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5 Georgia College Students Get Help from White House

ATLANTA -- The White House is giving five students with Georgia ties a leg up in their college careers.

Three will receive scholarships funded by the money President Barack Obama received for the Nobel Peace Prize. Two others have been picked to intern at the White House this fall.

Morehouse College student Howard Campbell and Acworth native and Georgetown University student Rod Solaimani were announced as fall interns on Tuesday. The deadline for the White House Internship Program's Spring 2011 program is Oct. 10.

Uga VIII to Debut Next Weekend

ATHENS, GA -- Uga VIII will make his debut at the University of Georgia's homecoming game next weekend.

The newest bulldog mascot replaces his half brother, Russ. Russ was a stand-in for Uga VII, who died Nov. 19. Because Russ is a 5-year-old, he was too old to become a permanent replacement.

The Seiler family, who has owned and bred the signature UGA bulldogs since 1956, will introduce Uga VIII at a pre-game ceremony.

Georgia is facing Vanderbilt University for its homecoming on Oct. 16 at 12:21 in Sanford Stadium.

Companies Get Creative to Get College Students Spending

(USA Today) -- It may have seemed like just another freshman move-in day at West Virginia University. But for American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), it was D-Day.

Long before the new students arrived at their dorms a few weeks ago, the trendy clothing retailer had a detailed marketing battle plan specific to this Morgantown, W.Va., campus. Facebook updates promoted free car-to-dorm-room help with heavy stuff on move-in day - not to mention free flip-flops.

The savvy strategy wasn't executed by an American Eagle exec. It was overseen by 21-year-old Gina Damato, a WVU senior whose major is public relations. In her spare time, she manages a pizza parlor, writes for the school newspaper, snowboards and is a student rep for AE.

Former UGA Athletic Director Working in Boston

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Former University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans has taken a job in marketing for a company in Boston.

Evans' father Sam Evans on Thursday told the Athens Banner-Herald his son began working for the Markley Group within a month of leaving Georgia.

The newspaper reports that the company's chief executive officer, Jeffrey D. Markley, is a UGA alum and a significant contributor to the university. Sam Evans said his son has known Markley for a number of years.

Evans resigned July 4, a few days after he was arrested on DUI charges in Atlanta. He was with a 28-year-old woman who was not his wife at the time. He has a court appearance in Atlanta set for Monday.

Sam Evans said his son is living in a Boston suburb with his wife, who has family in the area, and their children.


N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Univ. of Georgia Gets New Dean of Students

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - An administrator at Presbyterian College is the new dean of students at the University of Georgia.

The university on Wednesday named William M. McDonald dean of students. He's currently vice president for student life and dean of students at Presbyterian in Clinton, S.C. and is scheduled to take over at UGA on Jan. 1 from interim dean Laura Dean.

McDonald succeeds Rodney Bennett in the permanent post. Bennett, now the university's vice president for student affairs, came to UGA in 2001 as dean of students and served as both vice president and dean from 2004 until July.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.