hand turn lane, that will run the extent of the project limits,” said GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale.

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The Super Bowl wasn't the only thing the Atlanta Falcons lost this week, the team now has to look for a new assistant coach.

The rumors had been swirling for a while, but now it's official: the Falcons' offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is named the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

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More than 9.2 million Americans are covered by the Affordable Care Act this year, about 500,000 less than in 2016.

Georgia is among the states where enrollment declined.

Nearly 494,000 Georgians signed up for Affordable Care Act in 2017.

That's a 16-percent drop from the previous year, according to Georgia Health News.

Most of the enrollees — about 378,000 people — are from Metro Atlanta.

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A Georgia prison inmate who has served nearly 25 years of a sentence of life without parole will get a re-sentencing hearing, after acting as his own lawyer.

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that the case of Guy Philmore be resentenced. Philmore has been serving a sentence for stabbing a man to death in Glynn County in 1990.

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There's a push to make Cobb County more pedestrian-friendly.

The Cobb County Department of Transportation just received nearly $38,000 in grant funding from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The funds will be used to support the Cobb County Pedestrian Safety Campaign. The campaign will include books and a short video that highlight safety messages for children. Officials say the campaign's goal is to bring down the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities. 

Georgia is among the five states affected by a recall from Ruth's Salads.

The Charlotte-based company says its 7-ounce containers of Original Pimento Spread might have fallen victim to listeria contamination.

This was discovered after a random test from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Officials say if the label says the spread is from Lot 16, and has a sell-by date of April 30, the product should be returned for a full refund.

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The Atlanta Falcons will represent the NFC, and of course, the city of Atlanta, on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Falcons are playing in their second Super Bowl ever, against the New England Patriots, who are making their ninth appearance in the NFL's grand finale.

Ball control will be key in this game.

"Both teams had 11 turnovers during the season, which happens to be the fewest in the NFL, so they're going to be tough to come by," Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said.

Wide receiver Julio Jones says he's taking all the Super Bowl hoopla in stride.

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