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    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.
  • A local entrepreneur just 12 years old, selling lots of Christmas trees and pocketing his profits to save up for school.  Wyatt Peters of Fayetteville has been selling Frasier Furs from North Carolina for the past four years.
  • Thousands of people are packed in downtown Atlanta to celebrate Atlanta United's championship win.  An open-top bus parade is traveling down Baker Street, Marietta Street, and Andrew Young International Boulevard and will end with a pep rally at the Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Eight-year-old Carlos Garcia and his brother, 10-year-old David Garcia, begged their mom to drive them downtown for all the festivities. “I said mom I want to come down to the stadium because they won their first championship,” Carlos tells WSB Radio.  When asked what is was like to watch the championship game, his brother David, replies, “Exciting!”  The boys’ mother Alejandra, who drove here from Jonesboro, bought her kids Atlanta United hats and t-shirts at Dick’s Sporting Goods. She tells WSB Radio, “Well my kids brought me here, I’m a soccer fanatic too, we love Atlanta United.”  All of the Atlanta United players, coaches, owner Arthur Blank, Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and governor Nathan Deal will be in attendance. The last time Atlanta celebrated a major sports championship was the Braves in 1995. Blake, an Atlanta United Fan whose had season tickets, is playing hooky from work, so he can go to the parade and ceremony today. “I’m pretty ecstatic, I’m pretty pumped about it.”
  • A steady stream of politically passionate voters casting ballots at Grace Church on Flat Creek Trail in Fayetteville, GA in the runoff election. The big issue “allegations of voter suppression” in the Governor’s Race, made by Democrat Stacy Abrams who lost the race to Republican Brian Kemp. Kemp reportedly cleared up voter registration rolls eliminating fake names, dead people, and Illegal Aliens from registration rosters.  Mary who lives in Fayetteville a Kemp supporter tells WSB Radio “I don’t think there was voter suppression during the election, illegals should not vote, they are not American citizens, it’s for the Americans, you have to be legal, if they are legal fine.” She goes on to say she believes Kemp did the right thing “I don’t think he did anything wrong, I think he did what he was supposed to and take all the dead people off and all the illegals off and all the people that shouldn’t be voting.”  Pat who lives in Tyrone … an Abrams supporter tells WSB Radio “I think there is voter suppression, and that’s why I’m here today, I hope the new secretary of state is going to make a difference and hopefully decrease the frequency in the voter suppression that we have. I think the black vote is very important and we want to make sure all of our votes are counted, because we play a vital role in society and contributing to this country also.” Polls open from 7am – 7pm.

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  • A man said his pain medication and a broken back door are what led to his 2-year-old son wandering onto a busy Florida highway. Jacob Krueger, 25, and the child's mother, 28-year-old Yajaira Tirado were both arrested on neglect charges after their son was found on the highway around 10:30 a.m. Monday with a dirty diaper and bug bites covering his arms.  'I'm sorry,' Krueger said after walking out of jail Tuesday. 'I didn't mean for it to come down to this.' Krueger explained that he and Tirado are on medications for conditions that he said kept them asleep during the ordeal. He also blamed a broken door at the home they rent as why his son was able to escape. >>Read: Toddler wearing dirty diaper, covered in bug bites found crossing highway, police say; 2 arrested When asked why there wasn't any attempt to fix the door to prevent an incident like this, Krueger said, 'There's no way. Doesn't matter if I tried doing something to it.' Krueger went on to deny a responding deputy's claim that his home was littered with broken bottles and smelled like feces. >> Read more trending news  'I love my child. I want the best for them (and) don't ever want to hurt them,' Krueger explained.  Officials said they had been to the home in 2018 for another case of child neglect in which Tirado was arrested after a 1-year-old and 2-year-old were left at the home alone, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.  Deputies said the toddler found crossing the highway was placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. Tirado remains in the Volusia County Jail.
  • The Democratic presidential primary debates begin Wednesday with 10 candidates going head-to-head in Miami as the 2020 presidential election season gets underway. >>Read more trending news Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and seven others will likely face questions on border security, health care and climate change on the first night of the two-night event. >>Jamie Dupree: Warren leads Democrats into first night of 2020 debates Here’s what to know about and how to watch Wednesday’s Democratic debate.  When and where is the debate being held? The debate will be broken up into two nights with 10 candidates on the stage to debate each night. The debates will take place on Wednesday and Thursday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. Who will be on the stage on Wednesday? Here is the lineup for Wednesday’s debate: Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey  Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts  Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas  Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii  Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota  Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington  Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio  Where will they stand onstage? The candidates will stand from left to right in this order – de Blasio, Ryan, Castro, Booker, Warren, O’Rourke, Klobuchar, Gabbard, Inslee, Delaney.  Who will be asking the questions at the debate? Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart will moderate the debate. Holt, Guthrie and Diaz-Balart will moderate the first hour, with Holt, Todd and Maddow asking questions in the second hour. How can I watch the debate? NBC is sponsoring the debate, but it will be shown on all three major networks and on cable news channels. It will stream online free (without requiring an account with a television provider) at NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, the NBC News Mobile App and OTT apps, and Telemundo's digital platforms. What time wil it be on? The debate will air from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Where can I watch the livestream? Here is the livestream link of the debate from YouTube Live coverage: Come back here beginning at 7 p.m. for live coverage of the first night of the debate. 
  • Police arrested a woman who allegedly tried to kidnap a couple’s children in the atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Saturday morning. Police said Esther Daniels, 26, tried to grab a stroller with a child in it before being fended off by the child’s mother. She then picked up one of the couple’s other children and walked away, but the father took the child back from her, Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee said in an emailed statement. >> Read more trending news  An officer responded a few minutes later and found Daniels in a frenzied mental state, Chafee said. She then allegedly ran toward a nearby family and had to be restrained by the officer, Chafee said.  Daniels, who lives in Kansas, eventually calmed down and was escorted to the police precinct in a wheelchair, the statement said. She was checked out at Grady Memorial Hospital before being taken to the Clayton County Jail. Daniels was charged with kidnapping and obstructing an officer. Her bond has not been set.
  • A Virginia man and woman are facing homicide charges after their 2-month-old daughter died from cocaine and heroin intoxication last year, authorities said. According to WDBJ-TV, police on Tuesday arrested Eugene Chandler Jr., 27, and Shaleigh Brumfield, 26, of Danville, on felony homicide charges in the baby's November 2018 death. Officials also charged the pair with child abuse and neglect, the news station reported. >> Read more trending news On Nov. 24, Danville police and emergency crews responded to a report of an infant who couldn't breathe, according to court documents. The child, identified as Marleigh Rain Chandler, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, the Danville Register & Bee reported. While searching the family's home, investigators discovered evidence of drug use, including marijuana and drug paraphernalia, WSET reported. The Western District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy, which revealed that Marleigh died from 'acute heroin and cocaine intoxication in a setting of co-sleeping,' officials said. Chandler and Brumfield were booked into the Danville City Jail, where they are being held without bond.
