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From Throes of Combat to Training Canines

He was a Purple Heart recipient who returned to a terrible economy. Now, a Marietta man is back on his feet with a little help from some four-legged friends.

Ryan McPherson's journey has been marked by an independent streak, a recovery from injury, and a joy for life. It's what led him to his new job as a local trainer for the dog training service Bark Busters.

Click on the following link to visit Ryan's Bark Busters page: http://www.barkbusters.com/page.cfm/ID/50/id_directory/1466/

"They'll never understand English," McPherson says of the canines he trains. "They'll never understand all the things that we're saying. But we can understand them."

7 Georgia Schools Named 'Blue Ribbon' National Winners

ATLANTA (AP) - Seven Georgia schools have been named National Blue Ribbon winners by the U.S. Department of Education.

The award goes to schools whose students perform at high levels or who have made dramatic improvements in their achievement, particularly for low-income children.

The public schools are: Etowah High in Cherokee County, Gainesville High in Gainesville, Ila Elementary in Madison County, Johnson Elementary in Floyd County, J.S. Pate Elementary in Crisp County and Webb Bridge Middle in Fulton County. One private school, St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, in Hapeville also won the award.

About 300 schools were recognized nationally this year. The schools be honored November 15th to the 16th in Washington, D.C.

The award has been given out annually by the Education Department since 1982.

'Secure Communities' Rolls Out in Cobb, Fulton Counties

MARIETTA, GA -- A new federal program is going into effect in Cobb and Fulton Counties.  The program screens the fingerprints of people who are arrested against a national database, in an effort to verify their immigration status.  It's drawing praise and criticism.

Fingerprints are one of the few distinguishing features almost all of us have.  Being fingerprinted is an activity widely associated with being arrested for committing a crime.

Now, a new program, called Secure Communities, will run the fingerprints of those arrested, against a national database to check an inmate's immigration status.

Alpharetta DPS Announces Safety Checkpoint Results

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety is announcing the results from two safety checkpoints recently held in the cities of Alpharetta and Milton.

Commercial vehicle enforcement officers from Alpharetta, Roswell and Winder assisted the Milton Police Department with a commercial vehicle safety checkpoint in the City of Milton. Twenty-six commercial vehicles were subjected to various levels of inspections.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers issued 18 citations for violations, placed 11 vehicles out of service for serious infractions, arrested four drivers and placed four drivers out of service, preventing them from operating a commercial vehicle for a period of time.

The Alpharetta DPS also held a multi-agency safety checkpoint in Alpharetta with officers from the Georgia State Patrol, Gwinnett County Police, Sandy Springs Police and the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

During this checkpoint, 1,018 vehicles were checked.

Price Faces Possible House Ethics Investigation on Wall Street Vote

WASHINGTON -- House investigators recommended Tuesday that Rep. Tom Price, (R) GA 6th District, and two other lawmakers be further investigated to determine whether political contributions were improperly linked to votes on a huge financial overhaul bill.

The independent House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) recommended that the member-run House ethics committee pursue potential rules violations by Price and fellow Republican John Campbell of California, as well as Democrat Joseph Crowley of New York.

The ethics office recommended no further investigation of five other lawmakers in the same probe. They are Democratic Reps. Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota and Mel Watt of North Carolina; and Republicans Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Chris Lee of New York, and Frank Lucas of Oklahoma.

Ethics investigators are trying to find out if Price took money from Wall Street in Dec., 2009, to vote against the Wall Street reforms.

Try It Review: Aqua Sand

ALPHARETTA -- Ruthie Bodeep is your typical nine year-old that enjoys going to school and playing with friends.  "I play on the computer and I do a lot of electronics but I also go outside," she said. 

But we found out that she's also a big fan of "Try It Before You Buy It".   What does she like about it?  "It's just seeing the products and seeing what their answer is that I really enjoy," Ruthie told us.

So we asked Ruthie to check out the Aqua Sand activity set by Spindirect.  It claims it has magic sand that never gets wet.

The $25 Mermaid Island set comes with a tank and two bottles of Aqua Sand.

Just add water to the tank and begin decorating with Aqua Sand.  At first the sand just floated on top of the water until Ruthie figured out she needed to use the Sculptor nozzle to squirt it out.

Victim's Family Says "Black Widow" Got Easy Way Out

COBB COUNTY, GA -- She was called the "Black Widow" after being convicted of poisoning two of her love interests. Monday morning she was found dead in a prison cell where she was spending the rest of her life behind bars.

Julia Lynn Turner became one of Atlanta's most celebrated killers when she was convicted of murdering her husband and a boyfriend.

The family of one of her victims, former Cobb County police officer Glenn Turner, said they have forgiven Lynn for what she did to Glenn. But they don't feel like justice has been served by her losing her life. "No I don't," said Glenn Turner's mother Kathy Turner. "But I'm happy I don't have to see her anymore in the news or in court or anywhere."

Asked if her death was some form of justice, James Turner said no, it wasn't. "Justice was her being there (in prison), living with this," said James Turner.