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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Morning headlines

WILDFIRES: Cumberland Island fire is 90 percent contained; progress made against California wildfires could be undermined by hot, dry weather this week.

VICK: Files for bankruptcy.

PLANE DEALING: The malfunctioning jet that Obama had to make an unscheduled landing in yesterday wasn't his usual plane; it was previously used by Hillary Clinton. He still made it to Atlanta, though, appearing at two fundraisers last night and at McEachern High in Powder Springs today.

THE BURLY GATES: Atlantic Station's Millennium Gate is revealed, and the Christian Science Monitor reports that the 82-foot-tall, $20 million monument is "a serious statement that risks, against the topsy-turvy backdrop of modern mass development, to become a legacy to 21st-century kitsch."

HOUSE DIVIDED: An Atlanta family is trying to sell its mansion so it can give half its worth, about $800,000, to fight hunger in Ghana.

SEX OFFENDER LAW: Homeless Gainesville sex offender challenges a Georgia law that doesn't allow him to register with the state's sex-offender list without including an address.

IRONY: Paulding County restaurateur/racist thinks free speech should allow him to call Obama a monkey on his restaurant's marquee but shouldn't allow others to call him a racist:

“I believe in your right and my right or anybody else’s right to say what they want without being criticized as being a racist,” said Lanzo.

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