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    Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother, Charles, transformed American politics by pouring their riches into conservative causes, has died at age 79. Charles Koch announced the death on Friday, saying, 'It is with a heavy heart that I now must inform you of David's death.' David Koch, who lived in New York City, was the Libertarian Party's vice presidential candidate in 1980. He was a generous donor to conservative political causes as well as educational, medical and cultural groups. The Koch brothers were best known for a vast political network they built that became popularly known as the 'Kochtopus' for its far-reaching tentacles in support of conservative causes. The brothers founded the anti-tax, small government group Americans for Prosperity. 'I was taught from a young age that involvement in the public discourse is a civic duty,' David Koch wrote in a 2012 op-ed in the New York Post. 'Each of us has a right— indeed, a responsibility, at times — to make his or her views known to the larger community in order to better form it as a whole. While we may not always get what we want, the exchange of ideas betters the nation in the process.' After battling prostate cancer for 20 years, he told a reporter following the 2012 Republican convention that he was thinking about what he will someday leave behind. 'I like to engage where my part makes a difference,' he told The Weekly Standard. 'I have a point of view. When I pass on, I want people to say he did a lot of good things, he made a real difference, he saved a lot of lives in cancer research.' David Koch donated $100 million in 2007 to create the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also gave millions to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the M.D. Anderson Cancer in Houston, and other institutions. The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History named in his honor a wing dedicated to the story of human evolution over 6 million years. David Koch donated $15 million to fund the 15,000 square-foot hall. 'The program has the power to influence the way we view our identity as humans, not only today, but for generations to come,' he said in a statement at the time. David Koch, an engineer trained at MIT, joined Koch Industries in 1970, and served on its board. He also served as chief executive officer of Koch Chemical Technology Group, LLC, a Koch subsidiary. He retired from the company in 2018 Charles and David Koch, each with an estimated net worth of $50.5 billion, tied in fourth place in 2012 on Forbes 500 list of the nation's richest men. Two of the Koch brothers, Frederick and Bill Koch, sued the other two, claiming in a 1998 trial that they were cheated out of more than $1 billion when they sold their stake in Koch Industries back in 1983. David and Bill Koch are twins. The dispute stemmed from a falling out three years earlier when Bill Koch criticized Charles' management of the company, and with Frederick's support, tried to gain control of the company's board of directors. After the takeover move failed, the board fired Bill as an executive. Bill and Frederick Koch and other dissident stockholders sold their interests, and the brothers later sued claiming the company withheld crucial information that would have led to a higher sale price. Bill and Frederick lost their case, but the lengthy public trial offered a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Koch family. The Kochs' father, Fred Koch, guessed early — before two of his boys were out of diapers and before two were even born — that wealth might split his family apart. 'It will be yours to do with what you will,' the father wrote in a 1936 letter to his two oldest sons. 'It may be either a blessing or a curse.' David Koch and his wife, Julia Flesher, have three children. ___ This story has been corrected to show the net worth is $50.5 billion, not $31 billion.
  • The Latest on the reaction to the fires in the Amazon (all times local): 2:30 p.m. In a sharp escalation of tensions with Brazil, France is accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and says it now opposes a trade deal with the South American bloc Mercosur because of his environmental back-peddling. A statement from the Elysee Palace accused Bolsonaro of failing to respect his 'commitments on the climate' and of failing to protect biodiversity and said that Macron 'can only note that President Bolsonaro lied to him.' The angry language follows a spat on Twitter between the two leaders, after Macron angered Bolsonaro by calling on G-7 nations to act for the Amazon being ravaged by wildfires. ___ 9:35 a.m. Rarely have French President Emmanuel Macron and superstar soccer players including Cristiano Ronaldo been on the same page, but when it comes to the fires that are devastating the Amazon, they're uniting in sounding the alarm. Five-time world player of the year Ronaldo beat Macron to the punch with his tweet urging action on the Amazon that, by Friday morning, had already racked up more than a quarter-million likes. Ronaldo tweeted 'the Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world's oxygen and it's been burning for the past 3 weeks. It's our responsibility to help to save our planet.' Macron's tweet later was similarly urgent, saying 'Our house is burning. Literally.' Macron put the Amazon fires on the agenda for the G-7 summit of world leaders that France is hosting this weekend.
