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The victims of Wednesday's plane crash in suburban Atlanta have been identified as two North Carolina men.

DeKalb County officials on Thursday said 59-year-old Leslie Csanyi and 60-year-old Scott Robert Lowrie both lived in Salisbury, North Carolina, the plane's intended destination.

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UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Robert Olsen was sentenced Friday to 20 years with 12 to serve in prison.

ORIGINAL STORY: A former Georgia police officer faces up to 35 years in prison when he's sentenced Friday for the fatal shooting of an unarmed, naked man.

Robert "Chip" Olsen was responding to a call of a naked man behaving erratically outside an Atlanta-area apartment complex in March 2015 when he fatally shot 26-year-old Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD. Olsen is white and Hill was black.

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A federal judge has blocked a Georgia sheriff from posting signs in front of the homes of three registered sex offenders warning people not to trick-or-treat there.

 

Judge Marc Treadwell in Macon ruled Tuesday that the sex offenders were likely to win their argument that Butts County Sheriff Gary Long’s signs violate their free speech rights.

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Lawyers for the state of Georgia have conceded that the order for an execution scheduled Wednesday is void.

Ray Jefferson Cromartie was scheduled to die Wednesday evening for the April 1994 slaying of Richard Slysz at a convenience store in Thomasville. But the state Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday morning to temporarily halt the execution.

In this April 19, 2019 photo an athlete stands near a NCAA logo in Beaumont, Texas. The NCAA voted to allow college athletes to earn money without violating amateurism rules.
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The Latest on the NCAA task force’s report on the feasibility of allowing athletes to profit from their names and images (all times local):

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The chairman of the NCAA board of governors says the association hopes to avoid a court battle against states that are attempting to pass laws aimed at dismantling the NCAA’s rules.

The NCAA board voted on Tuesday to allow athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses, but much work still needs to be done to determine how that will work within NCAA rules.

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Former President Jimmy Carter's church says he plans to teach Sunday school less than two weeks after falling and breaking his pelvis.

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A former restaurant employee is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for starting fires inside the eatery in the historic heart of Georgia's oldest city.

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Overall grades for Georgia's schools fell in the 2018-2019 school year, with Gov. Brian Kemp and state Superintendent Richard Woods repeating their calls Friday to overhaul grading methods.

In this Oct. 20, 1969, file photo, Georgia state Sen. Leroy Johnson speaks for a group of Atlanta African-American leaders in support of Vice Mayor Sam Massell at a City Hall news conference in Atlanta.
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A former Georgia state senator who was the first black lawmaker elected to the upper chamber after Reconstruction has died.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that Sen. Leroy Johnson died at 91. Johnson was elected as a Democrat in 1962, three years before the Voting Rights Act was signed, and in the same freshman class as President Jimmy Carter. Johnson served until 1975.

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez gestures to the crowd after the team defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0 in an MLS soccer Eastern Conference quarterfinal Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Julian Gressel scored in the 10th minute, Josef Martinez added a late goal and defending champion Atlanta United beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Thursday night to advance to the Eastern Conference final.

United will host Toronto FC on Wednesday night. Toronto beat top-seed New York City FC 2-1 on the road Wednesday night. 

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized after a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia.

A statement from The Carter Center says Jimmy suffered "a minor pelvic fracture" on Monday, but remains in good spirits and looks forward to recovering at home.

Mark Richt spent 15 seasons as Georgia's head coach, going 145-51 with two SEC championships and five division titles. He retired following the 2018 season, after compiling a 26-13 record in three seasons at Miami.
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Former Georgia and Miami coach Mark Richt tweeted Monday that he is recovering from a heart attack.

The 59-year-old Richt is working as a studio analyst for the ACC Network.

Marine salvage experts are trying to determine what caused a fire, Sunday, Oct. 20, in the overturned cargo ship lying close to Georgia's seacoast.
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Marine salvage experts are trying to determine what caused a fire in an overturned cargo ship lying close to Georgia's seacoast for weeks.

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Valdosta is putting a temporary halt to the opening of new vape shops. 

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Nestor rushed into Georgia on Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone after the former tropical storm spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida but spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael.

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A retired soldier who was shot in the head while searching for Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl has died.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 46-year-old Master Sgt. Mark Allen of Loganville, Georgia, died Saturday. His obituary says he died from complications of an injury sustained while serving in Afghanistan.

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Authorities say a second man has been arrested in a shooting that wounded four people at a block party outside an Atlanta college library in August.

 

Ahmad Coleman, 25, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals in Mississippi and now awaits extradition.

A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked man was found not guilty of murder Monday but was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges that could send him to prison for more than 30 years.

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An author's second appearance at a Georgia university was cancelled after a few students burned copies of her book following an angry exchange during her first talk, which focused on diversity.

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A Georgia man on a long trip across southern Georgia has set aside most of October so he can make the journey by wheelchair.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jane Fonda was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Friday while peacefully protesting climate change.

The actress and activist was handcuffed on the east side steps and escorted into a police vehicle. Video of the arrest circulated online.

Fonda was one of 16 people arrested for unlawfully protesting and was charged with "crowding, obstructing or incommoding." She was released hours later.

On Thursday, the actress vowed to join Friday protests at the Capitol "inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created."

The funeral for Jessye Norman will be held in Augusta on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Norman died, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. She was 74.
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The hometown of renowned opera star Jessye Norman is continuing four days of honoring her life.

Augusta, Georgia, officials plan on Friday to name the street outside the arts school Norman opened in 2003 after her. The Jessye Norman School of the Arts provides free fine arts education to disadvantaged children.

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The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park.

 

By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history.

 

The Cardinals scored 10 runs their first time up and dealt Atlanta another playoff heartbreak, routing the Braves 13-1 in decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday.

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Large businesses could soon be paying more for yearly business licenses in one middle Georgia community.

Businesses in Macon-Bibb County currently pay a $65 base charge, plus a $39-per-employee fee that is capped at 250 employees. That brings the total license cost to a maximum of $9,815 per year.

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With a bandage above his left eye and a large, red welt below it, former President Jimmy Carter was greeted by a cheering crowd Monday morning as he prepared to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Nashville.

Jessye Norman performing during The Dream Concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Norman died, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. She was 74.
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The public funeral for opera star Jessye Norman has been set for Saturday in Georgia and will feature tributes from actor Laurence Fishburne, civil rights activist Vernon Jordan and Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald.

The funeral will be at the William B. Bell Auditorium in Augusta. A private interment will follow. There are two public viewings — on Thursday and Friday.

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Through injuries and slumps, demotions and disappointments, Dansby Swanson and Adam Duvall got ready for the big moment.

 

When it arrived, they were ready.

 

Swanson hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Duvall delivered a two-run single as the Atlanta Braves rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.

 

 


Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez celebrates a goal by midfielder Julian Gressel in the second half of an MLS match against New England, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Josef Martinez and Julian Gressel scored second-half goals and Atlanta United beat the New England Revolution 3-1 on Sunday in a playoff preview.

Defending champion Atlanta (18-12-4) finished second in the Eastern Conference to set a first-round game against New England. The Revolution (11-11-12) finished seventh, clinching their first playoff berth in four years with a victory over New York City FC a week ago.

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Former President Jimmy Carter fell Sunday at his home in Georgia and needed some stitches above his brow, but "feels fine," his spokeswoman said.

Deanna Congileo said in an email that the 39th president fell Sunday in Plains, Georgia, and received stitches. Carter turned 95 on Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone.

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The University of Georgia has been seeking research proposals about the school's history regarding slavery.

University administrators say they're committing $100,000 for the effort.

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