News Quiz for Feb. 5

1. Although many school districts chose to keep kids home Friday, which one resumed classes following SnowJam 2014?

A. Douglas

B. Atlanta

C. Gwinnett

D. Clayton

2. State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, was among a group of 10 people arrested last week for protesting what?

A. A bill to legalize medical marijuana

B. The state’s reluctance to expand Medicaid

C. Georgia’s ‘stand your ground’ law

D. A bill to allow guns on college campuses

3. What movie shot in Atlanta has been No. 1 at the box office for the past three weeks?

A. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

B. “Anchorman 2”

C. “Dumb and Dumber To”

D. “Ride Along”

4. Keeping with the movie theme, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment over the weekend, had been in Atlanta recently for filming a sequel in what series?

A. The Hunger Games

B. The Fast and the Furious

C. Transformers

D. Mission Impossible

5. After years of eligibility, what former Falcons player was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday?

A. Eric Dickerson

B. Steve Bartkowski

C. Claude Humphrey

D. Gerald Riggs

Answers

1. C. Gwinnett County Schools, the state’s largest school district, went against trend Friday to be one of the few if not only school system to send kids back to school. Atlanta Public Schools and Marietta City Schools along with Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Henry and Paulding counties decided to give children one more day off. Schools throughout metro Atlanta resumed Monday.

2. B. Officers last week arrested 10 protesters, including state Sen. Vincent Fort who refused to leave Gov. Nathan Deal’s office in a protest over Medicaid expansion in Georgia.

Expanding Medicaid would extend health coverage to an additional 650,000 low-income Georgians. Deal has said the state can’t afford to expand a program that’s already overtaxed and too costly. Twenty-two other states have also rejected Medicaid expansion, while half the states and the District of Columbia are moving forward with it.

The arrests were orchestrated as part of Moral Monday Georgia, a group that has modeled its political protests after weekly demonstrations that rocked North Carolina last year and led to hundreds of arrests each week. Georgia organizers count support from a number of different groups, and they advocate progressive policies at sharp odds with the state’s conservative Republican leadership.

3. D. For the third weekend in a row, “Ride Along,” the comedy about mismatched cops on patrol in Atlanta is the No. 1 movie. Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, the film already set a January debut record when opening over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with $48.6 million. It brought in an estimated $12.3 million in ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak.

4. A. Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman still had some work yet to be completed on “Mockingjay” but his untimely passing likely will not affect the schedule for the next installment of the “Hunger Games” series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hoffman, 46, was discovered dead on Sunday in his New York home. He was the apparent victim of a drug overdose.

The actor acclaimed for his work on both stage and screen filmed the 2013 blockbuster “Catching Fire” here and had been back in Atlanta recently to work on “Mockingjay.” The final book in the “Hunger Games” series was split into two movies. Their November 2014 and 2015 release dates will not be affected by Hoffman’s death, The Hollywood Reporter notes.

5. C. Defensive end Claude Humphrey, the Falcons’ all-time sack leader, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Humphrey, 69, will be the first long-time member from the early days of the Falcons to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio.

It was an uphill climb for Humphrey, in part because of the Falcons’ history of losing during his era. He retired from the NFL in 1981 and was an unsuccessful Hall of Fame finalist in 2003, 2005 and 2006 and fell short in 2009 as a senior candidate.

Humphrey will join Tommy McDonald (1967), Eric Dickerson (1993), Chris Doleman (1994-95) and Deion Sanders (1989-93) as the only Falcons in the shrine.

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