  • China on Friday announced tariff hikes on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest planned increase, deepening a conflict over trade and technology that threatens to tip a weakening global economy into recession. China also will increase import duties on U.S.-made autos and auto parts, the Finance Ministry announced. The announcement comes as leaders of the Group of 7 major economies prepare to meet in France this weekend. Tariffs of 10% and 5% will take effect on two batches of goods on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15, the ministry said in a statement. It gave no details of what goods would be affected but the timing matches Trump's planned duty hikes. Washington is pressing Beijing to narrow its trade surplus and roll back plans for government-led creation of global competitors in robotics, electric cars and other technology industries. The spiraling conflict has battered exporters on both sides and fueled concern it might drag down weakening global economic growth. China's government appealed to Trump this week to compromise in order to reach a settlement. That came after Trump warned that the American public might need to endure economic pain in order to achieve long-term results. The United States, Europe, Japan and other trading partners say Beijing's development plans violate its market-opening commitments and are based on stealing or pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology. Some American officials worry they might erode U.S. industrial leadership. Chinese leaders have offered to alter details but are resisting giving up a development strategy they see as a path to prosperity and global influence. The talks are deadlocked over how to enforce any deal. China insists Trump's punitive tariffs have to be lifted as soon as an agreement takes effect. Washington says at least some have to stay to ensure Beijing carries out any promises it makes. Trump announced plans to raise tariffs Sept. 1 on $300 billion of Chinese products after talks broke down in May. Increases on some goods were postponed to Dec. 15. Trump escalated 'trade frictions' that are 'seriously threatening the multilateral trading system,' the Finance Ministry said. 'China was forced to take countermeasures.' A separate statement said tariffs of 25% and 5% would be imposed on U.S.-made autos and auto parts on Dec. 15. Beijing announced that increase last year but suspended it after Trump and his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a meeting in December in Argentina to put off further trade action while they negotiated. Trump and Xi agreed in June to resume negotiations. But talks in Shanghai in July ended with no indication of progress. Negotiators talked by phone this month and are due to meet again in Washington next month. Trump already has imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese products. Beijing retaliated by imposing its own penalties on $110 billion of American goods. But their lopsided trade balance meant China was running out of imports for retaliation. Friday's announcement, if it applied to goods not already affected by Chinese penalties, would extend tariff hikes to everything China imports from the United States. That would match Trump's hikes, which cover almost all of what Americans buy from China.
  • Security is getting tighter in the southern French beach resort of Biarritz ahead of the G-7 leaders' summit beginning this weekend. The airport and train station are closing down Friday afternoon and residents used to bustle at the height of summer vacations say the streets are empty. The city center is almost deserted, and the seaside around the casino where leaders will meet is under lockdown. Cars are thoroughly checked and tourists can no longer access their usual haunts. Philippe Haguet says the gift shop he owns has been empty for the past two days. Leaders of the Group of Seven countries arrive on Saturday to discuss issues including the struggling global economy and climate change until Monday. They include the United States, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, Canada and Italy.
  • Australia and Vietnam on Friday expressed serious concern over tensions in the disputed South China Sea, where Hanoi says China's gas survey ship has infringed on its territory and has disrupted Vietnam's exploration activities. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met in Hanoi with his counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and both leaders called for respect of international law and freedom of navigation. Earlier the United States said it was deeply concerned that China is continuing to interfere with Vietnam's longstanding oil and gas activities in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone. China claims the South China Sea virtually in its entirety and has deployed a survey vessel with armed escorts into waters off Vietnam, ignoring Hanoi's calls to leave the area. '(We all need to uphold) principles that relate to freedom of navigation, freedom of overfly, ensuring that nations can pursuit and develop the opportunities that exist within their EEZ and within their sea boundaries, and they can go about that business in a way that is uninhabited and supported and upheld by the regional architecture and the rule of law that support that free conduct of activities,' Morrison told reporters. Phuc said that the countries were united in their position on the South China Sea, where China has rattled smaller neighbors by constructing seven man-made islands in the disputed waters and equipped them with military runways and outposts. In Beijing Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang did not directly address the U.S. accusations but said China opposed what he described as a U.S. campaign aimed at division. 'This is to drive a wedge between China and other countries and it is ill-intentioned. The aim is to create chaos in the situation in the South China Sea and damage regional peace and stability. China firmly opposes this,' Geng said. Morrison and Phuc stopped short of explicitly naming China. 'I am not here to make accusations or do anything of that nature. We do not take sides,' Morrison said. Both he and Phuc urged all parties to refrain from the threat or use of force in settling disputes in accordance with international law. Morrison said he didn't want to agree or disagree with the U.S., stressing that Australia's position was consistent. 'We are carefully calibrated with what we say but most important, respectful,' he said.
  • Hasbro is going whole hog on Peppa Pig. The maker of Monopoly and GI Joe will pay about $4 billion to buy Entertainment One Ltd., a British entertainment company that produces 'Peppa Pig,' ''PJ Masks' and other animated shows for preschoolers. 'Peppa Pig,' which stars a pink cartoon pig with a British accent, airs worldwide and is translated into over 40 languages. Shares in Entertainment One jumped 30% in London on Friday. Hasbro Inc., based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, says the deal will help it turn more of its toy brands into shows or movies. Many of its brands, including My Little Pony and Transformers, already appear in TV shows and movies. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.
  • The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the imperfect vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. Dr. Pedro Alonso, the U.N. health agency's global malaria director, said WHO is 'unequivocally in favor' of eradication, but that major questions about its feasibility remain. In a press briefing on Thursday, Alonso acknowledged that 'with the tools we have today, it is most unlikely eradication will be achieved.' Alonso was presenting the results of a WHO-commissioned report evaluating if eradicating malaria should be pursued. He said the experts concluded lingering uncertainties meant they were unable to formulate a clear strategy and thus, couldn't propose a definitive timeline or cost estimate for eradication. WHO has long grappled with the idea of erasing malaria from the planet. An eradication campaign was first attempted in 1955 before being abandoned more than a dozen years later. For decades, health officials were chastened from even discussing eradication — until the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation threw its considerable resources behind the idea. Smallpox is the only human disease to ever have been eradicated. In 1988, WHO and partners began a global campaign that aimed to wipe out polio by 2000. Despite numerous effective vaccines and billions of invested dollars, efforts have stalled in recent years and officials have repeatedly missed eradication targets. Although several African countries began immunizing children against malaria in national programs this year, the shot only protects about one third of children who get it. The parasitic disease kills about 435,000 people every year, mostly children in Africa. 'An effective vaccine is something we desperately need if we're ever going to get malaria under control and we just don't have it,' said Alister Craig, dean of biological sciences at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. A previous trial showed the vaccine was about 30% effective in children who got four doses, but that protection waned over time. Craig also raised concerns about whether malaria programs would be able to raise the billions needed given other competing eradication campaigns, like those for polio, guinea worm and lymphatic filariasis. 'Should we really be pushing for malaria or should we concentrate on getting some of those other diseases out of the way first?' he asked. Other experts agreed that eradicating malaria in the coming years seems aspirational. 'It's a long game and there will be many bumps on the road,' said Sian Clarke, co-director of the malaria center at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Still, Clarke said that eradication might only be achieved if there is a sense of urgency, given how malaria spreads; the parasitic disease is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. 'The longer it takes, the more opportunity there is for the parasite to evolve,' she said. 'There will be a lot of pressure on the parasite to evolve a mechanism of survival, so this is something that if it's to be done, should be done relatively quickly.
