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    Venezuela's opposition on Tuesday sought to harness anger over a massive blackout that deepened hardship nationwide, but turnout at a Caracas demonstration was relatively modest as many Venezuelans despair of an imminent solution to their plight. Lights came back on in parts of the capital and other areas of Venezuela overnight following a nearly nine-hour outage that the government blamed on an 'electromagnetic attack' against the power grid, without providing any evidence. Government opponents say years of mismanagement and corruption were to blame. Electricity supply remained unstable in many regions. The blackout knocked out communications and the Caracas metro on Monday, forcing commuters to walk home or hustle for a spot on packed buses. The metro remained out of operation Tuesday. The scenes in the capital were familiar, even though Caracas has been mostly spared the debilitating power cuts that persisted in other parts of the country after nationwide outages in March. The latest blackout didn't make much difference to people with scarce power in Maracaibo, Venezuela's second-largest city. Maritza Arámbula, a Maracaibo resident, said she was tired of a government that makes 'excuses' and an opposition continually seeking support from Venezuela's exhausted citizens. 'We need solutions, not promises,' Arámbula said. 'Not having light makes me sick.' In Caracas, the opposition-led congress held a session in a main square to try to keep pressure on the government of President Nicolás Maduro, who has defied U.S.-led efforts to oust him. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó appeared in front of bunting in the colors of the Venezuelan flag — red, blue and yellow — and said, as he often has in the past, that the government he calls a 'dictatorship' is crumbling. 'We have to win,' he said. At the gathering, the congress approved Venezuela's return to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, a U.S.-led defense pact that could provide political cover for greater international involvement in the nation's crisis. However, Maduro's government was not expected to heed the opposition move. In addition to congress deputies, hundreds of other people attended the event, a smaller crowd than the throngs that poured into the streets in January when Guaidó declared he was interim president and that Maduro's 2018 re-election was a sham. Some activists said the turnout was low because public transport wasn't available, though opposition demonstrations in Caracas have diminished in size over several months. In January, expectations of change were high among many Venezuelans. But Maduro dug in, maintaining the support of Russia, Cuba and Venezuelan military leaders who ignored an opposition attempt to stoke a military rebellion on April 30. Now negotiations mediated by Norway are underway, worrying opposition activists who fear the government is playing for time. Guaidó tweeted about the nationwide blackout, blaming it on the incompetence of a government that claims to espouse the socialist principles of Maduro's late predecessor, Hugo Chávez. 'For Venezuelans, it's not an option to get used to this tragedy,' he said. The Venezuelan government blamed sabotage, echoing allegations that the United States was behind nearly a week of blackouts in March that were allegedly aimed at forcing out Maduro. U.S. officials have scoffed at the suggestion. It's unclear what Venezuela's government meant by its claim of an electromagnetic attack. There are weapons that can deliver an electromagnetic pulse that could fry circuitry in a power plant, similar to the way a lightning strike could damage computer equipment. But it's highly unlikely that those with the capability of using such sophisticated weapons would do so, some experts said, adding that a cyberattack would be more likely. But the operating system of the Guri Dam, the anchor of Venezuela's power grid, is on a closed network with no internet connection, other experts said. Several speculated that a likely cause of blackouts in March was a fire along one of the electrical grid's powerful 765-kilovolt lines that connect the dam to much of Venezuela. Venezuelan officials suspended school and work Tuesday for most Venezuelans because of the power failure, though Energy Minister Freddy Brito said government workers were restoring power across the country. Netblocks, a group monitoring internet activity, said network data showed most of Venezuela had been knocked offline with national connectivity at just 6% after the outages on Monday. Venezuela was once a wealthy oil nation, but an estimated 4 million residents have emigrated, tired of shortages of electricity and water, as well as food and medicine. U.S. sanctions have added to an economic crisis that has escalated for years, according to experts. Still, the widespread frustration over yet another national blackout doesn't necessarily spell a breaking point for Maduro, said Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Washington-based Council of the Americas and Americas Society think tank. 'It furthers the narrative that Maduro can't provide for his people, that basic services are a luxury that can't be taken for granted,' Farnsworth said. 'Is it enough to end the regime? I would say, no, it's not enough at this point.' Meanwhile, the Lima Group, which includes Canada and some Latin American countries, held a meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to rally international support for Guaidó and condemnation of human rights violations under the Venezuelan government. Maduro backers say the Venezuelan opposition has fomented violence. 'The crisis is getting worse and requires an urgent solution through a transition with credible, transparent, free and fair elections, with the help of the international community,' said Néstor Popolizio, the Peruvian foreign minister. While Venezuela's future is unclear for many, an opposition activist wearing a Venezuelan flag around her shoulders like a cape said one thing is certain: The blackout in Caracas this week won't be the last. 'What we went through last night will happen again,' said Adriana Caluogno, a computer programmer. ___ Associated Press journalists Sheyla Urdaneta in Maracaibo, Venezuela; Débora Rey in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Cathy Bussewitz in New York contributed.
