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Chipper Jones follows his idol Mickey Mantle into the Hall of Fame

Chipper Jones always looked up to the Mick.

Now, they're members of the same exclusive club.

Jones was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday , getting in on his first try with one of the highest voting percentages ever. The longtime Atlanta Braves third baseman was picked on 97.2 percent of the ballots - yep, even more than his idol, Mickey Mantle.

"There are only a few days that change your life forever," Jones said during an evening news conference at SunTrust Park, arranged before the voting totals were even announced since his selection was a foregone conclusion. "Today was another one of those instances where my life will never be same."

He headed the latest list of inductees, joined by Vladimir Guerrero (92.9 percent), Jim Thome (89.9) and Trevor Hoffman (79.9) . Edgar Martinez (70.4) just missed out on the 75 percent threshold in his next-to-last year on the ballot.

Growing up, Jones heard early and often about the player he should try to emulate. His father worshipped Mantle, who retired four years before Chipper was born but became a huge influence on his career. For instance, Mantle was a switch-hitter, so it was only natural that Jones hit from both sides.

In 1992, still three years away from claiming a spot in the Braves lineup that he would hold for 18 seasons, Jones got a chance to meet Mantle at an autograph session in suburban Atlanta.

Another of those life-changing days, it turned out.

"It was one of the only times where I found myself, the night before, practicing how I was going to meet somebody in the mirror," Jones recalled.

When the moment came, he couldn't get any of the words he had practiced to come out of his mouth.

"That's how high a pedestal this guy was on," Jones said, chuckling at the memory.

Composing himself, Jones finally began a conversation.

He wondered how Mantle dealt with the adulation, always carrying himself with a mythical aura that would still drive some fans to tears long after he was done playing.

"Mickey, does this ever get old?" Jones asked. "How do you keep this in perspective?"

Mantle told the young ballplayer of a recurring dream.

"I'm standing at the pearly gates. God walks up, and apparently I've got this worried look on my face. He says, 'Mickey, I'm gonna let you in. But can you sign these dozen baseballs?"

Jones roared with laughter.

So did everyone else in the room.

"That was his life," Jones said.

It was a life he learned to embrace, even though he didn't play in the bright lights of New York City.

"I don't mind signing an autograph or taking a picture," Jones said. "To be honest with you, if they weren't asking, I'd be more worried."

The first two things he signed after his election to the Hall: a pair of baseballs for his mother and father .

He personalized each with their nicknames - "Blondie" for his mom, "Hawk" for his dad - but the message was the same.

"We did it," he wrote. "HOF '18."

Jones said he was especially proud to be part of an induction class that includes Thome, a friend since their Triple-A days who shares a passion for hunting, not to mention Guerrero and Hoffman.

"He wasn't nicknamed 'Vlad the Impaler' for nothing," Jones said. "He was one of those scary hitters when he walked to the plate. Me, as a third baseman, I couldn't play deep enough when Vlad was hitting."

Hoffman was a shut-down closer who "had the second-coolest walk-up song in baseball," Jones quipped, undoubtedly thinking his song, "Crazy Train," tops the list. But he had to concede, "When 'Hell's Bells' came on, it was pretty darn intimidating to you as an opposing player."

Along with Martinez, two other players who didn't make the Hall: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. They continued to tick up in their vote totals - 57.3 percent for Clemens, 56.4 percent for Bonds - but were still far short of induction.

Both had the credentials to be first-ballot Hall of Gamers, but allegations that they used performance-enhancing drugs continue to thwart their selection. This was their sixth year on the ballot, leaving four more tries to get in.

While some Hall of Famers have come out strongly against Bonds and Clemens - most notably, Joe Morgan - Jones was more diplomatic.

In fact, he flatly stated that he wasn't best player on this year's ballot.

"I will say 'til the day they lay me in the ground that Barry Bonds is the best baseball player I've ever seen," Jones said. "It's unfortunate that some of the best players of our era have a cloud over them, following them, whatever. It doesn't change anything for me."

He wouldn't object to Bonds joining him in that exclusive club at Cooperstown.

