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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.

The Home Depot corporate headquarters is seen, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Atlanta.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Home Depot is benefiting from a housing market that appears to be recovering.

The Atlanta-based company had its best quarter ever.

The Home Depot reports sales of over $26 billion for the second quarter of this year. That's a 6.6 percent growth over the same time period last year.    

"It's just another confirmation that the housing market recovery remains in place," said Dr. Roger Tutterow, an economist at Kennesaw State University.

Taking the high-occupancy toll lanes will soon cost more for some drivers.

Officials with the State Road and Tollway Authority said toll rates for some parts of the HOT lanes on I-85 in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties will rise Monday.

These hikes will go into effect between 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

The SRTA says its main goal is to ease congestion during metro Atlanta's rush hour.

Earlier this month, state officials started a multimillion-dollar project that aims to lengthen the HOT lanes from Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Since 1999, nearly 100 people have drowned in Lake Lanier.

On Sunday morning, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources found a body near Three Sisters Island.

Officials believe it could be that of Florida resident Kevin Husum. The 23-year-old went missing from a boat earlier this month.

The DNR is also searching for a 29-year-old who disappeared this weekend around a marina. The identity of that victim has not been released yet.

A Marietta police officer is out of surgery and recovering after a weekend shooting incident that involved two teenagers, according to a press release issued by the department.

Officer Scott Davis was among three police officers who were at the Gallery Apartments on Sunday. They were responding to a call about car break-ins.

As the police were approaching a vehicle with two suspects, someone inside fired a weapon, striking Davis in the leg.

The officers returned fire, hitting one of the 15-year-olds inside the vehicle. Both suspects were arrested.


It wasn't especially pretty, and it doesn't really count for much, but the Atlanta Falcons won their first preseason game of the year.

Quarterback Matt Ryan didn't complete a pass in his four attempts, yet Atlanta still came out on top of Washington at Georgia Dome last night 23-to-17.

Falcons running back Brandon Wilds helped, with a one-yard run for a touchdown. He had 26 yards total.

In this July 9, 2012, photograph made using a long exposure, traffic moves along Interstate 75 against the downtown skyline in Atlanta.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Metro Atlanta is growing, according to a new report.

The 10 core counties that are partnered with the Atlanta Regional Commission added 69,200 people from April 2015 through April of this year.

“This shows continued recovery from the Great Recession, job growth is continuing to accelerate which, you know, population growth usually follows,” says Mike Carnathan, a researcher with the ARC.

The researchers say the population of the metro Atlanta region is now 4.4 million, which is more than the number of people who live in 24 states.

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
Brenna Beech / WABE

Steve Wrigley will fill the vacancy for outgoing University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

Huckaby announced Wednesday that he plans to step down at the end of the year.

He's been overseeing 29 state colleges and universities since 2011.

Wrigley is currently the executive vice chancellor of administration, and he previously held positions at the University of Georgia.

Wrigley is a Georgia State University alum who holds his doctorate in history from Northwestern University.    

Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

A return to normalcy, relatively speaking.

That's what Delta Air Lines expects before the end of the day, schedule-wise.

Officials with the Atlanta-based carrier say they're still investigating what caused Monday's power outage that crippled its service and led to hundreds of thousands of stranded passengers worldwide.

Passengers wait at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Atlanta. / AP Photo/Branden Camp


It's still not smooth sailing for Delta Air Lines.

The Atlanta-based carrier says nearly 100 flights will likely be canceled Wednesday.

Delta officials said they had to reset the carrier's operations and get crews and other parts of the network back in place following Monday's massive power outage that canceled nearly 2,000 flights over two days.

"If you’d asked me last week to say, ‘Which airline would be probably least likely to have something like this happen?' I might have said Delta,” said Seth Kaplan, with Airline Weekly.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

Could another Clinton win Georgia in November?

A couple of days ago, a poll by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had Democrat Hillary Clinton with a slight lead over Republican challenger Donald Trump in Georgia in the presidential race.

And although some people believe polls should be taken with a grain of salt, they appear to show a trend that's growing.  

Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press


Updated at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday

Travelers on Delta Air Lines endured hundreds more canceled and delayed flights on Tuesday as the carrier slogged through Day 2 of its recovery from a global computer outage.

By late morning, nearly 400 Delta flights had been scrubbed and more than 700 delayed, according to tracking service FlightStats Inc.

The disruptions followed about 1,000 cancellations and 2,800 delayed flights on Monday after a power outage at Delta's Atlanta headquarters tripped a meltdown of its booking, communications and other systems.

John Bazemore / Associated Press

Going to see the Atlanta Falcons is a relatively inexpensive way to take in a sporting event.

According to Vivid Seats, a Chicago-based secondary ticket resale marketplace, the Falcons are the ninth most affordable NFL team.

The researchers say their findings are based on median ticket prices, which for the Falcons, average around $131.

That less expensive trend is expected to continue at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons’ new home.

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Georgia is among the minority of states that doesn't require electors to follow the outcome of the popular vote.

But very rarely does an elector buck the party line when it comes to presidential nominees.

But Baoky Vu, did just that, resigning Wednesday from his position as one of Georgia's 16 Republican electors.

His reason: he said he couldn't vote for Donald Trump.

Is this a minimal blip or could there be a snowball effect in Georgia?

The Beatles pose for photographers during a press conference in New York on Monday, August 23, 1966. The group wound up their current U.S. tour with a concert in New York. L-R: Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; John Lennon; and George Harrison.
Associated Press

John Lennon, in one of his last songs, said: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

On Aug. 5, 1966, the Beatles defined the life experience – the good, the bad and the indifferent – with the release of their album “Revolver.”

At this point in the Beatles' career – just over two years past their earth-altering performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" – the band was in a state of transition.

Roswell Police Department

An arrest has been made for the shooting deaths of two Atlanta-area teenagers. 

The Roswell Police Department has arrested Jeffrey A. Hazelwood, 20, and charged him with two counts of murder in the killing of Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis. 

The arrest comes after police searched a home on Gilhams Road in East Cobb County Wednesday. 

The bodies of Henderson and Davis were found behind a Publix in Roswell early Monday morning.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office says both 17-year-olds were shot in the head.


This story was updated at 10:41 a.m.  

Roswell police are searching a house on Gilhams Road in East Cobb County linked to Monday's double homicide in Roswell.

Authorities would not confirm the identity of the people who live in the house but say they were lead there as part of their investigation.

"Detectives are still going over the Medical Examiner's report and other information they gathered yesterday from speaking to people and are putting pieces together," said Detective Zachary Frommer with the Roswell Police Department.

Alison Guillory / WABE

The negotiations between Piedmont Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare are in a stalemate.

The contract between Piedmont and United expired nearly a month ago, and there's been little progress since.

Piedmont has notified United it will cut its final contract with Piedmont Newton next January.

If that happens, all six of Piedmont's facilities would then be "out of network" with United.

United spokesman Daryl Richard said Piedmont is asking for nearly a 30 percent hike for hospital costs and that would be too expensive for patients.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking for answers linked to the deaths of two local teenagers.

The bodies of Carter Davis of Woodstock and Natalie Henderson of Roswell were found Monday morning behind the Publix in the King Plaza center. Both 17-year-olds suffered head trauma. Authorities are calling their deaths a double-homicide.

Detectives have been questioning employees in the area and investigating surveillance footage.

Counselors will be provided at the high schools the victims attended. Both Davis and Henderson were seniors.