Attorneys safe after kidnapping

•ATLANTA - Two attorneys are safe Monday after one sent a text message to his brother saying the two had been kidnapped.

David Deganian sent his brother, Arman Deganian, a chilling message: ''We've been kidnapped. Please call the police and help us.''

The brothers and about a dozen other people had been at a housewarming party and walked to a nightclub in east Atlanta.

David Deganian, 26, and a friend, Herman Hoying, 28, stayed behind to pay a bar tab as everyone started to leave around 2:30 a.m., Arman Deganian said.

The two men were walking as four men wearing bandannas across their faces and wielding guns approached them, said David Deganian. After being robbed, the two were stuffed into a kidnapper's car and taken to an empty townhouse where they were held at gunpoint for more than 14 hours.

Judge remains critical one week after beating

•SAVANNAH - A 74-year-old judge remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday, a week after he was found severely beaten inside his law office in Jesup.

Friends said Glenn Thomas Jr., a Recorders Court judge and attorney who also served 30 years as district attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, has been unable to undergo surgery because of swelling in his brain.

Thomas was found beaten and bloodied June 25 at his office desk.

Authorities say a man struck him several times in the head with a blunt weapon, took his wallet and car keys and stole his pickup truck.

Commission to vote on open meetings

•ATLANTA - Georgia's Public Service Commission is set to vote today on a rule designed to open up more of the panel's business to the public.

The plan would ban PSC members from holding some closed-door meetings with companies who have business before the panel.

Commissioner Angela Speir, who authored the proposal, said that members of the public are often frozen out of decisions that affect them because they are based on private conversations between PSC members and lobbyists for the state's major utility companies and other interests.

- From wire reports