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7th Amendment essay competition to award 2 scholarships

7th Amendment essay competition to award 2 scholarships

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association is holding a scholarship essay competition for high school seniors.

The contest focuses on the 7th Amendment, which is an American's right to a trial by jury.

To enter, a college-bound senior must write an essay in response to this question:

Since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury has been the cornerstone of the Civil Justice System. And yet, in the two-plus centuries since, the Right to Trial by Jury has been under near-constant assault. In your opinion, what role does the 7th Amendment play in the 21st Century, and why do you believe that it is important to safeguard this right?

All essays must be submitted to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association no later than Monday, Apr. 7. One grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. The runner-up will get $500.

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RadioShack to close 500 stores

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- RadioShack scored big points with its comedic 1980s-themed Super Bowl ad that poked fun at the retailer's outdated image, but the mood was more somber on Tuesday when news broke that around 500 stores will close in the coming months.

WATCH | RadioShack Super Bowl ad

The Wall Street Journal says it isn't clear which of the Fort Worth, Texas-based company's 4,300 stores will be closed or when.

The closings are part of a restructuring. Says the WSJ, "The retailer has struggled to reverse a string of losses deepened by a sales strategy focused around smartphones, which failed to improve revenue over the past two years."

Emani's grandmother conflicted over death penalty

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Ten-year-old Emani Moss' short life was full of abuse and cruelty. She was starved to death, then her body was burned and thrown away like trash by her father and stepmother. Now, Emani's grandmother is pleading for her son's life to be spared.

"He was responsible for her life. He was responsible for her safety," Emani's grandmother Robin Moss said.

Robin Moss is torn between her desire for justice for her granddaughter Emani and her desire to spare her son the death penalty.

"I don't want any more death - if possible," she said. "I know that they have to be punished, but I don't want to have to bury my son."

Commuter Dude: Looking for an alternate route to crowded I-85

ATLANTA -- Angie Murchison's drive from Lawrenceville to downtown Atlanta can take an hour when she uses I-85, which is why she reached out to 11Alive's Commuter Dude for an alternate route.

Angie typically takes Ronald Reagan Parkway and I-85 into town.

11Alive's Commuter Dude and the 11Alive Traffic Team devised an alternate route using Highway 75, I-285, and I-20 into downtown.

Commuter Dude then put his alternate route to the test.

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Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

Victim identified in deadly Gwinnett crash

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A two-vehicle crash  left one person dead and another in the hospital in Gwinnett County on Saturday night. 

The accident, which took place on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, caused a gas leak and residents are being kept out of the area.

Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Chris Hyde said a driver, 52-year-old Everand Nelson of Lawrenceville, left the scene of a minor hit and run at the intersection of Tab Roberts, and continued down the road.

Nelson's car then jumped the median and hit another driver, later identified as 35-year-old Alandis Spells of Decatur, going the opposite direction.

"On impact that hit and run driver literally peeled the roof off the victim's car and the victim was killed," said Sgt. Hyde.

Spells' silver Dodge Charger then continued into a yard, hit the exterior of a home and struck the gas meter.

Nelson later flipped his car. He was taken to the hospital, where he remains Monday morning.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA-- The latest installment of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is ready for inspection. There are changes and new faces, but the name at the top in unchanged.

 McEachern leads the way with Southwest DeKalb second again this week. Redan, Archer, and Parkview make up the top 5.

Wesleyan, Tucker, Hillgrove, Norcross, and North Forsyth complete the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11 Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports.