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    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.” 
  • Police are releasing two sketches of the serial rapist, and until he’s caught law enforcement are encouraging women to take advantage of free self-defense classes being offered by the Sheriff’s department. Any female Clayton County resident can sign up. Meanwhile, the search is on for the man suspected of raping at least seven women dating back to 2015. DNA linking him to all the attacks.  The next two self-defense classes:  Thursday, March 28: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 29: 3 to 6 p.m. Contact: Barbara Prince to register at 678-479-5322 or email Barbara.prince@claytoncountyga.gov to sign up. The rape defense classes will be held at the Sheriff’s headquarters located at 9157 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Georgia 30236.

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  • U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified Wednesday as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  >> Read more trending news  He appeared in front of the house Intelligence Committee and said during his opening statement that there was a 'quid pro quo' with Ukraine over investigating former Vice President Joe Biden, The Hill reported.  Read Sondland's opening statement below.  Opening Statement of Ambass... by Geoffrey Rowland on Scribd
  • Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, will testify Wednesday morning before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about his part in a plan to get Ukraine officials to promise to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son in exchange for the release of millions of dollars of military aid. >> Read more trending news  Sondland will likely be grilled on the reason he testified in a closed-door House hearing that he had not told Ukrainian officials that the military aid was dependent on investigations into the Bidens and election interference in the 2016 presidential election. Sondland revised that testimony earlier this month saying he remembered telling a Ukrainian official that the military aid was 'likely' dependent on the country announcing the investigations. Sondland is set to testify beginning at 9 a.m. ET An afternoon session will be held beginning between 2:30 and 3 p.m. ET. David Hale, the undersecretary of State for political affairs and Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs, will be testifying in the afternoon session. The hearings will be broadcast live on CSPAN, CNN, Fox News and other cable news channels. CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS are also expected to carry the hearings live. Livestream See the livestream below when the hearing starts. Live updates An email about the investigation 10:06 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Sondland is reading an email that the State Department that the department has been refusing to turn over to the committee. Sondland read: Within my State Department emails, there is a July 19 email that I sent to Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Perry, Brian McCormack (Perry’s Chief of Staff), Ms. Kenna, Acting Chief of Staff and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney (White House), and Mr. Mulvaney’s Senior Advisor Robert Blair. A lot of senior officials. Here is my exact quote from that email: “I Talked to Zelensky just now… He is prepared to receive Potus’ call. Will assure him that he intends to run a fully transparent investigation and will ‘turn over every stone’. He would greatly appreciate a call prior to Sunday so that he can put out some media about a ‘friendly and productive call’ (no details) prior to Ukraine election on Sunday.” Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney responded: “I asked NSC to set it up for tomorrow.” Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret. Everyone was informed via email on July 19, days before the Presidential call. As I communicated to the team, I told President Zelensky in advance that assurances to “run a fully transparent investigation” and “turn over every stone” were necessary in his call with President Trump. Explosive opening statement 9:45 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Sondland begins the hearing with a stunning opening statement. He says that Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser John Bolton all were aware of a 'quid pro quo,' dangling a White House visit for the new president of Ukraine to investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter and the 2016 presidential election. 'They knew what we were doing and why,' Sondland said in the opening statement. 'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.' He mentioned Pompeo often, saying Pompeo was kept informed as to what was going on. 'State Department was fully supportive of our engagement in Ukraine affairs, and was aware that a commitment to investigations was among the issues we were pursuing,' Sondland said. He said he, Kurt Volker, and Energy Sec. Rick Perry did not want to work with Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, but they were told to do so. He said he felt Giuliani was speaking for Trump. 'Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the president of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the president,' Sondland will tell the House Intelligence Committee. Sondland says he knows that the question 'was there a quid pro quo' was being asked by House members. He said that when it comes to the White House meeting sought by Ukraine's leader, 'The answer is yes.' Nunes’ opening statement 9:30 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Nunes slams Democrats for “hijacking the Intelligence Committee and turning it into the impeachment committee.” The Democrats have gathered zero Republican support in the House, Nunes says. He reminds the audience that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said that impeachment had to be a bi-partisan effort. “Did they forget that?', Nunes asked. He tells Schiff that the Republicans have sent a letter to the committee to assert their right to subpoena witnesses and will do so, including Hunter Biden. Schiff’s timeline 9:27 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Schiff presents a timeline of meetings and phone calls involving Sondland, former national security adviser John Bolton and others he says laid the foundation for a quid pro quo that would end up with the Ukrainian president visiting the White House for a meeting with Trump after the announcement of an investigation into the energy company Burisma. The hearing is beginning 9:10 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Sondland is seated and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, has gaveled the hearing to order. Schiff is giving his opening statement. The hearing will begin soon 9 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: The hearing will begin in minutes. Sondland is on Capitol Hill and will be entering the hearing room soon. Not a career diplomat 8:45 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Sondland has not been a diplomat for long. Trump named him EU ambassador after Sondland donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee. Sondland was a hotel entrepreneur. What will Sondland be saying 8:30 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Sondland will be answering questions today about his dealings with Ukrainian officials and why he changed testimony he gave in a closed-door hearing in October. He told members of the Intelligence Committee that he had not told Ukrainian officials that they had to announce the start of an investigation into Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, in exchange for military aid. He later said he may have said investigations should be announced before the military aid was released. Who is testifying this week 8:17 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Eight people will be testifying this week in the House impeachment inquiry. On Tuesday, Alexander Vindman, Jennifer Williams, Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison testified. Today, Sondland, Cooper and Hale appear before the committee. On Thursday, Fiona Hill, who was the top Russia specialist on the National Security Council and David Holmes, a State Department aide who overheard a phone conversation between Sondland and the president on July 26, will testify. Let’s get started 8 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Good morning and welcome to live updates from the fourth public hearing of the impeachment inquiry. The hearing begins in an hour, at 9 a.m. ET. Testifying first today will be Gordon Sondland, the European Union ambassador. This afternoon, Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary at the Defense Department, will appear before the committee, as will David Hale, the undersecretary of State for political affairs.
