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macon.com MIDDAY UPDATE: Fay halts Ga.’s record sea turtle nesting season; burned refinery worker dies 6 months after explosion; vandals spray-paint swastiska near Sandy Springs school

Georgia’s record sea turtle nesting season may be over now that Tropical Storm Fay is blasting the coast with heavy rains.

Mark Dodd with the state Department of Natural Resources says he’s unsure how many nests have been lost in the storm surge but the numbers will be ‘‘considerable’’ once high waters recede. The state had counted 1,544 nests along the 100-mile Georgia coast.

The nests belong to rare loggerhead sea turtles, a threatened species that the federal government is considering classifying as endangered. Researchers use nest counts as a barometer for the overall loggerhead population.

Tropical Storm Fay continued a slow, wet trudge across Florida and south Georgia for a fifth day on Friday, dumping up to two feet of rain on the states.

- Associated Press

Burned refinery worker dies 6 months after explosion

An Imperial Sugar worker has died six months after suffering burns to 85 percent of his body from an explosion at the company’s refinery near Savannah.

Malcolm Frazier, 47, died early Friday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. He is the 14th refinery worker to have died from the Feb. 7 explosion.

Frazier worked as a floor manager in the refinery’s packing department, which took the brunt of the explosion. Investigators determined the blast was caused by sugar dust igniting beneath the plant’s storage silos.

Burn center spokeswoman Beth Frits said one refinery worker remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration last month proposed $8.7 million in fines against Texas-based Imperial Sugar.

- Associated Press

Vandals spray-paint swastiska near Sandy Springs school

Police are looking for the culprits who spray-painted a swastika near the Epstein School in Sandy Springs.

Authorities said a teacher found the anti-Semitic symbol on a sidewalk early Thursday.

School officials said the vandalism could be connected to opposition over a proposal to expand the Jewish school’s campus.

The offensive graffiti was removed.

Sandy Springs Police said whoever is responsible could be charged with a hate crime.

A neighborhood association has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

- Associated Press

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