  • Global stock markets rose Friday ahead of a closely watched speech by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman at a gathering of global central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Market benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Tokyo all advanced. Investors are looking to Jerome Powell's speech Friday for hints as to whether last month's first Fed rate cut in a decade likely marked the start of a period of easier credit. Two regional Fed presidents said they see no need for a change. Most investors expect a cut in September to shore up U.S. economic growth amid a tariff war with Beijing and weakening global growth. 'Markets seem very clearly positioned for some very dovish guidance from Mr. Powell,' Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a report. 'It is a dangerous assumption to make.' In midday trading, London's FTSE 100 rose 0.7% to 7,180 and Frankfurt's DAX climbed 0.4% to 11,787. France's CAC-40 gained 0.4% to 5,410. Wall Street pointed toward a slightly higher open, with the futures for the Standard & Poor's 500 index gaining 0.3% and the futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average adding 0.2%. On Thursday, U.S. stocks gave up early gains and wavered through much of the day before closing mostly lower. Minutes from the Fed's July meeting released Wednesday provided little clarity on the future course for rates. Esther George, president of the Fed's Kansas City regional bank, and Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker said in televised interviews they see no need for another rate cut. George and Eric Rosengren, president of the Boston Fed, dissented from the 8-2 rate cut vote, arguing that they favored no rate cut at all. Investors predict a 91.2% likelihood the Fed will cut its benchmark rate by a quarter-point next month, according to the CME Group, which tracks investor bets. That is down from 98.5% the day before. Investors are worried that uncertainty over the U.S.'s escalating trade war with China could cause the economy to stumble, hurting corporate profits. The Trump administration has imposed a 25% tariff on $250 billion in Chinese products. A pending 10% tariff on another $300 billion in goods would hit everything from toys to clothing and shoes that China ships to the United States. Some 60% of the new tariffs were postponed to mid-December and others taken off the table altogether. In Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 climbed 0.4 % to 20,710.91 and the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.5% to 2,897.43. Hong Kong's Hang Seng climbed 0.5% to 26,179.33. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 was up 0.3% at 6,523.10 and South Korea's Kospi was flat at 1,948.30. India's Sensex gained 0.6% to 36,683.32. New Zealand and Taiwan were up and Southeast Asian markets were down. ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude was close to flat at $55.36 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 33 cents on Thursday to close at $55.35. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 9 cents to $59.83 in London. It shed 38 cents the previous session to $59.92. CURRENCY: The dollar rose to 106.65 yen from Thursday's 106.42 yen. The euro slipped to $1.1057 from $1.1082. ___ Matt Ott in Washington contributed to this report.
  • A woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations is a flight risk, a threat and should be kept locked up until her trial, U.S. prosecutors said in court documents filed ahead of a Friday detention hearing in Seattle. Paige Thompson, a former Amazon software engineer who goes by the online alias 'erratic,' has a history of stalking and threatening to kill people and to get herself killed by police, prosecutors said in the documents. Police in Mountain View, California, said she also threatened to shoot up an undisclosed company in May, while she was living with a convicted felon who had a stockpile of pistols, rifles and ammunition. Lawyers for Thompson, a 33-year-old transgender woman, denied that she is violent and said she should be released to a halfway house where she would have better access to mental health care. Citing a doctor, they say her safety is at risk in the male facility. 'The risk of being continuously misgendered and becoming a target for intimidation by other inmates is likely increased in a male facility,' Dr. Matt Goldenberg wrote. Authorities say Thompson previously has been the subject of an extreme risk protection order due to mental illness issues. State red flag laws permit police or family to petition a court to remove firearms from a person deemed to be a danger to themself or others. 'In today's America, it is easy enough to obtain firearms, and there is every reason to be concerned that Thompson, who repeatedly has threatened to kill, would obtain the means to carry out ... her threats - particularly when confronted with the alternative of near-certain conviction and imprisonment,' prosecutors said in their motion. Thompson was charged in July with accessing personal information on 106 million Capital One credit card holders earlier this year. The financial corporation said among the information obtained by the hacker was 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers. It said no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised. The breach was among the largest on record involving a major U.S. financial institution. Thompson had talked about the hack online in chat groups, authorities say. At least 40 lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against Capital One following the breach, saying it failed to protect consumers. Eight other suits were filed in Canada. Seattle police were granted the risk order against Thompson in May 2018. Four months later, two of Thompson's former friends secured a protection order against her, saying she had stalked and harassed them. Sarah Stensberg told police that Thompson left voice messages and several text messages, including one that listed Stensberg's address and read, 'rest in peace.' Stensberg said Thompson also stalked her on social media. In May, Thompson focused on a California social media business and sent a series of Twitter messages to a former Amazon co-worker, according to police. 'I feel bad, when my cat dies, I'm going to California to shoot up (REDACTED) office I hope you are not there,' the message said. 'Sorry. But it has to be done.' The message continued: 'I like you but I can't let you stand in the way of what has to be done.' The person responded, police said, and Thompson wrote back: 'maybe spd could do something kind and come over and shoot me.' Mountain View police sought help from Seattle police and they informed Thompson's case manager and made a referral to a designated crisis responder. Thompson's lawyers said the Seattle police officer wrote in a report, 'I am familiar with Paige Thompson and my unit has a response plan for her,' and found she had no means or money to travel to California. ___ Follow Martha Bellisle at https://twitter.com/marthabellisle
