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Metro unemployment exceeds Clarke rate in May

Metro unemployment exceeds Clarke rate in May

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in April.

The rate was 9.5 percent in May 2011.

Clarke County's unemployment rate in May 2012 was 6.8 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures early Thursday.

They say the rate increased because the labor force grew by 16,578 job seekers, and while most found jobs within the month, 6,008 did not.

Officials also say there were 269 new layoffs in profession and technical services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

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Braves outslug Yankees in home run derby

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward hit a pair of homers and knocked in three runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Yankees, 10-5, in a game that featured nine home runs.

Freddie Freeman, Martin Prado and David Ross also homered for the Braves, who won the final two contests of this three-game set.

Tommy Hanson (8-4) got the win despite giving up four runs on five hits over five-plus innings. He allowed four home runs.

Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter hit solo homers for the Yankees, who have lost two in a row after winning their previous 10. Curtis Granderson added an RBI.

Phil Hughes (7-6) allowed six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 frames. He gave up a career-high four homers and now leads the American League in home runs allowed with 19.

Coming into Wednesday's game, Yankees starters had tossed at least six innings in each of their last 19 games.


UGA's Farmer Selected To Play For USA National Team

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia shortstop Kyle Farmer has been selected to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, the organization announced Tuesday.

Farmer, an Atlanta native and three-year starter, will be part of the 22-man Team USA squad that will report this week to their training complex in Cary, N.C. The team's season begins Monday, June 25 and lasts a month with trips to Cuba and The Netherlands highlighting the 2012 schedule.

"This is something I've always wanted to do, to play for Team USA, and I'm really excited about getting to be a part of the team," said Farmer. "It's going to be a lot of fun, playing baseball and being around guys from other teams and seeing how they approach the game and the same goes for teams from other countries. My dad was on a team that won a gold medal.

Ga. botanical gardens offering free classes

Ga. botanical gardens offering free classes

ATHENS, Ga. -- The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is offering three free nighttime gardening seminars this summer.

The "Gardening at Night" events will include lessons on weeding, watering and harvesting heirloom vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants by the light of the rising moon. They also will include discussion on lunar planting and plant lore.

The two-hour seminars begin at 6 p.m. on June 26, July 24 and Aug. 21. Participants are asked to meet at the Heritage Garden Gazebo each of those evenings.

The state botanical garden is located in Athens. It's operated by the University of Georgia.

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Braves struggles continue as Yanks win 10th straight win

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Derek Jeter knocked in three runs, CC Sabathia threw his first complete game of the season and the Yankees ran their win streak to 10 games Monday night with a 6-2 victory over the Braves.

Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano homered for the Yankees, who moved to 10-0 in their current 15-game stretch against NL East teams and 20-4 in their last 24 overall.

Sabathia (9-3) beat the Braves for the second time in a week, settling down after giving up a first-inning run to strike out 10. He gave up seven hits and a walk and threw 84 of his 116 pitches for strikes in the 34th complete game of his career.

The 31-year-old lefty beat Atlanta in his last start last Tuesday despite giving up four runs on 10 hits in seven innings. He was saved by a six-run eighth inning, which included Alex Rodriguez's 23rd career grand slam to tie Lou Gehrig's major league record.

Josh Brewer Named UGA Women's Golf Head Coach

ATHENS, Ga. -- Josh Brewer, assistant coach for the women's and men's golf teams at Southern Cal, has been named head women's golf coach at the University of Georgia, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity announced on Monday.

"Josh has experienced tremendous success at every level of his golf career," McGarity said. "Josh excelled as a student-athlete at Indiana University and as an assistant coach for five years. The last four years for the University of Southern California golf program have been remarkable, and we are confident Josh will be able to bring a very high level of experience to our program."

Local technology protects young baseball hearts

BOGART, Ga. -- Meredith Kahlstorf's 12-year-old son is a baseball fanatic. "It's everything to him," she said.

When a ball hits a child on the field, there's always a gasp from parents on both teams. "You always worry," she said. "You always have those circumstances that you think the worst."

Sometimes, that worry turns to panic. It could be called a freak accident, but it's happened a documented 188 times since 1996. Doctors suspect the real number is much higher. It's called commotio cordis: when a blow to the heart at just the wrong time causes it to stop.

It happens most often in youth baseball, and it's almost always fatal.

"As a young kid, the first time you step onto the diamond, your biggest fear is being hit by a baseball," Stan Payne said. 
"It's hard, it doesn't give, and when it hits you, it hurts."