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UGA to host exhibit on architectural intricacy

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A gallery at the University of Georgia is set to host an exhibit on architectural intricacy.

The exhibit, "Schema: The Work of Cheryl Goldsleger," is scheduled to run Oct. 3 to Nov. 8 at the Circle Gallery at the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design.

It will feature drawings and paintings by Goldsleger, who uses drawing and encaustic techniques to look at architectural intricacy. Her work uses real and imagined structures to examine spatial relationships and the power of graphic realization.

Goldsleger's work has been featured in exhibits in the U.S. and abroad, including the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, and the Israel Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.


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Georgia, South Carolina governors to meet on water, port issues 

HARTWELL, Ga. (AP) — The governors and lawmakers from South Carolina and Georgia are set for a summit on water management issues in the Savannah River basin.

Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia will host South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley the event Wednesday in Hartwell, Ga., near the South Carolina border. Authorities from the Army Corps of Engineers will attend, along with lawmakers who have formed the Savannah River Basin Caucus that spans both states.

The caucus held its first meeting in Columbia, S.C., this spring.

The communities represented in the caucus have varying interests, from water levels in lakes to transfers among rainwater-drainage basins.

Officials in the two states, meanwhile, have been at odds over plans to deepen the river near Savannah to allow for port expansion.

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GSU professor wins National Cancer Institute grant

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say an assistant professor has been awarded a grant to study how young adults perceive the risk of smoking flavored cigarillos and cigars.

Officials said Tuesday that Dr. Kymberle Sterling, a public health professor, has been given a two-year $275,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study perceived risks associated with the products which aren't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Georgia State University officials say Sterling will work with researchers at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and the University of Maryland College Park to develop a tool that identifies risk perception and predicts susceptibility to smoke from flavored cigars.

GSU officials say the use of flavored cigarillos is growing among young adults, especially those from minority ethnic groups.

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Foxworthy, Ludacris could promote MARTA campaign 

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of metro Atlanta's public transit system hope local celebrities can help promote their new campaign to crack down on unruly riders.

MARTA marketing director Jennifer Jinadu-Wright says she's trying to line up local celebrities like comedian Jeff Foxworthy and hip-hop artist Ludacris because they're respected in the community and can appeal to a diverse audience. The celebrities would appear in public service announcements.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the goal is to promote the system's "Ride with Respect" policy, which will be implemented Nov. 9.

MARTA's board recently approved a new code of conduct that allows the transit system's police to suspend unruly passengers from using the system for offenses such as spitting, panhandling, soliciting, eating or drinking.

MARTA stands for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Macon mayor, challenger headed to runoff 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and challenger C. Jack Ellis, a former Macon mayor, were the top vote-getters in a Tuesday night election and will face each other in a runoff.

With all 40 precincts and absentee ballots counted, Reichert led the field of seven candidates with 17,810 votes, giving him 49 percent of the ballots.

A candidate must receive 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff. WMAZ-TV reports that Reichert was 151 votes short of avoiding a runoff.

Ellis, with 30 percent of the vote, got 10,838 votes.

Ellis became the city's first black mayor when he was elected in 1999.

Reichert was elected mayor in 2007.

Information from: WMAZ-TV,

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3 people hurt in northeast Georgia house fire 

WINDER, Ga. (AP) — Two adults and a teenager have been flown to a hospital after a fire that ravaged a home in northeast Georgia.

Another person was unaccounted for, Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services Lt. Scott Dakin tells The Athens Banner-Herald.

Barrow County fire officials say some of the people inside jumped from the second story of the burning home in the Winder area.

WSB-TV reports that firefighters were called to the house around 2:17 a.m. Wednesday. The home is near the intersection of Rockwell Church Road and Moon Bridge Road.

Few other details were immediately available early Wednesday.

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