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    NASCAR driver Ryan Newman continues to make great improvement in the days following his horrific crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500. Roush Fenway Racing shared an update on his recovery and posted a photo of the driver with his two daughters at the hospital. Ryan Newman Continues Great Improvement pic.twitter.com/xIZRiaRApi — Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020 Newman was battling for the lead on the final lap with Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney when he crashed. Newman’s No. 6 Ford went airborne and flipped several times. He was taken to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach as the racing world and crowd at Daytona International Speedway waited for updates. NASCAR released a statement late Monday night saying Newman was in serious condition, but his doctors said his injuries were not life-threatening. The new statement Wednesday from Roush Fenway says Newman is alert and has been joking around with family, friends and the hospital staff. It is unclear when Newman will get back to racing, but Atlanta Motor Speedway will host a race next month on March 15. The speedway sent out its support for Newman on social media: Praying really, really, really hard right now...— Atlanta Motor Speedway (@amsupdates) February 18, 2020 LOVE this! ❤❤ https://t.co/29kdIij7hq — Atlanta Motor Speedway (@amsupdates) February 19, 2020
  • An anonymous donation is going to change the lives of more than a dozen homeless people in Glynn County. The money, along with other donations, will be used by Hand in Hand to build the first phase of a 60 one-bedroom efficiency “tiny home” complex on property that formerly housed Altama Presbyterian Church on Altama Avenue, according to The Brunswick News. Southeast Georgia Health System and Gateway Behavioral Health Services will provide aid that includes case workers, medical and psychological counselors, financial benefits advisors and a nutritionist. The community will be fenced, gated and have security. Residents of the tiny homes will be single men and women who have been homeless for the longest in the city. The homes will be 240-square feet each. The residents will be required to pay a small amount for living there. There are nearby fast food restaurants and businesses the organization hopes to connect prospective residents with for possible job opportunities. Hand in Hand has received several donations of more than $100,000 recently to help end homelessness.
  • Cyniah Elise says her moment in the spotlight is something she’s been ready for since she was a little girl. The Atlanta teen visited the WSB-TV studios after auditioned in front of the American Idol all-star judging panel, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie The 17-year-old attends Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts and she said she’s from a very musical family. She said she first started singing when she was 2 years old when she performed a solo at her church. Cyniah adores Beyoncé and says American Idol-alum Jennifer Hudson is one of her idols. Make sure to watch Cyniah’s audition on American Idol THIS Sunday on Channel 2.
  • Georgia’s 33,000 new voting machines generate paper ballots, which is an important security upgrade. But critics say those paper ballots have a problem. The paper ballots are the key difference from Georgia's old, out of date voting machines. Those paperless machines did not generate any sort of paper backup that could be compared to the computer count. But the president of the Georgia NAACP James Woodall doesn’t consider these new ballots real paper ballots either. That’s because with Georgia’s new voting machines, the QR code is scanned and counted, not the names. “Anyone can go into a machine, if its technology anybody can hack it,” Woodall said. Woodall wants pen and paper. Channel 2 Investigative reporter Justin Gray took that concern, directly to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “What do you say to people who have these concerns about the QR code. That they could be vulnerable to hackers, somebody could change that and we’d never know it?” Gray asked. 'That’s why we do system check, system check, system check, and that’s why the audit then also points that out,' Raffensperger said. That audit is what David Becker, from the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation & Research, said is such an important change from Georgia’s old paperless machines. 'It's a piece of software on a machine and its reading marks, so it’s very important to have the audits of the human readable portion to make sure the tabulations are right,' Becker said. In Lee county last week Georgia election workers were auditing results by hand. When we do an audit this is what we look at, we do not do audit the bar code. we look at the actual selections.' Raffensperger said. But Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold has announced that her state will be banning the use of QR code counts in 2021. “Removing QR codes from ballots will enable voters to see for themselves that their ballots are correct and helps guard against cyber meddling,” Griswold said. Raffensperger points out Colorado uses the same voting system as Georgia and the technology doesn’t exist yet to eliminate the QR codes for those machines. We reached out to that company Dominion, and a spokesperson said they are working on a new software upgrade for Colorado, to be ready by 2021.