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Riverside, Ga., is no more. How about it, Johns Creek?

9:02 am Oct. 25, 2016

You might recall that, 10 years ago, when a North Fulton community was contemplating a name for the new city they were in the process of creating, they picked Riverside.

But they backed off when it was pointed out that Georgia already had a city of Riverside. And so they decided on Johns Creek – forever confusing the rest of metro Atlanta with that missing apostrophe.

It may be time to reconsider.

Libertarian Allen Buckley makes a choking motion during a Senate debate with incumbent U.S. Sen. Republican Johnny Isakson, left, and Democrat Jim Barksdale, right, on Friday at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

Missed that U.S. Senate debate? Watch it here

4:51 pm Oct. 24, 2016

The only debate in the race for the U.S. Senate, which was taped Friday and aired Sunday on Georgia Public Broadcasting, is now available on YouTube – along with those for Third District congressional seat and a contest for a seat on the state Public Service Commission.

The debates were sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club as part of its Loudermilk-Young Debate Series.

The Senate debate, featuring Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson,

October 17, 2016 - Atlanta - Voters take a photo with  state Rep. Park Cannon (center), D-Atlanta, as they wait to vote at the Fulton County Government Center.  Congressman John Lewis, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and state Rep. Park Cannon, D-Atlanta, led young Democrats on a march from the Nelson Street Bridge to the Fulton County Government Center where the first day of early voting had begun.   BOB ANDRES  /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Half a million Georgians have already voted in 2016 election

10:55 am Oct. 24, 2016

The first full week of advance, in-person voting in Georgia saw long lines across Metro Atlanta.

Now we know why.

Nearly 500,000 voters cast ballots in the state last week, in addition to the nearly 90,000 mail-in absentee ballots the state has received thus far.

According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, 578,539 ballots have been cast as of today.

Fulton County continues to lead the way with nearly 80,000 votes cast. DeKalb is