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Georgia schools rank high on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 'Best Grad Schools' list

Georgia schools rank high on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 'Best Grad Schools' list


(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Several Georgia schools scored well on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of Best Graduate Schools.

U.S. News says it analyzed more than 1,300 graduate programs to determine this year's rankings.

The University of Georgia's public affairs program is ranked No. 4 among the nation's top public affairs schools -- higher than Princeton University (No. 5). Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is ranked No. 23, while Georgia Tech's program is ranked No. 53.

Georgia Tech's graduate engineering program is ranked No. 6 among engineering programs, tied with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The top five engineering grad schools are, in order, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, California Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University.

HERO CENTRAL: Girl dials 911 with deactivated phone

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- A 10-year-old from Oconee County was home alone last week when her house was burglarized. She found a way to call 911 that many adults may not know.

"I don't want to be home alone again," said elementary school student Nora, "because that was when it happened."

Nora was home sick from school when the robbery occurred, at 3 p.m.

She went to watch TV, said mother Marianne Shockley, "turned around and there was no TV. The back door was wide open."

Nora said she felt scared, but, "I had to tell myself to keep your head on straight, find a phone, and call for help."

One problem: Nora could not find her phone.

But she remembered a trick she had learned a few weeks earlier.

Said the ten-year-old, "Something in my mind just clicked and said you could use an old phone to dial 911."

An old phone, even with no activated plan, can still dial 911 as long as it has power.

10 best foodie restaurants in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- USA TODAY's Katie Kelly Bell has compiled a list of metro Atlanta's 10 best restaurants for foodies.

10. Greenwood's on Green Street -- Opened in 1986, this Roswell restaurant is a
temple of traditional Southern food, taking pride in using local produce and serving an entirely homemade menu. Mains include meatloaf, chicken pot pie, pork chop and fried chicken, but no visit to the South would be complete without ordering a veggie plate and Greenwood's is the place to do it. You'll have to choose between seasonal selections and collard greens, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes and cheese grits. Save room for one of Greenwood's legendary from-scratch pies -- we suggest the apple.

Chipotle may get rid of guacamole

DENVER -- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is cautioning that factors beyond the company's control -- the weather in particular -- may prompt the removal of guacamole from its menu.

Denver-based Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocados daily to make its guacamole to serve at its locations, including 22 in metro Atlanta.

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The company noted higher prices of some ingredients could force the company to increase what it charges for its menu, or it could just do away with some portions of the menu.

"In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients, we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients," the company says in its annual report.

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RadioShack to close 1,100 stores

(USA TODAY) -- After reporting dismal fourth-quarter earnings, RadioShack said Tuesday that it would close about 1,100 poorly performing stores, roughly 20% of the electronic retailer's locations.

The store closings will leave about 4,000 locations in the U.S. The company has been struggling to revamp its stores for the past year.

Total net sales and operating revenues were $935.4 million in the fourth quarter, vs. $1,171.4 million last year, a 20% decline. Comparable store sales were down 19%, which the company blames on poor performance in its mobile phone business.

RadioShack stock was down more than 20% in premarket trading.

"Even in this environment, we're continuing to make progress on the five pillars of our turnaround plan: repositioning the brand, revamping the product assortment, reinvigorating the stores, operational efficiency and financial flexibility," CEO Joseph C. Magnacca said in a statement.

High school basketball semi-finals for March 3

WXIA -- The state high school basketball semi finals took place Monday.

For the boys, Athens Academy and St. Francis played.  St. Francis advances to the finals winning 79-64.

For the girls it was St. Francis against Southwest Atlanta Christian.

This was a close game with Southwest Atlanta Christian winning by five, 66-61.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include: