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    ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta employees and elected officials are now required to undergo active shooter training on an annual basis. The Atlanta City Council recently passed an ordinance requiring such training. The vote comes less than a month after a shooting that injured two Spelman College students and two Clark Atlanta University students. 'People are afraid, and in that moment, people don't know exactly what to do,' Councilwoman Marci Collier Overstreet said of recent high-profile shootings. 'Sometimes it's a better practice if you're given the chance to go through training at least once a year.' The training will be required for all part-time, full-time and contract employees of the city, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . The city's human resources department will maintain and enforce the training. Atlanta police will be involved in the training, Overstreet said. The city has not set a budget for the cost of the training or set an agenda for the classes. In recent years, active shooter training courses have become more common, especially in workplaces and schools, the newspaper reported. Police departments have offered drills to residents in metro Atlanta and elsewhere, including recent training in Dunwoody. ___ Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ These Georgia lotteries were drawn Sunday: 02-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-17-19-20-23 (two, four, seven, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-three) Estimated jackpot: $227 million Estimated jackpot: $40 million Mega Millions Powerball
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Morning' game were: 02-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-17-19-20-23 (two, four, seven, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-three)
  • COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A man convicted of killing his girlfriend in Georgia is scheduled to start a new trial Monday after a judge found a court reporter botched the transcript of his first proceeding by repeatedly failing to relay what was said in court and sometimes inserting gibberish into her voice recordings. Muscogee Superior Court Judge William Rumer accused the court reporter of 'faking her job' during Antoine Jerome Magee's 2008 trial, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported . 'It was a ruse to make all believe that she was taking it down word for word,' the judge wrote. 'She was not.' In 2017, he ordered a new trial for Magee, 40. A jury had found Magee guilty of murder and reckless conduct in the 2005 shooting death of his girlfriend, Mary Rodgers, in Columbus. The couple had fled Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. A judge sentenced Magee to life in prison. But attorneys who took over Magee's defense in 2013 objected to the trial transcript. The court reporter transcribed the trial by repeating what she heard into a microphone and then writing out the recording later. Her professional certification, however, had lapsed before the trial, and the transcript was riddled with errors, the Ledger-Enquirer reported. Rumer, who did not preside over the first trial, found an average of 4.6 errors per transcript page, which over 301 pages would total an estimated 1,384 mistakes, the newspaper said. Stacey Jackson, who prosecuted Magee in 2008, said he had no idea what the court reporter was doing because the device she used to record her voice hid her mouth. 'You don't know what she's saying into it,' Jackson told the Ledger-Enquirer. He said he had never before heard of a case being overturned because of a faked transcript. Separate audio recordings of the trial, additionally, were incomplete, leading Rumer to conclude that there was 'no other method available to produce a true and accurate record of the Magee trial.' Though the judge granted Magee a new trial, Magee remained in custody. Magee's attorney, Jennifer Curry, said at least two witnesses from the first trial are dead and others may not be able to make it to court in time. She has discussed a plea deal with the new prosecutor on the case, she said. ___ Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com
  • San Francisco Giants (74-81, third in the NL West) vs. Atlanta Braves (96-60, first in the NL East) Atlanta; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Logan Webb (1-2, 6.51 ERA) Braves: Dallas Keuchel (8-6, 3.63 ERA) LINE: Braves -198; over/under is 9 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: San Francisco enters the game as losers of their last three games. The Braves are 50-30 on their home turf. Atlanta's team on-base percentage of .332 is sixth in the majors. Freddie Freeman leads the lineup with an OBP of .381. The Giants have gone 41-39 away from home. San Francisco has hit 161 home runs as a team this season. Kevin Pillar leads them with 21, averaging one every 27.8 at-bats. TOP PERFORMERS: Freeman leads the Braves with 73 extra base hits and is batting .296. Ozzie Albies has 15 hits and is