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    “So what is this like for you Greg when you are boxing ? Tiring.”    Carrying my tape recorder, I get into the boxing ring with Greg Eggert, a Cobb County resident who has Parkinson’s Disease. He wears his shiny red boxing gloves as he pounds a black punching bag like a champ. At 72 years young Greg has great stamina despite a tremor in his right hand.    “My neurologist tells me exercise exercise whether you want too or not. Exercise since I retired has not been top of the list to do, but with a Parkinson’s diagnosis, if you’re going to do well and have a good life for the rest of the time you have left, and you see some results, exercise just becomes part of the day.”    Greg was diagnosed three years ago, and takes medication, but he and his team of doctors are finding exercise, specifically boxing classes at the YMCA in Kennesaw are helping to build strength in his muscles and keep his balance in check when he walks.    Greg tells WSB Radio “The Parkinson’s classes have done wonders for me, the boxing is good strength movement, it teaches you different numbers, and the different numbers go with certain punches, so the boxing instructor will say, give me a one, four, five, seven and you have to remember that and tie it to movement which helps your balance, and it’s a lot of fun too.” The verbal commands in conjunction with the physical activity appear to really help, “you have to put both together, and my biggest problem is balance, so this helps me work and concentrate.”   Abby Price, Wellness Director at the Northwest YMCA in Kennesaw watches Greg work out during our interview, “it’s a great feeling, I love to see the progress. It’s amazing, there is no better feeling when you get to see someone be successful that maybe had lost hope when they were first diagnosed, and then they come and find this whole community, people who are struggling just like they are, and they are able to be successful through the classes that we offer here at the Y.” Price says, “It’s very inspirational, if somebody like Greg, who is diagnosed with Parkinson’s is able to come and be committed to the classes they are taking, then it gives us the ability to let all our other members know who aren’t struggling with this disease, that they are able to succeed as well.”   Director of Program Management at Metro Atlanta YMCA, Jennifer Rewkowski tells WSB Radio the Y has a variety of activities Parkinson’s patients can do depending on the progression of the disease, “we started about five years ago with basic movement classes, stretching, strength work with dumbbells, small balls, bands, a little bit of cardio work, just things to get our participants up and moving.” From there a Parkinson’s cycling class was added, and then in just the past three months the Parkinson’s boxing program offered. Rewkowski says the feedback has been tremendous “it not only works on hand-eye coordination, and motor skills, but also the brain, remembering movement patterns and punching patterns. It’s a great workout and the repetitive motion appear to be key in preventing the disease from progressing.” The YMCA welcomes Parkinson’s patients who are newly diagnosed to people who are in wheelchairs. Rewkowski say patients in wheelchairs are able to participate in a Parkinson’s movement class designed to use the upper body.  Greg says “exercise, absolutely is part of my daily life and I have grown to enjoy it, it’s become fun.” Greg says the Instructors and other Parkinson’s patients in his classes are his support group, “there are people in the classes who have the same diagnosis, and we talk about it and discuss symptoms, it’s important for motivation, knowing there is support here at the Y, it’s good to know there are other folks out there just like yourself.”   The classes including Boxing are free with a YMCA Membership.
  • Almost 25 years ago I had testicular cancer, it's very emotional, I'm humbled by this experience,' Fayetteville Resident George Joseph who participated and volunteered Friday night for the 2019 'Relay for Life” tells WSB radio 'doing the Relay for Life is something I've been doing since I've been cancer free and I will continue as long as I am able too.
  • There is a plan to build a new military monument in Patriot Park on Redwine Road in Fayetteville, to honor the families of those who have served in all wars.  The woman behind this effort, Fayette County resident Fairy Wortham, a military wife and mother, tells WSB Radio, 'we're about faith, family, and freedom.” The black granite memorial will cost an estimated $45,000.  Worthham says 'we're erecting a monument to honor all families and children of our military heroes and we're taking it back from 1821 to present - that’s 198 years. The women and children of our military have never been honored.” Wortham is in the process of raising the money by selling bricks so local military families can have their names engraved on them. The bricks will surround the black granite “homefront families of military heroes monument.” You can buy a brick for $100 dollars or donate to the monument fund by clicking on non-profit organization www.homefrontfamilies.org. Wortham first presented her military monument concept to the Fayetteville city council back in February of 2018, and is currently working with local veterans groups, churches and politicians to raise the money.
