Originally created 03/07/03

Across Georgia



Murderer set to die by lethal injection

ATLANTA -Convicted murderer Larry Eugene Moon has been scheduled to be the eighth inmate put to death in Georgia by lethal injection, the state Department of Corrections said Wednesday.

The execution is scheduled to take place at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson at 7 p.m. March 25.

A Catoosa County Superior Court judge sentenced Mr. Moon, 55, to death in 1988 for murdering 34-year-old Ricky Callahan, who had driven to a convenience store to buy his wife some aspirin Nov. 24, 1984.

Bridge to open months after scheduled date

BRUNSWICK -The new Sidney Lanier Bridge will finally be open to traffic April 7, more than 27 months behind its scheduled completion.

The Georgia Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard made the announcement Wednesday.

The original completion date for the $110 million bridge - $50 million above the original estimate - was Jan. 1, 2001.

Organizers try to get permit to hold festival

ATLANTA -Hip-hop festival organizers met Thursday with Atlanta city officials in another effort to get a permit for a three-day event in April at the Turner Field parking lots.

The city turned down a bid Wednesday from music mogul Russell Simmons and his group, the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, saying the application had inconsistent crowd estimates and no proof of insurance.

Rappers Eminem and Nelly are among the performers scheduled to perform. The event would begin April 11 and feature seminars and other rap acts.

Movie star, director pay for artificial limb

CLARKSTON -After appearing in the new Bruce Willis movie Tears of the Sun, John Anyak received a special gift from Mr. Willis and the movie's director, Antoine Fuqua.

They spent $20,000 to buy a new artificial leg for the Sudanese refugee to replace the one he wore out in four months of filming in the jungles of Hawaii.

Mr. Anyak, who lives in an east Atlanta suburb, had no acting experience, but the movie needed someone to play the role of an African war amputee. Mr. Anyak lost his left leg during the civil war in Sudan in the 1980s.