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MURPHY: Runoff system too costly in a time of tight money

Tuesday's election has me thinking. With government scratching for every dime in these austere times, the state of Georgia could find a bonanza in switching its election process.

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Letting it pour: Snellville restaurants celebrating Sunday sales

Restaurant owners in Snellville will be popping the champagne today, celebrating the end to a long battle over liquor.

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Roddick falters, Isner advances

JOHNS CREEK -- It will be a Fish vs. a Bulldog in the singles final of the inaugural Atlanta Tennis Championships.The former is No. 6 seed Mardy Fish, who came up with key points to upset the tournament's top seed, Andy Roddick, for a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory in one semifinal Saturday at Atlanta Athletic Club.The latter is No. 2 seed and former Georgia standout John Isner, who was pushed to the limit by Kevin Anderson and a triple-digit heat index, but survived for a 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3 win in the other semi.The two will square off for the championships today at approximately 3 p.m. following the doubles final that will pit Rajeev Ram and Scott Lipsky against either Rohan Bopanna and Kristof Vliegen or Stephan Huss and Andre Na, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

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Daily Post wins 8 Ga. AP awards

The Daily Post was honored with eight awards Saturday at the Georgia AP Association awards luncheon, including first place in deadline reporting for staff coverage of last year's devastating floods.

Report: AYP may not tell whole story

When the Georgia Department of Education released the initial Adequate Yearly Progress report Monday, the data seemed disheartening at first glance.

WORLD: 51 bodies found in Monterrey dumping ground

MEXICO CITY -- Investigators said Saturday they have found 51 corpses in two days of digging in a field near a trash dump outside the northern city of Monterrey, as excavations continued at one of the largest clandestine body dumping grounds in Mexico's bloody drug war.

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Heatwave cooks Eastern US

TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- Another wave of oppressive heat clamped down on a broad swath of Eastern states on Saturday, with temperatures in the high 90s and 100s and residents scrambling for shade or just staying indoors.

NATION: Crews hurry to plug well after Bonnie passes

NEW ORLEANS -- Crews hurried to get back to work on plugging BP's leaky oil well Saturday after Tropical Storm Bonnie fizzled, and engineers hoped for a window of clear weather long enough to stop the gusher for good.

15 killed in mass panic at Germany's Love Parade

DUISBURG, Germany -- A stampede inside a tunnel crowded with techno music fans left 15 people dead and dozens injured at the famed Love Parade festival in western Germany on Saturday.

PEOPLE: Zsa Zsa Gabor has transfusion, remains critical

LOS ANGELES -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband said Saturday the actress remains in critical condition after receiving a blood transfusion.

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O'REILLY: Fariness for Shirley

This time last week, few Americans had ever heard of Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod.

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SMITH: Pitching is over, but Neikro can catch some fish

The waters of the upper Chattahoochee, rushing over the dam at Nora Mill just south of here, drown out the conversation of visitors who stop to feed the trout lounging below the observation deck.

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Still on a mission

It has been a long journey for Chad Hall to get to the NFL.The Wesleyan grad's life-long dream seemed dashed two years ago when he wasn't drafted out of college and didn't make the cut as a free agent in training camp.So Hall fulfilled his service commitment with the Air Force Academy, where he starred on the football field as a senior, and became a second lieutenant.

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Lefty Chapman eying bigs at 100 mph

LAWRENCEVILLE -- When the triple-digit speed reading lit up the scoreboard panel on the left-field fence, the "oohs" and "aahs" rumbled though Coolray Field.Only rarely do you see a pitch register 100 mph. When highly touted Cuban prospect Aroldis Chapman pitches, though, it is a regular occurrence.

School supply drive to help disadvantaged

A children's charity is conducting a school supplies drive to outfit children in need with materials necessary to start school.

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Butler still aims for national title

When Brice Butler signed with the University of Southern California football team in 2008, the Trojans were the most dominant team in college football.USC had won two national titles in five years and played for a third. By the time Butler graduated, he expected to have a ring of his own.

Everest to add paralegal, criminal justice programs

Everest Institute -- one of Atlanta's career colleges with four campuses in the metro area -- has announced it will add criminal justice and paralegal programs this fall at its Norcross campus.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson, Chambliss vote on unemployment extension

Gwinnett's Washington representatives on both sides of the political spectrum voted to extend unemployment benefits last week.

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Youth Roundup: Easton Elite 10U earns trip to fastpitch nationals

The '99 Easton Elite fastpitch softball team won the ASA South Atlantic Regional Qualifier in Spartanburg, S.C., securing a trip to 10-and-under ASA Nationals in Chattanooga.

Bisher: A Diaz you don't know

His profession is listed as a professional baseball player. Portland, Ore., is listed as his home town, but only because he was born there. He grew up in Florida, Lake Wales first, then Lakeland, and he established his trade at Florida State University.

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G-Braves' Minor outdueled by fellow lefty Maloney

LAWRENCEVILLE — Christmas in July was celebrated at Coolray Field on Saturday night. Gwinnett fans really got their present in late June, though.

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Gubernatorial, legislative races real barometers of election

In this high-stakes election of 2010, much attention naturally focuses on Republican efforts to come back in Congress and the Democrats’ drive to retain their large majorities in the House and Senate.

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Fariness for Shirley

This time last week, few Americans had ever heard of Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod. Now she is a household name in households that actually follow the news. A few days ago, Sherrod was fired by the Obama administration for admitting that more than 20 years ago — as an administrator in Georgia — she did not treat a white farmer as fairly as she would have treated a black farmer. Her admission came as part of a speech she made before the NAACP in March. Sherrod is black.

G-Braves notes: G-Braves welcome pitcher Resop back on rehab start

LAWRENCEVILLE — Chris Resop made it to Atlanta by going 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA to start the season with Gwinnett. Now the veteran right-hander is trying to make it back.

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Pitching is over, but Neikro can catch some fish

The waters of the upper Chattahoochee, rushing over the dam at Nora Mill just south of here, drown out the conversation of visitors who stop to feed the trout lounging below the observation deck.

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Journalists should be able to vent to each other in private

The current Journolist controversy that has the blogosphere heaving sparks, and Washington even more self-absorbed than usual, is weak tea — a tempest in Barbie’s teacup.

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Runoff system too costly in a time of tight money

Tuesday’s election has me thinking.

Road Closures

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December 2011 for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

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Vera Mcfall

LEE Vera Lee McFall, age 72 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2010. Memorial Service will be held at 7 PM on Saturday, July 24, 2010 in the ...

Suzanne Simmons

Suzanne Simmons, age 47 of Loganville, GA, passed away July 22, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Phillip Moon

Phillip Moon, age 82 of Martin, GA formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise McWaters Moon, children, Clifford ...

Hazel Tyson

Hazel Tyson, age 77 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away July 21, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Thomas Farrell

Thomas Michael Farrell, age 61, passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 while vacationing in Clearwater, Florida. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM, Monday, July 26, 2010 at ...

Marian Hooker

Marian (Frye) Hooker, age 93, of Loganville, GA died July 23, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

William Bowman

William Brian Bowman, age 46 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away July 22, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Clifford Poole, Jr.

Mr. Clifford “Cliff” Poole, Jr., age 85, of Jefferson, GA passed away Sunday, July 18, 2010. Arrangements by Gardenview Funeral Chapel, 706-546-1125.

Maggie Johnson

Mrs. Maggie Pearl Martin Johnson, age 95, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doc Johnson; sisters, Winnie Rowe ...

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