  • Asian stock markets were mixed on Friday after Wall Street declined ahead of a closely watched speech by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Australia rose while Hong Kong declined. Investors are looking to Jerome Powell's speech Friday for signs of direction on interest rates after two regional Fed presidents said they see no need for a change. Investors expect a cut in September, the Fed's second in three months, to shore up U.S. economic growth amid a tariff war with Beijing and weakening global growth. 'Markets seem very clearly positioned for some very dovish guidance from Mr Powell,' Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a report. 'It is a dangerous assumption to make.' Tokyo's Nikkei 225 climbed 0.2 % to 20,672.86 and the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.4% to 2,894.22. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.3% to 26,132.71. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 added 0.2% to 6,515.40. South Korea's Kospi was little-changed at 1,951.16 while New Zealand, Taiwan and Southeast Asian markets declined. On Wall Street, stocks gave up an early gain and wavered through much of the day before closing mostly lower. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 0.1% to 2,922.95. A pickup for Boeing helped drive the Dow Jones Industrial Average higher. The Dow gained 0.2%, to 26,252.24. The Nasdaq dropped 0.4% to 7,991.39. Losses by health care, technology and energy companies, among other sectors, outweighed gains by banks, consumer goods makers and elsewhere in the market. Bond prices fell, nudging yields higher. Minutes from the Fed's July meeting released Wednesday provided little clarity on what the future course for rates will be. Esther George, president of the Fed's Kansas City regional bank, and Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker said in televised interviews they see no need for another rate cut. George and Eric Rosengren, president of the Boston Fed, dissented from the 8-2 rate cut vote, arguing that they favored no rate cut at all. Investors predict a 91.2% likelihood that the Fed will cut its benchmark rate by a quarter-point next month, according to the CME Group, which tracks investor bets. That is down from 98.5% the day before. Investors worried that uncertainty over the U.S.'s escalating trade war with China could cause the economy to stumble, hurting corporate profits. The Trump administration has imposed a 25% tariff on $250 billion in Chinese imports. A pending 10% tariff on another $300 billion in goods would hit everything from toys to clothing and shoes that China ships to the United States, however some 60% of the new tariffs wouldn't go into effect until mid-December, and others were taken off the table altogether. ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained 12 cents to $55.47 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 33 cents on Thursday to close at $55.35. Brent crude, used to price international oils, advanced 19 cents to $60.11 in London. It shed 38 cents the previous session to $59.92. CURRENCY: The dollar dropped to 106.55 yen from Wednesday's 106.42 yen. The euro shed to $1.1073 from $1.1082.

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  • The Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful organization is holding a Saturday fundraiser in downtown Athens: the 10th annual Dirty Dance Event is set for 5 o’clock at the Little Kings Shuffle Club.    From KAACB…   Bring your family and friends down to Little Kings Shuffle Club in downtown Athens on August 24, 2019 to give litter the hustle! KACCB is hosting its 10th annual DIRTY DANCE BENEFIT. This event will raise funds for KACCB’s mission of working toward a cleaner, more beautiful environment. It's time to show your support for the organization that provides Athens with daffodil plantings on the loop, the Litter Hotline, Christmas tree recycling, the Community Toolshed, Adopt-A-Highway, cigarette butt receptacles, school planting and beautification…and many other initiatives! The event will start at 5:00 PM and will feature dinner for sale. Dance performances are scheduled throughout the night, but there will be plenty of time for you and your kids to shake it yourselves! Face Painting and a photo booth will be available. Volunteers will be on hand to craft with kids and there will be a great raffle for family themed gift baskets, $1 per ticket! A $5.00 suggested donation (and $3.00 for kids) will grant you access into this fun, family event. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Find more information at keepathensbeautiful.org. We hope to see you and your family there!
  • Possibly thousands of children and adults alike will be out across the state with clipboards and sharp eyes Friday and Saturday, out where flowers are growing to spot and count certain kinds of insect. They will be to be part of the first “Great Georgia Pollinator Census,” launched by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension this year after a two-year pilot program.    The census has three basic purposes, says organizer Becky Griffin, community and school garden coordinator with the Extension’s Center for Urban Agriculture. One goal is simply to get a statewide snapshot of the bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths and other insects that are crucial in plants’ life cycles by spreading pollen.    Griffin also hopes to encourage the creation of sustainable habitats for pollinators and to increase public entomological literacy. She says it's the first such survey that's been done in the country, to her knowledge volunteers are being asked to check off eight categories - carpenter bees, bumblebees, honey bees, small bees, wasps, flies, butterflies/moths, and other insects. 
  • Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, Republican from Jefferson, announces the schedule for his annual Clean Energy Roadshow. The tour, which spotlights alternative fuel vehicles, begins Tuesday in Atlanta and includes stops in Augusta, Albany, Savannah, and Macon.    ATLANTA – August 27th (Tue) – Southface Institute AUGUSTA – August 28th (Wed) – Augusta State University ALBANY – September 24th (Tue) – Albany State University SAVANNAH – October 8th (Tue) – Georgia Tech Savannah Campus ATLANTA – October 16th (Wed) – Georgia Power Company Customer Resource Center MACON – October 17th (Thu) – Middle Georgia Regional Commission
  • --- A late second half goal pushed Purdue over the Georgia soccer team, 1-0, in the season opener at Folk Field on Thursday night.   “It was a tough game,” Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said. “We fought hard and had some good battling out there, but just didn’t get the result we were after. Purdue is a good team and this is a tough atmosphere to play in. I thought the game was pretty even for most of it and then they got a late goal. We played hard throughout, but we weren’t as clinical in the final third as we need to be. We lost a little bit of our shape in midfield, but there were bright spots. There are things we need to work on to improve. We have to regroup over the next couple of days to prepare for our home opener on Sunday against Binghamton.”   With a matured team filling the pitch for the 2019 season, Haley Sorrell is the only freshman that made her starting lineup debut in the season opener. Three other rookies played against the Boilermakers, including Chloe Chapman, Jocelyn Hugo, and Mallie McKenzie.    To start, the Bulldogs (0-1) commanded the field, controlling possession and keeping the Boilermakers outside of the final third. A foul outside the box gave Reagan Glisson a free kick opportunity at the 21-minute mark, which went into the hands of the goalkeeper. The junior forward finished the game with three shots, two on target.    The Boilermakers (1-0) took their first shot of the game with 10 minutes left in the first half.    Both teams turned up the energy in the second half. With about 20 minutes left in the game, Bella Ponzi took a shot outside the 18 that went wide left and Delaney Erwin followed that up with a shot that was barely right of the net for the Bulldogs’ best look of the night.   It was Purdue that capitalized on an opportunity in the 82nd minute with a shot from Sarah Griffith to make the score 1-0.    The Bulldogs finished with seven shots and four saves made by sophomore goalkeeper Emory Wegener.    The home opener for the Bulldogs is set for Sunday, August 25 against Binghamton at 1 p.m. Admission to the Turner Soccer Complex is free. 
  • Today is a groundbreaking day in Athens: a 10 o’clock ceremony marks the start of work on a new Center for Art and Nature at the State Botanical Garden on South Milledge Avenue.  The University of Georgia’s University Curriculum Committee holds its first meeting of the new fall semester: it’s set for 3:30 at New College on Herty Drive in Athens.  It is billed as the University of Georgia’s largest annual day of community service: this year’s Dawg Day of Service is set for Saturday, with volunteers gathering at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning at UGA’s Tate Student Center. 

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  • ATHENS Georgia football graduate transfer Lawrence Cager is the first to admit it has been quite a transition these past few months of his life. 'Obviously, it's two different sides of the totem pole, Miami and Athens,' said Cager, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound receiver who led the Hurricanes in touchdown catches and yards per reception last season. RELATED: Fascinating story of how Lawrence Cager ended up at UGA 'But I love it here. It's a great place and the team welcomed me with open arms, (and) Coach Smart welcomed me with open arms. I'm just happy to be here.' It was a tough 2018 season for Miami under former coach Mark Richt, particularly with an unsettled quarterback situation. RELATED: Fire and Ice, Cager compares Mark Richt to Kirby Cager knew that coming to Georgia he wouldn't have that issue with third-year starting quarterback Jake Fromm under center. WATCH: Lawrence Cager remembers Kirby Smart recruiting call He also knew what he was getting in an offensive coordinator in recently promoted James Coley. Coley was Miami's offensive coordinator Cager's freshman year and recruited him to the Hurricanes. 'Honestly, I didn't even look at the receiver situation,' said Cager, who has been sharing first team reps in the WR rotation throughout fall camp. 'Coach Coley and Coach Smart called me as soon as I put my name in the portal.' Some thought Cager might declare himself eligible for the NFL draft. Cager is already on the Senior Bowl radar. But Cager decided a chance to win a championship at Georgia and showcase his abilities more was the better way to go. 'I put my trust in those guys 10 times out of 10,' Cager said. 'Coach Coley when he coached me at Miami, and Coach Smart recruiting me heavy when I was being recruited by Alabama, so I just trusted them and we'll see how it goes.' It is well documented that Georgia will be relying on new and inexperienced receivers this season. Two of the three Bulldogs' receivers drafted into the NFL were underclassmen, and then leading returning receiver Jeremiah Hollomon transferred to Florida International this summer. RELATED: Breaking down Georgia's 8 transfers this offseason Coley said earlier in fall camp that Cager has been a good fit for Georgia on and off the field. 