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Wednesday October 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday October 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Atlanta turns to surveillance cameras to help police its streets | more...

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Wednesday October 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Judy McMillon called caterer after caterer before settling on one who promised lobster, prime rib and a white chocolate fountain for her 150 wedding guests.

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The 26-year-old bride-to-be paid half the $8,000 bill up front and expected the best. That's not exactly what she got.

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On Sept. 10, Judy and her new husband, Jim, were posing for pictures at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in...

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Wednesday October 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Two years ago, Dennis Chase, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who's been unable to put down his nets and waders, found something scary in the part of the Flint River just south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Armed with collecting dishes and magnifying lenses, Chase set out to document the abundance of life, or lack thereof, in the Flint. Though he suspected...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Worried about walking through Midtown at night? The Midtown Alliance will sponsor a public safety forum Wed., Oct. 12. The event will offer neighborhood residents and business owners the opportunity to discuss concerns with representatives of the Atlanta Police Department and Midtown Blue, a privately funded security force made up of off-duty and retired Atlanta cops who patrol Midtown. One of... | more...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Ashley Smith is getting more than her share of 15 minutes of fame. The 27-year-old overnight hero who was held hostage for seven hours by alleged Fulton County Courthouse killer Brian Nichols just released a book, Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero, detailing her captivity.

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The book describes Smith as quite the negotiator. After she was unable to meet Nichols'...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Cans of worms sometimes turn up in the most unlikely places, as Clair Muller was reminded recently.

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The veteran Atlanta councilwoman, who chairs the council's transportation committee, learned from city traffic engineers a few weeks back that one of the biggest impediments to maintaining safe and efficient traffic flow throughout the city comes from off-duty police officers hired to direct...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT

$7,600:

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The purchase price of a Ten Commandments plaque pulled from a Barrow County courthouse and sold on eBay last week.

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$265,436.14:

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The ammount that the group Ten Commandments-Georgia, which auctioned the plaque, pledged to donate to Barrow County to cover legal expenses incurred in an unsuccessful legal battle with the ACLU to keep the plaque in place.

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$213,436.14:

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Wednesday September 28, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The city of Atlanta's Urban Design Commission will hold a special meeting Wed., Oct. 5, to discuss the controversial proposal to put a six-story, 800-space parking deck in Piedmont Park. The privately owned Atlanta Botanical Garden has offered to pay for the deck to be built on public park land, with deck proceeds going to the park. The meeting will include an opportunity for public comment,... | more...

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Wednesday September 28, 2005 12:04 am EDT

The Beltline's about to take a big PR hit.

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A panel of transportation and planning experts is expected to issue a report Sept. 29 that offers the harshest criticism to date of the proposed 22-mile transit loop around the inner city. Atlanta officials want to turn the mostly unused train tracks into a bus or light-rail system flanked by greenspace and bike trails.

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A document described to...

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Wednesday September 28, 2005 12:04 am EDT

The six-story parking deck that proponents want to build in the heart of Piedmont Park has received its first negative review from a government body.

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A Sept. 14 Atlanta Urban Design Commission staff report states that the proposed deck contradicts the vision of Piedmont Park's designer. The report comes after the Piedmont Park Conservancy's board and a mayoral task force approved the deck...

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Wednesday September 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Georgia now can place a real-world price tag on keeping its country bumpkins happy: $20.6 million.

That's the amount in federal grants that state legislators knowingly forfeited earlier this year when they declined to do away with what's known in some quarters as the seat belt loophole. Like most states, Georgia mandates that seat belts be worn by all adult front-seat occupants of a moving...

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Wednesday September 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday September 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood wants to tinker with Atlanta's controversial tree ordinance in hopes of getting it right this time.

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The ordinance, a stringent set of rules that regulates which and how many trees can be cut down by developers and homeowners, has been amended four times since it passed in 1993. It's viewed both as an aggressive protector of the environment and a...

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Wednesday September 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Michael Tisserand is — or was — the editor of Gambit Weekly, New Orleans' alternative weekly. He's filing a weekly journal for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies about life as an evacuee in southern Louisiana. To read the complete installment, go to atlanta.creativeloafing.com.

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Lafayette, La. — She just stares at me, the Iowan volunteer. Silver and green Mardi...

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Wednesday September 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT

For Glenn Powell, the Atlanta liquor license snafu of 2005 took its most absurd turn last week, when he was one of 37 restaurant, bar and convenience store operators forced to attend a six-hour licensing hearing at City Hall — the second such meeting for all concerned — because of a clerical error by city officials.

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Earlier this year, the owner of Agnes & Muriel's in Ansley Park...

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Wednesday September 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT

An Athens chicken plant worker who died in August 2004 after a tractor-trailer backed into her and a Savannah forklift operator who fell off an elevated platform that same month are just two of the 231 fatalities compiled in a recent federal report showing Georgia had the nation's second-highest increase of on-the-job fatalities last year.

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The statistics, released by the Bureau of Labor...

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Wednesday September 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday August 31, 2005 12:04 am EDT

An Atlanta Police Department internal memo sheds new light on an old problem: The department has trouble retaining officers.

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According to the Aug. 5 memo, written by Maj. Alex Keeney and Lt. Van Hobbs and obtained under the state Open Records Act, nearly 75 percent of Atlanta police officers have been hired within the last five years.

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"Once they come to Atlanta and are trained," the...

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Wednesday August 31, 2005 12:04 am EDT

When Gov. Sonny Perdue was preparing to sign House Bill 244, the League of Women Voters of Georgia was among the many groups that urged him to veto the bill, which requires that voters carry one of six forms of picture ID to the polls to be allowed to vote.

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A few months later, the governor sent the League a short letter explaining why he'd chosen to sign the legislation over the objections...

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Wednesday August 31, 2005 12:04 am EDT

The closing of Fort McPherson could mean intown Atlanta gets another walkable mini-city located right next to a MARTA line.

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With its 18-hole golf course, grocery stores, library, mini-mall, 102 housing units, and 2.2 million-square-feet of office, retail and residential space, the fated Army base off Langford Parkway in southwest Atlanta has all the makings of a mixed-use development...

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Wednesday August 31, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday August 24, 2005 12:04 am EDT

The state Environmental Protection Division wants to relax one of the rules that governs the amount of pollution that can be dumped into the state's waterways.

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The proposed change will eliminate a phrase in Georgia's environmental regulations that calls for companies and municipalities to use the "highest and best" technologies to reduce water pollution. If approved, the change would allow...

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Wednesday August 24, 2005 12:04 am EDT

On Aug. 22, Mayor Shirley Franklin signed an ordinance making it illegal to beg for money in much of downtown. Now business owners in surrounding areas are worried that downtown's homeless problem will become their problem instead.

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Several business owners say they've already taken steps to combat potential problems with panhandlers, who could migrate north, east, south and west as a result...

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