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Friday, September 5, 2008

Morning headlines

"FIGHT WITH ME": Says John McCain during his speech accepting the Republican nomination for president. I haven't listened to the audio of his speech, but I assume he emphasized "with," and not "fight."

WARRIN' POLICY: The New York Times examines how the hawkish and moderate wings of the GOP are vying beneath the surface to influence McCain's foreign-policy compass, and what to make of his bellicose statements about Iran and Russia.

FIRING RANGE: After her aides improperly peeked at her sister's ex-husband's personnel files in an effort to get the Alaska state trooper fired, and then unsuccessfully pressured the public safety commissioner to fire him, Gov. Sarah Palin just fired the public safety commissioner, according to the Alaska state police union.

GATOR CHOMPED: The alligator that's been sporadically spotted around Lake Lanier during the past month has been caught.

MASS TRANSIT: Can save the average Atlanta household $9,129 a year, according to the American Public Transportation Association. But APTA assumes the household would also get rid of a car, so those estimated savings include no longer paying to register and insure it.

NO BLACKOUT: Three Falcons sponsors bought the remaining 1,500 tickets to Sunday's season opener to prevent a TV blackout. The game marks the beginning of the Mike Smith era, which players are thrilled about, especially when compared with the Bobby Petrino error "era."

HOT PANTS: In addition to the ongoing rash of high-priced blue-jean thefts in Atlanta, four Gustav evacuees from New Orleans were arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with yet more blue-jean banditry. Hours earlier, Atlanta police arrested three other smash-and-grab suspects after a car chase.

HANNAH: Will bypass the Georgia coast today, bringing just wind and rain, but Savannah officials hope the false-ish alarm won't discourage future hurricane wariness.

IKE THE DICKENS: The hurricane, which had been a Category 4 storm, is "extremely dangerous," according to forecasters, even though it's weakened to a Category 3.

TURF WARS: California's attorney general and the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health are suing artificial-turf makers in Georgia and Florida for their turfs' lead-based coloring, which the lawsuits claim violate California's environmental laws.

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