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Fans for life: In-laws among Posey’s biggest supporters

Chesley and Evelyn Cawthon became instant Buster Posey fans when their granddaughter, Kristen, married the eventual NL MVP, and the couple will be rooting for their grandson-in-law this weekend in Atlanta.

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Homicide charge dropped against jaywalking mom

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Braves' Laird not happy with role as third-string catcher

Gerald Laird came over to the Braves from the AL champion Tigers thinking he could be a part of a team built for a World Series run, but with the emergence of Evan Gattis and the return of Brian McCann, Laird is riding the bench — and that’s not what he had in mind. (ADDS: B.J. Upton's mini-surge)

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Beachy ready to return — but where to put him?

Fredi Gonzalez faces a tough decision on whether to give Brandon Beachy his spot back in the starting rotation once he returns. (ADDS: note on reaction to Gattis tying Braves' pinch-hit HR record in just nine plate appearances)

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Rookie reliever Wood has vision problem corrected

An inability to see the pitches that were being called during night games — which make up most of the Braves’ 162-game schedule — sends top pitching prospect Alex Wood to the doctor to fix the problem immediately. (ADDS: notes about Medlen asking to be kept in rotation; Gattis' latest HR; and Heyward and Teheran heading in opposite directions)

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Clerk holds off would-be robber with scissors

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Worth every penny?

In a matter of weeks — maybe days — franchise quarterback Matt Ryan will be given the richest contract in Falcons history, and everyone in Atlanta is hoping it pays off.

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New coach Stricklin: UGA can be national baseball power

Scott Stricklin is ready to hit the ground running as Georgia’s new baseball coach, and he believes he has the talent and the know-how to turn the program around.

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Paula Deen's new line of butter, a little fat to finish the recipe

Paula Deen finally got her face on some butter, y'all!

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Falcons not happy with star OL Manley

Phillipkeith Manley comes to Falcons OTAs looking slow and out of shape, leaving last year’s biggest pleasant surprise in danger of losing his job all together.

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Whatever they ask

Braves reserve infielder Ramiro Pena — who seems to have a big impact every time he enters a game — is just fine with filling whatever void Atlanta needs.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Gonzalez: It’s ‘not easy’ fitting Gattis in lineup every day

Evan Gattis is one of the hottest hitters for the Braves, but manager Fredi Gonzalez is having trouble giving the rookie catcher enough playing time.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: McCann says he'll never forget 1,000th career hit; Gattis named NL Rookie of the Month again; J. Upton leading NL All-Star voting for OFs

Star catcher Brian McCann records his 1,000th career hit — all with the Braves — during Atlanta’s 7-2 win against the Pirates late Monday night. (ADDS: note on Braves' woes trying to steal this season)

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Atlanta trades 3B Francisco for reliever; Heyward ready to sweat little brother on draft day

Off-and-on Atlanta third baseman Juan Franciso is dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday in exchange a Double-A reliever Tom Keeling, while Jason Heyward’s younger brother Jacob will hold his own draft day party this week, even though he’s not expected to go nearly as high as Jason was taken by the Braves in 2007.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Gattis says he'd 'love' to swing away in HR Derby

Braves superstar rookie Even Gattis said he’d love to put his power on display for the world to see at this year’s Home Run Derby in the Big Apple during All-Star Weekend.

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SEC MEETINGS NOTEBOOK: SEC divides pie between schools, doles out record $20.7M each; Uniform drug policies, stipends for SEC athletes discussed as meetings close

The revenue that each SEC school received this year is nearly double than it was just four years ago, bringing lots of smiles to the faces of its members at the annual meetings in Florida.

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Slive: Hypothetically, College Football Playoff would’ve been to UGA’s advantage last season

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive plays “what if” at the conference’s annual meetings about how UGA’s season would’ve played out differently last year had the new CFP been in place. (ADDS: note on SEC coaches voting to stick with 8-game conference schedule)

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ROUNDUP: Stabbed 12 times and witnesses see nothing

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SEC MEETINGS: Saban: Give SEC fans what they want — nine-game schedules

Alabama’s Nick Saban was the most vocal of all SEC coaches at the conference’s annual meetings in Destin about his desire to see the football teams move to a nine-game conference schedule.

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SEC NOTEBOOK: Georgia safety must sit opener after pot incident; conference meetings open in Destin with plenty of questions

Valdosta’s Josh Harvey-Clemons is caught with marijuana, leading Georgia to suspend its star safety for the season opener against Clemson.

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Brand new day

The Falcons, who were last on the field over five months ago in a devastating NFC Championship loss, begin OTAs today with plenty of questions.

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Former Americus-Sumter hoops star Bowens signs with Albany State

Kayle Bowens makes the dreams come true of Evelyn Wright --- Bowens' head coach and grandmother -- Thursday when she signs with Albany State, which is Wright's alma mater.