"We were all fighting to be All-Stars," Jones said. "Barry was a charter member of the galactic All-Stars. That's how good he was. I wouldn't have a problem voting for Barry. But anybody who does, I completely understand.

"I guess I'll leave it at that."

Salmonella outbreak linked to popular cereal expands to 33 states

ATLANTA (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg's cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states.

The CDC announced Thursday that customers should avoid Honey Smacks, tweeting, "Do not eat this cereal." The agency says it found salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks, which has been subject to a voluntary recall by Kellogg since mid-June.

It says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund.

We'll have more details on the expanded recall, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning

The CDC says at least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak have been hospitalized. It says most people infected with salmonella develop a fever, cramps or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.

OUTBREAK Update: 100 Salmonella infections in 33 states linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Do not eat this cereal. — CDC (@CDCgov) July 12, 2018

Government reopens probe of Emmett Till killing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.

The Justice Department told Congress in a report in March it is reinvestigating Till's slaying in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 after receiving "new information." The case was closed in 2007 with authorities saying the suspects were dead; a state grand jury didn't file any new charges.

Deborah Watts, a cousin of Till, said she was unaware the case had been reopened until contacted by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The federal report, sent annually to lawmakers under a law that bears Till's name, does not indicate what the new information might be.

But it was issued in late March following the publication last year of "The Blood of Emmett Till," a book that says a key figure in the case acknowledged lying about events preceding the slaying of the 14-year-old youth from Chicago.

The book, by Timothy B. Tyson, quotes a white woman, Carolyn Donham, as acknowledging during a 2008 interview that she wasn't truthful when she testified that Till grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances at a store in 1955.

Two white men -- Donham's then-husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam -- were charged with murder but acquitted in the slaying of Till, who had been staying with relatives in northern Mississippi at the time. The men later confessed to the crime in a magazine interview, but weren't retried. Both are now dead.

Donham, who turns 84 this month, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. A man who came to the door at her residence declined to comment about the FBI reopening the investigation.

"We don't want to talk to you," the man said before going back inside.

Paula Johnson, co-director of an academic group that reviews unsolved civil rights slayings, said she can't think of anything other than Tyson's book that could have prompted the Justice Department to reopen the Till investigation.

"We're happy to have that be the case so that ultimately or finally someone can be held responsible for his murder," said Johnson, who leads the Cold Case Justice Initiative at Syracuse University.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the status of the probe.

Watts, Till's cousin and co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, said it's "wonderful" that the killing is getting another look, but didn't want to discuss details.

"None of us wants to do anything that jeopardizes any investigation or impedes, but we are also very interested in justice being done," she said.

Abducted from the home where he was staying, Till was beaten and shot, and his mutilated body was found weighted down with a cotton gin fan in the Tallahatchie River. Images of his mutilated body in the casket gave witness to the depth of racial hatred in the Deep South and helped build momentum for subsequent civil rights campaigns.

Relatives of Till pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reopen the case last year following publication of the book.

Donham, then known as Carolyn Bryant and 21 years old at the time, testified in 1955 as a prospective defense witness in the trial of Bryant and Milam. With jurors out of the courtroom, she said a "nigger man" she didn't know took her by the arm.

"Just what did he say when he grabbed your hand?" defense attorney Sidney Carlton asked, according to a trial transcript released by the FBI a decade ago.

"He said, 'How about a date, baby?'" she testified. Bryant said she pulled away, and moments later the young man "caught me at the cash register," grasping her around the waist with both hands and pulling her toward him.

"He said, 'What's the matter baby, can't you take it?'" she testified. Bryant also said he told her "you don't need to be afraid of me," claiming that he used an obscenity and mentioned something he had done "with white women before."

A judge ruled the testimony inadmissible. An all-white jury freed her husband and the other man even without it. Testimony indicated a woman might have been in a car with Bryant and Milam when they abducted Till, but no one else was ever charged.


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In the book, author Tyson wrote that Donham told him her testimony about Till accosting her wasn't true.

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him," the book quotes her as saying.

Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, introduced legislation this week that would make the government release information about unsolved civil rights killings. In an interview, Jones said the Till killing or any other case likely wouldn't be covered by this legislation if authorities were actively investigating.