  • Dozens of demonstrators have held solo pickets in St. Petersburg to commemorate a political and LGBT rights activist who was killed over the weekend. Yelena Grigorieva's body was found Saturday near her home with eight stab wounds and signs of strangling. Some participants in Tuesday's rally said the 41-year-old had received many threats connected with her activism, particularly for gay rights. Homosexuality is not criminalized in Russia, but animosity toward non-traditional sexuality is strong. Marina Ken, one of the demonstrators, said 'Yelena was killed because she was not afraid to tell the truth about the subjects that are traditionally silent in Russia and on the country's state TV channels.' Under Russian law, single demonstrators do not need official permission, so holding consecutive solo pickets is a common strategy.
  • The anti-corruption party of Ukraine's new president has won a commanding majority of seats in the national parliament, near-complete election results showed Tuesday, giving him leverage to try to enact his promised reforms. The national election commission reported Tuesday that with 98% of ballots counted, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's Servant of the People party had 43% of the vote for the 225 seats in parliament that are allocated proportionally. Party candidates also led in races for 176 of the 199 parliament seats being chosen in individual constituencies. The election commission said a Russia-friendly party led by tycoon Viktor Medvedchuk, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was in second place in Sunday's nationwide vote with 13% support and picked up 19 individual seats. Zelenskiy, who took office in May, has promised to tackle Ukraine's entrenched corruption. He also faces the challenges of trying to end the five-year-old war with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 13,000 people and of trying to raise Ukrainians' poor living standards. The head of the president's party, Dmytro Razumkov, said key measures to be taken up when the new Verkhovna Rada parliament convenes will include removing national lawmakers' immunity from prosecution, establishing procedures for presidential impeachment and creating anti-corruption agencies that are independent from both the president and parliament. Zelenskiy, a television comedian with no prior political experience but a strong anti-corruption agenda, won office in a landslide against former President Petro Poroshenko. The actor is best known for his TV sitcom portrayal of a teacher who becomes president after a video of him complaining about corruption goes viral. His election victory and the parliament election results reflect Ukrainians' frustration with their political establishment as the country as endured war, disorder, the loss of Crimea to Russia and an economic decline. With Zelenskiy having a parliamentary majority, Ukrainians will be expecting quick action, said analyst Volodymyr Fesenko of the Ukrainian think-tank Penta. 'Zelenskiy's honeymoon with the voters will quickly come to an end and many questions stand before the new team,' he told The Associated Press. 'How do you find the optimal balance between the new impulse for liberal economic reforms and solving social problems and poverty?' __ Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this story.
  • Democrats want incriminating, hidden-till-now details about Donald Trump and Russia. Republicans want Robert Mueller to concede it was all a waste of time and money, if not an outright hoax. Neither side is likely to get just what it wants Wednesday, but the former special counsel's first open testimony on his investigation has Washington and the rest of the political world in a high state of anticipation just the same. Some things to look for when Mueller appears before the House intelligence and judiciary committees to answer questions about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible cooperation with the Trump campaign. ___ OBSTRUCTION, OBSTRUCTION Much of Mueller's report focuses on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice, and Democrats on the Judiciary Committee say that's where their attention will be, too. And for good reason: His report examines in blow-by-blow detail nearly a dozen episodes in which the new president sought to control the Russia probe, narrow its scope or even have investigators fired. Democrats say they expect to draw Mueller out in several of these areas. They include his demands that then-White House Counsel Don McGahn press for Mueller's firing and his push to have former Attorney General Jeff Sessions limit the investigation to future election interference rather than past conduct. The afternoon session before the intelligence committee is likely to dwell more on Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to sway the outcome. Mueller found insufficient evidence of a criminal conspiracy there, but did leave open the question of whether Trump illegally stymied the investigation. ___ MUELLER THE MARINE Expecting Mueller to stray outside his report and drop scintillating details you've never heard before? Well, don't. Mueller, an ex-Marine with a famously taciturn style, never relished his congressional appearances in his 12 years as FBI director — and this will be no exception. He cautioned lawmakers in May that he would not go beyond the pages of his report if called upon to testify. The Justice Department expects him to fulfill that commitment and to also steer clear of discussing the redacted portions of the report or the behavior of people who were investigated but not charged. That means he's unlikely to answer certain critical questions, including whether he would have recommended indicting Trump himself if Trump had not been president of the United States. That question matters since Mueller cited Justice Department legal opinions that say a sitting president cannot be charged in explaining his decision to not reach a conclusion on whether Trump had broken the law. Mueller's not one for hypotheticals, though, so it's fair to assume he won't engage Democrats on that one. ___ THE 'SNITTY' LETTER Mueller will almost certainly be pressed about tensions with Attorney General William Barr over the way his report was handled and how the Justice Department communicated its findings to the public, including the attorney general's decision to exonerate the president even when the special counsel pointedly did not do so. Mueller complained privately to Barr in March that the attorney general's four-page letter summarizing the main findings of his report 'did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this office's work and conclusions.' Barr, in turn, has called Mueller's note 'a bit snitty.' Mueller has made clear he didn't think it was appropriate to make a determination one way or the other about whether the president had committed a crime. He has rejected Barr's assessment that the evidence couldn't satisfy an obstruction of justice allegation, noting both in his report — and, again, in a public statement from the Justice Department podium — that if he had confidence the president had not committed a crime, he would have said so. Barr had no such hesitation and has said Mueller shouldn't have started investigating the president if he wasn't prepared to reach a conclusion. Mueller probably doesn't want to extend a public war of words with Barr, a longtime friend and his former boss. But he'll very likely be asked about the dispute, and he may have a hard time getting around it. ___ THE DOSSIER Republicans aren't likely to directly attack Mueller himself . The former special counsel is a decorated Vietnam War veteran who steered the FBI through the Sept. 11 attacks and was appointed by a Republican president to run the storied law enforcement agency. But that doesn't mean they won't have areas to mine. They're likely to seize on the origins of the investigation and press Mueller on the extent to which the FBI, in the early weeks and months of its Russia probe, relied on information from a dossier of anti-Trump research paid for by Democrats. The Justice Department has acknowledged that the dossier helped form the basis of a secret surveillance warrant it obtained to monitor the communications of a Trump campaign aide, though the investigation had actually begun months earlier and was based on entirely separate allegations. Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, foreshadowed that line of attack Monday with a tweet that said: 'We have to do more than just question Mueller. We have to expose his biased investigation.' ___ IMPEACHMENT SUPPORTERS WILL BE WATCHING More than 85 House Democrats — around a third of the caucus — have declared their support for opening an impeachment inquiry, and those who are pushing impeachment are hoping there will be a flood of additional Democrats who side with them after Mueller's hearing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she doesn't favor starting an impeachment process, for now, and would need a public groundswell to change her mind. The House is scheduled to head out on a five-week recess next week, and reaction from constituents back home after the Mueller hearing will be crucial as Democrats decide how to proceed with their investigations of the president. ___ Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.
  • Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has told lawmakers at France's lower house of parliament that they need to listen to scientists on the issue of climate change and act now to avert a catastrophe. Thunberg spoke Tuesday in a conference room, invited by lawmakers from several parties. She has drawn criticism from some conservative and far-right lawmakers. She said that youth like herself are only communicating what scientists have learned about climate change, citing a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She said if people don't reduce CO2 levels, the world will reach a tipping point by 2030 with no way to reverse things. Thunberg, who has sparked student climate protests around the world, received the first Freedom Prize of France's Normandy region on Sunday.
  • A giant panda has learned the hard way that his new enclosure is protected by an electric fence. Visitors at Edinburgh Zoo were worried Tuesday after watching male panda Yang Guang run back to his den after being zapped by the barrier. The panda and his partner Tian Tian, the only giant pandas in the UK, were moved out of their glass-walled enclosure earlier this month. Their new home was supposed to be a peaceful respite from noisy building work on a nearby former hospital. Zookeepers stress the electric fence is there for the safety of both the animals and the public. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which owns Edinburgh Zoo, said Yang Guang had one shock from the electric fence but will soon learn to avoid it.
  • Firefighters have contained a wildfire outside Athens on the anniversary of a blaze in the same area that claimed more than 100 lives. The Fire Service said three planes and two helicopters dropping water helped fire crews control the fire that had threatened homes outside the port of Rafina on Tuesday. A main road leading to the area, which is popular with swimmers during the summer, was closed for several hours. A year ago, a wildfire gutted the nearby resort of Mati and other seaside areas. Some of the people who died were trapped by flames and others drowned in the sea while trying to escape. New Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attended a memorial service in Mati earlier Tuesday. Last summer's fire destroyed more than a thousand homes.
  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened retribution against Guatemala over immigration after the country's high court blocked its government from signing an asylum deal with the United States. Trump tweeted that Guatemala has decided against signing a 'safe-third agreement' requiring Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to instead apply for those protections in Guatemala, even though the country's government never said it had agreed to the arrangement. Guatemala 'has decided to break the deal they had with us on signing a necessary Safe Third Agreement. We were ready to go,' Trump complained. 'Now we are looking at the 'BAN,'' he wrote, along with tariffs, fees on remittance money Guatemalans working in the U.S. send back to their country, 'or all of the above.' Trump later painted the court ruling as a convenient excuse for the country, saying: 'In other words, they didn't want to sign it.' Trump has been trying to get countries including Guatemala to do more to stop the flood of Central American migrants who have been overwhelming the U.S. southern border, jeopardizing his campaign promise to end illegal immigration. Negotiations over a potential deal ended when Guatemala's Constitutional Court granted three injunctions preventing President Jimmy Morales from entering into a deal. A July 15 meeting between Trump and Guatemala's president was also called off because the high court had yet to issue its ruling. Morales responded to the tweets with a statement posted on Facebook blaming Guatemala's Constitutional Court justices for upsetting Trump. 'The repercussions of the Government of the United States of America toward Guatemala derive from a series of counterproductive actions by the Constitutional Court, which on repeated occasions has ruled against the content and spirit of our Constitution,' Morales said, adding that 'most of its judges, identified as having personal political interests, have used their investment to meddle in the foreign policy of the Guatemalan state.' Trump nonetheless accused the country's leaders of having gone 'back on their word to us' in remarks at a summit of conservative teenagers in Washington. 