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Boy, 14, hit by patrol car dies

MCDONOUGH, GA. — Authorities say a 14-year-old boy who was struck by a Henry County patrol car has died in an Atlanta area hospital.

Authorities said Chandler Jacob Weems of McDonough, Ga. died Sunday morning at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. He was sent to the Atlanta hospital after being struck on his bicycle Saturday afternoon as he was exiting a driveway.

Henry County police Sgt. Joey Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the officer “could not avoid the accident,” which happened as he was going on duty. Smith says the officer, identified as Denise Allyson Romano, was “very distraught” after the accident.

The accident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol. The accident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Emory professor is named to academy

ATLANTA — U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory University faculty member Natasha Trethewey has been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Emory announced the appointment this week. The 2013 class is set to be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 12 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

Emory Provost Claire Sterk calls Trethewey a dedicated and gifted teacher.

Trethewey is the director of the university’s creative writing program. She is also serving as the 19th Poet Laureate and is in residence through May 2013 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Trethewey is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection, Native Guard which was published in 2006, as well as several other poetry collections and a book of creative nonfiction.

USC eyes economic development office

COLUMBIA — The University of South Carolina will join other public colleges in the state when it opens an economic development office in July.

The State newspaper reported that USC’s Office of Economic Engagement will broaden the school’s reach beyond academics.

Other South Carolina public colleges with economic development offices include Clemson University and the College of Charleston.

School officials say the office will, among other things, manage USC’s Innovista research district, which debuted in 2005 with promises of four buildings filled with the latest technology and medical research along with businesses with highly paid workers.

But problems with developers and the economic downturn prevented progress on the private side of Innovista’s public-private partnership, and it became a sore spot with legislators who issued $70 million in bonds for the project.

Award recognizes heroic act in 1898

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The family of a man who helped save a 12-year-old off Sullivan’s Island in 1898 now has a posthumous award honoring his sacrifice.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the U.S. Coast Guard honored 24-year-old Surfman James Coste with a posthumous Silver Lifesaving Medal on Saturday. On Aug. 18, 1898, Coste dove into the waters off Station 12 on Sullivan’s Island to save 12-year-old Ned Schachte.

Coste drowned, while other rescuers pulled Schachte to safety.

Coste was a surfman in the U.S. Life Saving Service.

Schachte was the grandfather of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley.

Coste’s great-nephew is Hal Coste of Sullivan’s Island, who was also a Coast Guardsman.

He received the Silver Lifesaving Medal for saving the lives of five people in 1991 off Station 12.

6 charged in man’s death after attack

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Six people are charged in the death of a man who was attacked at a birthday party in Greenville.

WYFF-TV reported that deputy coroner Barry Wright says 20-year-old De’Bron Aldrick Harrison of Columbia died Friday from blunt force trauma to the head. He had been on life support at Greenville Memorial Hospital for almost a week.

Greenville police said Saturday they had arrested six people, including three juveniles.

Police say Harrison was attending a 16th birthday party at West End Community Center, where he intervened when a man punched two girls in the face.

Police said a group chased Harrison from the community center, then beat him and kicked him in the face.

West End Community Center managers say the party was a private function.


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