'Just coming to work every day and enjoying the atmosphere of what we have and being positive with learning and the learning curve,' Coley said. 'The big thing that he brings, he brings experience. So where you sit back and you say, well, I wonder if this guy's going to make this play in a particular time'. 'Veteran guys, you've seen it happen and you know that they've been those spotlights.' And, Coley said, he knows what Cager will do out of the spotlight. 'Knowing him a little bit further, working with him for a full year,' Coley said, 'you knew what type of character kid he is.' Indeed, Cager has done his best to use his experience to help lead in the receivers room. Senior Tyler Simmons, with nine catches last season, is UGA's leading returning receiver. 'From a receiver room aspect, we came in with the mindset, myself, Tyler, all the receivers, especially me and Tyler being seniors , that it's on us,' Cager said. 'Whether it's making plays on the perimeter or special teams, a long as we have that mindset that it's on us and we come with that mindset that it's on us, then we can attack every day like it's a game.' Georgia football fall camp D'Andre Swift jersey watch in full effect Versatile Cade Mays elevating his game, puts rough recruitment behind New DC Dan Lanning impressing early in fall camp Kenny McIntosh stands out in Scrimmage Two Kirby Smart breaks down 'spirited' Scrimmage Two Georgia football injury updates, post-Scrimmage Two Could RB James Cook be biggest UGA surprise? J.R. Reed says Havoc Rate is out the roof The post Georgia WR Lawrence Cager bought in, ready to attack every day' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football players have put training camp behind them and are working on Vanderbilt, precisely how Kirby Smart had planned. The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs play at Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 in Nashville, their long-term goal a national championship, but the immediate focus on the Commodores. The good news at practice on Thursday was preseason All-American and Heisman Trophy candidate D'Andre Swift back in a red practice jersey. RELATED: Kirby Smart plays off D'Andre Swift jersey color This is where Smart would roll his eyes and tell the media that way too much is being made of what color jersey Swift is wearing in practices. But this is also where many Georgia fans, aware of Swift's injury history and his importance to the teams' title hopes, want to know more. Swift was nagged by injuries last season after undergoing sports hernia surgery in January of 2018. Swift was limited in spring drills, and then things got worse at South Carolina last season when Swift suffered a foot injury. Once healthy last season, Swift was seemingly unstoppable in November, averaging more than 9 yards per carry during a stretch of wins over Florida, Kentucky and Auburn. Georgia was arguably playing the best football in the nation last November, and many are expecting big things from Swift this season. So when Swift was late coming out for practice on Aug. 13, getting extra treatment on the heels of Scrimmage One, per NFL scouts, there were concerns. Had Swift aggravated the groin injury? Was it something else? Or, was it nothing. When Swift was back at practice later in the week, showing no-ill effects or wearing any added braces or tape, all seemed well. Then came Wednesday's practice this week, when Swift was in a black practice jersey. The non-contact jersey could have been as simple as making sure Swift didn't take any necessary hits in thud drills. But then, there might also have been more to the story and still might be as it has been a very physical fall camp and Swift saw hitting action in Scrimmage One like anyone else. Either way, Smart was saying when asked about Swift's non-contact jersey on Wednesday, playing off the question by claiming he was merely trying to distract the media. Speculation at this point isn't worth much, as even if Swift is nursing a bruised shoulder or sternum there's no reason to believe he couldn't be ready to play by Aug. 31. And, if for some reason the injury proves more serious, Georgia has tremendous talent and depth in the offensive backfield. Senior tailback Brian Herrien, who has been first through the drill work of late, was actually more effective running the ball in the Sugar Bowl than Swift. RELATED: Kirby Smart explains benefit of multiple 1,00o-yard rushers Further, sophomore James Cook has had a tremendous offseason of growth, drawing consistent praise from his hard-to-please head coach. Zamir White's comeback from ACL surgery last August has been well-documented, creating a sense of guarded optimism around the program that the No. 1 back in the 2018 signing class might indeed make a significant impact. Finally, incoming freshman tailback Kenny McIntosh has proven his skills, drawing praise from Smart after a strong Scrimmage Two performance. Other reported observations included Cade Mays continuing to work with the first-team offensive line, and inside linebacker Nakobe Dean (ankle) and Jamaree Salyer (lower leg) continue to be out of practice. Georgia football fall camp Versatile Cade Mays elevating his game, puts rough recruitment behind New DC Dan Lanning impressing early in fall camp Kenny McIntosh stands out in Scrimmage Two Kirby Smart breaks down 'spirited' Scrimmage Two Georgia football injury updates, post-Scrimmage Two Could RB James Cook be biggest UGA surprise? J.R. Reed says Havoc Rate is out the roof The post Georgia football practice: D'Andre Swift jersey watch (red) in full effect appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Kirby Smart had his game face on following Wednesday's practice, at times, downright edgy. The fourth-year Georgia football coach is typically no-nonsense when it comes to media sessions, but there was an added edge with the season-opening game less than a week-and-a-half away. 