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College rivals team up for Aimee Copeland

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Bulldogs and Gamecocks are teaming up to help Aimee Copeland, the University of West Georgia grad student who lost her left leg, remaining foot and both hands to flesh eating bacteria.

The University of Georgia Alumni Association and University of South Carolina's My Carolina Alumni Association are co-hosting blood drives in Copeland's honor on June 11 in Columbia and June 13 in Athens. The schools are encouraging alumni and fans across the country to give blood.

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UGA chemists get federal energy grants

UGA chemists get federal energy grants

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia researchers have received $1.5 million in federal grants for energy-related projects.

The two researchers each got $750,000 for their work from the U.S. Department of Energy. Chemistry faculty member Tina Salguero will look for ways to increase the energy capacity for compact electric devices, while colleague Gary Douberly will research new technology that improves fuel efficiency.

The duo is among a small group of researchers nationally to get such grants. The Energy Department handed out 68 grants total, 14 to chemists.

UGA was the only institution to have two professors in the same department get grants.

Bulldogs Open NCAAs With 11-Over 295

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Led by veteran T.J. Mitchell, the Georgia men's golf team posted an 11-over-par 295 in the first round of the NCAA Championships on Tuesday at The Riviera Club.

All 30 teams in the field will play 54 holes, with the top eight advancing to match play beginning on Friday. The Bulldogs stand 15th in the tightly bunched team race that has Alabama in first place at 1-over 285, two teams at 4-over, two teams at 5-over and five teams at 6-over. The 6-over squads occupy what would be the eighth spot, and the 20th-seeded Bulldogs trail them by just five shots.

Metro unemployment exceeds Clarke rate in April

Metro unemployment exceeds Clarke rate in April

ATLANTA -- The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta declined to 8.5 percent in April, the Georgia Department of Labor announced last week.

That's the lowest level since December 2008, when the rate was 7.7 percent.

In Clarke County, the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in April.

Metro Atlanta's rate decreased as the number of new jobs grew. The industries showing growth include trade and transportation, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, construction, and education and healthcare.

Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 6.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.4 percent.

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Clarke County Sheriff's conduct sex offender sweep

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Clarke County recently completed their first-ever countywide sweep to make sure registered sex offenders are complying with state law.

The Clarke County Sheriff's Office visited more than 100 homes during the compliance check on May 16 and 17.

Clarke County checks on sex offenders

ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities in Clarke County recently completed their first-ever countywide sweep to make sure registered sex offenders are complying with state law.

The Clarke County Sheriff's Office visited more than 100 homes during the compliance check on May 16 and 17.

Capt. Jimps Cole coordinated the operation, which included help from Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and state probation officers. He says two people were arrested for living where they shouldn't, and deputies took out warrants on two they couldn't find.

State law says sex offenders must register their addresses with the local sheriff's office when on probation or upon release from jail. They must notify authorities when they move.

Nearly all of the county's 141 registered offenders were living where they were supposed to.

As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”