Melissa Alford sits in the jurors box during the sentencing of Jose Torres and Kayla Norton at the Douglas County Courthouse on Monday. (Henry Taylor /
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5 things to know tonight: Douglasville hate-crime victim to defendants: ‘Why you crying now?’; tornado watch in parts of north Georgia and more

1. Douglasville hate-crime victim to defendants: ‘Why you crying now?’ When Kayla Norton broke down in court on Monday, Melissa Alford felt a twinge of sympathy. But then Alford thought of the reasons Norton was in court: the convoy of pickup trucks with Confederate flags, the vile racist epithets, the loaded shotgun leveled on her friends and family, the threats to blow children’s heads off. Norton had chosen to ride along on that convoy’s racist tear across two counties. Alford’s sympathy evaporated. [Read more]

2. Tornado watch issued for parts of North Georgia. A line of severe storms is heading toward Atlanta and a tornado watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for northwest Georgia, Channel 2 Action News meteorologists say. Cherokee, Bartow, Fannin and Floyd counties are included in the watch, which does not include Atlanta. [Read more

3. 6 injured in head-on collision involving school bus. Six people, including two children, have been taken to the hospital after a car crashed head on into a school bus Wednesday afternoon, Cobb County officials said. [Read more

4. Roddy White goes on Twitter rant about quarterbacks. A few weeks ago, Roddy White sounded off to the AJC’s Jeff Schultz about the Atlanta Falcons’ Super Bowl loss. 

During the “We Never Played the Game” podcast with Schultz and WSB TV’s Zach Klein, White explained he would’ve challenged then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan over the play calling in the loss to the New England Patriots in Houston. [Read more

5. Arrest made in deadly double shooting in Gwinnett. A month after two men were found shot to death at a motel, Gwinnett County police on Wednesday arrested the man they believe pulled the trigger. [Read more]

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