'We weren't very good Tuesday but we had a better practice today,' Smart said. 'The leaders stepped up, challenged them to have a better practice. I thought they had a better practice today.' Good thing, because positions remain up for grabs at most every spot on the team, it seems. Smart elaborated on several position battles, some more unexpected than others, such as in the secondary where Eric Stokes has yet to lockdown a starting job. 'He (Stokes) is in competition right now, there are four guys out there at corner who are competing and he knows that he has top step up and play well every day because you're only judged based on your last play,' Smart said. 'He's challenging for one of those starting positions.' Sophomore Tyson Campbell has been running opposite Stokes with the Ones. Freshman Tyrique Stevenson has been nicked up but he's one of the other corners pushing for playing time, along with junior college transfer D.J. Daniel. The 'star' position the fifth defensive back is another heated competition between Mark Webb and Divaad Wilson. 'They've both done a good job, they're both competitive, both of those kids probably deserve to play,' Smart said. 'They've worked really hard, and they're different. They're similar, they're similar in body types, they're physical, but they're different and they've both done a good job. 'We hope to be able to keep guys fresh and play the best guy. Sometimes you've got to go with the hot hand and sometimes you've got to go with the guy who had the best week of practice.' Smart said Tyrique McGhee, who played the Star last season, is playing more corner because the Bulldogs want to go bigger and more physical at the position. 'I expect Tyrique to play a lot, but Tyrique is a very dominant special teams player who can play strong safety, free safety, star, money, and corner, very unique player,' Smart said. 'A utility guy who can play a little bit of everything and we expect him to do that and he's in competition to get playing time at, really, all positions. 'He really hasn't played much star because we've got those other guys reps.' Georgia football coach Kirby Smart Kirby Smart talks up 'everyday' competition Versatile Cade Mays elevating his game, puts rough recruitment behind New DC Dan Lanning impressing early in fall camp Kenny McIntosh stands out in Scrimmage Two Kirby Smart breaks down 'spirited' Scrimmage Two Georgia football injury updates, post-Scrimmage Two Could RB James Cook be biggest UGA surprise? J.R. Reed says Havoc Rate is out the roof Leave a Comment The post Edgy Georgia football coach Kirby Smart breaks down cornerback battles appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The Georgia football receiving ranks are wide open outside of senior Tyler Simmons locking down a spot. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart elaborated on the position group following Wednesday's practice, making it clear the competition is alive and well with the season-opening game fast approaching. It has been well-documented that Georgia lost its top four receivers from a season ago, along with its top pass-catching tight end. 'Tyler Simmons is a starter for us, assuming he's healthy and ready to go, but outside of him there's battles at every one of those positions,' Smart said. 'The slot, the receiver opposite him, the two deep at receiver i t's everyday. 'Guys rotate positions and play all kinds of positions. Tyler's probably a little bit ahead of the other guys just in terms of experience, but outside of that, it's wide open.' Georgia most often uses a three-receiver set as its base formation in the media viewing portion of practice. Simmons has been taking first-team reps opposite Matt Landers, with Demetris Robertson first up in the slot. Smart pointed to the veteran nature Simmons brings when asked what gives him an edge. Simmons is the leading returning receiver from last season with nine catches in 2018. 'Other than experience,' Smart said, 'I'd say it's his practice habits and speed.' Smart said junior receiver Trey Blount has 'done a great job had some great scrimmages.' Blount, Smart said, is 'tough, makes the hard catches, one of our bestsellers blockers, very consistent.' Blount was lined up behind Landers and the outside receiver position opposite Simmons, with freshman George Pickens third. Smart said following last Saturday's scrimmage he has been impressed with Pickens, but the newcomer from Hoover, Ala., needs to learn the playbook. 'He's a talented player, but he's got to learn his assignments and learn what to do,' Smart said, 'because he could certainly help us.' Miami grad-transfer Lawrence Cager, a 6-foot-5 target, has been working behind Simmons at outside receiver and Smart has had good things to say about him through fall camp. Incoming freshman receiver Dominick Blaylock is expected to be another contributor in the slot, though he's currently working No. 3 at the position behind Robertson and Kearis Jackson. Georgia football coach Kirby Smart . Versatile Cade Mays elevating his game, puts rough recruitment behind New DC Dan Lanning impressing early in fall camp Kenny McIntosh stands out in Scrimmage Two Kirby Smart breaks down 'spirited' Scrimmage Two Georgia football injury updates, post-Scrimmage Two Could RB James Cook be biggest UGA surprise? J.R. Reed says Havoc Rate is out the roof The post Kirby Smart talks up everyday' competition for Georgia football in unsettled WR corps appeared first on DawgNation.