"You'd have to leave it to the judgment of some of law enforcement agencies that are involved or the commission that would be created" to consider materials for release, Jones said.


Associated Press writer Allen G. Breed in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this report.

Insider attack in Afghanistan killed soldier from California

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says the U.S. service member killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan was a soldier from California.

In a statement, the Pentagon identified the soldier as Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California. He died Saturday in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Maciel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Kabul has said that two other U.S. service members were wounded in the attack.


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Woman murdered after she met man at Rainbow Gathering, deputies say

The Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office is working to identify a woman police say was murdered by someone she met at the Rainbow Family of Living Light Gathering.

Authorities told Channel 2 Action News they were contacted by the Elizabethtown Police Department in Kentucky about the arrest of Joseph Bryan Capstraw, 20, who said he met the woman at the gathering in Lumpkin County. 

Police initially did not know the identify of the victim but were able to identify her after getting the word out on social media. Police have not released the victim's name. 


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The Rainbow Family is a name for a very loose collection of self-described misfits, nature-lovers and artists who gather once a year in a national forest. This was their 47th gathering, but the first in Georgia.

According to authorities, the woman accompanied Capstraw as they left, hitchhiking from the event.

Channel 2's Michael Seiden covered the gathering near Dahlonega. Many of the people he met on assignment told him they do not go by their legal names during the event. That could prove to be a challenge for investigators. 


Please see the attached concerning a recent murder. #LawEnforcement #Wanted #BOLO #BackTheBlue #Dahlonega @CJenningsWSB — Lumpkin Co. Sheriff (@LumpkinCountySO) July 8, 2018

GBI investigating shooting that leaves 1 person dead, 3 injured

Channel 2 Action News has learned the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Arcade Police Department in Jackson County with a domestic-related shooting incident.

We've learned a person identified as 52-year-old Matthews Carr was killed and three other adults were shot on Wednesday night. A 22-year-old woman, a 22-year-old man, and a 49-year-old woman were those left injured.

Channel 2's Christian Jennings spoke with a neighbor who said he heard gunshots across the street.

"There were right to 10 shots altogether. They thought it was fireworks. I said, 'No, that wasn’t fireworks, that was gunshots,'" said Justin Gooch.


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Arcade police said the man who lived at the home on Carruth Road shot three people before turning the gun on himself.

"There were two females and one male. One was a girlfriend, the other female was her daughter, then the male was her daughter’s husband," said Arcade Police Chief Randy Williams.

The three victims were rushed to a hospital. 

"There was a lady (that) came out. She was just screaming," Gooch said.

Williams said the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The GBI is hoping to know more about this incident after the agents interview the victims in the hospital.

"This world is getting bad it’s getting bad. But we gotta turn to the Lord at this time," Gooch said.

Acuna's HR lifts Braves over Yankees 5-3 in 11 innings

This time, the short porch at Yankee Stadium ended up hurting the home team.

Even with one of baseball's tallest players posted at the wall.

Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning that nicked the glove of a leaping Aaron Judge in right field, and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Yankees 5-3 on Monday in a matchup between the top teams in each league entering the night.

"It should give us a lot of confidence," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It's good for our young guys that come into a place like this against a team like this, as good as they are, and play well."

Johan Camargo homered early and Jesse Biddle pitched out of a late jam for the NL East leaders, who followed up a three-game sweep in St. Louis with their fourth consecutive victory. Atlanta (49-34) is 15 games over .500 for the first time since the conclusion of the 2013 season.

New York (54-28) fell a game behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

The 20-year-old Acuna also doubled and drove in three runs, four years to the day after the touted rookie signed with the Braves.

"First time here at Yankee Stadium," he said through a translator. "First home run at Yankee Stadium is very special to me."

Judge hit his 23rd homer and second in two nights. Gleyber Torres had three hits and scored twice, but the rookie second baseman's 10th error since he was called up April 22 helped Atlanta get started in the 11th.

Playing on the outfield grass, Torres booted Nick Markakis' leadoff grounder. One out later, Acuna lofted a 1-2 pitch from David Robertson (5-3) the other way. Judge, all 6-foot-7 of him, got in good position at the auxiliary scoreboard and jumped, but the ball glanced off the tip of his webbing and cleared the fence.

