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Boy shot in stomach is in critical condition


CONYERS - A 9-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the stomach by his mother while she was trying to load a gun.

Johnny Andrews was shot while his mother's boyfriend was showing her how to use a .45-caliber handgun when two shots went off, one hitting the boy in the abdomen, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said.

It appears the woman, Carey Fitts, 30, was pulling the slide back to load the weapon while her finger was on the trigger, Sheriff's Cpl. Tom Brewer said.

The boy was brought to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Ms. Fitts has been charged with reckless conduct.

Old wastewater plant becomes public park

SAVANNAH - Windsor Forest Neighborhoods Association's efforts to turn a former wastewater treatment plant into a public park has neared completion.

The southside neighborhood has unveiled the 55-acre Joseph J. Tribble Park.

The park features a large lake that will be stocked with fish, grass fields, a paved walking trail, a fishing area and a pavilion with picnic tables.

The city was set to open the park in late 2005 when the earthen levee around the lake broke, emptying 95 percent of the water into nearby yards and streets and killing the fish.

Planners spent the next year figuring out the engineering to make sure a fix would work.

Wesleyan won't rank colleges for report

MACON - Wesleyan College no longer will participate in the largest section of U.S. News & World Report's college rankings survey, college officials said.

Wesleyan joins a growing number of colleges boycotting the peer assessment portion of the survey because some say the rankings are misleading and do not serve students' interests.

The peer assessment, which accounts for 25 percent of how a college is ranked, is based on ratings from top college officials. Colleges are rated from 1-5, from marginal to distinguished. If assessors don't know enough about a school, they may mark "don't know."

Wesleyan, which is listed in the third tier of the best liberal arts colleges, still will provide all other data to U.S. News & World Report. Other criteria that count toward the rankings include retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and graduation rate performance.

- Edited from wire reports