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Decatur-based Paste Magazine Goes Online Only

DECATUR, GA -- Paste Magazine on Wednesday ended its run in print.

The Decatur-based monthly music magazine's editor Josh Jackson made the announcement on the magazine's website, saying the magazine would no longer come out in print but would focus on online ventures.

"Struggles with mounting debt were made public last year when our readers responded with generosity to save the magazine," Jackson wrote. "But the prolonged downturn of the ad market has forced a hiatus. All subscribers have access to the digital version of their magazines through the June/July issue on PasteMagazine.com. Paste, while considering strategic alternatives, is focusing on its digital assets, including PasteMagazine.com."

The magazine reportedly had more than 200,000 subscribers.

DeKalb County COO Keith Barker Fired After Admitting Affair

DECATUR, GA -- DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis says he fired the county's chief operating officer, who admitted having an affair with a county employee.

Ellis said Thursday at a news conference that the COO, Keith Barker, came to him on Wednesday and admitted having the affair. Barker was the county's second-in-command.

The CEO's spokesman, Burke Brennan, said the fact that Barker is married and that the woman is a county employee both figured in the firing, based on Barker not meeting expectations for a high-ranking official.

Brennan says Barker, who did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment, was paid $200,000 a year and will get six months pay as severance.

DeKalb County Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus

DECATUR, GA -- The DeKalb County Board of Health reports its first human case of West Nile Virus in the county. This is the fifth human case in Georgia. The individual is a 39-year-old male who lives in Decatur and is currently in the hospital with some paralysis.

As of August 31, 26 states have reported 177 cases to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It is very unfortunate that one of our DeKalb residents has developed West Nile Virus. However, I hope this will remind everyone to continue using precautions to avoid mosquito bites," said S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., District Health Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health.

The DeKalb County Board of Health advises people to take the following precautions againist being bitten by mosquitoes:

* Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, when the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile Virus are most active.

Police Review Board Rules on DeKalb Taser Deaths

DECATUR, GA -- Tasers weren't entirely to blame for the deaths of two criminal suspects tasered by DeKalb County Police.

An internal police review board ruling finds a number of factors, including pre-existing medical conditions, contibuted to the deaths of Audrecas Davis and Sukeba Olawunmi this past May.

"In both cases, officers responded to 911 calls for help on extremely combative individuals and were forced to physically subdue them using their Tasers," Officer Jason Gagnon, the police department's spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday.

Star Kennesaw State Basketball Player Shot and Killed

DECATUR, Ga. - He was a star on the basketball court at Kennesaw State University. And now, he's a symbol of bravery and sacrifice.

Shuan Stegall, 25, was shot and killed over the weekend saving his father from two gunmen.

The tragedy has Stegall's family, friends and fans stunned.

Monday evening at the Decatur condo of Stegall's mother, Tamika Stegall, loved ones gathered to comfort each other. Their faces -- expressionless. As if their hearts were numb.

As if it can't be true, what happened to Stegall.

"He was looked upon as a gentle giant," said a childhood friend, Pastor Quincy Carswell, II.

Emory Poet Puts Katrina In Perspective

DECATUR, GA -- The impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the focus of a new book by Natasha Trethewey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Emory University.

She takes a deeply personal look at her hometown of Gulfport in "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast."

"Many Mississippians have felt a little bit forgotten in some ways," she told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie.  "People are still struggling with recovery."

Trethewey's book provides a revealing look at how Katrina affected her brother, Joe.

"I began to think my brother's story became emblematic of of the stories of lots of people we may not hear about," she said. 

Joe was on the right track before the hurricane hit. Afterward, he lost his job and began running out of money.

Friday Night's Prep Football Scores

Friday's Scores

By The Associated Press


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