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Ethics complaint filed over New York fundraiser

ATLANTA (AP) - A former state lawmaker says a New York City event billed as a fundraiser for Georgia's Democratic Party was unethical and illegal.

The event invited participants to join former President Jimmy Carter; his grandson Jason Carter and celebrities such as R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe. The younger Carter, a Democrat, is challenging Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican.

In a July 17 ethics complaint, former state Sen. John Douglas said the March 23 fundraiser violated rules prohibiting Jason Carter from raising money while serving in the Georgia legislature. Douglas maintains the event was held purely to benefit the Carter candidacy, not the state Democratic party.

Carter campaign manager Matt McGrath said the complaint is without merit. He said the event took place after the legislative session concluded, and that it was legal.


Airport plan prompts pollution, noise concerns

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Plans to create what would be metro Atlanta's second commercial airport have prompted concerns ranging from noise at a National Park to potential harm to rare fish in nearby streams.

The concerns are outlined as part of an environmental assessment for Silver Comet Field northwest of Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained dozens of comments submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration through an open records request.

The National Park Service wrote of its concern about potential sound at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, the site of key battles in the American Civil War.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asked for the assessment to address impacts to the Cherokee darter fish.

Other letters came from residents, who wrote about new opportunities the airport would bring, along with concerns about pollution.


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.


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.


Gunman robs Athens sex shop, assaults customer

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for a gunman who robbed an Athens sex shop and pistol whipped a customer who refused to hand over his wallet.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the armed robbery was reported at about 1:30 a.m. Friday at Elations, a local store that sells adult novelties.

Employees told police a man wearing a black hoodie and a red bandanna entered the store pointing a gun and demanding money. Police say one of the store clerks handed over an undisclosed sum of cash, and one customer who wouldn't give up his wallet got struck in the head with the butt of the robber's gun.

Witnesses said the robber fled toward the rear of the store. No arrests had been announced Friday afternoon.


Quickest route into NFL draft goes through SEC

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference has become the most popular jumping-off point for underclassmen looking for a head start on NFL careers.

The trend creates more spots to fill around the league with preseason camps approaching, but also helps entice blue-chip prospects to play in the SEC.

No league has had nearly as many players leaving early to pursue NFL careers over the past eight years, and LSU has had the most of any program two years running. Tigers coach Les Miles says they "do lead college football in three-and-outs."

Since the league's seven-year national title run started in 2007, the SEC has had 109 early departures drafted. The next two leagues - the Pacific-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference - have combined for 111, according to research by STATs, Inc.


Falcons waive WR Johnson before training camp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have waived wide receiver Darius Johnson.

The team announced the move Friday, just hours before players took the field for the first practice of training camp.

Johnson made a surprising contribution last season after star receiver Julio Jones went down with a season-ending injury. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Johnson played in 10 games with two starts, making 22 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown.

He was signed as a college free agent before the 2013 season.

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