First Slice September 26 2008

MELTDOWN: Bailout talks crumbled Thursday night when House Republicans announced they won't back the plan because it offends free-market absolutism. McCain, who made a fuss this week about injecting himself into the negotiations, was largely silent as the Republican revolt ripped apart consensus. Talks resume today, and Bush promised this morning that a bailout package will be passed.

THE REELING IS MUTUAL: Washington Mutual becomes the largest bank to fail in U.S. history as it's seized by the federal government and sold to J.P. Morgan Chase.

DEBATE AND SWITCH: Obama's in Oxford, Miss., the site of tonight's first presidential debate of the general election; McCain is still sending mixed messages about whether he'll attend, although surrogate Lindsey Graham hinted this morning that McCain may be there after all. And despite McCain's announced suspension of his campaign, ongoing TV commercials, a speech in New York and media interviews make it seem rather unsuspended.

NO. 1 STUNNER: Top-ranked USC falls to Oregon State, making No. 3 UGA's matchup Saturday with No. 8 Alabama that much more momentous.

OIL FOR FEUD: Tex Pitfield, an oilman whose name wouldn't allow him any other line of work, has asked Gov. Perdue to cancel the Georgia-Alabama game because of the gas shortage. Perdue's office calls the suggestion "ridiculous," and urges people to take common-sense measures, presumably such as stealing gas from Alabama fans. UGA officials have asked fans who can't make it to Athens and back on one tank, however, not to come.

LONG SHORTAGE: The Washington Post breaks down the regionwide fuel crisis that's hamstrung the Southeast.

ATLANTA'S AIR FORCE: Delta and Northwest shareholders have endorsed the airlines' merger, leaving the ball in the Justice Department's court.

WILD BLUE HITHER: GeorgiaSkies, a new airline launched by Pacific Wings, will offer intrastate flights among Atlanta, Athens and Macon starting Monday.

(SUNK) LIKE A ROCK: The abrupt closure of all Bill Heard Chevrolet dealerships on Wednesday, which the company blames on the economy and gas prices, has left many customers in limbo.

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Wednesday October 15, 2008 12:04 am EDT

LIKE VODKA FOR CHOCOLATE: Three firemen opened Winans Chocolates & Coffees on the Marietta Square in 2006 as the lone Southeast franchisee of an Ohio chocolatier. But they had a falling-out with the franchise and in August became Vintije Espresso & Martini Bar, which will also continue to sell coffee, chocolates, sandwiches, soups and pastries.

E-NEBRATION: Vintije has lots of liquor, wine and...

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Thursday September 25, 2008 05:21 pm EDT

How many words is this worth? More than a thousand, but, really, it's unquantifiable genius.

AccessNorthGa.com's best news graphics don't just illustrate or elaborate a story — they become the story. Using a complex graphical algorithm that attracts, confuses, amuses, delights and then intrigues readers, these bizarre Photoshop Frankensteins can add surprising appeal to a small-town...

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Thursday September 25, 2008 03:20 pm EDT

BAILOUT: President Bush, looking concerned, nervous but still slightly amused, tells the nation that the "entire economy is in danger."

PALIN: CNN's Campbell Brown issued a rant to the McCain campaign Tuesday, calling for it to stop sheltering its VP candidate and treating her "like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment," in response to the campaign barring reporters from...

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Wednesday September 24, 2008 02:39 pm EDT

STAYING ALIVE: Troy Davis is alive this morning, thanks to a last-minute stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices will reconvene Monday, and if they don't decide to hear his case, he's back in Georgia's clutches.

CHECK IS IN THE BAIL: Congress is listening to growing outcries to limit Wall Street executives' lavish salaries and perks as part of the bailout. Counters one trade...

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Tuesday September 23, 2008 12:42 pm EDT

TROY DAVIS: Will be killed by Georgia tonight, barring a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.

BAILOUT: What at first seemed like a tourniquet is starting to look more like a feather pillow for Wall Street, and congressional leaders are pointing out that we've been notoriously fooled before by this administration under guise of looming disaster.

BLAME: More Americans, by a...

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