batting .395 over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Pillar leads the Giants with 60 extra base hits and has 85 RBIs. Brandon Belt is 10-for-34 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and an RBI over the last 10 games for San Francisco. LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 6-4, .238 batting average, 3.17 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs Giants: 4-6, .227 batting average, 3.97 ERA, outscored by 10 runs Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: (elbow), A.J. Minter: (shoulder), Ender Inciarte: (hamstring), Charlie Culberson: (face), Johan Camargo: (shin), Alex Jackson: (knee). Giants Injuries: Tony Watson: (wrist), Reyes Moronta: (shoulder), Trevor Gott: (elbow), Steven Duggar: (shoulder), Donovan Solano: (calf), Pablo Sandoval: (elbow), Zach Green: (hip). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - 'I really have had a good, good life,' said Tess Gay on Saturday (Sept. 14) afternoon as friends and relatives stopped by her Marietta home to celebrate her 100th birthday. Gay held court from her comfy living room chair wrapped in a golden boa with a matching crown with the number 100 on top. Each time a new loved one entered, she smiled big and welcomed them with a hug. Guests milled about, munched on hors d'oeuvres and posed for selfies with the new centenarian. Gay is the widow of George Gay, a Navy pilot and decorated hero of the Battle of Midway. Tess Gay grew up outside Washington, D.C., in a military family. She said she had a pleasant childhood growing up on a naval base where she was insulated from the nation's financial troubles. 'We didn't feel the Depression as much as must people,' she said. 'We didn't feel it so much because we lived on a naval base and everything was taken care for you there.' After graduating high school, Gay stayed in the D.C. area to attend college at Strayer University, which was at the time called Strayer's Business College, in Herndon, Virginia. She said her life changed once the U.S. entered World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor. 'I was stunned,' she said. 'A friend of mine's husband was called to serve right after Pearl Harbor. They rounded up all the Japanese. It was pretty frightening, and she didn't see her husband for three days when they were out doing the Japanese round-ups, which I felt were very unfair at the time, because many of them were very innocent.' Six months after Pearl Harbor came the Battle of Midway, where the U.S. issued the Japanese Imperial Navy a staggering defeat in what would turn out to be one of the war's most decisive battles. George Gay, then an ensign, was a pilot assigned to Torpedo Squadron 8, which was tasked with torpedoing Japanese vessels. Under withering enemy fire from machine guns and anti-aircraft batteries, Gay continued to press his attack on a Japanese carrier, according to the U.S. Naval Institute. He pressed on even after his rear gunner Radioman Third Class Bob Huntington was killed and another machine gun bullet struck his own left arm. When Gay went to fire his torpedo for the first time in his life, nothing happened. The controls had been shot out. His left hand temporarily useless, he held the plane's control stick with his knees while he reached back and pulled the emergency release cable. He made a hard turn to avoid the anti-aircraft weapons on the carrier, but his plane was hit by enemy fighters and he realized he was going down as flames started to lick at his left leg. The wounded ensign spent 36 hours in the ocean as the battle raged on around him, hiding from enemy fire beneath a black seat cushion until he felt it was safe to inflate his life boat. He had what accounts called a 'ringside seat' for the remainder of the fighting and personally witnessed three burning Japanese carriers slip under the waves. His decorations include the Navy Cross, Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with blue star and Purple Heart Medal. Gay quickly became a celebrity after his rescue. He was hailed as the sole survivor of his squadron. In reality, he was the sole survivor of the planes based on his carrier. Two squadron members from a different carrier - Ensign Albert K. 'Bert' Earnest and Airman Third Class Harry Ferrier - also survived the battle, according to the Naval Institute. In total, 45 of the 48 men of Torpedo Squadron 8 were killed in action during the Battle of Midway. With the public eager to hear about a victory after Pearl Harbor, his picture was in nearly every newspaper, songs were written about him, and he even appeared on the cover of Life Magazine. But Tess Gay said the first time she met her future husband, she had only a vague idea of who he was. 'I was rooming with this friend, Scarlet, and she came home one night and she said 'We've got an invitation to go to George Gay's birthday party.' I said 'Who's George Gay?' 'Oh, you know, he's the one that's been in the paper,'' she said. 'They put me in the backseat sitting right behind George, who was the driver of the car. I remember him looking up at me and saying 'Where have they been keeping you?'' Looking back, Tess Gay said she loved him from the start. 