  • EDITOR'S NOTE: This original Andrew Thomas profile story continues a special series in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau profiling homegrown talent from the state of Georgia. To access other HomeGrown Talent articles please visit the series hub on DawgNation.com. Andrew Thomas continues to catch the headlines. The junior left tackle is right in the midst of a few more this week with the news he was named to a pair of two preseason All-America teams. #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/GrGY51zzQ7 Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) August 20, 2019 The accolades are piling up for the Lithonia native these days. Those are well deserved. Thomas was asked by Kirby Smart to represent the team this summer at SEC Media Days. That simply reflected his status and worth on the team since his first season back in 2017. 'He started every game that he's been at the University of Georgia,' Smart said in Hoover. 'He's a tremendous leader, person. Charismatic. Doesn't say a whole lot all the time. That's why it's fun to bring him to this event. I told him today as we got off the plane: Andrew, you're going to have to talk today. And I think he's excited to do that.' Thomas started all 15 games of that magical season for Bulldog fans. That feat of starting 15 games for a team that went on to win the SEC championship, a national semifinal and then play in the national title game will likely never be duplicated by a true freshman again at Georgia. The Pace Academy alumnus will also see his name continue to pepper the top 5 and top 10 picks on all the 2020 NFL mock draft boards for the foreseeable future. Thomas is just that good. It was also interesting to see that Georgia coach Kirby Smart chose Thomas to be the Bulldog to represent the program when the West End Zone expansion ribbon-cutting took place. That's because Thomas has represented everything the Bulldogs hope to sign and enrich as a student-athlete matriculating to the program in his three-plus years at Georgia. Andrew Thomas: His path from Pace Academy to Georgia It is very hard to believe how quickly things have progressed for the former Army All-American since Georgia began to seriously recruit him in January of 2016. That was the first few months that Sam Pittman was on campus in Athens. Thomas certainly represents his first 500-foot home run for the program on the recruiting trail. Here's the crazy part: Thomas felt that he wasn't really being recruited by UGA until Pittman arrived. That's even though he was an outstanding lineman for a state championship team as a junior. That changed fast when Pittman came to Athens. He was one of the first in-state targets that the program prioritized once they arrived. There was a January visit in 2016 that changed things. 'It changed it a lot actually,' Thomas told DawgNation in February of 2016. 'Because I didn't talk to the old staff as much as the new staff just with them being here for this short of a time. So it seems like they are really interested in me.' Georgia brought in a senior transfer from Rhode Island in Tyler Catalina. Catalina would eventually on to the NFL at guard, but at that time he was the closest thing the program had to a tackle on campus. 'They really need tackles,' Thomas said back then. He actually grew up a Georgia fan. Thomas spoke then about what that pull might be for him as he was weighing out a decision. 'I guess everyone wants to be a hometown hero,' Thomas said. 'So I mean it seems like [they want] me to be one. But I've always been a Dawg fan and now especially meeting the new staff I think that will one of my schools I will be looking at in the future.' Clemson was another big contender here. For a long time. Yet it did sound like the famed '93KDay' meant a seismic change in his recruiting journey. It meant for a lot of current Bulldogs. Especially Thomas. 'It was just a overall great experience,' Thomas said. 'If you would have seen the fans there, it was ridiculous. The fire marshall was like had to deny people from coming in. But it was just a great atmosphere. I loved going on the field. It made me want to like to want to put on the pads and play so I just had a good feel about that.' It helped Georgia's chances. A lot. 'I already liked Georgia a lot,' he said. 'But it definitely moved them up a little bit farther.' The anchor moments were in place for a decision. He would commit to the Bulldogs less than three months later out at the Opening at Nike headquarters in Oregon. Why Andrew Thomas chose Georgia in the end His recruiting day news story for DawgNation still looms large today. That was back on July 10, 2016. He was rated as the nation's No. 9 prospect at the time. He was still recovering him a shoulder injury he was mending from he suffered at The Opening regional in Atlanta. That was a great week for the 2017 class. Thomas was the fourth prospect with a 4-star rating to choose the Bulldogs that week alone. 'The last times I have been up to visit Georgia there has always been Coach Sam Pittman [who] has always been saying I am feeling really good today but I would be feeling even better if I got my left tackle' whenever we hung out,' Thomas said that week. What made up his mind? His father, Andre Thomas, shared why the Bulldogs and Pitman stood out. Thomas said his son was sold on Pittman from the first meeting. That was important as Thomas was not deemed a recruiting priority by the previous staff. He was getting recruited harder by Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Notre Dame. 'He said that he loved him,' Thomas said. 'He said he loved his personality and how he communicates with him.' Andre Thomas felt his son had that 'right feeling' from the jump with Pittman. The junior All-American candidate chose five factors to drive his decision. Those were academics, fit, coaching staff, distance and playing time. 'Georgia had most of those qualities as the very top,' his father said. 'They didn't have the best out of all of those, but they had the most at the top compared to those other schools.' The priorities there were the academics and coaching staff.Thomas said he was committed to letting his son make that decision. He never pushed him, but actually shared that he liked Notre Dame the most at first. 'But the main thing here is it was his decision,' Andre Thomas said. 'He was the one that was going to have to go to school and play football for four years.' Thomas and his family sat down every day and hashed out his decision about a month prior to his public commitment. 'We didn't establish a second team for Andrew,' his father said. 'There wasn't another school which finished right behind. There was just Georgia.' What Andrew Thomas now means for Georgia It is quite the sight to scroll through the DawgNation photo archives for Thomas from back in 2016 and compare it to the man that now mans that left tackle spot in Athens. Those moments seem like a ringing endorsement for Scott Sinclair's weight training program and the suit of armor he has chiseled around the 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior. Thomas is clearly one of the most important recruits of the Smart era. Perhaps even the most vital. Jake Fromm is essentially the only other signee since Smart arrived that has meant as much to the overall bottom line of wins and losses in the program. Look for Georgia to try to run more gap schemes this year on offense. Those zone schemes have been a staple of the Bulldog rushing offense in the past. Thomas hinted at that at Media Days. With all that, there is one clear goal. It is not to knock out the Alabama program that has kept the Bulldogs from even greater glories over his first two seasons. 'We want to win a national championship,' Thomas said. 'So whoever is in the way, that's who we want to beat.' Pittman has made a big difference in his growth while in Athens. His high school line coach, Kevin Johnson, also shaped his technique and understanding of the game prior to his arrival in college football. He has all the accolades, but it still means something to him to be playing for his home state. 'It is a dream come true,' Thomas told DawgNation this month. 'Like being able to represent the G.' Representing my family is pretty cool.' Homegrown Talents: The DawgNation series so far Warren McClendon: Family roots run 44 years deep for this Georgia family D.J. 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