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‘Dangerous’ hitchhikers found in Savannah port shipment

Fri, 2018-02-16 17:11
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Several possibly dangerous bugs were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialists at the Port of Savannah last month.

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Key senator to stop blocking US arms sales to Persian Gulf

Fri, 2018-02-16 17:03
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WASHINGTON — The United States is poised to let Persian Gulf nations resume buying American-made lethal weapons after a key U.S. senator said he would stop blocking the sales, even though the Qatar diplomatic crisis that prompted the freeze is no closer to being resolved.

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How much are Georgia’s trees worth? Try $67 billion

Fri, 2018-02-16 17:00
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Trees are often valued by the price they fetch for lumber or fuel when forests are logged. The Dogwood Alliance is looking at the South’s wetland forests in a different way, asking what its 35 million acres of cypress, tupelo, longleaf pine and other wetland forests are worth when they’re left alone.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Fri, 2018-02-16 16:37
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Email your event at least two weeks in advance to calendar@savannahnow.com. Announcements printed in chronological order as space allows. Info: 912-652-0365. Calendar also online at savannahnow.com.

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Savannah store clerks’ actions lead to arrest of armed robbery suspect

Fri, 2018-02-16 16:12
News Crime & Courts

The quick thinking of two convenience store clerks led to the quick arrest of an armed robbery suspect on Valentine’s Day, said Savannah police spokeswoman Bianca Johnson.

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Garden Guru: Golden Lace a champion for pollinators

Fri, 2018-02-16 16:04
News Accent Column

Four years ago, I wrote about a Golden Lace patrinia, a new plant to most gardeners and one that is thrilling beyond compare for anyone who loves pollinators. Now after four more years of experience, I can say it is a must-have plant. It is truly like having “Wild Kingdom” packed in 4-foot-tall yellow blooming perennial.

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Savannah reorganizes departments, taps new leaders and ups some salaries to meet priorities

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:46
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New titles and responsibilities, along with salary increases in some cases, have been issued to a number of Savannah’s department heads and top administrators as part of a government reorganization implemented by City Manager Rob Hernandez.

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Sheriff’s report: Suspect confessed to Florida school attack

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:38
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PARKLAND, Fla. — The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings and concealing extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff’s department report released Thursday.

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Police: Savannah woman kidnapped, sexually assaulted by 4 men

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:25
News Crime & Courts

Chatham County police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred near Ogeechee Road Thursday night.

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Groups go to court to fight Public Service Commission’s approval of Plant Vogtle cost increases

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:04
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Two groups are challenging the Georgia Public Service Commission’s recent decision to approve billions of dollars in cost overruns for the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion. Read more

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Amazon: ‘Transparent’ star Jeffrey Tambor out of series

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:59
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LOS ANGELES — Amazon Studios says “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor won’t be on the series when it returns for its fifth season, prompting the Emmy winner to denounce what he called false accusations and the studio’s handling of the matter.

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Trump cites mental health — not guns — in speech on shooting

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:50
News Politics Crime & Courts

WASHINGTON — Declaring the nation united and grieving with “one heavy heart,” President Donald Trump promised Thursday to tackle school safety and “the difficult issue of mental health” in response to the deadly shooting in Florida. He made no mention of the scourge of gun violence.

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Russians indicted for meddling in 2016 U.S. elections

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:20
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WASHINGTON — The Latest on the indictments in the special counsel’s Russia probe (all times local):

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Abortion-rights supporters push back against gains by foes

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:07
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Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception.

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Ideas to redraw maps beat deadline in gerrymandering case

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:00
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HARRISBURG, Pa. — New proposals to redraw Pennsylvania’s congressional districts rolled in Thursday in a high-stakes gerrymandering case, meeting a court-ordered deadline to submit maps of boundaries for the state Supreme Court to consider adopting for this year’s election.

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FAITH MATTERS

Fri, 2018-02-16 13:10
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Send items two weeks before event to calendar@savannahnow.com or fax to Faith Matters, 912-525-0796. Type notices, include contact name and phone number. Items printed in Saturday Accent as space allows and posted online at savannahnow.com.

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McDonald’s moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu

Fri, 2018-02-16 13:00
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NEW YORK — McDonald’s is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.

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‘Maze Runner’ publisher parts ways with James Dashner

Fri, 2018-02-16 12:12
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NEW YORK — The publisher of James Dashner, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct, is parting ways with the author.

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Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

Fri, 2018-02-16 11:43
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WASHINGTON — For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation’s gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun owners.

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