'They were all set to sign a safe third agreement and then today or yesterday, they announced they can't do it because they got a Supreme Court ruling. Their Supreme Court, right?' Trump said in a dismissive tone, repeating his tariff and 'ban' threat. The White House did not respond to questions Tuesday about what he meant in his reference to a 'ban,' but the United States is Guatemala's most important trade partner, with the countries swapping $10.9 billion worth of goods last year. The top U.S. exports to Guatemala include fuel minerals such as coal, petroleum and natural gas; machinery and corn. Top imports from Guatemala include bananas and plantains, clothing and coffee. Still, Guatemala's economy is small and its people poor, making for a lopsided relationship. Guatemala ranks just 46th among U.S. partners in the trade of goods, and any sanctions would likely first impact Guatemala's financial and industrial elite, said political analyst Roberto Santiago. Trump could also hurt the country by trying to tax remittances, which are equal to 12.1% of the Guatemalan economy, according to the World Bank. Trump also accused the country by tweet of 'forming Caravans and sending large numbers of people, some with criminal records, to the United States,' even though there is no evidence that the Guatemalan government had anything to do with organizing the migrant caravans or 'sending' anyone to the U.S. The caravans, a phenomenon that died out months ago after Mexico cracked down, originated in neighboring Honduras and were joined by people from Guatemala, El Salvador and elsewhere as they moved through Guatemala and then Mexico. Trump's comments came a day after the two countries issued a friendly joint statement that made no mention of the 'safe-third' idea. Instead, it said the two governments 'continue to make important progress on a comprehensive regional approach to addressing irregular migration patterns,' citing joint efforts 'to reduce the flow of irregular migration and ensure the safety and protection of vulnerable populations, especially children.' U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials were set to meet with officials from the Northern Triangle countries Wednesday. A 'safe-third agreement' would mean that Salvadorans, Hondurans and people from elsewhere who cross into Guatemala would have to apply for asylum there instead of doing so at the U.S. border — potentially easing the crush of migrants overwhelming the U.S. immigration system and handing Trump a concession he could herald as a win. Like its Central American neighbors, Guatemala suffers from poverty and violence, making it an unlikely refuge for those fleeing El Salvador and Honduras. And critics have said the Guatemalan government lacks the resources to help migrants and asylum-seekers trying to make it to the U.S. when tens of thousands of its own citizens have fled just this year. 'This is not a country that could be seen as a safe haven,' said Paul Angelo, fellow for Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Negotiations between Washington and Guatemala had been carried out behind closed doors with little information released to the public. U.S. officials had said that a 'safe third country' was on the table, though not finalized, even as the Guatemalan government said it was not intending to make such a deal. The same pattern has played out with Mexico, with Trump insisting that they have agreed to a secret 'third safe' deal, even as that country has denied that. 'May it be very clear, the Executive Branch was always very aware of the measures that the U.S. Government could take if we refused to help,' Morales said in his statement. Trump and his administration have made numerous attempts to try to prevent migrants from legally claiming asylum in the U.S., including issuing a new rule last week that would deny asylum to anyone who passes through other countries en route to the U.S. without seeking refuge in at least one of those countries. Two lawsuits were filed challenging the move and a judge in Washington, D.C., heard arguments Monday. A judge in San Francisco has set a hearing for Wednesday in a similar lawsuit. __ Perez D. contributed from Guatemala City. Associated Press writers Darlene Superville and Colleen Long also contributed to this report.
  • Russian authorities say four children have died in a fire at a tent camp in the country's Far East. The cause of the fire that broke out in the camp early Tuesday has not been determined. Russian media reported that the tents, located in a ski area in the Khabarovsk region about 6,000 kilometers (3.700 miles) east of Moscow, housed 189 people at the time of the fire and another 61 were inside buildings at the site. The camp's owner and director were detained and the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case that could result in negligence charges, committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said. Russian news agencies quoted the regional governor's spokeswoman, Nadezhda Tomchenko, as saying one child died at the scene and three more in a hospital. The children were ages 11-13, with one set to observe her 11th birthday on Tuesday, the news reports said. Regional governor Sergei Furgal said official permission to open such a camp had not been given and 'nobody knew there was a tent camp.' Furgal's statement was harshly criticized by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, saying it showed officials were not fulfilling their duties.
  • Here are five things you may not know about Boris Johnson, who is set to become Britain's next prime minister on Wednesday: HE HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN SO CONFIDENT While Johnson is known for his booming voice, boisterous behavior and creative use of language (including Latin and Greek), he was much more subdued as a child. In fact, until the age of eight, Johnson was severely deaf because of glue ear, a condition where the ear canal fills with fluid that can cause temporary hearing loss. Although he now jokes that he exaggerated his condition as a youngster to avoid boring conversations, he did have to wear a grommet, a small tube surgically implanted in the eardrum to drain liquid. HE'S NOT LIKELY TO EVER TEACH JOURNALISTIC ETHICS Johnson started his career as a reporter, not a politician, earning more from his writing than from his public service positions. He quickly made a name for himself and quickly got into trouble — being fired from The Times of London for making up a quote to embellish a story. The ethical breakdown slowed his career rise, but he was got back on track and earned a national profile as a caustic, amusing anti-Europe crusading journalist. Still, he made a few enemies along the way, once offending the entire populace of a major city (that would be Liverpool). He had to apologize in 2004, while serving as both Conservative Party legislator and editor of The Spectator, for accusing Liverpudlians in an unsigned editorial of wallowing in 'victim status' after the Hillsborough soccer stadium disaster that claimed 96 lives in 1989. HE HAS A HISTORY OF SPORTING ACCIDENTS Johnson is a firm advocate of the health benefits of exercise and is often seen jogging and biking around London. But his true passion is rugby, that very English contact sport where players try to score points by carrying an oval ball over the opponents' goal line. Yet Johnson is known for letting his competitive spirit get the better of him. During his stint as foreign secretary, Johnson inadvertently knocked a 10-year-old boy to the floor in a rugby match during a diplomatic trip to Japan. That was not the first time he got a little carried away on a sports field. Johnson became a public favorite in 2006 during a re-creation of the 1966 soccer game when England won its only FIFA World Cup title by beating Germany. When it turned out that the Germans weren't following the script and started to win, Boris jumped to the rescue, literally, by launching himself at German soccer player Maurizio Gaudino. Sadly for England, Johnson's moves failed to save the day. HIS HAIR IS NOT AT ALL LIKE DONALD TRUMP'S It's true that the U.S. president and Britain's next prime minister both have very prominent blond hair but there the similarity ends. President Donald Trump's hair is very carefully styled before he appears in public, while Johnson's precisely the opposite. From the start of his political career Johnson has sported what could only be called the 'slept-on' look, declining to style his locks in any way so they have a natural, spontaneous, even unpredictable quality. It's not a $300 Hollywood concoction by a celebrity stylist, it's an accident-in-progress. The forward plunge of his hair takes something from the 'mop top' look of the early Beatles, but the Beatles' locks were always carefully combed. HE HAS A VERY UNUSUAL WAY OF RELAXING After a long day on the political stage, you won't find Johnson unwinding in front of the latest reality TV show. Instead, he chooses to make models of buses to relax. He rustles up his creations using old wine boxes, choosing to paint smiling passengers instead of grumpy Londoners. His passion for miniature vehicles is likely linked to nostalgia for his 'Boris bus' scheme, when as London mayor, he introduced the double-decker hybrid diesel-electric Routemaster buses that have been since scrapped by his successor. ____ Follow AP's full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/Brexit

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  • There are reports of a homicide on Athens’ east side: the victim is said to be a pregnant woman, 24 years old, killed in Carriage Court off Barnett Shoals Road. Athens-Clarke County Police say the shooting happened around 9:30 Monday night. The victim is identified this morning as Auriel Callaway. She died after being taken to an Athens hospital. Callaway was four months pregnant with a fetus that did not survive. A 2 year-old who was in the home at the time of the shooting is being taken care of by other family members. There are reports that the boy’s mother was the shooting victim and that she was holding his hand at the time of the homicide. There is no word yet on suspects or motive.  Police say they are questioning possible witnesses and other persons of interest.    Athens-Clarke County Police say someone apparently stole upwards of $20,000 from a pizza restaurant on Hull Road, theft of cash from the restaurant that has taken place over the past year. Police investigators say they are looking at restaurant employees as suspects.    Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies say they have found and arrested the man who ran away from a car on I-85, leaving the scene of a traffic stop and leaving a child inside the car. Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas says the child is safe, turned over first to DFACS and then to a grandmother in Atlanta. The suspect was spotted and arrested Monday afternoon, walking along the Interstate in Banks County.  An 8 year-old boy from Hartwell is in the burn unit of a hospital in Greenville South Carolina: the boy was injured in an explosion at a home in Gillsville. Banks County EMS says the boy suffered burns on his face and arms when someone tossed a plastic bottle filled with flammable liquids into a burn pile.    The GBI is releasing more details about an officer-involved shooting in Dalton. A police officer was called to an intersection where a man was jumping on cars and running in and out of traffic. The suspect attacked the officer, who uses a taser on 32 year-old David Schmitt. Schmitt took the taser away and tried to use it on the officer. That’s when Schmitt was shot. He went to the hospital in Dalton with what are said to be non-life-threatening wounds. The officer suffered minor injuries. 
  • — Four former Georgia Bulldogs – Kenny Gaines, Albert Jackson, Travis Leslie and Charles Mann – will participate in the 2019 edition of “The Basketball Tournament,” which tips off on Friday. Known more commonly as simply the “TBT,” a 64-team bracket is competing for $2-million in winner-take-all prize money.   Interestingly, three of those Bulldogs will face off in one of the opening games of the tournament’s Lexington Regional. On Friday at 3:00 p.m. ET, Leslie and the “Ft. Wayne Champs” will face “Showtime,” the team for which Jackson and Mann are playing. That contest is set to be streamed on ESPN3.   Leslie was an All-SEC performer for the Bulldogs in 2011 and scored 1,099 points in three seasons with the Bulldogs before declaring for the NBA Draft. He was drafted by the L.A. Clippers in the second round of the 2011 Draft and has played primarily in France during his professional career. Last season, Leslie averaged 12.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game for Boulazac.   Jackson was a four-year letter winner from 2006-10 who moved into the Bulldogs’ starting five late during the 2008 campaign. Jackson had a pair of double-digit outings in Georgia’s improbable run to the 2008 SEC Tournament title when the Dogs won four games in four days – including two in one day – to secure an NCAA Tournament bid.   Mann was a SEC All-Freshman selection in 2013 and an All-SEC performer in 2014. He started 106 games for the Bulldogs, including 98 of 100 games during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He has since played professionally in Europe, Canada and the G-League. Mann ranks No. 15 among Georgia’s career scoring leaders with 1,411 points. Much of those came at the free throw line, where he is the Bulldogs’ all-time leader in attempts (896) and makes (618). In fact, he ranks second to only Pete Maravich in SEC history in trips to the free throw line.   Gaines will play for “Jimmy V,” competing in the Syracuse Regional beginning next Friday. They will face “Brotherly Love” on July 26 at 1:00 p.m. The “Jimmy V” team is competing in an effort to raise proceeds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.   Gaines also was named All-SEC in 2014, and he ranks No. 21 on the Bulldogs’ career scoring leaders ledger with 1,324 points. Among Georgia’s career statistical leaders, Gaines also ranks No. 4 in 3-pointers (213), No. 5 in 3-point attempts (569) and No. 7 in 3-point percentage (.374). Since graduating from UGA, Gaines has played professionally in France and Lithuania. He recently signed to play in Italy during the 2019-20 season.   'We are honored to work with the V Foundation in this year’s TBT,” said Alex Neumann, the team’s general manager. “To be able to play for such an incredible organization that does the kind of work for cancer research that they do is a special opportunity for us. We’ve seen teams participate in TBT in past years for great causes, and it’s an inspiration to see the way people can rally around them. We’re hoping to garner that kind of support playing for Jimmy V this year. We are excited about the roster that we have constructed and can’t wait to start turning some heads in July and for years to come.'   About The Basketball Tournament TBT is a 64-team, single elimination summer tournament airing on ESPN where the winning team takes home $2 million. TBT’s 2019 format divides a 64-team field into eight regions for Rounds 1-3, with each region seeded 1-8. The last team standing will claim a winner-take-all prize of $2 million and the champion of each regional will receive a cash prize equal to 25% of the ticket sales of that particular region. 
  • The Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office says there is a new tool to help local residents better manage their water use. City Hall says the Water Smart Portal is an online resource that allows water customers to set up leak notifications and monitor water bills.    From the ACC Government website… Water customers now have access to a free, online tool to manage their water use. Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Public Utilities Department is introducing the WaterSmart AMI Portal, an online tool that allows residents to set up leak notifications and monitor their water bill.The WaterSmart system has the potential to save residents money and protect the local water supply through leak detection. By creating a WaterSmart account, customers can receive leak alerts and other notifications by text, voice, and email. Customers also have the ability to track their water use in near real-time, allowing residents to find and resolve leaks more quickly with careful monitoring.Other WaterSmart features include water-efficiency tips, water use and bill forecasting, and comparisons of home water usage to similar ACC households. To take advantage of these online tools, ACC Public Utilities Department (PUD) water customers can enroll for WaterSmart by visiting www.accgov.com/WaterSmart.The recent PUD upgrades to the water meters throughout the county provide the means to offer this service to customers. Using the same positive displacement meters the PUD has relied on for years to measure water use, the new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) changed the way meters are read. Instead of manually reading meters on a monthly basis, the AMI System now remotely sends water usage data daily. The consumption history is then made available to customers in easy to read graphs with WaterSmart technology.The PUD values customer feedback. A frequent request from customers is for the ability to pay water bills online with the use of a credit card. The PUD is currently evaluating options to offer this feature on the WaterSmart platform in the near future. Sign up for a WaterSmart AMI Portal account to receive notification of when this feature is available.For questions about how to register for your free WaterSmart account or to schedule a presentation, please contact Laurie Loftin at 706-613-3729 or visit www.accgov.com/WaterSmart.
  • Falcons safety J.J. Wilcox, who signed with the team in the offseason, went down with a right knee injury about an hour into the first practice of training camp on Monday. “I don’t have an injury updates from today,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after practice. “I’ll follow up with anything tomorrow. Nothing from the training staff today that I can share.” Before Quinn could follow up, it was reported by NFL Media that Wilcox is out for the season with a torn ACL.  However, a source familiar with the injury, would not confirm the torn ACL, but said that Wilcox will get a second option on the injury this week.  Also, reserve defensive tackle Michael Bennett suffered a broken ankle, according to NFL Media.  Wilcox, 28, who played at Georgia Southern and Cairo High, was working his way to the ball as a runner was getting down the field when he went to the ground. Wilcox was escorted to the sideline by defensive backs Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal. He couldn’t put any pressure on the leg and was immediately attended to by the two members of the training staff.
  • The University of North Georgia campus in Dahlonega is hosting today’s Georgia Chamber of Commerce Rural Prosperity Forum. It’s underway at 8 o’clock this morning in the University’s Convocation Center.From the Ga Chamber of Commerce… The Georgia Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the first-ever Rural Prosperity North Georgia Forum on July 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of North Georgia Convocation Center.  Following the widely successful annual Rural Prosperity Summit in Tifton, the newly introduced North Georgia Forum focuses on the unique aspects of rural communities in North Georgia and seeks to bring solutions that cultivates prosperity for these portions of our state. For the first time in the North Georgia community, guests will have the opportunity to hear from speakers about the local challenges and solutions that are often faced. There will be networking opportunities for attendees, local business owners, and industry leaders to make meaningful connections and build relationships that could strengthen their business.    The honorable Senator Steve Gooch and Representative Rick Jasperse will discuss the legislative outlook on rural revitalization. There will also be a North Georgia regional speaker, Chuck Reece, who is the Editor of The Bitter Southerner. Additional speakers include representatives from the Office of Attorney General of Georgia, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia EMC, Paladin Wireless, Hart County IBA and many more.    “The Georgia Chamber works diligently with our statewide partners to address the challenges that face rural Georgia. The Rural Prosperity North Georgia Forum is an opportunity for attendees to hear from industry leaders, government officials, business owners, and key community partners about new concepts to help our rural communities grow,” said Chris Clark, President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber. “We are invested in finding real solutions for Georgia and believe that this Forum is an important part of that process.”

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS, Ga. The SEC Media Days voters have spoken, making their (Alabama) picks, and scattering brad crumbs around the rest of the league. To be the best, you have to beat the best, they say, and so previously little attention or credit is doled out to other schools when it comes to preseason All-SEC selections. RELATED: Six biggest Georgia snubs on preseason All-SEC team The Crimson Tide's dominance on the first team (11 to Georgia's 4) has been well-documented, with much of this year's voting based on last season's results. The Bulldogs, however, have several players with All-SEC ability who have yet to put up the stats or turn enough heads outside of Athens to have been noticed. Here are 12 All-SEC candidates from Georgia who did not make the first, second or third- All-SEC preseason teams, a couple of them having already been nominated on the 'biggest snubs' list: James Cook Out of the backfield, in the slot or as a return man, Cook possesses the game-breaking speed and cutback ability to score from anywhere on he field. Demetris Robertston One year bigger, stronger and tougher after his transfer from Cal, look for D-Rob to take the top off defenses and make plays whether outside or in the slot at receiver. Eric Stokes A sticky cover cornerback who produced when called upon, Stokes is also adequate in run support. Tyson Campbell Toasted early but seasoned late, there's a reason Kirby Smart started Campbell on the corner as a true freshman. Malik Herring NFL frame, good quickness and strength and a desire to live up to his head coach's expectations bode well for Herring on the D-Line. Tae Crowder Converted running back will be reacting more than thinking from inside linebacker this season, already on NFL scouts radar Trey Hill Sophomore takes to the center position naturally, teammates refer to his legs as 'tree trunks' Brian Herrien Hungry and durable, 1,000-yard season could be in reach depending on D'Andre Swift and Zamir White workloads. Tyler Simmons Simmons is all about speed and toughness, a committed team player who competed most of last season wearing a shoulder brace at receiver. Jordan Davis The first of the three players that follow in this article off the 'snubs' list, Davis was an FWAA Freshman All-American defensive tackle who dominated at times. Monty Rice Perhaps the biggest snub of all, Smart has earmarked Rice for greatness, and certainly, a captain role in the linebacker corps. Lawrence Cager The Miami transfer receiver is a 6-foot-5 former high school high jump champion with a 40-inch vertical, and while speed is a question, catch radius is not. DawgNation from SEC Media Days Kirby Smart says no emotion figures into Jacksonville talks Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' South Carolina weighs in on Georgia-Clemson toughness debate Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts breaks on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days The post 12 Georgia football players with All-SEC potential not on preseason lists appeared first on DawgNation.
  • CBS officially announced that Georgia and Notre Dame will be played under the lights in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 21. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will be on the call for CBS. This will be the first time Georgia has hosted Notre Dame and only the third time these two historic programs have ever faced each other. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in the series against the Fighting Irish with a 17-10 victory in the 1981 Sugar Bowl and a 20-19 victory at Notre Dame Stadium in 2017.
