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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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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.

From the Suntrust Park press kit.
Courtesy of the Atlanta Braves

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.

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

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.

John Bazemore / Associated Press

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.

Georgia Supreme Court building
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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.

John Bazemore / WABE

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.

Eric Gay / Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons continue to practice at Rice University today, getting ready for Super Bowl Sunday.

"I feel good about my routine, I feel good about where I'm at. I feel like I know how to get myself prepared and ready to play," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan told reporters in Houston on Wednesday.  

And Ryan said he expects wide receiver Julio Jones will have a big day.

"He's such a huge part of what we do in terms of creating explosive plays and, you know, changing how a defense is going to defend us," Ryan said. "So we'll get him involved for sure."

Susan Grimes / Atlanta Regional Commission

The city of Norcross has achieved the highest rating possible – platinum – from the Atlanta Regional Commission's Green Communities program.

That voluntary program, which began in 2009, focuses on making areas as environmentally-friendly as possible.

That's something Norcross officials have been doing in its government buildings.

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The run-up to Super Bowl 51 included lots of cameras and microphones last night and the NFL's Media Night took place in Houston.

Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan told reporters that he has nothing but respect for Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady.

"Just the way he works week in and week out, year in and year out.  He plays the game the right way and plays really hard," said Ryan.

And now that the media hoopla with the players is over, it's time for the Falcons to get down to business, according to Atlanta sports analyst I.J. Rosenberg.

A travel advocate accuses Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines of shaming certain customers into buying a higher fare ticket. Delta says it's providing transparency as a way to better inform customers.
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Delta Air Lines says its operations are back to normal following a systems outage Sunday that disrupted hundreds of flights.

The computer problem forced Delta to cancel roughly 300 domestic flights over the past two days.

Delta officials tweeted yesterday the tech issue was resolved and offered an apology to passengers who had to adjust their travel plans.

Airline Weekly analyst Seth Kaplan says the glitch, the second in less than 12 months, shouldn't have a long-term effect on the Atlanta-based carrier.

J. David Ake / Associated Press

Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates was fired Monday night by President Donald Trump.

The firing came hours after Yates ordered the Department of Justice not to defend the White House's immigration policy.

"I remember her saying at one event at the University of Georgia that she chose the career that he did so that she could wear the white hat," said WABE legal analyst Page Pate. "And I believe she certainly did that with all her years of service."

Yates is a UGA School of Law alum and previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta.

Protesters stand outside of the South Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Sunday. The Atlanta airport protest was among several that occurred in airports across the country.
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Two metro Atlanta college students are among those unable to return to the United States because of the Trump administration's travel ban.

Reham Noaman is a third-year graduate student at Clark Atlanta University, while her sister, Rakhaa, is a sophomore at Georgia State University.

Both have student visas, according to their schools.

BRANDEN CAMP / Associated Press

Aside from the protests to President Donald Trump's immigration order, there was another issue that had people up in arms at airports this weekend.

About 170 Delta Air Lines flights were canceled Sunday due to a systems outage.

Other flights were delayed for hours as a result of the glitch.

Passengers move through the line at a security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 in Atlanta.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was again the busiest airport in the nation in 2016.

It had nearly 900,000 arrivals and departures last year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. That’s a two percent rise from 2015.

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport came in the runner-up slot, followed by Los Angeles International, Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver International respectively.    

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The I-75 South Metro express lanes are scheduled to make their debut Saturday. 

The Georgia Department of Transportation says the lanes will head northbound toward Atlanta on weekends.

On weekdays, they will reverse from northbound to southbound at 11 a.m. and return back to northbound at 10:30 p.m.

Drivers need a Peach Pass to ride on these lanes.

Butch Trucks helped form the Allman Brothers Band in 1969 with guitarist Duane Allman and keyboardist-singer Gregg Allman.

They were all from Jacksonville, Florida, but they set up a home base in Macon, Georgia, and recorded some of their most famous songs at Capricorn Records there.

Trucks continued to play drums with the band until it broke up in 2014.

In addition to his time with the Allmans, Trucks also led the Freight Train Band.

No word yet on cause of death.

Trucks was 69 years old.

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The Atlanta Falcons will meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

This comes after Sunday's convincing 44-to-21 win over the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome Sunday afternoon.

The Falcons have only been to one Super Bowl in team history, losing to the Denver Broncos in 1999.

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At least 14 people were killed in Georgia after severe storms struck the state this weekend.

The most severe weather hit the south-central section of Georgia.

That includes a mobile home park in Cook County, where at least seven deaths were reported.

“I’ve been with the county for 27 years.  I’m 57 years old, and my husband is 60, and my parents are in their 70’s and we’ve never had anything like this in Cook County,” said Cook Co. administrator Faye Hughes.

David Goldman / Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome Sunday afternoon.

The winner of that game will play either the Pittsburgh Steelers or the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

David Goldman / Associated Press

For the fourth time in as many months, Georgia's jobless percentage went up.

Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.4 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

That's a hike of one-tenth of a point from November.

Commissioner Mark Butler says the reason the number has been going up recently is because more people are looking for work in Georgia, and they haven't found a position yet, which means they're unemployed.

Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Tom Compton (76) walks of the field after an NFL football divisional football game against the Seattle Seahawks , Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Atlanta.
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The Atlanta Falcons are one win away from heading to Super Bowl LI.

On Sunday afternoon, the Falcons will host the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome.

This will be the second time these two teams have met, with the Falcons having beaten the Packers in October.

"Both teams are different, and I think both teams from when they played before are a better version of what they were at that time," said Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.

He expects a nail-biter.

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When President-elect Donald Trump blasted Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed supported Lewis.

But former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young sees it differently.

Young, also a former U.N. Ambassador, told  U.S.A. Today that Lewis made a "mistake" with his comments about the president-elect.

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