  • A man attempting to rob a Houston home Tuesday was fatally shot when the homeowner wrestled the gun away from him, police said. >> Read more trending news  According to police, the incident occurred at 2:25 p.m. in the Westbury section of Houston, KHOU reported. Police said the homeowner was in his garage when he was approached by a man who said he intended to rob him, KTRK reported. The homeowner told police he wrestled the gun away from the would-be robber and fired it, wounding the assailant, KPRC reported. The man was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the television station reported. Police said they found two guns at the scene, but believe both belonged to the robber, according to KHOU. According to police, rounds were fired from both weapons. After an investigation, police took the homeowner in for questioning, the television station reported. Police said evidence will be forwarded to the district attorney to see if any charges should be filed, KPRC reported.
  • More than a dozen New York police officers were hurt in an overnight blaze in the city's Bronx borough, authorities said early Wednesday. >> Read more trending news  According to WPIX and WNBC, the fire began about 11 p.m. Tuesday at a Baychester Avenue apartment building. The 100-plus firefighters who responded had the blaze under control within one hour, officials said. As flames rose from the building's second and third stories, police officers knocked on residents' doors to make sure everyone had made it out safely, WPIX reported. Fourteen of the officers were hurt and treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said. WPIX reported that two residents 'sustained minor injuries' in the blaze. In a tweet, police Chief of the Department Terence Monahan praised the officers who rushed into the apartment building. 'Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured,' Monahan said. 'It's courageous acts like this that earn our officers the name -- NY's Finest.' Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire. Read more here or here.
  • A driver has been been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide in a crash that killed a Peachtree Ridge High School student earlier this month. Sean David Taylor, 47, of Sugar Hill, was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, records show. Suwanee police believe Taylor may have suffered a medical emergency when his pickup truck slammed into Peachtree Ridge High School junior Samarah Masih as she was leaving an apartment complex on Nov. 10. RELATED: ‘It’s just sad to see her go’: Friends mourn Peachtree Ridge student killed in crash “Further investigation by Suwanee Police detectives determined that due to Taylor’s previous medical history and other recent events he should not have been driving,” authorities said Wednesday in a statement. Masih, 16, was behind the wheel of a Nissan Pathfinder waiting to exit the Residences on McGinnis Ferry complex, Suwanee police previously said. The Nissan was stopped when it was hit just after 1 p.m. Sunday by Taylor’s 2008 Dodge Dakota. The teen was dead at the scene, police spokesman Lt. Robert Thompson said. The truck hit several other vehicles before it swerved onto a private drive and into the complex on McGinnis Ferry Road, he said. Four patients were assessed at the scene, according to an official with Gwinnett County fire, which also responded to the wreck. The conditions of the others involved are unknown. Taylor, 47, of Sugar Hill, was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening and later released. In addition to felony vehicular homicide, he is facing misdemeanor charges of failure to maintain lane, following too closely and reckless driving. He remains in the county jail.
  • Who will be competing for the 62nd annual Grammy awards? The nominees were announced Wednesday morning.  >> Read more trending news  Singer/rapper Lizzo leads the pack with eight nominations, including Best Pop Solo Performance, Best R&B Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. She will have some competition since Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are once again nominees in the female-dominated category of Best Pop Solo Performance, The Associated Press reported.  Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X both earned six nominations each, the AP reported. Eilish, who is 17, is the youngest artist to get nominations in the top four categories of Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. See the nominees and their categories below: