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MyAJC EXCLUSIVE: NEW COBB STADIUM

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New home of the Braves: SunTrust Park

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The Atlanta Braves’ new stadium in Cobb County will be called SunTrust Park as a result of a naming-rights deal announced Tuesday by the baseball team and the Atlanta-based banking company.

Braves and SunTrust Banks officials said the deal runs for 25 years, beginning with the ballpark’s scheduled 2017 opening, but refused to make the financial terms public. Marc Ganis, president of the Chicago-based SportsCorp consulting firm, which has worked on numerous major-league stadium deals, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the naming rights likely fetched an average of about $10 million per year for the Braves.

BRAVES VS NATS

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Nationals beat Braves, clinch NL East

The Nationals are the NL East champions. The Braves are showing no signs they’ll join them in the postseason. Washington defeated the Braves 3-0 on Tuesday at Turner Field to clinch the division. The Braves are now 5 ½ games behind Pittsburgh for the second and final NL wild card berth with 11 games to play.

» Quotes after Braves' loss

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BILL TORPY AT LARGE

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A clean sweep on Buford Boulevard, er, Highway?

One day, motorists may cruise into Brookhaven on Buford Boulevard or Buford Vista, a tree-lined street with old-timey street lights, elegant apartments, trendy shops, hotels, walking trails and, of course, bike lanes, because any new urban development these days must accommodate pedalists.

Buford Highway has a tacky connotation, a busy seven-lane thoroughfare with dumpy apartments, low-end businesses and numerous buildings that haven’t had a brush with paint in years. Brookhaven officials are hoping a new name (why not Ye Olde Buford Way?) and a multimillion-dollar rehab job might just be the ticket for their community fix-it project.

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'GENIUS GRANT'

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Atlanta lawyer wins MacArthur 'genius grant'

Jonathan Rapping, an Atlanta lawyer, laughs when he says he’s no genius but is deadly serious when he speaks about the plight of poor people charged with crimes. The United States, he says, “has come to accept an embarrassingly low standard of justice for poor people” who cannot afford their own lawyers and must rely on counsel provided by the state.

Rapping’s determination to change that earned him a 2014 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant."

» Photos of past winners

DeKalb corruption trial

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Which portrayal of Ellis to believe?

Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is either a bully who threatened companies for campaign money or a conscientious public servant who was simply offended when businesses wouldn’t return his calls. Jurors will have to decide which portrayal of Ellis to believe. ach side delivered opening statements Tuesday in the trial of Ellis, who’s accused of using his power as the elected leader of DeKalb to shake down companies for political donations.

» Scenes from the courtroom


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