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Thursday July 29, 2010 04:00 am EDT
With its trail-loving Gov. Mark Sanford, political operatives lining up to claim they slept with gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley and a Democratic Senate primary that resembles a lottery drawing, South Carolina currently holds the title of loopiest state in the union, a place seemingly populated by backwoods yahoos, nutty elected officials and cranks of all stripes. As one exasperated... | more...

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Wednesday July 28, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Guest columnist Shelley Wynter wants both parties to pay attention to the African-American community | more...

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Thursday July 22, 2010 04:00 am EDT

When we opened our restaurant at 231 Mitchell St. in December, the historic hotel row had established itself as a seedy downtown block with inconsistent street lighting, sketchy drug dealers, prostitutes and petty thieves.

Lunacy Black Market strove to anchor itself as a safe place for diners to enjoy good food and a glass of wine, and maybe run into someone familiar. During the dark winter...

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Thursday July 22, 2010 04:00 am EDT

You're likely unfamiliar with Thomas E. Watson's name, but if you've visited the State Capitol any time in the past 80 years, you've seen his statue. Fist clenched in the air, Watson stands in life-size bronze atop a high stone pedestal commanding the stairs that lead up to the building's main public entrance.

So, who was this man, that he should deserve such prominent placement at the Georgia...

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Thursday July 15, 2010 04:00 am EDT

Last week, CNN fired Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs Octavia Nasr, a 20-year veteran of the network, for committing the grave sin of knowing more about the Middle East than CNN's audience.

The proximate cause of Nasr's firing was a Twitter comment she posted July 4: "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah...One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot."

Fadlallah was...

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Tuesday July 13, 2010 04:00 pm EDT

Most Georgians have little awareness or understanding of the Public Service Commission. Which is too bad, since the five members of this quasi-judicial state agency arguably have more direct impact on your pocketbook than your local congressman.

It's the PSC that decides how much you pay to turn on your lights, heat your oven and talk on your phone. But there's ample evidence to suggest that...

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Thursday July 8, 2010 04:00 am EDT

Last week, the state once again failed to reach an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, which has, since 2009, pursued a civil rights suit on behalf of patients in Georgia's miserably inadequate public mental health care system.

The lawsuit was prompted by a 2007 Atlanta Journal-Constitution series, which revealed that dozens of patients had died from abuse in Georgia's psychiatric...

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Tuesday July 6, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
Checking Reed's - and the city's - progress six months into his first term | more...

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Wednesday June 30, 2010 04:00 am EDT

On the evening of June 25, Midtowners couldn't have missed more than 100 hipsters, graybeards and gearheads pedaling down Peachtree Street.

The monthly event — the leaderless, somewhat controversial Critical Mass that's become an urban staple around the world — offers a snapshot of how far Atlanta's cycling culture has come in a city defined by the automobile. In addition to Critical Mass,...

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Wednesday June 30, 2010 04:00 am EDT

During his successful mayoral campaign in 2009, Kasim Reed proposed hiring 750 new police officers and opening community centers he dubbed "centers of hope" to discourage Atlanta's youth from committing crime. The next mayor, Reed insisted, had to "turn the tide" on the city's crime "crisis."

Atlanta's news media feeds this crisis narrative. For example, Creative Loafing's June 17 cover story...

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Thursday June 17, 2010 04:00 am EDT

Amid all the political dart-throwing and pundit mouth-breathing about the ongoing environmental disaster that is the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, one culprit has oddly escaped some blame. Specifically, us.

Not that BP hasn't screwed up. But the reason the company and others like it are drilling miles from the coast and deep under the sea for a nonrenewable resource is because we need...

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Thursday June 17, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Wedge politics has cost the GOP my vote | more...

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Thursday June 10, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Civil Rights museum shouldn't be co-opted by Coke | more...

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Thursday June 10, 2010 04:00 am EDT
CL's new editorial page promises provocation | more...