In a Monday Feb. 2, 2004 photo, Associated Press staff writer Dick Pettys, left, cuts a cake given to him in appreciation of his service to AP covering the state house, as House leaders

 

              In a Monday Feb. 2, 2004 photo, Associated Press staff writer Dick Pettys, left, cuts a cake given to him in appreciation of his service to AP covering the state house, as House leaders
In a Monday Feb. 2, 2004 photo, Associated Press staff writer Dick Pettys, left, cuts a cake given to him in appreciation of his service to AP covering the state house, as House leaders eat in the background, after the general session at the Capitol in Atlanta. Pettys, a longtime political reporter for The Associated Press who was a fixture at the Georgia state Capitol for more than three decades and a well-respected mentor to other journalists, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 following a massive heart attack Monday afternoon at his north Georgia home. He was 66. (AP Photo/John Amis)