  • “We’re absolutely excited for her!” Dan Roberts, owner of Mike & C’s Family Sports Grill in Peachtree City, tells WSB Radio. Roberts says he was thrilled to watch Kelly O’Hara play in France and beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the Women’s World Cup final Sunday.  “We have her jersey here, because she was a staple here at Mike & C’s for a long time – former Starr’s Mill graduate (Fayetteville native), just a great person in general…we’re super excited.”   O’Hara’s signed jersey is framed and hangs underneath a large American flag in the restaurant. Roberts tells WSB Radio, “we have it sitting down under our large American flag here in the restaurant, and that’s because she really is a patriot.”   
  • Atlanta is now the third city in America where Mercedes Benz will offer a pilot program for you to subscribe and drive off in a luxury car. It follows in the footsteps of Amazon Prime and Netflix, which offer subscription services you can cancel at any time without penalty. Mercedes Benz is now offering a subscription service to drivers, with no long-term commitment, as the company looks to lure younger drivers to the brand. While more expensive, this new option allows flexibility so drivers don't have to get locked down in a long term lease or purchase. You sign up with your credit card, the company runs a credit check and you can drive off in a luxury car. You can trade for a different model as many times as you want and cancel your subscription at any time. Adam Chamberlain, Vice President of Sales for Mercedes Benz USA based in Atlanta, Georgia, tells WSB Radio “for example you can be driving a two seater convertible for the weekend, the sun is out and it’s nice and warm but then you realize you need to pick up a big parcel from home depot during the week, so you simply schedule it with in the app that you would like a bigger car, an SUV, the app will then provide you a date and time that’s convenient for you, and one of our concierge drivers will come out and meet you either at work or at home, change the car over, you’re all set, and off you go to home depot to pick up your parcel.”  There is a one-time $495 fee for the credit check and to sign up for the subscription service. Then, once approved, you pick the tier of service you want. Currently there are three tiers, starting with the entry level tier of $1,095 a month. The fee includes the car, title fees, insurance, 24-7 road service, and all maintenance costs.  Chamberlain tells WSB Radio 'what we have seen so far for the new subscription service is the average age of customers who have signed up is 42 years old, which is significantly lower than our traditional customer for purchase and lease, and 85 % of those drivers are new to the Mercedes Benz brand, so this is bringing is a different younger demographic.'  Mercedes Benz is also testing this program in Philadelphia and Nashville.   
  • For the past six months 10 and 11-year-old girls, members of Girl Scout Troop 17129 in Cobb County collected thousands of plastic grocery bags. As part of a service and recycling project the girls then weaved the bags into braids to make soft mattresses for homeless people. Girl Scout leader Kimberly Heiple says this took many months to execute, “It took from October all the way to April, the girls collected the bags, people donated the bags, it showed commitment.” Heiple says each plastic mattress is made from approximately 800 to 1,000 plastic grocery bags. Heiple telling WSB Radio “I’m super overjoyed and proud of the girls, to see kids this age 10 and 11 years old with a selflessness to give to others like the homeless, that are in need, who are deserving, and at the same time recycling for the world, we are moving a generation to become adults, to carry these qualities and ethics with them into their adulthood.”
  • “You have Cancer.” Georgia Resident Brenda Sims tells WSB Radio she remembers the exact moment in time she hears these three horrible words. It was five years ago. The telephone call from her Doctor confirming she has breast cancer. “When I got that call, you have Cancer, the thought of having to tell my husband, you immediately think, I’m going to die.” Sims deciding to get treated at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. When she first arrived at the facility in Newnan she was determined on day one to fight the potentially deadly disease. She spotted a wall near the lobby with names of Cancer survivors on plaques. “I stood in front of this wall with names on it, I had my picture taken in front of that wall, and I said one day, I’m going to have my name on this.” Sims accomplished her goal. As part of National Survivorship Day her name has been added to the new Line Creek Mural. The design painted by artist Ed Buonvecchio, inspired by the Line Creek Nature Area located on the Coweta-Fayette County line, honors and celebrates patients reaching the milestone of treatment at CTCA for 5 years. Trees are also planted in their honor. Brenda Sims takes nothing for granted and believes it is her calling to inspire and pray with other cancer patients including her daughter who has been fighting kidney cancer for the past two years. Sims remains strong and determined, she tells WSB Radio “today that tree has my name on it, I am a 5 year survivor, this morning was very emotional for me.”
  • Allan Sweat continues treatment for his injuries at the “Share Military Initiative” at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center.The program has more than 700 success stories for treating Veterans with TBI Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and a record of zero suicides.Sweat who is 34, says the Share center has changed his life. Sweat who lives in Locust Grove, was injured in Iraq back in 2007 by multiple I-E-D blasts. He has a spinal injury and back pain, as well as TBI and PTSD.
