Originally created 01/13/02

Across Georgia



Duchess of York pays visit to U.S. dieters

ATLANTA -Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and a self-admitted "closet American," encouraged a hotel ballroom of 1,500 dieters to pursue their goals and told her tale of slimming down from 220 pounds.

Since 1997, Ms. Ferguson has worked as a celebrity representative for Weight Watchers Inc.

Ms. Ferguson said she spends as much time in America as she can, telling about the "puppy fat" that trailed her into adulthood, and of "thundering down" stairwells at Buckingham Palace as "fat, frumpy Fergie."

"I was the Duchess of Pork," she said.

Morning MARTA train kills homeless man

ATLANTA -A MARTA train struck and killed a homeless man Saturday who apparently was sleeping in a tunnel.

The Arts Center transit station in midtown Atlanta was closed for about three hours after the 7 a.m. incident. Passengers were shuttled around the station on buses, MARTA spokeswoman Steen Miles said.

Authorities say the victim, Jerry Smith, 35, was struck by an earlier train whose conductor did not see him. The operator of a second northbound train spotted the man about a quarter-mile inside the tunnel.

Police said Mr. Smith worked as a day laborer, Ms. Miles said. Alcohol might have played a role in the accident, she said.

Veterinarians help woman give birth

WOODSTOCK -Veterinarians Jeff Cribb and Gregg Cohen have delivered plenty of babies - puppies, kittens and large livestock.

On Friday, they were faced with their first human birth, helping welcome Michael Julian into the world after an Acworth couple discovered they couldn't make it to the humans' hospital.

Jose Julian pulled into the Animal Hospital of West Woodstock as his wife, Natividad, was giving birth. He needed a place to park - quickly.

"The closest I've ever come is ER the TV show," Dr. Cribb said of a human delivery. "I started to try not to panic and make sure the baby's color was good and the breathing OK - similar things we look for in our veterinary patients."

"His whole little body popped out, in one fell swoop. It was so cool," Dr. Cribb said.