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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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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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Georgia Department of Transportation

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.

Mark Humphrey / Associated Press

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.

David Goldman / Associated Press

A longtime red state might change its attitude about something green.

State Rep. Allen Peake introduced a bill Thursday that calls for a statewide vote on whether or not to legalize the cultivation and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes.

In 2015, the Republican from Macon led the efforts that produced a state law that permitted cannabis oil for some medical issues.

Peake's new law doesn't specify where the pot could be grown or who could grow it, saying a referendum needed to come first.

Darron Cummings, File / Associated Press

State health officials say there's a spike in flu cases in Georgia.

“People go off and they’re visiting their friends, relatives, traveling on vacation," said Davelle Pursner, a registered nurse with the University of Georgia's Health Center. "Times of travel and stress, then they return home, and they become sick with the flu, it’s very contagious."

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Alison Guillory / WABE

Georgians can help in the battle against a potentially fatal disease while picking up groceries.

Atlanta-based Kroger and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance are once again holding their "Round Up" campaign.

That's when customers round up their grocery bill to the next dollar.

The goal is to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to raise money for the Alliance. 

Brenna Beech / WABE

Residents and officials in Douglasville will hold a public meeting Thursday night about a proposed rock quarry.

A company called Georgia Stone Products LLC wants to put a new one in Douglasville; it would be the city's second.

Jonathan Lynn is Douglasville's Community and Development Services director. He said arguments in favor of the quarry are pretty clear.

“Job creation, additional tax revenue, you know, just being able to create additional business and growth opportunity for Douglasville,” said Lynn.

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The Atlanta Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks at the Georgia Dome Saturday in NFL postseason action.

The winner of the game gets one step closer to Super Bowl LI.

But Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said it's just another day at the office for the team.

"We're into the same routine that we're always in," Ryan said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Ryan also said the past is a plus when it comes to the playoffs.

Matt Rourke, File / Associated Press

There will soon be more "eyes in the sky" for one part of Gwinnett County.

The Duluth Police Department will be able use drones for official police business. This means officers will be able to use drones as they search for suspects, missing people and suspicious devices.

Drone training in Duluth starts Wednesday afternoon and officials say there will be one drone proficient officer on each shift, should one be necessary.

Georgia DNR

There have been more reports of coyote sightings in the metro Atlanta area recently, and state officials say that's not a surprise.  

“It’s not unusual for them to be spotted in a park or along a golf course or even green spaces around subdivisions. You know, they’re looking for the easy prey, easy meals,” said Lee Taylor with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

It's the "Battle of the Birds" part two.

The Atlanta Falcons will host Saturday's playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

This is the second time these two teams will face off this season. In October, the Falcons lost to the Seahawks 26 to 24, in a game played in Seattle.

This time, it's in Atlanta.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn says he's looking forward to playing in front of the team's fans.

Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

Metro Atlanta didn't get much snow from this weekend's winter storm, but temperatures did get frigid, and that caused some problems on the roads.  

The Georgia Department of Transportation says most roadways in Metro Atlanta are in good shape now, but there are still icy patches in sports north of the city.

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You can get rid of your Christmas tree in a "green" way.

Keep Georgia Beautiful is holding its 26th annual "Bring One for the Chipper" event.

That's where real Christmas trees are recycled into mulch and other materials for playgrounds, government-based beautification projects, as well as yards throughout the state..

More than 60 million trees have been recycled over the years.

Icy trees and power lines in Decatur on Jan. 7, 2017.
Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

Sleet and snow started to land on the northern half of Georgia Friday and continued for much of the night and early Saturday morning.

Some areas saw between four to five inches of snow.

Metro Atlanta didn’t see nearly as much, although there are reports of black ice throughout the area.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Holly Crawford said roughly 10,000 people were left in the dark Friday night.

"Our damage assessment crews are going to get in, see what the damage is and start restoring power as quickly as possible," Crawford said.

Jonathan Shapiro / WABE

A winter storm warning goes into effect for all of North Georgia – including Metro Atlanta – today at 4 p.m.

Rain and sleet will start to fall shortly after lunch.

"This evening, everything is going to switch over to all snow," said Kent McMullen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. "The snow will continue tonight, probably the heaviest amounts running between 6 p.m. and about 3 or 4 o'clock tomorrow morning."

McMullen says Metro Atlanta could see between 3 to 5 inches of snow.

Paul Newberry / Associated Press

The Cobb County government has established a committee to help the Atlanta Braves make sure SunTrust Park is ready to play ball this spring.

The new Braves Advisory Board will hold its first meeting Friday.

The main goal: make sure everything is in place when the facility opens for business within the next 14 weeks.

"Take for example, the stadium has to have a certificate of occupancy. There is a date that that has to happen by. Now there are other things that have to happen ... Fire Marshall inspection and things like that," said Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott.

Michell Eloy / WABE

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Metro Atlanta.

It goes into effect Friday at 7 p.m. and ends Saturday at 1 p.m.

"In the Atlanta metro area, it will probably start as a rain-snow mix, but we'll later see all that change over to snow," said NWS meteorologist Kent McMullen.

While it’s still unclear how much snow the area could see, NWS cautiously predicts as much as 3 inches could fall in north Georgia, with lighter accumulation in metro Atlanta.