  • Rescue dogs 'Peaches and Cream ' are healthy now and looking to be placed in a good home.For the past 2 years, Vets, Kennel Techs, and Volunteers at The Royal Animal Refuge in Peachtree City have been nursing back to health dozens of abused dogs, but the facility is out of money, as it runs solely on donations for things like medical supplies, dog food, and wee-wee pads. Kennel Tech Alyssa Jordan tells WSB Radio none of the dogs brought here are ever euthanized, 'right now we have about 30 dogs in the building that's not including puppies, with puppies we probably have an equal amount, we have over 60 dogs in foster homes, so we have lots, they rotate constantly, we pull from other shelters who do euthanize.
  • “The dictator Maduro he needs to leave.” Atlanta resident Linda Lopez tells WSB Radio “he is illegally occupying power he is literally killing the Venezuelan people.” Lopez a dual U.S. Venezuelan citizen for the past twenty years says she would like the United States to get involved. “I would love for President Trump to intervene in Venezuela because the people have no power to fight against criminals who have guns, high caliber, the military has been kidnapped they are part of the narco drug dealing business they are not going to let the people be free.” About 100 people with ties to Venezuela turning out for a peaceful demonstration outside he Georgia State Capitol, many carrying red yellow and blue Venezuelan flags. They shout in Spanish “Venezuela what do we want ? Liberty, freedom.” 

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  • An 8-year-old was driving a car that crashed into another car in the parking lot of a Walmart in Washington state on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Renton police officers responded to the store at 743 Rainier Ave. S. around 2:45 p.m. They said a father and his son were shopping inside when the son got the keys from his dad, ran ahead, started the car, put in in reverse and struck another moving car. The car hit by the young driver had a mother and her 2-month-old child inside. Renton police said there were no injuries.
  • Florida's St. Augustine Police Department said they are searching for the suspect who robbed a group of children at gunpoint at a popular park. The robbery happened at Project Swing park on Saturday around 9:30 p.m. Several signs at the park read, “For your safety, park is closed from dusk to dawn.” According to the report, the victims, whose ages are redacted, were sitting at the tables in the middle of the park when a man approached them and demanded money. In the report, one of the victims said the suspect pointed the gun into his chest when he told him he didn’t have any money. Police said the man took $16 from one of the victims before he tried to grab a backpack from the other. The victims told investigators when the suspect tried to take the backpack, they ran towards the parking garage for help. Detectives said the suspect took off running in the opposite direction toward Ketterlinus gym. By the time police responded, the suspect was gone. Investigators said they found a bag believed to belong to the suspect near the tennis courts next to the park. It was sent to the lab for DNA testing. Anyone with information on the suspect is encouraged to call the police department.
  • A 77-year-old man was punched in the face as he walked into a grocery store in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and now police are looking for the person responsible. It happened at the Kroger on Braselton Highway, and it all started in the fire lane in front of the store. It happened at the Kroger on Braselton Highway, and it all started in the fire lane in front of the store. The victim, who did not want to be identified by name, said on Jan. 23 around 4:30 p.m. he pulled up, saw someone parked there, and on his way inside the store, he said, “You're not supposed to park here.” Police said surveillance video shows a woman, who was in the parked car in the fire lane outside, go in the store, walk up to the victim and say something. Officials said a man who was with her then assaulted the 77-year-old man. “And the next thing I know, this jerk comes around and just cold-cocks me right flat on the floor,” the victim said. Witnesses told police they couldn’t believe it happened. The suspect took off and police are still looking for him now. There’s video of the assault that Kroger cameras recorded, but investigators said they’re not releasing it yet because the case is still open. “I had no idea he was even in the place until he came round in front and punched me,” the victim said. The incident is a reminder to shoppers that you may want to tell police when someone is doing something illegal instead of saying something to that person. You never know what they are going to do.
  • A bill sponsored by Utah Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, would restrict people from purchasing a hunting license if they aren’t up to date on child support payments. The “Fishing and Hunting Restrictions for Nonpayment of Child Support” House bill would prohibit “the issuance of a license, permit, or tag related to fishing or hunting if an individual is delinquent in child support.” According to KUTV, the bill would affect anyone who owes more than $2,500 in child support. Once a person is no longer behind on their child support payments, they can obtain a hunting license. If the bill passes, it will go into effect in the summer of 2021.
