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macon.com MIDDAY UPDATE: Survey shows Wendy's drive-thrus are fastest; Georgia transgender politician wins legal battle; scientists say 1 in 4 mammals faces extinction

A new study finds that Wendy's offers the speediest drive-thrus in the fast-food, or quick-service restaurant, business.

QSR Magazine reports that a survey conducted by Insula Research found a trip through the drive-thru at Wendy's averages just 2 minutes and 11 seconds.

The researchers also say the number of drive-thru customers has been declining at Wendy's, which tends to mean faster service times.

Wendy's finished fourth overall for drive-thru service when other factors were considered, including how accurately orders are filled.

Chick-fil-A ranked first, followed by McDonald's and Burger King.

Wendy's International Inc. is based in the Columbus suburb of Dublin. The chain is now owned by Atlanta-based Triarc Cos. Inc.

Associated Press

Georgia transgender politician wins legal battle

Georgia's top court has ruled in favor of a transgender politician sued by two political opponents who claimed she misled voters by running as a female.

The Georgia Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Monday found that the two unsuccessful candidates for Riverdale City Council failed to produce evidence of fraud, misconduct or illegality.

Michelle Bruce landed one of four council seats in 2003 in a campaign to attract more jobs and residents to Riverdale. But she faced stiff opposition when she ran for re-election in 2007, and eventually lost her seat.

Georgia Fuller and Stan Harris sued the city last year, saying Bruce misled voters by identifying herself as a female. The complaint identified Bruce as "Michael Bruce" and asked a judge to rule the November election results invalid.

Associated Press

Scientists: 1 in 4 mammals faces extinction

Conservationists have taken the first detailed look at the world's mammals in more than a decade, and the news isn't good.

"Our results paint a bleak picture of the global status of mammals worldwide," the team led by Jan Schipper of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Gland, Switzerland, concluded.

"We estimate that one in four species is threatened with extinction and that the population of one in two is declining," the researchers said in a report to be published Friday in the journal Science. The findings were being released Monday at the IUCN meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

"I think the bottom line is, what kind of a world do you want to leave for your children," Andrew Smith, a professor in the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences, said in a telephone interview.

"How impoverished we would be if we lost 25 percent of the world's mammals," said Smith, one of more than 100 co-authors of the report.

"Within our lifetime hundreds of species could be lost as a result of our own actions, a frightening sign of what is happening to the ecosystems where they live," added Julia Marton-Lefevre, IUCN director general. "We must now set clear targets for the future to reverse this trend to ensure that our enduring legacy is not to wipe out many of our closest relatives."

The IUCN describes itself as the world's oldest and largest global environmental network. It is made up of more than 1,000 government and nongovernment organizations and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. The research for the report took five years and involved more than 1,700 scientists around the world.

Associated Press

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