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GEORGIA GOVERNOR RACE-ETHICS COMPLAINT

Dueling ethics complaints filed in Ga. gov race

ATLANTA (AP) - A former state lawmaker has filed an ethics complaint against Democrat Jason Carter, whose campaign manager has since filed similar complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

A July 17 complaint by former state Sen. John Douglas alleges Carter, a state senator from Atlanta, violated state law by sending fundraiser invitations during the legislative session. Carter is challenging Deal, who is up for re-election in November.

Carter campaign manager Matt McGrath says the fundraiser was for the state party and happened after the session was over. McGrath filed two complaints Friday against Deal for attending a fundraiser hosted by the Republican Governors' Association and for sending out invitations to his annual fundraiser during the session.

Deal campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Talaber said the complaints against the governor were "a desperate attempt to deflect."

ATLANTA PROTEST-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-UPDATE

Hundreds of demonstrators rally in Atlanta over war in Gaza

ATLANTA (AP) - Hundreds of protesters on either side of the war in Gaza faced off on a busy downtown Atlanta street Friday, chanting and waving signs or flags.

Atlanta Police estimated about 500 people participated, with around 250 standing on either side of Marietta Street outside the Atlanta headquarters of CNN.

Supporters of Israel held the country's blue and white flags and chanted "no more human shields," a reference to Israel's contention that Palestinian leaders have intentionally placed civilians in harm's way. Demonstrators supporting Palestinians chanted "shame on you" and held large banners that read "End U.S. Funding for Israel's occupation of Palestine."

Atlanta police officers stood on the sidewalks behind the demonstrators while others directed pedestrian traffic around the large protests.

BRAVES STADIUM

Judge approves bonds to finance new Braves stadium

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has approved plans to issue up to $397 million in public bonds to finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves in the city's northern suburbs.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard II overruled 12 legal objections brought by residents who opposed using taxpayer-backed bonds for the stadium. He issued his opinion Friday afternoon.

Leonard's opinion said the baseball stadium is a legitimate public expense and that the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority has a legal right to issue the bonds.

The new Braves stadium, which has a total budget of $622 million, is scheduled to open in 2017.

ATLANTA PROTEST-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

Dozens in Atlanta rally on either side of Gaza war

ATLANTA (AP) - Dozens of protesters on either side of the war in Gaza are facing off on a busy street in downtown Atlanta.

Police were standing by Friday afternoon as crowds supporting both Israelis and Palestinians gathered on opposite sides of Marietta Street outside the Atlanta headquarters of CNN.

Supporters of Israel held the country's blue and white flags and chanted "no more human shields," a reference to Israel's contention that Palestinian leaders have intentionally placed civilians in harm's way. Demonstrators supporting Palestinians chanted "shame on you" and held large banners that read "End U.S. Funding for Israel's occupation of Palestine."

Atlanta police officers stood on the sidewalks behind the demonstrators while others directed pedestrian traffic around the large protests.

OCEAN BLASTING

US plans wide seismic testing of Atlantic seabed

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers in New Jersey this summer.

The U.S. Geological Survey plans this summer and next to map the outer limits of the continental shelf, and also study underwater landslides that would help predict where and when tsunamis might occur.

But environmentalists say it could cause the same type of damage to marine life they fought unsuccessfully to prevent this month off the coast of New Jersey.

Cindy Zipf of Clean Ocean Action says the new plan would blast the ocean at floor 236 to 265 decibels every 20 to 24 seconds for 17 days.

SECRETARY INDICTED

Ex-secretary in Douglas Co. DA's office indicted

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a former secretary in the Douglas County district attorney's office accused of stealing more than $7,000 through fraudulent billing.

The Georgia attorney general's office says Tammie Agan faces charges of false statements and writings and theft by taking. Agan's lawyer didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.

Prosecutors say Agan earned extra income by typing transcripts and was issued a computer for her home.

The indictment says many time sheets for 2011 and 2012 were fraudulent. Prosecutors say she signed in to work as a state employee when she was actually typing transcripts on the home computer. The indictment says she also submitted three invoices for transcripts that other secretaries prepared.

The indictment also says Agan's daughter was paid for transcript she didn't do.

JAMES BROWN MOVIE

Hundreds see James Brown film premiere in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Filmmakers and stars of the new James Brown movie have given the soul singer's hometown a first look at their finished work.

The Augusta Chronicle reports the director and stars of the film "Get On Up" attended a red-carpet premiere Thursday night in Augusta. So did about 700 fans of the Godfather of Soul.

The Augusta event came three days after the movie made its official debut at Harlem's Apollo Theatre. Director Tate Taylor said, "We absolutely had to come back to Augusta."

The attendees included actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays Brown in the movie. Boseman recently portrayed baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the film "42," but says he was still initially nervous to take the role of the iconic soul singer.

"Get On Up" opens nationwide Aug. 1.

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