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Famed Bulldog Herschel Walker: Donald Trump is 'my frontrunner' for president


Donald Trump is in position to win the endorsement of a former Heisman Trophy winner who said he knows it could be an unpopular move.

Herschel Walker, the former running back who played for the New Jersey Generals of the now-defunct USFL when Trump owned the team, said he likes what he has seen from Trump during the billionaire's polarizing presidential campaign.

"There's not a doubt in my mind right now he is my frontrunner," Walker told USA TODAY Sports. "I'm not going to say anything negative about him because it's not true."

Walker said he supports Trump's idea of building a wall between the U.S.-Mexico border, but does not agree with Trump's most controversial position: deporting the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

Eateries earn north Ga. city 'Best Places to Live' spot


SANTA FE -- A major magazine has named a north Georgia city among the best places to live in the U.S.

Outside Magazine released its “2015 Best Towns” competition which whittled 64 towns down to 16.

Among them is Athens, Ga. which the magazine touts as an “outpost of world-class eateries that combine the best of the South with adventurous, farm fresh, ethos.”

Specifically, the magazine highlights White Tiger Gourmet, Bread Basket, Cali-N-Tito’s, Creature Comforts, the National, The Old Pal and Hi-Lo Lounge.

Athens ranked sixth in the nation.

It was the only city in Georgia to make the final list – but not the only southern town.

Athens sinkhole swallows ice machine, car wash wall


Athens mom of quads bench presses babies to get back in shape


ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens mom, who gave birth to quadruplets back in March, is sharing her "get back in shape" workout with her followers on Facebook. 

This week, she posted a video to her page showing everyone how she is getting back in shape, with interesting weight training. The video shows Kirkland holding one of her babies as she squats. Then it shows her bench pressing one of her babies, even doing lunges with another baby.

LINKS | Oh my Quads: Kirkland's Journey Facebook page

AND | Oh my Quads blog

PHOTOS | Athens family welcomes quadruplets

Storms caused power outages and delayed traffic across metro Atlanta


ATHENS, GA (WXIA) – Strong winds and driving rain caused power outages and traffic delays across metro Atlanta while crews worked to clear massive trees that toppled onto roadways Monday evening.

One of the hardest hit areas was in Athens, where across the city trees took down power lines.

Storms hit Athens twice Monday – the first was the worst.

At West Broad and West Hancock, the winds pushed over at least five trees at the Broad Acres Apartments, including two giant oak trees. One of them smashed into a daycare center. No one was hurt.

Richard Riden says the storm was like a blizzard.

“And it got so white – just white as snow,” he said. “And the trees started falling, and popping, and [there was lots of] lightning.”
 

Athens police release video of officer beating man


ATHENS, Ga. (WXIA-TV) -- A now-former Athens-Clarke County police officer, Jonathan Fraser, is facing aggravated assault charges because, his superiors said, in June  -- while he was employed by the department -- he used excessive force against an unarmed and intoxicated young man who was resisting arrest.

11Alive News obtained the Fraser's body-camera video, which figured into the investigation of the incident.

Thirty second Piggly Wiggly robber on the run


 

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County Police are searching for the man who robbed a crowded Piggly Wiggly in less than a minute. 

The grocery store on North Avenue was crowded with customers at 3:20 p.m. last Friday. Sgt. Mark Malueg told 11Alive's Julie Wolfe the man walked up to the customer service desk, pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money.

The Piggly Wiggly employee handed over cash and the man calmly walked away. The other customers and employees didn't realize what was happening until after he left through the front doors. Sgt. Malueg said it only took about 30 seconds.