  •  For the first time, NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal opened up about the death of his former teammate and friend, Kobe Bryant. Bryant, his daughter 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed Sunday when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed in Calabasas, California. O’Neal’s comments came at the start of TNT’s pregame show, as he sat on the court at Staples Center along with the rest of the network’s studio team. TNT was supposed to televise a doubleheader, but the NBA canceled the Lakers-Clippers game that was scheduled to be the nightcap because the Lakers organization is still too devastated after the death of Bryant and his daughter. I haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while,” O’Neal said. Shaq said he was working out with his son and nephew, when another nephew walked into the room crying and showed him the phone. “I snapped at him,” O’Neal said. “I said, ‘Get that out of my face.'” O’Neal said he thought it was a hoax at first, and then he started getting phone calls from friends and other fellow basketball players. “Forty-seven years old, I’ve lost two grandmothers … lost my sister. And now I’ve lost my little brother,' O’Neal said. O'Neal and Bryant teamed to help the Lakers win three straight championships from 2000-02, but they occasionally feuded and O'Neal was traded to Miami in 2004. He would win another title there, while Bryant would win two more with the Lakers. O’Neal said his heart broke even more when he learned who else was on the chopper. “It’s sort of like a triple stabbing to the heart because after you cry and wonder about that, then I get back on the internet – Rick Fox is on the (helicopter). So now, I’m sick even more,” O’Neal said. “And then the final blow, his lovely daughter was with him on the helicopter.” They eventually patched up their relationship and O'Neal said they texted frequently, though he said he hadn't actually seen Bryant since the final day of his career in 2016. O'Neal said he told Bryant to score 50 points and Bryant instead scored 60. O’Neal said Bryant even checked in with his son Shareef, who underwent heart surgery in December 2018. “Shareef called me, devastated, and said Kobe just texted me to check and see how he was doing. And he used to do that from time to time,” O’Neal said. O’Neal said this year’s NBA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be a solemn event. “The fact that we’re not going to be able to joke at his Hall of Fame ceremony. The fact that we’re not going to be able to say, ‘Ha, Ha. I got five. You got four.’ The fact that we’re not going to be able to say, ‘If we had stayed together to get 10,’ those are the things we can’t get back,” O’Neal said. O'Neal's comments were his first that were televised since Bryant's death. He had previously only posted on social media and spoken on a podcast. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • Last week, the head of a Chinese government expert team said that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people avoid travel to China. Here are some tips for travelers who may be making their way to or from China or other destinations:  Check the CDC website for updates on the outbreak The CDC has a dedicated page that is kept up to date with travel information to China, impacted transportation in China and status of medical care in the country. Maintain good personal hygiene According to The New York Times, passengers should avoid touching their faces and practice proper coughing etiquette, such as coughing or sneezing into an arm instead of your hands or the environment. The CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used when soap is not available. The Times also reminded travelers that seatbacks and tray tables are wiped down by ground crews, but cleaning them again with a disinfecting wipe is recommended. Lastly, try to keep a safe distance from anyone who appears to be ill. If you are seated next to someone who may be ill, you can ask a flight attendant to reseat you. Please note that they may not be able to accommodate the request. Do I need a mask while traveling? Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of medicine in Vanderbilt University’s division of infectious diseases, told CNN that the benefit of masks may be impractical. “The scientific basis showing that people in the community wearing masks actually has any benefit is very thin and questionable,” Shaffner told CNN. Schaffner also told CNN that U.S. travelers who are traveling only within the United States should not be as concerned about the virus. Other noteworthy tips Henry Harteveldt, of Atmosphere Research, told USA Today that travelers should consider keeping air vents open above the seat to improve ventilation but also noted that he aims them away from his body. USA Today also suggested bringing tissues with you to use to avoid touching door handles when you use the bathrooms on flights. Book a window seat. A study published in 2018 concluded that the window seat is more likely to keep a passenger away from people who might be sick because it is furthest from the aisle where more people move through the cabin. What are other countries doing in response to the outbreak? Many countries are checking the temperatures of arriving airline passengers and adopting precautionary quarantine procedures in response to a new virus. India, Nigeria, Japan and the United States are some of the countries where airport screening procedures were in place. Below are some of the public health measures in multiple countries intended to prevent a repeat of the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, which started in China and killed nearly 800 people (Source:The Associated Press, Jan. 21, 2020) MAINLAND CHINA China’s often-secretive Communist government was blamed for making SARS far worse by initially hiding information and blocking the work of the World Health Organization. This time, leader Xi Jinping has called for tough measures and said “party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels should put