Coastal Sunrise: Top 3 on 3

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Here's a quick look at your Top 3 on 3 stories you'll need to know before heading out this morning.

Celebrity Chef Paula Deen is making headlines; but not for her work in the kitchen. Deen denies she's ever told racial jokes, but she allegedly acknowledges using the “n” word. The admission came during a question-and-answer session for a lawsuit filed by a former manager of Deen's savannah, restaurant. The deposition was taken in May and it's part of an ongoing civil lawsuit filed against Deen and her brother by a former employee who says there was sexual and racial harassment. Deen's attorney released a statement saying his client, “Does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable and that she is looking forward to her day in court.”

Plus, a jury is set to begin deliberations today, to decide whether or not to recommend the death penalty for Steven Cozzie, the man convicted of murdering a Lyons County teen in 2011. Cozzie was convicted last week in the death of 15-year old Courtney Wilkes. During final testimony on Wednesday, a psychologist took the stand, talking about abuse Cozzie experienced when he was a child.

Also, if you notice people rushing through their morning commute in Savannah Friday morning, they might not be late for work, but be participating in national “Dump the Pump Day.”

The city, along with Chatham Area Transit and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, will see who can make it from Midtown to City Hall the fastest, a bike rider, a motorist, or a bus rider. The bicyclists have won for the past five years, but it's been close. The competition kicks off at 8 Friday morning.

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