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GEORGIA STORMS

Thunderstorms could bring damaging wind, hail across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters say there's a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across Georgia, which could bring damaging wind and hail.

The National Weather Service said the isolated storms will be possible as a cold front arrives on Friday.

Forecasters say storms could fire up in the northwest part of the state by noon Friday, and then in areas southeast of metro Atlanta by 6 p.m. Friday.

The weather service is also projecting very warm temperatures ahead of the front, with highs in the mid-80s in the metro Atlanta area on Thursday.

PEABODY AWARDS-BOARD

Board of advisers created for Peabody Awards program

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia says a board of advisers has been created to provide guidance and support for the Peabody Awards program's future initiatives.

The school says the board will be distinct and separate from the board of jurors that each year evaluates entries and bestows the George Foster Peabody Awards. The media awards recognize achievement and public service by television and radio stations, individuals and the Internet.

The new 24-member board will be made up of prominent entertainment and media industry leaders. The board is meant to provide counsel to Peabody director Jeffrey P. Jones.

Five committees have been established for the board: branding and mission; the Peabody archives and endowments; original content and programming; internationalization; and events.

HARPER LEE-HOMETOWN PLAY

'Mockingbird' production at risk in Harper Lee's hometown

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama hometown of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee is known for staging an annual play based on her classic novel. The production brings visitors worldwide to the city of Monroeville.

Yet the future of the performance is in jeopardy.

Records show organizers of the play haven't been able to obtain rights to stage the play after this year. That means the city could lose an annual spring event that's considered a big part of the local economy.

Meeting minutes from a board that produces the play show that officials are trying to work out a deal with an attorney for Lee.

The play opened Wednesday with a performance for schoolchildren. It features townspeople portraying characters from Lee's classic story of racial injustice in the Deep South.

NORTHWEST GEORGIA KILLING

Man found shot to death outside northwest Georgia business

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the killing of a man found shot to death outside a business in Bartow County in northwest Georgia.

Bartow County sheriff's Lt. Robert Moultrie said residents were leaving a home off U.S. 411 when they say the body on the ground early Tuesday morning.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that he was identified as 36-year-old Ashley Carr of White. Deputies tell WSB-TV that he was found with at least six gunshot wounds.

The business where Carr's body was found about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta.

MASTERS-PAR 3

Streelman wins Masters Par 3 in sudden-death playoff

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Streelman beat Camilo Villegas on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Wednesday to win the Par 3 tournament at Augusta National.

Streelman and Villegas finished the nine holes tied at 5 under. They each opened with a par then a birdie before Streelman topped Villegas, who had not one, but two holes-in-one through his first eight holes.

Americans Ben Martin and Cameron Tringale tied last year's Par 3 champ Ryan Moore at 4 under.

Streelman, who played at Duke, tied for 42nd last year in his best finish in three appearances at the Masters.

Winning the Par 3 contest has been considered a bad omen since no one has won both that title and the Masters in the same week.

MASTERS-NO TWEETING

No-phone policy at Masters forces break from social media

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Derek Jensen's profile picture features Rae's Creek and the Ben Hogan Bridge, and a picture of the Masters logo. It'll stay that way for several hours.

No more tweets, nothing on Instagram or Facebook.

Not while he's on the golf course at Augusta National. Forget posting that photo from Amen Corner or what Tiger Woods just did with his club.

At the Masters, everyone must leave smartphones at home, in the car or checked at the gate. It's social media silence. Anyone caught with a phone is escorted off the grounds.

It's a policy embraced as part of Augusta National's mystique and a now rare escape from technology.

Jensen, who's from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said Wednesday the itch to post passed quickly as he and three friends wandered the course.

NBA PLAYER STABBED

Police: Pacers' Copeland stabbed outside NYC nightclub

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Atlanta Hawks players have been released after their arrest on charges they blocked officers from setting up a crime scene following the stabbing of a fellow NBA player.

Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha (tah-BOH' sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) were arrested early Wednesday outside the club 1Oak in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Police say they tried to stop officers after Indiana Pacers player Chris Copeland was stabbed.

The players' attorney Alex Spiro says his clients committed no crime.

A 22-year-old suspect is accused of stabbing Copeland, his girlfriend and another woman after a fight. He is in custody.

Police say the three victims were hospitalized in stable condition.

Police said one victim was Copeland's wife, but his agent later clarified they are not yet married.