Last Week September 16 2000

Tuesday, Sept. 5
And then some: Copious rains put parts of southwest Georgia underwater with Valdosta recording nearly 5 inches over night. ... Silence is fiber optic: Nearly 700 Roswell Road area residents are without phone service after a fiber optic cable gets slashed. ... Keep those cards and letters comin’: An FBI agent testifies in federal court that an elderly woman knew it was “terrible” to send big checks to a telemarketing firm in Atlanta, but she sent them $3,000 anyway.

font face=”arial, helvetica, sans-serif” size=”+1”>Wednesday, Sept. 6
Hit and run, literally: A driver involved in a fatal accident in Gwinnett County leaves his vehicle and runs from the scene. ... Aren’t there vo-tech schools for these people? A 17-year-old, 18-year-old and 19-year-old are arrested in connection with a June home invasion in Cobb County during which they allegedly snagged money and an ounce of pot. ... What do their parents think about this?: Councilman and mayoral candidate Robb Pitts vows to make African-American students from Atlanta University Center feel more welcome in Buckhead.

font face=”arial, helvetica, sans-serif” size=”+1”>Thursday, Sept. 7
Allegations?: The president of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority in Athens promises a prompt and thorough investigation into allegations of racism. ... Why can’t we all just leave the map alone? Atlanta City Council considers renaming International Boulevard after former mayor and current ambassador Andrew Young. ... The color of money: University of Georgia releases a study showing that Georgia’s Hispanic, Native American and Asian populations rank fourth, fifth and second respectively in the nation in terms of economic clout.

font face=”arial, helvetica, sans-serif” size=”+1”>Friday, Sept. 8
Gore is the Democrat, Bush is the Republican: Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney recants statements about Vice President Al Gore’s low “Negro tolerance level” ... Check the Prozac usage index: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation releases statistics showing there were 1,000 fewer incidents of violent crimes in 1999 than in 1998. ... Does he prefer the little plaid skirts or the more utilitarian trousers?: Gov. Roy Barnes tells the world he’s in favor of school uniforms.

font face=”arial, helvetica, sans-serif” size=”+1”>Saturday, Sept. 9
The higher they are, the bigger they fall: The deputy director of DeKalb County’s maintenance program slips and falls into a 20-foot hole while his crew is repairing a collapsed storm drain. ... More rain?: A morning wreck on rain-slick I-20 shuts down three lanes of westbound traffic. ... Looking for Mr. Good Bar: Members of the NAACP fan out over Buckhead looking for racism in its watering holes.

font face=”arial, helvetica, sans-serif” size=”+1”>Sunday, Sept. 10
It’s the altitude: Denver Broncos stomp the Falcons 42-14. ... We’d like you to dance naked with a flowerpot on your head: UGA football coach Jim Doonan continues to apologize and abase himself in the name of the great collegiate god of ticket sales after South Carolina fairly, but surprisingly, kicked the livin’ shinola out of the Dawgs. ...

font face=”arial, helvetica, sans-serif” size=”+1”>Monday, Sept. 11
Outsight: Mayor Bill Campbell meets with a square table of the city’s movers, shakers and pray-ers in an apparent effort to understand Buckhead from the point of view of those who do not go there. ... Que pasa: A Mexican-American advocacy group claims that the U.S. Census was not advertised to Georgia’s Hispanic population, leaving many of their number unaccounted for. ... Not irreplaceable: DeKalb County Solicitor Gwendolyn R. Keyes fires five employees over her office’s persistent backlog.

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