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UGA study: Racial discrimination takes physical toll

ATHENS, Ga. -- A new University of Georgia study says racial discrimination takes a toll on young African-Americans' health, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

Experiencing racial prejudice is stressful, and the link between stress and bad health is well-established, said Gene Brody, director of UGA's Center for Family Research and lead author of the study.

Brody noted that African-Americans have shorter life expectancies than white Americans, and seemingly a greater vulnerability to a wide array of diseases, including cancers, hypertension, heart disease and diabetes, among many others.

He said a factor could be that many African-Americans live a more stressful life because of racism.

"We start with the idea that these disease don't just show up during middle age, and that the origins of these diseases and their symptoms probably begin in childhood and adolescence," Brody said.

UGA football DB Josh Harvey-Clemons dismissed from team

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia junior defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons has been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules.

This came according to an announcement Tuesday from UGA head coach Mark Richt.

Harvey-Clemons was suspended for the first 3 games of the upcoming season, a hold-over from a 4 game suspension at the end of last season.

Harvey-Clemons played in 25 games during his career including 11 starts.

No further information was available.

UGA police looking for theft suspects

UGA police looking for theft suspects

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia Police Department is working to identify two people who may be responsible for several thefts on campus.

The suspects were caught on surveillance video at an Athens store.

Police described them as a black man and black woman, both in their mid-20's to mid-30's. They drive a silver late model Dodge Avenger and have been spotted carrying an infant.

Anyone who can help investigators identify the suspects is asked to call University of Georgia police at 706-542-2200.

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UGA head coach Mark Richt enjoys curling on campus

ATHENS, Ga -- Georgia head football coach Mark Richt enjoys sports of all sorts.  Many times during a recent football season Richt was a regular at a local bowling house in a Thursday night league. 

Now during the winter games and with the snow and ice hitting campus, Richt has opted for an Olympic flair.   Coach Richt is curling and in what appears to be his backyard.  

The coach tweeted and there's a video posted on You Tube.


NE Ga. residents encouraged to stay put

NE Ga. residents encouraged to stay put

(WXIA) -- Northeast Georgia, including parts of metro Atlanta, are getting hit hard by winter weather.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has treated many of the area's state routes and interstates, but residents are still encouraged to stay home all day if possible.

Icing has been reported in a number of areas, including:

Clarke County
A tree fell on the SR 10 Loop at SR 10/US 78 (West Broad Street).

Elbert County
Icy conditions were reported on SR 172 from Bowman to the Madison County line.

Forsyth County
There is ice on SR 53 at SR 306; SR 20 from Ga. 400 across the Chattahoochee River to Gwinnett County; SR 141 at Ronald Reagan Parkway; and the SR 369 bridges across Lake Lanier.

Hall County
The SR 369 bridges across Lake Lanier are affected in Hall as well as Forsyth.

91 Georgia counties under state of emergency for winter storm

ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has extended the state of emergency due to a Winter Storm Warning and Ice Storm Warning in effect.

Deal announced Tuesday morning that he added 44 counties to the original 45.

UGA's Obamacare navigator program lays low after protests

UGA's Obamacare navigator program lays low after protests

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia health navigator program has been keeping a low profile since opponents of the Affordable Care Act staged a protest at a Coweta County navigator event in November.

Sheri Worthy, head of UGA's Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, told Georgia Health News the Coweta meeting and those scheduled after that were canceled because Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group that opposes the ACA, posted the navigators' events on its website and encouraged protests at them.

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