Last Week October 28 2000
Puttin' some heat on it: Braves pitcher John Smoltz and a gaggle of other parents lobby the county planning commission for a new private Christian school in north Fulton County. ... Must've been a sale at Sam's Club: Not one of the Clayton County School Board members up for re-election bothers to show up for a political forum sponsored by the county Chamber of Commerce. ... Heart of darkness: Former Republican Rep. Pat Swindall recalls his first night in a federal prison camp 12 years ago as "surreal" and "humiliating."
Slippery slope to good government: The Department of Transportation board adopts — horrors! — its very first ethics rule (barring board members from directly haggling with the DOT commissioner when the department wants to buy their land), prompting speculation that a long tradition of blatant conflict-of-interest may be passing away. ... Divine intervention?: Catholic Social Services hires a consultant to help it repair its beleaguered refugee resettlement program.
What would Jesus do?: Former President Jimmy Carter cuts ties with the Southern Baptist Convention because he believes women are equal to men in the eyes of God and that Jesus Christ, not SBC doctrine, is the best interpreter of scripture. ... Free to go: Vincent Errico, 17, one of two Walton High School football players charged with destroying mailboxes and stealing a car, is acquitted of all charges.
Egg-stinction: Two 26-year-old Salvadorans plead guilty in federal court to conspiring to smuggle 2,304 endangered sea turtle eggs (considered delicacies in some quarters) into the U.S. via Hartsfield International Airport. ... Gotta have that stuffing:A Fulton County Grand Jury indicts the mother of an inmate and the two deputies whom she paid $500 to allow her son to come home for Thanksgiving in 1999. ... The land of plenty (of hate): A Hispanic family in Forsyth County awakens to find racial slurs painted on their fence.
It's not us, so who cares?: Thousands of Atlantans pretend not to be watching their televisions as the Yankees beat the Mets in Game 1 of the "Subway Series" the Braves should have prevented. ... NC-17: Police arrest dozens of teens at Southlake Mall and charge them with violating the city of Morrow's curfew requiring kids under 17 to be home by midnight. ... Decades of good deeds: Troop 60, the oldest continuously operating Boy Scout troop in the North Atlanta District, celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Demon rum disrupts debate: Rep. Bob Barr and Democratic challenger Roger Kahn talk family values (Kahn quotes his mother and Barr denies that his son has worked in a liquor store). ... End of the world as we know it?: R.E.M. plays downtown Athens for enviro-cert Land Aid and Michael Stipe wonders aloud how to "keep Athens from becoming Snellville." No comment from Snellevillians. ... More sure than Russian roulette: A man walking in the southbound lanes of I-85 is hit by several cars and dies.
Here we go again: Athens-Clarke County Police say they believe the same man is responsible for raping three University of Georgia coeds — a warning that's all too familiar to UGA alumni. ... He's so un-compartmentalized: Mayor Bill Campbell's chief spokeswoman admits that City Hall staffers have been employed to write public and private speeches for which the mayor has been paid more than $149,000. ... Hang in there, Hosea: The family of homeless advocate and civil rights leader Hosea Williams, 74, reveal that Williams has been has been hospitalized in critical condition since Oct. 20 — the most recent skirmish in his ongoing battle with kidney cancer.