  • When the first Democratic presidential primary debate kicks off Wednesday night, Kirkland Dent will be watching. Dent, 28, a medical librarian at Mercer University in Macon, has been trying to keep up with the sprawling Democratic field aiming to unseat President Donald Trump — “I can probably name 80% of them,” he said. But he is looking forward to seeing them in action. “I’m curious about what their goals are, what issues they want to tackle.” So are Judy Hauser, Michael Murphy-McCarthy and John Chastain. They are among about a dozen Democratic and independent voters in Georgia who have agreed to take part in an informal focus group organized by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to discuss the 2020 Democratic primary race. The AJC checked in with them for the first time ahead of the debates Wednesday and Thursday in Miami, the first opportunity many voters will get to see the candidates answer questions for a national audience. THE LATEST | Georgia Presidential candidate visit tracker MORE | Democratic presidential hopefuls emphasize Georgia’s big role in 2020 For the most part, the Georgia voters said they have been paying some attention to the race but want to know more. That’s true of Democratic voters nationally, too. According to a poll released this week by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs, only 35% of Democrats who are registered to vote say they’re paying close attention to the campaign. The size of the field doesn’t help, and most of the Georgia voters who talked to the AJC said they are eager for it to thin out a bit. The debates, which will feature 10 candidates on stage each night, won’t give the contenders a lot of time to make their case. “It’s going to be really, really hard to stand out in that big a crowd,” said Murphy-McCarthy, who lives in Peachtree Corners and works in IT. “It will be easier to fall down than to stand out.” Dent said a number of candidates have stood out for him so far: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. But he’s open to being surprised by lesser-known candidates. “It’s important for our generation to start paying attention a lot more,” he said. RELATED | Biden reverses stance on Hyde abortion amendment at Atlanta event MORE | Georgia’s ‘heartbeat’ law targeted by Democratic presidential hopefuls Chastain, 73, lives in largely Republican Cherokee County. “If I say I am a Democrat, it’s like I have the plague,” he joked. He said he’s very interested in the Democratic primary race and wants to hear candidates get specific at the debates. “I’m looking for some action plans,” he said, “I want to know what they are going to do, not just getting Trump out.” He’s retired and said health care is a top issue. Hauser, a registered nurse from Buckhead, wants a candidate who can win. “We need someone who is going to be able to take on Trump and his mouth,” she said. She said she likes Biden but is also interested in Buttigieg and Harris. Biden, she said, “has very good core values. Yes, he’s made some mistakes, but who hasn’t?” His age doesn’t bother her. “I see him as a one-term president that will bring this country back on even keel,” she said. Murphy-McCarthy, 51, said he’s been impressed by Warren but says he’s open to the others. “I’m OK with somebody coming out of nowhere,” he said. DEEPER COVERAGE | Which Democratic candidates have raised the most in Georgia PHOTOS | Top Democratic presidential contenders campaign in Atlanta Howard Giambrone of Coweta County is an independent who has mostly voted for Republicans in the past, but he is considering a Democrat in 2020. It won’t be Bernie Sanders or Warren, who he says are too liberal. He said he is looking for a candidate who is fiscally responsible, supportive of the military and has what he considers a moderate view on immigration. Giambrone’s wife is from Colombia and he doesn’t like Trump’s immigration policies. “I want to strengthen the border but make coming here (legally) less difficult,” he said. So far he thinks Biden and Cory Booker are possibilities. What can the candidates say to win him over? “I want to hear fresh ideas and get away from trashing Trump,” he said. William Black, 38, is a housekeeper in Jones County. He said his top issues are race relations and global warming, and his favorite candidates so far are Sanders and Biden. He isn’t too worried about the size of the field. “They will weed themselves out,” he said. He’s happy to see the enthusiasm. “It’s good for the Democratic Party that there’s that level of interest of people who want to change the country.” How to follow Democratic presidential debates NBC will host the first Democratic presidential debates Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 9 and concluding at 11 each night. Each night will feature 10 candidates. The debates will be broadcast by NBC News and also appear on MSNBC and Telemundo. Telemundo will broadcast the debate in Spanish. They also will stream online free on NBC News’ digital platforms, including NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, the NBC News Mobile App and OTT apps on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, in addition to Telemundo’s digital platforms. NBC News will also stream the debates live and in full on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • A 58-year-old man is behind bars after police said he raped a child nightly over a three-year period. According to the Jackson Sun, William Paul Godwin of Parsons, Tennessee, was arrested Sunday and charged with 12 counts of child rape, as well as one count of continuous child rape, authorities said. >> Read more news stories Godwin is accused of forcing the girl into sexual intercourse nightly beginning in fall 2012, when she was 5, the Sun reported. The victim said the rapes continued until summer 2015, according to court documents. Godwin was jailed on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court July 8, WBBJ reported. Read more here or here.