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Death penalty will be sought in slaying

MACON, GA.Prosecu-tors will seek the death penalty for the suspect accused of killing Mercer University law school graduate Lauren Giddings.

The Macon Telegraph reports that prosecutors filed a notice of their intention to seek the death penalty in Bibb County Superior Court on Thursday morning.

The suspect, 26-year-old Stephen McDaniel, has been charged with her murder. McDaniel, who attended law school with Giddings, was taken into custody after her dismembered torso was found in a roll-away trash can near the apartment building where they lived.

Giddings, 27, who grew up in Laurel, Md., and attended college in Georgia, was last seen June 25. Macon police discovered her remains five days later.

Newspaper building in Athens to be sold

ATHENS, GA. — Morris Publishing Group, LLC, the owner of the Athens Banner-Herald, has agreed to sell One Press Place in Athens to Lulscal, LLC, a Colorado company.

The Banner-Herald might remain in the building under lease arrangements with Lulscal, allowing the paper to utilize significantly less space as it transitions to a digital-first model, which places a premium on rapid deployment of news and interactive features while requiring significantly less physical space.

The closing of the sale is expected within the next several months after a due diligence period is met. Once the sale is completed, the new owner plans to secure additional tenants to fill the building.

“We remain fully committed to Athens’ daily print edition and are exploring options that could improve our print production capabilities,” said William S. Morris III, the chairman of Morris Publishing and the publisher of The Augusta Chronicle. “Our goal is to continue to provide timely and relevant information for our print and digital readers and exemplary service to our advertisers.”

Coca-Cola moves its secret formula

ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Company has moved its secret formula for the first time in 86 years, taking it from a bank vault to a new repository on exhibit at its downtown Atlanta museum.

The world’s largest beverage maker says the new vault containing the formula will be on display for visitors to its World of Coca-Cola museum. However, the 1886 formula itself will remain hidden from view.

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola says the decision to move the formula from a vault at SunTrust Banks Inc. had nothing to with the bank’s decision in 2007 to sell its stake in Coca-Cola.

– From wire reports


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Judge denies request to delay special purpose local option sales tax vote

A superior court judge denied a request Wednesday from a Richmond County citizen seeking a court order to postpone the May 20 special purpose local option sales tax referendum.
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