"Tough play. I want to make that play for D-Rob and I wasn't able to come through," Judge said. "That's all it is, just a little timing. If I time it up right I make that play. On that one, I was just a little late."

Robertson slumped near the mound as an excited Acuna circled the bases with his seventh home run - third in the past six games.

"Man, when he hit it I thought it was an out, to be honest with you," Robertson said. "Playing here at Yankee Stadium, you see it happen all the time. The short porch gets you in right field."

Robertson had faced 182 right-handed batters without giving up a home run since Adam Rosales connected off him on June 25, 2017.

A.J. Minter got three outs for his fourth save .

"He's got a save in Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium. I mean, that's pretty good for a first-year reliever," Snitker said. "And you can tell, he's liking that situation, too. He doesn't back down. He's got a lot of confidence in himself."

New York stranded 12 and went a season-worst 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

The Yankees had the bases loaded with one out in the 10th before Biddle (2-0) struck out Greg Bird and Austin Romine on seven pitches. The left-hander fanned four in two scoreless innings.

"These fans are pretty loud, and I was just trying to quiet them down," Biddle said.

Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for the Yankees, hitting a season-high 104 mph on the stadium radar gun to oohs and aahs from the crowd of 43,792. Dellin Betances retired slugger Freddie Freeman with runners at the corners to end the 10th.

Judge hit a pop-fly homer to right in the first and has gone deep in four of his last six games. Camargo answered with a leadoff shot in the third against rookie starter Jonathan Loaisiga, who was sent to the minors after the game.

Braves right-hander Anibal Sanchez allowed three runs in six innings.


Loaisiga was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to open a spot for RHP A.J. Cole (neck strain), who will be reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said there's a good chance Loaisiga will return next Monday to start in a doubleheader at Baltimore.


With the international signing period open, the Yankees landed the younger brother of ace pitcher Luis Severino. Rafael Severino is a 19-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic who will start out at the club's academy there.

"Yippee. Sign me up for that," Boone said. "Definitely good to have another Severino in the mix."

The elder Severino, who is 13-2 with a 1.98 ERA, leads the majors in wins and the AL in ERA. He said he was excited, and happily delivered the news to his kid brother.

"He was flipping out. He didn't believe it," Luis Severino told reporters . "I think he's going to be really good."


Braves: Reliever Peter Moylan was placed on the 10-day DL with a strained right forearm and RHP Matt Wisler was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. OF Michael Reed and RHP Evan Phillips were called up from Triple-A. ... Arodys Vizcaino (right shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen and could come off the disabled list Tuesday. Vizcaino, who has 15 saves, has been sidelined since June 21.

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (two strained hamstrings) threw a bullpen and is scheduled to make a rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A. He could rejoin the team early next week in Baltimore - perhaps in time to pitch in the doubleheader. ... As a precaution, Romine (left hamstring) was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive night. He entered at catcher in the ninth. Romine will likely start one of the next two games, Boone said.


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Teen taken by state after parents let him use pot for seizures goes home

A Georgia teenager taken from his parents after they allowed him to smoke marijuana to treat frequent seizures was allowed to return home Monday.

The 15-year-old boy suffers daily epileptic seizures, according to a brief filed in juvenile court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

The teen, identified as David, had tried prescription medication and legal medical cannabis oil, but those didn't work.

Then, his mother and stepfather, Suzeanna and Matthew Brill, allowed David to smoke marijuana.

That stopped his seizures for 71 days, said their lawyer, Catherine Bernard.


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But when authorities found out, they came to the family's home in Macon on April 19 and said they had to stop.

The parents agreed to comply, and David had a serious seizure next day that required hospitalization, Bernard told The Associated Press on Monday.

David was placed in state custody, and his mother and stepfather were charged with reckless conduct after authorities said the couple put their son in danger by giving him marijuana.

"Our position, of course, is that the state endangered him by abruptly terminating treatment that was working for him," Bernard said.

