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Atlanta Eagle co-owner: Rumors of gay bar closing not ‘absolutely true’

Atlanta Eagle denies rumors of closing

A blog by Creative Loafing claims rumors are flying that the Atlanta Eagle is expected to close by the end of the year, but that is not true at this time, says Richard Ramey, co-owner of the gay bar on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

The blog post by Cliff Bostock was titled "News that sucks" and talks about the Eagle laying off bartender Chris Lopez.

“I'm sorry to report that one of the city's best bartenders, Chris Lopez, was laid off recently by the Atlanta Eagle after seven years. It's not altogether surprising. Rumors have been flying that the bar will close before the end of the year," writes Bostock.

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State Rep. Mike Jacobs appears to win easy victory

State Sen. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) appeared to sail to an easy victory over challenger first-time political candidate Sandy Murray in District 80 in Tuesday's election.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting on Wednesday, Jacobs carried an easy lead over Murray with 66.1 percent of the votes to 33.9 percent, according to unofficial state Secretary of State results.

Jacobs has received much credit from many LGBT voters for pushing through the nation's first anti-bullying bill that encompasses K-12th grade.

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UPDATED: Democrat newcomer Elena Parent defeats gay-friendly GOP Jill Chambers in state House

Gay-friendly Democrat and political newcomer Elena Parent knocked off incumbent Jill Chambers in a close battle for District 81 in the Georgia State House. The margin of difference was less than 300 votes.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting this morning in District 81, Parent held on to victory with 3,315 votes, or 52 percent,  to Chambers' 3,039 votes, or 48 percent, according to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State.

Parent gave a victory speech at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference center at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, although some news outlets at the time were calling the race too close to call. The results this morning show Parent held on for the victory.