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Boy, 9, finds parents dead in Athens home

ATHENS --- Police say an Athens couple whose bodies were discovered by their 9-year-old son died in an apparent murder-suicide.

Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said the boy found his parents' bodies in a room of their home around 6 p.m. Friday and called 911.

Police did not immediately release the couple's names or how they died. Capt. Holeman said their bodies were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for autopsies.

Capt. Holeman said Friday was a holiday for students in the Clarke County School District, but it wasn't clear whether the couple's son was home at the time of their deaths.

Man pleads not guilty in killing of wife, fetus

COLUMBUS, GA. --- A 31-year-old Columbus man has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of his pregnant wife.

Zyderrious Platt entered the plea Friday. He faces one count each of murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and feticide in the death of Jilani Platt, 26.

At a hearing Friday, police Detective Vincent Sampson said Mr. Platt choked his wife until she was unconscious, then fatally shot her in the head after an argument over rent money.

Bar owners accused of harassing waitresses

ATLANTA --- A federal lawsuit has been filed against the owners of three metro Atlanta sports bars alleging the men forced five waitresses to have sex with them or lose their jobs.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit against Alfonzo and Luis Nunez on Sept. 28. It claims they violated the waitresses' civil rights by committing "repeated acts of verbal and physical harassment which resulted in a hostile environment based on sex."

The two men run Calua Grill in Tucker and La Pantera Rosa restaurants in Duluth and Marietta. They did not return a telephone call to their offices seeking comment Friday.

The incidents allegedly happened over several months in 2007 and 2008. The waitresses resigned as a result.

In other news

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION has announced that it will take a new approach to election coverage and will no longer endorse political candidates. The newspaper's editorial board said in a story posted on its Web site late Friday that it wants to provide information about critical issues for the community.


Union County official quits amid questions

UNION --- Union County's clerk of court has resigned amid an investigation into his handling of financial accounts.

Brad Morris' resignation came Friday as prosecutor Kevin Brackett announced that he had asked the State Law Enforcement Division to audit the accounts Mr. Morris oversees. The lead prosecutor for Union and York counties said he is concerned the account managing child support payments was overdrawn.

Family court uses the account to collect child support payments from people ordered to pay then write checks to the recipients.

18-year-old is killed in Rock Hill shootout

ROCK HILL, S.C. --- Authorities say a teenager was killed and another person was critically injured in a shootout.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported Saturday that Tommy Leon Barber Jr., 18, was shot Friday afternoon at a Rock Hill home. He died later at a hospital.

Rock Hill Police Lt. Brad Redfearn says a second person was shot, but he declined to release the identity.

Police say the injured person was found in a car that crashed into a utility pole. The crash split two poles and cut off power to the neighborhood.

Mr. Barber was the second teenager in eight days to be killed in Rock Hill.