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

In its seven-year history, the 54 cinder block columns occupying a street corner in Old Fourth Ward have inspired derision, pride, puzzlement, and, most recently, an anonymous meddler with a bucket of Pepto-Bismol-colored paint.

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The columns, for those of you who don't know, are a work of public art, the creation of Sol LeWitt, one of America's premier minimalist artists who once...

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Wednesday August 17, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Metro Editor Bert Roughton's e-mail reply to CL Senior Editor Doug Monroe's Aug. 16 questions about rumors that the AJC plans to kill its Monday Horizon section. Monroe was the first editor of the 8-year-old section, which reports on Atlanta's growth and development.

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For the full exchange, see www.johnsugg.com/2005/08/is_ajc_preparin.html

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Wednesday August 17, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Atlanta-based SP Newsprint, one of the largest newspaper recycling companies in the South, agreed Aug. 5 to install new equipment at its Dublin, Ga., plant to reduce the amount of plastic it was discharging into the Oconee River. The company allegedly released more than a ton of plastic each year into the river, according to Justine Thompson, an attorney with the Georgia Center for Law in the... | more...

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Wednesday August 17, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday August 17, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Online comments shed light on how DFACS failed to save a teenage runaway | more...

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Wednesday August 10, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Nearly every day last summer, West Nile virus experts Jerry Kerce and Tom Burkot emptied 15 mosquito traps placed in rivers and creeks that catch the city's sewage overflows. The traps, designed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, captured live mosquitoes that were later tested for the West Nile virus.

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The results of the tests were startling. Last year, 63 of 1,553 pools...

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Wednesday August 10, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday August 10, 2005 12:04 am EDT

A man clad in a striped jail suit marched with a ball and chain attached to his leg to symbolize his ancestors' struggles.

A twentysomething mother marched while strolling her 2-year-old daughter on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, feeding her Cheerios along the way.

An elderly man who marched for the same cause 50 years earlier hobbled behind thousands of participants, determined to finish the...

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT

"Remember the Cotton Club!"

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That could be the battle cry for Virginia-Highland homeowners who are once again trying to prevent a high-occupancy, live-music venue from moving into the old Hilan Theatre.

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Six years after residents' protests forced the now-defunct Cotton Club concert hall to find another home in the basement of the Tabernacle downtown, Inman Park Properties is again seeking...

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT
So you reduce, reuse and recycle. But can you do more? The Georgia Conservancy is holding a one-hour orientation Tues., Aug. 9, to teach the public what it can do to protect the state's natural resources. The Georgia Conservancy is a statewide environmental organization that works to promote clean air and water as well as responsible growth. The Conservancy supports the conservation of water as... | more...

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Like many folks, the Fulton County Commission continues to be tormented by past indiscretions involving strip clubs.

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Within the next few weeks, the county expects to find out the trial date for a Georgia Supreme Court case that will determine whether Fulton's current adult-entertainment policy will be thrown out. The ordinance in question prohibits alcohol from being served in places that...

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT

It's been a year since Shawntell Law-North, a Lithonia bank teller, lost her job due to allegations that she falsified her home loan application — then was reinstated after her employers learned she'd fallen prey to predatory lending.

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Now, the brokerage firm that allegedly tampered with her application ient of Banking and Finance. And in March, the federal government revoked the...

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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Count the Atlanta City Council among the local governments to have jumped on the bandwagon to condemn, um, the act of condemnation.

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More specifically, on July 18 the council became the latest elected body to adopt a resolution pledging not to abuse its eminent domain power, following Cherokee, Coweta and Henry counties. A host of other metro counties — Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Forsyth...

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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT

The lack of air conditioning added to the heated debate July 25 over a prospective neighborhood shopping center in Lynwood Park. Sixty residents came to voice their opinions about the 4,800-square-foot brick center that would house two to three neighborhood shops, such as a coffeehouse and pizza joint, alongside office space.

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It's the latest growing pain in ever-changing Lynwood Park, the...

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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Last year, J.L. King's On the Down Low spent 12 weeks on the New York Times' best-seller list. The book chronicled the author's experience as an African-American man whose public life was as a heterosexual but who pursued a gay lifestyle in secret.

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Besides raising public awareness on what had largely been a taboo subject, King also implied that there was a direct link between men on the...

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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT

For five years, Wendy Titelman hasn't been allowed within 3,000 feet of her children. After she was charged with taking her daughters across state lines in violation of her custody agreement, a judge awarded full custody to her ex-husband.

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But then she was acquitted of the charge — and the jury foreman at her criminal trial wrote a letter asking why she was indicted in the first...

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Thursday July 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Public Agenda

CL's guide to civic and political

events in the metro Atlanta area

Development

Want to know more about plans to build a better downtown Atlanta? Come to the Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District town hall meeting Fri., July 22. The meeting will focus on topics such as improving the look of downtown, offering downtown businesses economic incentives,...

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Thursday July 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Neighborhood

Agenda

CL's guide to civic and political

events in the metro Atlanta area

Want to make an impact on politics and local government? Learn more about the Young Democrats of Atlanta at their summer barbecue Sat., July 23. The group includes Atlantans between the ages of 18 and 35 who have an active interest in governmental affairs and who work to promote initiatives such as a...

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Thursday July 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

When Amaya Hanshaw graduated from Avondale High School in 2001, she joined the Air Force under the GI Bill so she could pay for college. Hanshaw completed basic training in Biloxi, Miss. In 2002, she was transferred to the Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas.

Hanshaw was honorably discharged this spring and is now entitled to $1,000 monthly from the government to help earn a college...

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Thursday July 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

When photographer Sharad Haksar set up a shot of a Coca-Cola sign leaning in front of a dry water pump and empty cisterns, he claims he intended to reflect on severe water shortages in several Indian communities near Coca-Cola bottling plants. The plants are alleged to be responsible for water shortages and pollution of water sources throughout India.

But once Haksar's image reached its...

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Thursday July 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Esther Morris had hoped for good news | more...

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Thursday July 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Fulton County's Department of Public Works will host public meetings in July and August at which citizens can get involved in the agency's recommendations for future transportation projects. The meetings will include an update on the Atlanta Regional Commission's transportation improvement plan for 2006-2011. The plan will affect bridges, bikeways, sidewalks, intersection construction and road... | more...

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Thursday July 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Does burning petroleum cause global warming? Of course not. Just ask ExxonMobil. | more...