'I loved everything about him,' she said. 'It wasn't perfect, I don't mean that, but I just liked his way of doing things. And I must have liked him for 50 years.' A few days after meeting him, she got a phone call. He was interested, too. 'The first thing he said was 'Now, before we start, he said 'I'm not engaged with Scarlet, she was just along for the ride, so I don't want you to think I'm sneaking around,'' she said. 'That was George. He was always right down to the nail.' She said she didn't really know what he had been through until the first time she met his mother. 'It just flabbergasted me, for him to be out in that ocean for 36 hours,' she said. 'Only George Gay was the type that could do it, though. If he set his mind to do something, he did it.' They were married in 1946 and lived in Marietta while George Gay worked as a captain for Trans World Airlines for over 30 years. They have two children, two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Tess Gay said she remembers those years as some of the happiest of her life. 'We traveled quite a bit on little side trips, we called them, when he wasn't flying. . . . For our anniversary, he came home one time, he said 'We're going to Europe, to Paris this weekend, for our anniversary.' We went over, we had champagne, we had a celebration, and we came home the next night. We went on a date in Paris,' she said. The couple traveled all over the world, to London, Paris, Rome, Athens, Cairo, Bangkok and more. Gay said her favorite places were Athens and Paris. For the rest of his life, he would attend and speak at events commemorating the battle. Tess Gay, too, regularly traveled to Washington to attend Battle of Midway ceremonies following her husband's death. After George Gay died in 1994, his ashes were scattered in the ocean where he fought and bled. Uniformed representatives from the Navy came to her Marietta party to drop off birthday wishes from Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer. Other luminaries sent well-wishes by mail, including both of Georgia's U.S. Senators, American Legion Commander James Oxford and Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin, who honored the couple in 2012 by naming June 4 Tess and George Gay Day in Marietta, marking the Battle of Midway's 70th anniversary. Gay had a little fun with one of the sailors and asked if she could try on his uniform hat. Party guests laughed as she cocked it to one side, saying 'Just like George wore his.' Granddaughter Terri French, who lives in Oklahoma and hosts haunted historical tours, said her grandparents were role models for her growing up. 'She was very strict, very by-the-book. Pop Pop kind of spoiled me a little too much, and she didn't like that,' she said with a laugh. 'I got to travel with them a lot growing up, I got to go to different air shows and see him speak, I got to go on the road with them quite a few times. . . . She has always had an air of class around her that I tried to emulate. I've always tried to be as proper and upstanding as she is. It's a tough act to follow, but I've always tried. Tess Gay said what other people call class is a matter of respecting oneself, something she thinks today's youngsters could learn to do better. 'The Bible says 'People will cry for peace, but there will be no peace,'' she said. 'That's what's going on in the world today. . . . and teenagers today are so unlike we were when we were growing up.' But that doesn't mean eschewing fun, either. Ask her the secret to a long, happy life, and she'll tell you to set aside a little time to relax. 'You want the truth? A martini every day at five o'clock,' she said with a laugh. 'One, mind you, just one.' ___ Information from: Marietta Daily Journal, http://mdjonline.com/
  • ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - On a raucous Saturday night between the hedges, No. 3 Georgia held on for a gutsy win that might have ramifications all the way to the College Football Playoff. For No. 7 Notre Dame, it was another big-game loss but a performance that should bring more respect. Jake Fromm threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence Cager early in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs survived for a 23-17 victory that was much tougher than many expected. 'That's what college football is all about, man,' Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. 'I hate that somebody had to lose that game. I've got a lot of respect for the way they played, and all the negative things they've heard, and to come out and play the way they did. They played really physical as a team, and so did we. We persevered.' The Bulldogs (4-0) trailed 10-7 at halftime but turned the momentum when redshirt freshman Divaad Wilson snatched away a deflected pass by Ian Book for an interception deep in Notre Dame territory. The Fromm-to-Cager combination helped push Georgia to a 23-10 lead before the Fighting Irish (2-1) made a game of it at the end. Book's 4-yard touchdown pass to Chase Claypool cut the deficit with 3:12 remaining, the Notre Dame defense held, and Book got the ball back at his own 48 after a poor punt with just under 2 minutes to go. The Irish got as far as the Georgia 38, but no farther. It ended with Book zig-zagging on a desperate scramble before hurling up a long pass that fell incomplete, denying Notre Dame the signature win over a top opponent it so desperately needs in its first visit ever to Sanford Stadium. 