Originally created 09/18/02

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Singer's daughters sue over royalties

ATLANTA -Two of James Brown's daughters have filed a federal lawsuit against the Godfather of Soul over unpaid royalties for songs they say they co-wrote with their father, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Deanna Brown Thomas, 33, and Yamma Brown Lumar, 29, said they co-wrote 23 songs, including Get Up Offa That Thing, a minor hit in the 1970s.

The daughters have sued Mr. Brown; some of his companies; Warner/Chappell Music; and Mr. Brown's lawyer, Leon Friedman, of New York. The suit seeks more than $1 million in damages and alleges breach of contract, negligence and racketeering.

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West Nile virus claims state's fourth victim

ATLANTA -State health officials said Tuesday that tests show an elderly Fayette County man died of West Nile virus, the fourth fatality in Georgia this year.

The 77-year-old man died earlier this week and tested positive for the virus. An autopsy will be performed for further testing.

Earlier this year, victims tested positive for the disease in Muscogee and Fulton counties.

Federal screeners start at Hartsfield

ATLANTA -Federal workers took over security duties Tuesday in parts of Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, one of nine airports in the country making the switch.

The federal Transportation Security Administration, which oversees the new higher-paid screeners, said fliers can expect better service.

The new screeners debuted on Concourse E, for international flights, and the T Gates, with the remaining four concourses set to switch to federal screeners by the end of October.

The TSA was created to oversee aviation security.

Paper-mill worker dies one month after blast

ST. MARYS -A paper-mill worker who was severely burned in a boiler explosion Aug. 17 has died.

Brad Foreman, 33, died from injuries he sustained when a boiler blew up at the Durango-Georgia Paper plant. The boiler was used to cook wood into pulp and produce steam used to dry paper.

Another St. Marys man, John Stephenson, 53, died Sept. 3. A third man injured in the explosion, John Boeck, 30, remained in critical condition at the University of Florida burn center.