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Saturday April 22, 2000 12:04 am EDT
Congress last week acted to correct years of complaints about laws allowing police to seize private property and cash they believe may have been connected to criminal activity, even if no criminal charges were ever filed (see "Ungotten Gains," CL, Oct. 30, '99). The Civil Asset Forfeiture Act of 2000 does away with some of the harsher effects of '80s-era laws passed as part of the War on... | more...

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Saturday April 22, 2000 12:04 am EDT

John Rocker returned from his official Major League Baseball two-week suspension and unofficial four-month public relations drubbing this week, to the boisterous and sustained cheers of Braves fans at Turner Field. One word for all of you so happily applauding:

Why?

Why are you cheering for John Rocker?

With which part of his rant do you yearn to be identified?

Do you hate non-English...

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Saturday April 22, 2000 12:04 am EDT

Tuesday 11

It's like Salem: Cherokee Count woman Julie L. Divelbliss is arrested for making false police reports about a man stomping a kitten and three boys drowning another ... What in God's name are they doing?: After a nun resigns to protest alleged incompetence in the local Roman Catholic Office of Education, Atlanta's archbishop replaces two of the archdiocese's top officials ... Taking...

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Saturday April 22, 2000 12:04 am EDT
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Saturday April 22, 2000 12:04 am EDT
In a nod to the senior citizen bloc that forms a sizable part of his constituency, Mayor Bill Campbell signed on April 11 a City Council ordinance that repeals a proposed $300 fee for emergency medical services. The fee was slated to pay for firefighters' raises. | more...

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Saturday April 22, 2000 12:04 am EDT

The Justice Department has announced that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has agreed to settle a pair of work-place discrimination claims levied against the paper in 1999.

Pursuant to the settlement, the AJC paid more than $81,000 in back pay and penalties and corrected its hiring practices to the satisfaction of Justice Department officials, said AJC general manager John Mellott. The Equal...

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Saturday April 22, 2000 12:04 am EDT

Normally, Stone Mountain's Hip Hop Café is a place where one is more likely to discuss the latest Goodie Mob track than George W.'s position on gun control. On Sunday, however, the restaurant was the birthing ward for an organization that intends to leverage the industry's economic potency into an invitation to the next inauguration.

The Hip-Hop PAC bills itself as a political action committee...

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Saturday April 22, 2000 12:04 am EDT

Members of a student group at Emory University were expected to meet with university President William Chace April 19 as CL went to press to demand the revocation of a fraternity chapter's charter following the discovery of a photo in last year's yearbook of a white frat boy in blackface.?

Amos Jones, organizer of Students for a Unified Emory, rejected mediation plans presented last week...

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Saturday April 22, 2000 12:04 am EDT

At high noon (when else?) on Saturday May 6, Atlanta's cannabis culture club will assemble at City Hall East, march west on Ponce de Leon Avenue to Peachtree Street, turn south to International Boulevard, passing CNN Center and the Chamber of Commerce en route to Centennial Park.

Once at the park, the marijuana-marketing masses will listen to speeches by hempologist Jack Herer, author of "The...

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Saturday April 15, 2000 12:04 am EDT

For the second year in a row, seven members of the Young Leadership Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta will experience Passover in the former Soviet Union. The trip will take place April 16-23.

YLC Director Stacy Garland says the Atlanta group and Israeli counterparts hope to gain a better understanding of Jewish life abroad by meeting with city officials, visiting local...

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Saturday April 15, 2000 12:04 am EDT

His blue jeans - brown belt hooked through the loops - are the first thing you notice when you approach pitcher John Burkett's locker in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse. There are no fancy creams or colognes to be found in his area, only a Sure roll-on peeks through the top of his open gym bag. He's a testament to the common man. A common man who happens to have thrown five perfect games.

OK, so...

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Saturday April 15, 2000 12:04 am EDT

1. Singh a victory song: Vijay Singh showed a lot of class in winning his first green jacket, despite having to play four carryover holes Sunday.

2. Nicklaus and dimed: Why was more fuss made about Jack Nicklaus' two-over 74 on Saturday, which took him out of contention, than about the fact that the 60-year-old Golden Bear had actually been in contention that day?

3. Fan appreciation day:...

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Saturday April 15, 2000 12:04 am EDT

A mecca of sorts would be found in the Fairlie-Poplar and Auburn Avenue corridors of downtown Atlanta if Research Atlanta gets its way.

"A place where performing and visual arts venues coexist with studios, housing and arts-related retail and hospitality enterprises" is how Central Atlanta Progress acting president Paul Kelman sees the area if a Research Atlanta study, commissioned by the...

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Saturday April 15, 2000 12:04 am EDT
Wilder than Six Flags: Reacting to a federal judge's ruling that Microsoft broke antitrust laws, major stock markets plunge by hundreds of points before recovering by the 4 p.m. close. ... Keeping cash on the mountaintop: Martin Luther King III commemorates his father's assassination by threatening to boycott Georgia if the state doesn't remove the Confederate symbol from its state flag. ... On... | more...

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Saturday April 15, 2000 12:04 am EDT

In Atlanta, 51,900 households had what the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development labels "worst case" needs for rental housing assistance, according to a report released last week.

Households are considered to have worst case needs for housing assistance when they are renters with incomes below 50 percent of area median income (which, in Atlanta, was $27,400 for a four-person...

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Saturday April 15, 2000 12:04 am EDT

Georgians rely heavily on federal funding and bonded indebtedness to pay for transportation improvements, according to a recent study by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.

Nationally, the state average for bonded indebtedness to pay for transportation improvements is 4.3 percent, but Georgia's indebtedness is almost twice that, 8.4 percent.

Other states get...

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