'This stings a little bit,' defensive lineman Khalid Kareem said. 'But our morale is still high. The season's not over.' With Georgia up 13-10 after a pair of field goals by Rodrigo Blankenship, Cager hauled in a 36-yard pass along the sideline to push the Bulldogs into the red zone. Then, on third-and-7 from the 15, Notre Dame brought a blitz and Fromm coolly lofted one toward Cager along the left side of the end zone. A half-foot taller than cornerback Troy Pride Jr., the 6-foot-5 graduate transfer leaped high to make the catch and tapped down his right foot before tumbling out of the bounds to put Georgia in command, 20-10 with 13:19 remaining. Desperate to cut into the deficit, Notre Dame called a flea-flicker play. But when Book was pressured out of the pocket and let go of a pass on the run, J.R. Reed dove in front of the intended receiver to make a brilliant interception as he slid into the Irish bench. Reed sprinted all the way across the field, hopped atop the Georgia bench and bounced for the record crowd of more than 93,000 while wearing shiny, Road Warrior-style shoulder pads that go to the latest Bulldog defender to get a turnover. It led to Blankenship's third field goal. In a most efficient performance, Fromm was 20 of 26 for 187 yards. Cager was his favorite target, hauling in five passes for 82 yards. D'Andre Swift led Georgia on the ground with 98 yards and a touchdown, including a dazzling play when he hurdled completely over a would-be tackler who went at his legs. 'We just kept hitting them, hitting them and hitting them, and it finally just started wearing on them,' Fromm said. 'We started running the ball more and started making plays throwing the ball.' A two-touchdown underdog, Notre Dame took advantage of a huge turnover by Georgia punt returner Tyler Simmons to grab the lead. Attempting to make a fair catch, he fumbled the ball away and Claypool recovered for the Irish at the Georgia 8 to set up Book's 1-yard touchdown pass to Cole Kmet on fourth down. Book appeared to be trying to hit Tony Jones Jr. in the back of the end zone, but Kmet reached up with one hand to pull it down. Swift scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 75-yard drive, but Jonathan Doerer booted a 27-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. Book finished 29 of 47 for 275 yards, giving Notre Dame a chance right to the end even though the Irish were outgained 152-46 in rushing yards. 'I left the field thinking we beat ourselves,' Claypool said. INJURY REPORT The Bulldogs lost left guard Solomon Kindley in the first half with what appeared to be a left ankle injury. Justin Shaffer took over and did a solid job, though Smart wasn't pleased with him getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Georgia's offensive line also was bolstered by the return of right tackle Isaiah Wilson, who had missed the last two games with an ankle injury. Without much practice time, he was able to take some meaningful snaps in the second half. LET'S GET PHYSICAL Notre Dame's Brian Kelly said it was 'probably one of the most physical games I've coached.' 'You could hear out there,' he said. 'The physicality was real.' THE TAKEAWAY Notre Dame: Dropping to 8-29 against Top 10 teams since Lou Holtz left after the 1996 season, this still seemed like a step in the right direction for the Fighting Irish. Instead of getting blown out against a leading opponent, as they were by Alabama in the 2013 BCS championship game and Clemson in last year's playoff semifinals, Notre Dame was in this game all the way. But Book's two interceptions were a killer, and the Irish also seemed to struggle with the noise judging by five false-start penalties and a botched snap on a fourth-down play. 'We practice in a loud environment,' Kelly said. 'I'm disappointed we didn't handle it better.' Georgia: After three straight blowout victories, the Bulldogs finally got the test they so desperately needed. Maybe it wasn't as dominating as some were expecting, but this was the sort of win that should look good on the resume if they're in the mix for a playoff spot. UP NEXT Notre Dame: Returns home next Saturday to host No. 21 Virginia. Georgia: The Bulldogs are off next weekend before traveling to Tennessee for a Southeastern Conference game on Oct. 5. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 4 Night' game were: 4-9-4-7 (four, nine, four, seven)
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Fantasy 5' game were: 01-07-28-29-33 (one, seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty-three)
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