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   ATLANTA (AP) — A man who fell more than 60 feet from an upper-level platform at Atlanta's Turner Field onto a parking lot during a baseball game died Monday night, police said.

   Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee confirmed the death of the man, whose name has not been released. The man fell during Monday night's game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.

   "At this time there's no indication of foul play and the fall appears accidental," Chafee said late Monday. "It appears he fell from an upper-level platform to a secured lot below."

   Chafee said police received the report of the fall just before 9 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived, they located a man who appeared to have fallen 65 feet, or about six stories.

   The man was transported to Atlanta Medical Center and died of his injuries.

   Chafee said the fall occurred on the stadium's back side. He said witnesses described the fall as accidental, but that police were not releasing other details of what they said.

   He said he did not know if wet conditions or alcohol were factors.

   Heavy rains had led to a nearly two-hour delay of the game, which was scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

   A Braves spokeswoman declined comment earlier Monday night, referring calls to the Atlanta police.

   Monday's accident wasn't the first of its kind to happen at Turner Field, and marked at least the third time a sports fan has fallen from the stands in Atlanta in about a year.

   Isaac Grubb, 20, of Lenoir City, Tenn. died after falling over a railing at the Georgia Dome during a football game between Tennessee and North Carolina State on Aug. 31, 2012. Authorities said he landed on another man seated in the lower level, and that alcohol was a factor.

   A man fell about 25 feet over a staircase railing at a Georgia Tech-Miami football game on Sept. 22, 2012 and was not seriously injured.

   In May 2008, a 25-year-old Cumming, Ga. man suffered head injuries when he fell down a stairwell at Turner Field during a game between the Braves and the New York Mets and later died. Police found that alcohol had factored into that accident, which the Braves had said was the first non-medical fatality to happen at the ballpark.

   Turner Field became the home of the Braves in 1997, a year after serving as the site of events for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The long-delayed NorthSide Regeneration project in St. Louis is expected to get started by November.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that developer Paul McKee says he is meeting every 10 days with city officials to get the project started as soon as possible.

The $8 billion development by McKee's NorthSide Regeneration LLC is envisioned eventually to include 10,000 homes and millions of square feet of office space in an impoverished two-square-mile area north of downtown St. Louis.

The project got a boost from a Missouri Supreme Court ruling in April that gave the go-ahead to nearly $400 million in city financing for road and street work.

McKee says he is getting more calls from potential tenants now that the lawsuit is finished.

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DALLAS (AP) - A hotel guest from Missouri has been found dead in the atrium lobby of the 30-story Hyatt Regency Dallas after apparently falling from an upper floor.

Dallas police say a hotel security guard early Wednesday discovered the body of 37-year-old Craig McKinnon Berry of Wentzville, Mo. A police report says a hotel employee heard a loud thud and contacted security.

A hotel spokesman says the guest apparently fell from one of the upper floors. The downtown Dallas hotel's interior atrium has 18 stories.

Police are investigating the incident as an unexplained death. Further details weren't immediately available.

 

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   A Waterloo man is critically injured after falling about 50 feet as he reportedly fled from a crash.  

   The single-car accident happened around 8:30 Monday evening along Interstate 255 just west of Illinois Route 3.  

   Illinois State Police have identified the driver as 21 year old Thomas Falk.  

   Witnesses told police that Falk appeared to have a head injury when he got out of his car.  Police say Falk argued with someone who had reported the crash to police, then jumped over a guardrail and fell to the railroad tracks below.  

   Falk was taken to St. Louis University Hospital by Arch helicopter.  His condition is reported to be very critical. 

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