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Josef Martinez recorded his second hat trick in four days as Atlanta United entertained an MLS-record crowd in a 3-3 draw with Orlando City on Saturday.

Dom Dwyer stunned the crowd of 70,425 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a powerful header from Donny Toia’s cross to put Orlando ahead in the 10th minute.

Atlanta pushed for an equalizer and found it in the 36th minute when Julian Gressel gathered the ball just before it crossed the endline and sent it under goalkeeper Joe Bendik for Martinez to tap in.

But three minutes later Orlando was back in front after Atlanta keeper Brad Guzan failed to reach Scott Sutter’s cross, and it fell to Dwyer to head home his second.

Martinez responded 10 minutes after halftime, equalizing by heading down Chris McCann’s cross, but Orlando aga...

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announce a change to evacuation orders for Hurricane Irma. (Contributed photo/Governor’s Office)

Hurricane Irma’s westward shift is prompting a change in the emergency declaration for Chatham County, Georgia.

Gov. Nathan Deal is altering his executive order on mandatory evacuations for all of Chatham County. The new order leaves in place a mandatory evacuation order for Zone A – the area east of Truman Parkway – but changes Zone B (Truman Parkway to I-95) and Zone C (west of I-95) to voluntary evacuations.

All three of the zones had been under a mandatory evacuation order.

"Chatham County’s phased evacuation zones B and C are primarily at higher elevations than its coastline and provides a sufficient area to stage resources and necessary first responders prepar...

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Through one half in Atlanta, Florida State-Alabama is exactly the game we thought it would be: a track meet/boxing match combination where each team struggles to maintain offense against the other. A game where Alabama has been slightly better than Florida State, as the Tide holds a 10-7 advantage at the break.

Alabama opened the scoring with a 35-yard Andy Pappanastos field goal, but Florida State immediately responded with its best drive of the night, an 11-play, 90-yard march that ended on a 3-yard fade from Deondre Francois to Auden Tate, giving the Seminoles a 7-3 lead at the 13:41 mark of the second quarter.

Alabama rebounded with a long drive of its own, moving 85 yards in only five snaps, closing on a 53-yard rainbow from Jalen Hurts to Calvin Ridley.

Each team also had its share o...

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Some 2,000 people were marching from downtown Atlanta to the tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Auburn Avenue Saturday night.

The crowd began spilling out of Centennial Olympic Park a little after 7 p.m. chanting

“the people united will never be defeated.” The rally was designed to protest racially-charged violence last weekened in Charlottesville.

Teacher Jamae Morris, of Atlanta, brought her 12 year-old daughter Amari.

"Right now is the time to make sure our voices are heard. I wanted her to know that her voice is important too," Morris said.

Ashley Johnson, a 23-year-old Gwinnett County day care center worker, said she found out about the march through Facebook, and showed up to demonstrate solidarity with the counter-protesters in Charlottesville.

"Something has to be done about what’s...

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ATLANTA – A vigil and march was held in downtown Atlanta Saturday night in support of the victims who were injured earlier in the day in a series of violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va.

The vigil began outside the Hyatt Regency and then proceeded to City Hall.

Protesters lining up downtown. They plan to march to City Hall in light of #Chalottesville #11Alive pic.twitter.com/as9qmaokAm

— Ryan Kruger (@Ryan11Alive) August 12, 2017

The Hyatt has been the home of the annual Netroots Nation conference, which began on Wednesday.

Moment of silence held in downtown ATL for #Charlotesville violence. Group plans to march to City Hall from here #11Alive pic.twitter.com/7UqSBj8Btx

— Ryan Kruger (@Ryan11Alive) August 12, 2017

Netroots Nation Executive Director Eric Thut opened the final evening pres...

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Manny Barreda had a decent first start for Gwinnett after being signed out of the Mexican League and Ronald Acuna did Ronald Acuna things, but the bullpen faltered and the Braves lost a rain shortened game by the score of 7-5. After posting a 4.06 ERA in 93 innings with 89 strikeouts and 34 walks in the Mexican League in 2017, the Braves snagged Barreda and he was performing well until the fifth inning where things started to get away from him a bit. Unfortunately, Philip Pfeifer had a rough relief appearance in giving up three runs. Walks have been Pfeifer’s primary problem this season as he has 36 of them in 46 1⁄3 innings of work

On offense, Ronald Acuna reached base four times and at this point, it is more surprising when he has a game where he doesn’t do something awesome than when h...

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Most new real estate investors think that investing in real estate in Atlanta is hard. If you don’t know what you are doing, you will find real estate investing to be hard. You may lose your capital if you are not careful. That is why it is important to learn how to invest in real estate.

1. Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent can help you when you are investing in real estate. There are some real estate agents that have been doing this job for several years. They know the best properties in Atlanta. They can tell you how long the property has been on the market.

In fact, these agents can help you with negotiation. If you are a new real estate investor, you may not be good at negotiation. That is why you need someone who can help you...

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Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive end Takk McKinley hits a pad held by assistant defensive coach and former Buford High coach Jess Simpson during the first day of practice Thursday in Flowery Branch.

Transitioning from college football to the NFL is a process often filled with stumbling blocks.

The size and complexity of professional playbooks usually put rookies on a steep learning curve, with mistakes sometimes serving as the best teaching tool. Then comes the physical component of the game, where NFL size and speed often catch young players off guard.

But for Takk McKinley, a rookie with major setbacks in both aspects, the adjustment doesn’t have to be such a hassle.

“At the end of the day, it’s still football,” McKinley said. “I feel like some guys just overcomplicate things...

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Raleigh City Manager Ruffin Hall, who signed on in 2013, has believed the compensation structure for city employees needed to be clarified and upgraded. He’s right, and a plan likely to come before the council in Hall’s budget next month would represent an improvement not just in pay but in the way the city moves people up the ladder as they gain seniority and skill.

To make the city more competitive, Hall would raise base pay for many. A senior firefighter, for example, would currently range between $37,500 and $60,000 in salary. Under the Hall proposal, that would go from $44,500 to $72,000.

The council is looking at a plan that would cost $12 million initially and $50 million over time...

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