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UGA Student Reports Sexual Assault in Vehicle She Believed to be Taxi

ATHENS, GA -- An 18-year-old college freshman has told Athens-Clarke County police that a man driving what she thought was a taxi sexually assaulted her over the weekend.

It is the latest in a string of assaults on women given rides in vehicles they believe to be taxi cabs. The Athens assaults date back to 2007.

The latest incident happened Sunday between midnight and 3 a.m., just hours after the Georgia Bulldogs opened their football season with a win.

According to Athens-Clarke County Police Lt. Clarence Holeman, the woman hailed a dark van while in downtown Athens. Holeman says the victim had been with friends, but got separated from them. The victim told police that the driver, who she described as an hispanic male with a scruffy beard and thick accent, drove her around for two hours before sexually assaulting her.

Other students, remembering previous attacks, say they're cautious when taking a cab.

Atlanta Braces for Big Labor Day Weekend

ATLANTA -- A weekend off is about to go on the books in big numbers. Labor Day Weekend has become one of Atlanta's busiest holidays. Several big events will bring in thousands of visitors and more than $60 million. Here's a rundown of this weekend's biggest events:

DragonCon events run Friday through Monday, including a parade down Peachtree on Saturday at 10 a.m. A Georgia State University study showed the event brought in $25 million in 2008. About 30,000 people are expected to attend this year.

All Mugshots, All the Time: A New Small Town Newspaper

If Bad and Busted is not the most popular newspaper in Oconee County, it may nonetheless have the most buzz.  

"Newspapers are tanking, and this is one that appears to be successful," said Sheriff Scott Berry.

Bad and Busted is a very thin 12 to 16 page tabloid with a very simple concept:  It publishes the names and the charges and the photographs of the recently arrested.  It has five editions that cover 28 counties in northeast Georgia

The publisher is an Oconee County resident who won't show his face and wouldn't speak with us unless we withheld his name.  

"I would imagine the draw is that probably a lot of people are real nosy and they want to know what their neighbors are doing," said the publisher, meeting with 11 Alive News at a Watkinsville coffee shop.

Alt-Rock Landmark Struggles to Come Back After Fire

ATHENS, GA -- Wilmot Greene sat among charred remains of his iconic Georgia Theatre recalling the fire that reduced it from an alternative rock icon to rusted steel girders and walls of black bricks.

A year after an unexplained fire gutted the century-old musical cradle of bands such as R.E.M., the B-52s, Indigo Girls and Widespread Panic, Greene still kicks himself for missing Rockinwood play the last show before the fire. He says he'd missed only about 20 shows since buying the place in '04.

The fire broke out overnight and raced throughout the building.

"I got a call at about 6:45 in the morning, and by the time I got here, it was completely engulfed in flames," Greene said. "And that was the beginning of the longest day of my life."

Alt-Rock Icon Struggles To Come Back After Fire

ATHENS, GA (CNN) -- Wilmot Greene sat among charred remains of his iconic Georgia Theatre recalling the fire that reduced it from an alternative rock icon to rusted steel girders and walls of black bricks.

A year after an unexplained fire gutted the century-old musical cradle of bands such as R.E.M., the B-52s, Indigo Girls and Widespread Panic, Greene still kicks himself for missing Rockinwood play the last show before the fire. He says he'd missed only about 20 shows since buying the place in '04.

The fire broke out overnight and raced throughout the building.

"I got a call at about 6:45 in the morning, and by the time I got here, it was completely engulfed in flames," Greene said. "And that was the beginning of the longest day of my life."

Theater production manager Ric Wallace watched the roof collapse atop piles of blazing wood, leaving firefighters with few options but to let the fire burn itself out.

Friday Night's Prep Football Scores

Friday's Scores

By The Associated Press

PREP FOOTBALL

Abbeville, S.C. 24, Lincoln County 21

Allatoona 24, Kennesaw Mountain 22

Alpharetta 42, North Cobb 19

Americus Sumter 28, Liberty County 7

Apalachee 35, Habersham Central 7

Appling County 18, Dodge County 17

Aquinas 35, Landmark Christian 17

Armuchee 28, Trion 16

Athens Academy 34, Southwest Atlanta Christian 14

Bainbridge 14, Early County 7

Baldwin 14, Burke County 8

Banks County 40, Social Circle 14

Bethesda Day 41, Bible Baptist 8

Bleckley County 27, Lamar County 19

Blessed Trinity 44, Benedictine Military 0

Bremen 27, Howard 0

Brookstone 42, Macon County 9

Buford 40, Gainesville 19

Butler 42, Westside-Augusta 0

Calhoun 27, Dalton 14

UGA Running Back Arrested, Released After Crash

ATHENS, GA -- Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey, the team's leading rusher last season, was arrested early Friday and charged with hit and run and driving on a suspended license early Friday.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said Ealey was driving his roommate's Chevrolet Impala when he hit a parked truck in a school parking deck at 3:19 a.m. on Friday.

University employees told Ealey to stay at the scene until police arrived, but he left. No one was reported hurt. Williamson said police later contacted Ealey's roommate and learned Ealey had been driving the car. He was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to report an accident. Williamson said alcohol was not involved.

Ealey was released from the Clarke County Jail Friday after posting bond of $4,800. A UGA spokesman did not return messages seeking comment.