  • HOOVER, Ala. There were many questions posed to Jake Fromm during one single whirlwind day at SEC Media Days last month. He took at least three hours of questions. Give or take a photo opp or a sunglass pose or two. Alabama? Yes. Mock draft white noise? Yep. Fish or hunt? Yes. Duck hunt or play football? Yessir. DawgNation wanted to know the answer to a specific question: How does he rate his performance after games? When he turns on the film, what is he looking for? Fromm, the quarterback known for having the clear head at all times due to immense preparation, shared a little insight into his work behind the scenes with that one. 'It kind of starts [number] one with decisions,' Jake Fromm said. 'Do we make the right decisions? The right checks? Pre-snap? Before the play? Do we make the right decision after? Did I try to force a ball? Did I check it down too soon? Are my eyes in the wrong spots? So a lot of different things, you know.' 'Really just kind of seeing what kind of throws did we make. The kind of errors. Did we make really bad errors? Did we make small ones and really did we move the ball on third down? There are a lot of different things we are looking at. Really trying to critique decisions. Then we will kind of go into physically like Hey is my foot off a little bit? Is my shoulder off? Am I not getting my elbow up when I throw?' so a lot of different little things.' 'You kind of watch it once or twice. Sometimes three times and see what you see and you see something different every single time.' Grading Jake Fromm: What does he see as his best games? Media can point to a stat line. The metric followers can pour over his QB rating and its intricate formulas. There can be a highlight-worthy throw that goes viral everywhere. The trifecta: ESPN. SEC Network. Social media. But that's how Joe Media or Joe Fan gauges a good game for the Georgia QB. Which games did Fromm feel he was at his best? The junior All-American candidate said he was closest to his standard (a likely unattainable one) at the end of the 2018 season. 'Gosh, I think the last two,' Fromm said. 'The Georgia Tech game and the Alabama game last year. Kind of finished the season and kind of thought I was playing at a high level. Thought I was making really good decisions moving the ball. Those are the two that kind of jump out to me right at the moment.' 'Just moving the ball. Making good decisions and making the big-time throws when they were needed.' Here is how Fromm fared in those games: Fromm versus Georgia Tech: 13-for-16, 175 yards, 4 TDs, O INTs Fromm versus Alabama: 25-for-39, 301 yards, 3 TDs, O INTs The first game he played in 2018 was pretty strong, too. Fromm versus Oklahoma: 20-for-29, 210 yards, 2 TDs, O INTs The junior from Warner Robins actually finished his 2018 season on a surge which saw him throw for 17 touchdowns against two interceptions. That was coming off a poor performance for the entire team, including Fromm, at LSU. This year he is the clear starter and a team leader. There is no other 5-star peer on the depth chart to compete with for starting reps under center. This is his team. Fromm's name will be in the lineup every day in the same vein that a Freddie Freeman or a Mike Trout knows that one off night won't cost him a start. Fromm will still put in the exact same work in the film room regardless. Does he see that helping him to get better and play better in 2019? 'That kind of allows me to get back to [my] high school days and have a little more fun in practice,' Fromm said. 'Really go out and try different things. For me, in high school, there's a lot of kind of trial and error in what I did. It didn't always make [my] coach happy, but it really kind of helped me play. Do you know? Hey, this is what I can and this is what I can't do.' 'I'm going to have a little more fun at practice and go out and try to make some more plays and see what happens.' The post Fromm talk: How does Jake Fromm grade himself after a game? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • HOOVER, Ala. Jake Fromm and Jake Bentley go way back and have stayed friends throughout their careers at Georgia and South Carolina. So much so that Bentley said the quarterbacks might even meet up in Greenville, S.C., and go on a double date. ' I told some guys earlier, he dates a volleyball player, so do I,' Bentley said, 'so we were going to go double date up in Greenville at some point and time before the season starts, so that would be pretty cool.' WATCH: Carolina QB Jake Bentley compares Georgia to Clemson Bentley said he has been impressed working beside Fromm in the offseason. ' You watch Jake (Fromm), and he's just very consistent as far as how he plays, he doesn't miss many throws,' Bentley said. 'He's very detail oriented, just sitting with him in the meeting room, and how he goes about his business is very professional.' NFL scouts have noticed both Fromm and Bentley, both of whom could be in the 2020 NFL Draft class. The quarterbacks have both been trained at QB Country in Mobile, Ala., by David Morris. RELATED: Morris breaks down Jake Fromm Bentley, who led South Carolina to a bowl win over Michigan his freshman season, impressed at the Manning Camp. Jim Nagy, a former NFL scout with four Super Bowl rings who's now executive director of the Senior Bowl, heaped praise. ' Walked away from Manning Passing Academy last Friday night impressed with @GamecockFB QB Jake Bentleyand that was before he won 'Air It Out' competition,' Nagy said . 'Ball was coming out quicker and cleaner than past years.' Walked away from Manning Passing Academy last Friday night impressed with @GamecockFB QB Jake Bentleyand that was before he won 'Air It Out' competition. Ball was coming out quicker and cleaner than past years. Could mean a big year for @Edwards_Bryan4. #thedraftstartsinMobile pic.twitter.com/IFAO38Vs8t Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) July 1, 2019 Kirby Smart also had positive things to say about Bentley, who the Bulldogs will play host to in Sanford Stadium on Oct. 12. 'He's a leader, he's a guy who has played,' Smart said of Bentley. 'Any time you're playing a guy with that kind of experience, it's very similar to Jake (Fromm), except he's got one whole year on top of that, and they've got some good wideouts coming back with them.' Smart, of course, loves his Jake, too. 'This guy (Fromm) is the epitome of what college football is all about,' Smart said. 'Number one, he stands up for the right things, he's very strong in his faith, he lives it. 'I have a lot of respect for his ability to be who he is, be confident in who he is and still lead our team and not create any jealousy while he's doing it.' Jake Bentley Comparing the Jakes DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' South Carolina weighs in on Georgia-Clemson toughness debate Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts breaks on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days The post WATCH: South Carolina QB Jake Bentley suggests double date with Jake Fromm appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Aaron Schunk was one of the most consistent hitters at Georgia throughout his three years with the Bulldogs. During his time wearing the red and black, Schunk had a career .312 batting average with 19 home runs and 114 runs-batted-in.  Schunk has not skipped a beat with the Boise Hawks throughout his first 32 games. During those 32 games, Schunk is slashing .311/.380/.500 with an .880 OPS. He has recorded three home runs, 12 RBI, 12 bases-on-balls and only 16 strikeouts in the Northwest League.  On July 20, Schunk recorded his first “perfect game” with the Hawks going 4-for-4 with a walk, one RBI and three runs scored.