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Chen stellar as O's blank Braves

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Wei-Yin Chen tossed seven shutout innings on Sunday and the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, in the rubber match of a three-game interleague set at Turner Field.

Chen (7-2) allowed six hits, one walk and struck out two to earn the win. He threw 70 of his 101 pitches for strikes. Darren O'Day, Troy Patton and Pedro Strop combined for a scoreless eighth and Jim Johnson collected his 20th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Steve Pearce scored on a balk for the Orioles, who have won seven of their last eight contests.

Randall Delgado (4-7) pitched well in defeat, allowing two runs on three hits over eight innings to go with six strikeouts. Andrelton Simmons added a pair of hits in the loss for the Braves, losers in six of their last seven games.


Debate Over Transportation Tax

ATLANTA -- On July 31, Atlantans will decide their transportation future.   They will be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects and improvements over the next ten years.

Supporters say the money is not only vital to ease regional congestion, they say the region's financial future depends on it.   They vow it will create jobs and make it easier to get to those jobs.

Opponents question whether the money is allocated well.  They wonder what happens after ten years.  Some don't want money to go to MARTA.  Others are distrustful of government.

Sunday morning, two men on opposite sides of the issue shared their viewpoints on 11Alive Weekend Morning News.   Dave Stockert, CEO of Post Properties, is chairman of the metro Chamber's Transportation Policy Committee.   He is pushing for passage of the Special Local Option Sales Tax.

Emergency rule bans new synthetic pot

ATLANTA -- New synthetic drugs manufactured to skirt a new Georgia law have been banned by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy.

Manufacturers of synthetic pot altered the chemical structure of the drug so that it didn't fall under a state law adopted by the Legislature in April.

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Deal freezes Georgia gas tax

Deal freezes Georgia gas tax

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has frozen Georgia's gas tax, preventing an increase that would have kicked in July 1.

Deal signed an executive order freezing the gas tax at current levels, saving motorists nearly one cent from the next six months. Deal signed the order Friday.

The state gas tax had been set to rise .8 cents on July 1, as a result of a formula tied to fuel prices.

Deal says the state's economy has slowly improved with growing revenue and the unemployment rate decreasing. Deal says taxpayers in the state should not have to take on the "burden" of a gas tax right now.

Every six months, the Department of Revenue analyzes the previous half year's gas price and adjusts the state tax either up or down.

Sean O'Pry: From MySpace to male supermodel

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Sean O'Pry went from being a Kennesaw high school student to an international male supermodel in just over two years.

And if that isn't incredible enough, consider this: he didn't set out to be a model. He was neither seeking nor dreaming of international fame and fortune.

Instead, like millions of other teens before the age of Facebook's Internet dominance, he simply posted a picture on MySpace.

That's where it all started -- a single photo of a strutting 17-year-old on the way to his junior prom. The picture was spotted by modeling scouts and forwarded to agent Lana Winters-Tomczak.  She said when she saw the picture, she knew immediately what she was seeing.

"I said, 'If he really looks like that, he'll be a supermodel. I really need to talk to his mom," Winters-Tomczak said Wednesday via telephone from New York.

5 E. coli cases discovered in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Public Health is working with the CDC to investigate a cluster of E. coli infections.

These cases were tested at the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, which was able to confirm the infections.

Georgia currently has five cases -- two in Cobb and one each in Cherokee, Coweta and Forsyth counties. 

Four of the five cases are female; their ages range from 18 to 52.

All got sick between April 15 and April 28 of this year. One person was hospitalized overnight for this illness.

Health officials have detected no food items or environmental exposures associated with the illnesses.

Horse rescued, put down after falling in hole

CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services rescued a horse after the animal fell into a hole Monday evening.

The horse fell in the hole near Curtis Road in Canton shortly before 7 p.m.

PHOTOS | Horse rescued from hole

Brittany Holt, who was riding the horse, told responding officials that the horse got stuck while trying to cross a trail. When the animal began thrashing, she started to sink.

Rescue crews from Cherokee County and the Milton Fire Department used a harness supported by a large frame to pull the horse from the hole, according to Cherokee County Fire spokesman Tim Cavender. Crews had to dig mud away from the horse to rescue her.

The horse emerged from the hole at around 9:40 p.m. and was taken to the University of Georgia Veterinary Hospital, where she was later put down.