Marijuana is not legal in Georgia for recreational or medical use, but the possession of low-THC cannabis oil is legal for the treatment of a specific list of medical conditions, including epilepsy.

At a hearing Monday in Twiggs County Juvenile Court, the state came out first and said the teen should be returned to his parents, Bernard said.

It was clear that he was being cared for by parents who had his best interest at heart, she said.

A protective order was outlined in court, but it hasn't been finalized yet, Bernard said, adding that Suzeanna Brill has agreed to follow instructions from her son's doctors.

David and his family had a celebratory pizza lunch after the hearing before heading home, Bernard said.

"We are very happy with the outcome today," she said.

Foltynewicz helps Braves sweep Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Mike Foltynewicz loves trying to one-up his fellow hurlers in the Atlanta Braves red-hot pitching rotation.

He kept even with cohorts by tossing five shutout innings and Freddie Freeman homered as the Atlanta Braves held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday.

"It's like a friendly competition with a fun group of guys," Foltynewicz said. "It's a good vibe."

The Braves outscored St. Louis 22-10 in sweeping a three-game series in St. Louis for the first time since May 11-13, 2012.

Tommy Pham homered for St. Louis, which has lost four in a row. The Cardinals scored five times in the seventh to rally from a 6-0 deficit.

Foltynewicz matched Julio Teheran and Max Fried to post the Braves third successive scoreless appearance by a starter. Teheran tossed six scoreless innings a 5-1 win on Friday. Fried did not allow a run in 6 2-3 innings of an 11-4 victory on Saturday.

"They've been awesome," said Atlanta infielder Charlie Culberson, who had two hits and drove in two runs on Sunday, "It makes it easier for us (hitters). A little bit more relaxed for us going up there."

Foltynewicz (6-4) surrendered one hit - a fourth-inning single to Marcell Ozuna. He struck out nine and walked three in an 86-pitch outing.

"He never gave in, he kept grinding," manager Brian Snitker said.

Foltynewicz has allowed just two hits and one run over 10 innings in two outings since coming off the disabled list with tightness in his right tricepts on June 25.

"He was kind of wildly effective," St. Louis infielder Kolten Wong said. "When you're throwing as hard as he was, it makes it tough."

The Braves three starters allowed seven hits over 17 2-3 innings with 24 strikeouts in the series.

"We've been feeding off each other," Foltynewicz said. "We're always pulling for each other, pushing each other, asking questions. We hang around together and you can see that we take it out to the mound. It's been a really fun time."

A.J. Minter picked up his third save in as many tries by setting the side down in order in the ninth. He has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances.

Freeman's 16th homer of the season, a two-run drive, pushed the lead to 3-0 in sixth. The blow highlighted a five-run uprising that also included a run-scoring hit from Culberson.

Pham hit a three-run homer off Peter Moylan in the seventh to bring the Cardinals to within 6-5.


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St. Louis starter John Gant (2-3) allowed four runs on four hits over 5 1-3 innings.

"I've definitely got to do better," Gant said. "Came out on the losing end, so anytime that happens, improvements need to be made."

Francisco Pena had a two-run single in the seventh for St. Louis, which will play 17 of its next 20 games on the road.

The Braves have been in first place or tied for first in 60 of the last 62 days. They kicked off their 10-game road trip in style.

"To come out and win the first three games, that's really nice," Culberson said. "But this series is done. We took care of business. Time to move on."

Atlanta infielder Ozzie Albies extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a sixth-inning single.


Braves: C Tyler Flowers returned to the starting lineup after missing Saturday's game. He suffered a muscle cramp in the sixth inning of Friday's 5-1 win.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson began a rehab stint with Triple-A Memphis on Sunday. He did not allow a hit over one inning. Gregerson was placed on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder impingement on May 16.


Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.68) will face RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0, 1.93) in the first of a three-game series against the Yankees in New York. Sanchez is 4-1 in six lifetime starts against the Yankees.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.22) takes on Arizona LHP Robbie Ray (3-0, 4.01) in the opener of a three-game series in Arizona that kicks off a nine-game road trip. Martinez is 2-0 in three starts at Chase Field.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Evening' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Evening" game were:


(four, eight, nine, nine)

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