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B.J. Upton: I will live up to big expectations

B.J. Upton isn't exactly living up to the expectations that came along with his $75.25 million contract, but he is asking people not to give up on him just yet.

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ROUNDUP: 70-year-old woman accidentally shot on golf course

These are headlines from around the state.

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Perno out as Georgia’s head baseball coach

After 12 seasons in Athens — and one stinker of a season in 2013 — David Perno is allowed to resign by Georgia, which was planning to fire its longtime coach.

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Braves call up heralded reliever Rasmus — but debut on hold

Cory Rasmus, the brother of MLB star Colby Rasmus, is finally in Atlanta after being called up, but his first pitch in the majors may not come right away.

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Chipper enjoying retirement

Sure-fire Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is enjoying his life away from baseball, although he still keeps tabs on his beloved Atlanta Braves.

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BULLDOGS NOTEBOOK: UGA’s Grantham, UF’s Muschamp in war of words

Kickoff for the 2013 season is still four months away, but two assistant coaches are already spicing up the next UGA-UF showdown.

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Braves' Maholm only has outside scars from line-drive hit to the face nine years ago

Braves starter Paul Maholm’s career could’ve ended nine years ago this week when he was struck in the face by a line drive and seriously hurt, but he not only returned to the field, he’s become one of Major League Baseball’s most baffling pitchers to figure out.

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Chambliss seeks to declassify Benghazi e-mails

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said on Monday that he plans to ask the CIA to declassify all e-mails surrounding the Benghazi, Libya, attacks in an attempt to make the investigation into last year's assault a national security issue and not a "political exercise."

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Herschel’s nephew spurns UGA, will sign with Clemson

Milan Richard, the nephew of UGA great Herschel Walker, turns down an offer from UGA and instead will attend Clemson.

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Georgia Tech legend Hamilton joins Yellow Jackets’ coaching staff

In a strange, full-circle situation, former Georgia Tech star QB and assistant coach Joe Hamilton is back on staff exactly five years after leaving.

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SEC football begins movement toward nine-game schedule

Alabama coach Nick Saban is among those in favor of a nine-game football SEC schedule in light of the recent creation of the SEC Network.

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New ethics overhaul limits gifts to public officials

Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday signed an ethics overhaul into law that imposes Georgia’s first-ever limitations on gifts to public officials after months of legislative wrangling over how far the new rules should go.

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ROUNDUP: Riverwalk mugging victims still hospitalized; no arrests

THESE ARE THE LATEST HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE STATE.

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Hawks’ Smith wants to test free-agent market

Josh Smith has played his entire nine-year career in Atlanta but will likely look to take his talents elsewhere after another disappointing season.

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Flooring firm to bring 2,400 jobs to Georgia

Engineered Floors will open two new carpet plants that would employ 2,400 people in recession-battered northwest Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal said on Wednesday.

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STATE ROUNDUP: Woman killed by street sweeper in Macon

These are the headlines trending around the state at this hour.

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Nephew of UGA great Walker might not be in Bulldogs’ plans

Milan Richard, the nephew of legendary UGA running back Herschel Walker, has been offered scholarships from 15 schools, including Georgia and Georgia Tech.

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REGIONAL ROUNDUP: Macon council votes to sue over air traffic control towers

These are some of the headlines trending across the state.

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Chasing their dreams

A pair of former area high school and University of Georgia football stars — Early County’s Shawn Williams and Seminole County’s Bacarri Rambo — are one day away from realizing their childhood dreams of playing in the NFL.

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Tempers flare at Muscogee school board meeting

In another lively confrontation Monday night with the Muscogee County school board, Columbus attorney Frank Myers made a reference to John Wells's bad grammar that provoked the District 2 representative to interject, "You are really tacky, Frank Myers!"

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ROUNDUP: YDC officers arrested in white-collar crime probe

These are some of the top stories trending around the state.

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UGA NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs have three of top LBs in draft class

Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree and Cornelius Washington may soon be superstars on Sundays in the NFL. (ADDS: UGA loses top recruit)

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GEORGIA TECH NOTEBOOK: PJ on qualities he likes in a QB: Heisman winner

Georgia Tech football coach talks about the QB competition between Vad Lee and Justin Thomas, saying he would rather gave an "All-American that never had to come out of the game" at that position. (ADDS: Note on Tech men's basketball team)

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Georgia jobless rate improves

A surge in new jobs, combined with steadily slowing layoffs, added up to an unemployment rate of 8.4 percent in Georgia in March.

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Ex-UGA football coach Donnan officially indicted for multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme

Jim Donnan, a former football coach at UGA, is indicted in Macon on Tuesday, accused of swindling millions from investors --- including several former and current college football coaches around the country.