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Metro-Atlanta Widow Writes Essay in Memory of Heroic Husband

SHARPSBURG, Ga -- A Coweta County widow is using her husband's memory in an effort to help hundreds of students.

Eva Fegarido will readily admit that writing an essay is not her favorite way to pass the time. Her effort at the keyboard was an inspiration of the heart, dedicated to the son who wouldn't be by her side if not for the heroic husband she lost just last month.

"He did the impossible," said 11-year-old Joey Fegarido. "He would do everything to protect his kids and his wife."

He gave his life to prove that.

"Joel Fegarido and his family were wrapping up a Wyoming vacation in July. Joey was wading in the Snake River when he was swept away. His father, an avid kayaker and fisherman, bravely jumped in. He saved Joey, but not himself.

"I promised Joey and Jamie (their daughter) after this I would do everything in the same way their dad would," said Eva Fegarido.

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
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Man Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on charges that he received and distributed
thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child pornography.

Roger Carruthers, 47, was also sentenced Tuesday to serve 10
years of supervised release.

Authorities say he traded child pornography online with an
undercover FBI agent. They said the videos and images traded
included children as young as an 18-month-old baby, and also
sadistic and masochistic conduct involving children.

All told, prosecutors said he received and distributed more than
4,400 images and 130 videos.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates says Carruthers deserved the
punishment. She says that some of the videos were "horrifically

Palmetto Fatal Fire Ruled Accidential: Victims Identified

PALMETTO, GA -- Faulty medical equipment caused the house fire that killed three people in south Fulton County Tuesday morning.

"We've determined that this tragic fire was accidental," Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine said in a statement.

The fire started before 6 a.m. in a 50-year-old log house on Locke Street in downtown Palmetto.

An 89-year-old woman and two men in their 50s were killed. 

The victims were identified as Irene Wiggle and the two men as 55-year-old Thomas Millar, and 50-year-old Marcus Usher, who was bed-ridden.

Authorities said the fire was caused by "an oxygen-generating device that malfunctioned." 

The only survivor, Nancy Millar, managed to get out and run down to a fire station about a block away for help.

Firefighters from Palmetto, Chattahoochee Hills and Coweta and Fulton counties all responded.

Newnan Launches Safe STEP Pedestrian Safety

The city of Newnan is starting a Pedestrian Safety public awareness campaign ‘Safe STEP.’ The City will begin conducting an ongoing campaign to remind drivers to look for pedestrians; and to encourage pedestrians to use crosswalks and follow the pedestrian signal indications.

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