ICYMI: Three stories that metro Atlantans were checking out

Watch the waves get going at the starting line and see the beat faces as they approach the end of the race!

HOLIDAY TRADITION: The Fourth of July saw more than 200,000 people turn out for the annual Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. From colorful costumes to inspiring participants, the world's biggest 10K was again a memorable event. With 60,000 participants in this year's race on Atlanta's signature thoroughfare from Lenox Square down to Piedmont Park and an estimated 150,000 folks cheering them on, there were plenty of opportunities for inspiring stories and memorable photos. Here's a sampling from the 2018 AJC Peachtree Road Race:

» You want colorful characters? Check out this gallery 

» Gallery: In the race, helping out and cheering on

» Betty Lindberg: She's 93 and was back for her 28th run 

» He's 93 and still going strong in the race for the 26th time

» Surprise! Daddy, you're walking the AJC Peachtree Road Race

» VIDEO: The mayor takes part too — along with rapper Jeezy

» A gallery of winners (and check out even more photos)

» Earlier start, summer heat don't deter fans

Bernard Kip Lagat and Stephane Bruce celebrate winning the AJC Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Atlanta. (Photo: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Credit: ccompton@ajc.com

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Credit: ccompton@ajc.com

WE TOLD YOU TO PUT DOWN THAT PHONE: July 1 saw Georgia's newest laws go into effect, including one to cut down on distracted driving. The Hands-Free Georgia Act prohibits motorists from physically holding their cellphones. Although there is no formal grace period built into the law, many law enforcement departments plan to focus on "education" and issue only verbal warnings during the first weeks of enforcement. Of course, the warnings and tickets are already being issued for motorists who are used to holding their phones while they're on the road.

» Plenty of tickets and warnings to drivers this week

» Distracted driving law: What's legal, what's not

» Other state laws that went into effect this past week

"High Hat" dance and party on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Jan. 21, 1943. Photo shoot commissioned by fashion and home-goods mail-order merchandizer, Chicago Mail Order Co., owned by Alden's. (Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.)

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LOOKING BACK: We were feeling a bit nostalgic this past week. The latest Flashback Photos gallery was popular with readers, who took a digital journey back to 1943. From how Five Points looked 75 years ago to prisoners of war in Georgia, these archive photos offer a glimpse of wartime life.

» Flashback Photos gallery: 75 years ago