Good week/bad week for Oct. 27

It was a good week for …

Mikayla Clark. The cheerleader, a junior at Westlake High School, broke the world record for most consecutive back handsprings. She did a total of 44 back handsprings, breaking the previous Guinness record of 36.

Teavana. The Atlanta-based tea company, which has about 300 mall stores, including six in metro Atlanta, expanded its footprint Thursday with a tea bar in New York City's Upper East Side. It's the first of its kind for the company, long associated with buying tea in a store — not sitting and sipping a cup.

Port of Savannah. The U.S. House approved a massive water projects bill Wednesday that includes the go-ahead for Georgia's biggest economic development project. The bill, which authorizes port and waterway projects across the nation, must be reconciled with the U.S. Senate version that passed in May, and which also boosts the Savannah port's expansion.

It was a bad week for …

Seth Lynn. The Atlanta real estate investor and his company pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiring with other investors to rig bidding for auctioned foreclosed properties in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

Thomas Watson. A 12-foot bronze statue of the one-time populist turned fire-breathing white supremacist, who vilified blacks, Catholics and Jews, is being moved away from its prominent place near the state Capitol's west steps for renovations. Once the work is done it will remain in the park area across the street.

Aaron's. The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday the company — one of the nation's biggest rental businesses, with 1,880 locations in 48 states — "knowingly played a direct and vital role in its franchisees' installation and use of software" to secretly collect data from customers. The company also stored the captured data on its servers and shared collected information with franchisees, according to the FTC. The company has neither confirmed nor denied the claims of the FTC.

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