people’s lives and health first.” At the airport in Wuhan, the temperatures of departing passengers were checked and outbound tour groups were banned from leaving the city. Virtually everyone in a public role, from traffic police officers to bank tellers, is wearing a protective face mask. JAPAN Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged officials to step up quarantine checks at airports and other entry points, and Japan will require visitors arriving from Wuhan to fill in health forms. HONG KONG The semiautonomous city is one of the most popular destinations for mainland Chinese. It has stepped up surveillance and ordered more cleaning and disinfecting for planes and trains from Wuhan, as well as for train stations and the airport. Acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung said authorities are ready for a worst-case scenario and are on extremely high alert. A lack of information and low levels of vigilance were blamed for Hong Kong becoming the second-hardest hit area by SARS after mainland China in the early 2000s. As in much of mainland China, Hong Kong residents favor traditional markets where live poultry and other animals are sold. The government advises people against visiting such markets or touching animals or their droppings. SOUTH KOREA South Korea reported its first case of the virus in mid-January, in a Chinese woman who works at a South Korean company. At Incheon International Airport near Seoul, the only airport in South Korea with direct flights from Wuhan, two special gates are designated for passengers from the city and ear thermometers are used to check their temperatures. Arrival halls are being sprayed with disinfectant twice a week, up from once a week previously, and escalator handrails, elevator buttons and other sensitive surfaces are wiped with disinfectant twice a day. NIGERIA Nigeria’s government says health authorities at points of entry are on alert for cases of coronavirus arriving in Africa’s most populous country. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control asked that travelers from Wuhan report to a medical facility and the center if they feel ill. China is Africa’s top trading partner. South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases said anyone with a severe respiratory illness should be tested if they have traveled to Wuhan within two weeks or had close physical contact with a coronavirus patient or treatment at a facility where a confirmed case has been reported. There were more than 200,000 Chinese workers in Africa as of the end of 2017, not including numerous informal migrants such as traders and shopkeepers, according to the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University. INDIA India will expand thermal screening of passengers arriving from China, including Hong Kong, to seven airports from the current three. In-flight announcements before arrival will direct passengers with a fever or cough who have traveled to Wuhan in the previous 14 days to declare themselves to health authorities. Thermal screening will begin in Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin, and continue in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA Singapore will expand temperature screening at Changi Airport, one of Asia’s busiest travel hubs, for all travelers on flights arriving from China beginning on Wednesday. The health ministry said individuals with pneumonia and a history of travel to Wuhan within 14 days of the onset of symptoms will be isolated in a hospital as a precautionary measure and investigated. Neighboring Malaysia has also beefed up screening at Kuala Lumpur’s airport. Deputy health Minister Lee Boon Chye said staff are being trained to handle possible cases. “If a case emerges, then we may have to take more drastic measures, but for now, we hope we can nip it at the entry point,” Lee told reporters. BANGLADESH Bangladesh civil aviation authorities have ordered airport managers to start screening incoming passengers from China. A.H.M. Touhid-ul Ahsan, director of the main Shahjalal International Airport, said doctors at the airport would look for fevers, coughs, breathing difficulties and sore throats. The country’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research will be notified of any passengers with symptoms for further examination, he said. AUSTRALIA Brendan Murphy, Australia’s chief medical officer, said biosecurity staff and state health officials in New South Wales are meeting flights from Wuhan and are distributing pamphlets printed in English and Chinese to all passengers. The pamphlets describe symptoms of infection and ask people to identify themselves if they are experiencing any. RUSSIA Russia’s Healthcare Ministry described the virus as a biological hazard, with Deputy Minister Sergei Krayevoy saying the virus was a “striking example” of the biological threats Russia faces. The Russian public health service, Rospotrebnadzor, said it had developed a testing kit that would allow labs to detect the new coronavirus quickly. Russia is one of the three most popular tourist destinations for people from China, according to Russian officials. They estimate that about 2 million tourists from China visited Russia in 2018. ITALY The Italian Health Ministry says passengers making direct and indirect flights from Wuhan, China, to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport will be checked for potential signs of the virus. People with suspected infections will be quarantined at an infectious disease hospital in Rome, the ministry says. No cases have been reported so far. Posters at the airport advise travelers to consider delaying trips to the Wuhan area and if they do go there, to avoid touching animals or uncooked animal products. The Associated Press contributed to this story. Associated Press journalists Moussa Moussa in Canberra, Australia, Kim Hyung-jin in Seoul, South Korea, Cara Anna in Johannesburg, South Africa, Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Daria Litvinova in Moscow, and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this report. xxx