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5:27 p.m. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced it has added new partners to its SkyMiles frequent flier program and expanded other partnerships. The airline said its frequent fliers can earn Delta miles through purchases with FedEx, PGA Tour and PetCareRx, and it is expanding its frequent flier program partnerships with Hertz for rental cars and with 1800Flowers.com.
5:21 p.m. A lawyer for the strip club at which a federal judge is accused of buying illegal drugs and sex voiced concern Wednesday that federal investigators permitted their informant to commit illegal acts at the club. Aubrey Villines, the lawyer for the Goldrush Showbar, said the illegal acts could put the club’s license at risk. “We have real concerns that they knew there was a felon in our club,” he said. “We’re trying to get to the bottom of this to make sure we don’t have a felon in our club.” The FBI arrested senior U.S. District Court Judge Jack T. Camp Jr. on Friday on gun and drug charges. The judge was involved with an exotic dancer whom he had met last spring at the Goldrush Showbar and paid her for sex and bought cocaine and narcotic painkillers for her and from her, according to an FBI affidavit. Full story. FBI Report.
4:40 p.m. Verizon is bringing its faster 4G LTE wireless network to Atlanta by the end of the year, the company announced Wednesday. Story
4:30 p.m. Ryan Schaetzle, the location manager for the remake of “Footloose,” knew it the first time he drove into town: Acworth was going to be a star. Story
3:29 p.m. Metro Atlanta lenders are repossessing more homes but re-selling fewer of them this year, a trend that experts say could hold down prices and prolong the region’s housing slump. Story
3:12 p.m. A Conyers man has been arrested on child porn charges after authorities traced his computer’s IP address back to his home. Story
3:06 p.m. For UGA fans who can’t get enough of Herschel Walker, well, you can see all of him in ESPN The Magazine’s second annual “Body Issue.” Walker, 48, shows off his figure shaped from football and mixed martial arts. ESPN’s second annual “Body Issue” hits stands Friday. Story
3:03 p.m. The rumor that Apple will begin selling iPhones to Verizon, and Verizon will sell the phones to consumers early next year, is back. Story
1:49 p.m. New financial records show DeKalb County schools have a surplus of $31 million in sales tax money to use for school construction. Story
1:24 p.m. A Delta flight attendant is suing a pilot for alleged abusive, drunken behavior in the African nation of Dakar. According to the suit, the pilot was drinking beer taken from a Delta plane when he told the flight attendant to quit acting like his mother. Story
12:51 p.m. CBS Atlanta talked to the bus driver in the Carroll County school bus crash that killed a 17-year-old student. “I can’t get over what’s happening. It was an accident, and I’m sorry,” Kenneth Herringdine told CBS Atlanta’s Jocelyn Connell. CBS Story.
12:49 p.m. Footloose, Footloose. Everybody cut Footloose. Even you, Acworth. City is abuzz as remake films.
12:30 p.m. Also on Braves. A “few thousand” tickets apparently left – that’s as specific as the Braves would get – for Sunday’s Game 3. Story.
12:27 p.m. All 11 of SI.com’s experts picked the Giants to beat Atlanta in the National League Division Series that starts Thursday. SI article.
“San Francisco has too many power arms for a feisty, but undermanned, Atlanta team,” Tom Verducci wrote.
11:12 a.m. Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister and Commissioner Kevin Kenerly will appear Friday before the special-purpose grand jury that is investigating questionable park land deals in the county, according to a local television report. Fox-5 has reported that Walt Britt, who is Kenerly’s lawyer, and Mike Bowers, a lawyer for Bannister, both confirmed that their clients had received letters from the grand jury. The attorneys were not immediately available for comment Wednesday morning. AJC report.
11:05 a.m. UGA football coach Mark Richt is catching all kinds of heat for the team’s 1-4 start. Today, Mark Bradley looks at the numbers. This morning, AJC’s Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich put together this winner.
10:34 a.m. Huh?!? Atlanta cabs will now allow you to pay with your credit card from the backseat? What will they think of next? Phones you can you outside your home? Mail that gets delivered on your computer machine? Bread that comes in eatable portions?
10:27 a.m. Atlanta police are looking for the thief who took more than $150,000 in jewels from a Buckhead home while the victim was in the hospital. Channel 2 Action News.
10 a.m. We know the high school years can be tough, but a new report from the CDC shows some disturbing news about our teens. One in four high school students binge drink, according to the study. What’s binge drinking? Five or more drinks in the span of a few hours says the CDC. Story.
9:30 a.m. Looks like the driver of a Carroll County school bus involved in a fatal crash on Monday did not have the proper credentials, said the Georgia State Patrol. The crash claimed the life of 17-year-old James Rashawn Walker and injured many more. The Georgia State Highway Patrol said the driver, Kenneth Ross Herringdine, 59, was a trainee. Story.
8:56 a.m. Nobody matched Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, so the Friday jackpot climbs to $51 million.
8:22 a.m. Wow. This is one of those great, happy-ending stories. Good Samaritan describes chase that led to abducted girl’s freedom. I won’t give it away, but here’s a line: “The second time Perez pulled up to the Chevy, he saw the little girl, her head popping up from below view, and knew something was wrong. ‘I kept telling him, ‘That’s not your little girl,’ said Perez. ‘We argued. We exchanged words.’” CNN. Fresno Bee.
8:10 a.m. If you like talking “Dancing With the Stars,” here’s the postmortem on last night’s ep. Radio & TV with Rodney Ho.
8:02 a.m. Let’s talk Chop. The Braves headed out West and, at least judging by who made the cross-country trip, we have an idea of their roster, which if you haven’t followed, is severely depleted and a big reason their appearance in this postseason is at least a little surprising. We’ll also be checking tickets. According to this story last night, only upper level remain for Sunday’s afternoon Game 3. Follow beat writer Dave O’Brien’s reports on the Braves blog and Twitter.
7:54 a.m. The AJC has a deeper profile and look at Jack Camp, the 67-year-old judge was arrested last week on federal charges that he bought cocaine and other illegal drugs while involved in a sexual relationship for the past several months with an exotic dancer. Camp is out on $50,000 personal recognizance bond. In his home county of Coweta, folks are wondering why, as one lawyer put it, “a sitting federal judge would engage in such risky behavior, especially with his knowledge of federal undercover cases and stings and their use of informants.” Profile. Read the FBI report.
7:52 a.m. Welcome to Wednesday. It’s 45 degrees and clear in Atlanta. It’ll warm up, says Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton. Expect sun and mid-70s in town. WSB weather.