Originally created 09/30/03

Across Georgia



Atlanta ends season with low smog count

ATLANTA - The smog season ending last week was one of the cleanest on record, with metro Atlanta recording only one day with severely unhealthy air.

An unseasonably cool, wet summer helped the region come close to complying with federal standards for ground-level ozone, or smog. The only comparable summer in the past 25 years was 1994.

Inmate dies days after scuffle with deputies

LAWRENCEVILLE - An inmate who nearly bit off the ear of a Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy has died after he was shocked with tazers during a scuffle with deputies, authorities said.

Stacey Kelley, a spokeswoman for the Gwinnett Sheriff's Department, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Ray Charles Austin never regained consciousness after the fight at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Sept. 24. He died Friday.

The incident began when the prisoner was put into a maximum-security cell for discipline problems, Ms. Kelley said.

Streetcar organizers pull out all the stops

ATLANTA - Overwhelming positive response has organizers of a streetcar line skipping a step in their plans, moving a trolley line on Peachtree Street closer to reality.

Organizers say the idea of running streetcars from downtown Atlanta to the Buckhead shopping and entertainment district has been so popular that they are bypassing plans for a preliminary study and moving straight to more detailed feasibility research.

Victim's parents seek trial in 1987 killing

ATLANTA - Sixteen years after socialite Lita Sullivan was shot dead by a man posing as a flower delivery man, her parents are still waiting for her killer to be brought to justice.

Prosecutors now say they expect the man whom they believe responsible for her 1987 death, Ms. Sullivan's husband, James Vincent Sullivan, to be brought to the United States by the end of the year to stand trial.

Mr. Sullivan, 62, was arrested 15 months ago living a lavish lifestyle at a beach resort in Thailand. He has denied involvement in his wife's death.