By Russell McLendonThursday September 25, 2008 05:21 pm EDT
How many words is this worth? More than a thousand, but, really, it's unquantifiable genius.
AccessNorthGa.com's best news graphics don't just illustrate or elaborate a story — they become the story. Using a complex graphical algorithm that attracts, confuses, amuses, delights and then intrigues readers, these bizarre Photoshop Frankensteins can add surprising appeal to a small-town news story. They're the only reason I followed this summer's rabies outbreaks in Hall County or knew about various North Georgia manhunts and car crashes.
And I keep coming back to AccessNorthGa.com for more. The creative flow has slowed considerably the last couple months, although the site does still occasionally reuse some classics. But since this is Best of Atlanta week, let's review ANG's hits of 2008. The top 15 are after the jump, in very little particular order.
LIKE VODKA FOR CHOCOLATE: Three firemen opened Winans Chocolates & Coffees on the Marietta Square in 2006 as the lone Southeast franchisee of an Ohio chocolatier. But they had a falling-out with the franchise and in August became Vintije Espresso & Martini Bar, which will also continue to sell coffee, chocolates, sandwiches, soups and pastries.
E-NEBRATION: Vintije has lots of liquor, wine and...
MELTDOWN: Bailout talks crumbled Thursday night when House Republicans announced they won't back the plan because it offends free-market absolutism. McCain, who made a fuss this week about injecting himself into the negotiations, was largely silent as the Republican revolt ripped apart consensus. Talks resume today, and Bush promised this morning that a bailout package will be passed.
BAILOUT: President Bush, looking concerned, nervous but still slightly amused, tells the nation that the "entire economy is in danger."
PALIN: CNN's Campbell Brown issued a rant to the McCain campaign Tuesday, calling for it to stop sheltering its VP candidate and treating her "like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment," in response to the campaign barring reporters from...
STAYING ALIVE: Troy Davis is alive this morning, thanks to a last-minute stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices will reconvene Monday, and if they don't decide to hear his case, he's back in Georgia's clutches.
CHECK IS IN THE BAIL: Congress is listening to growing outcries to limit Wall Street executives' lavish salaries and perks as part of the bailout. Counters one trade...
TROY DAVIS: Will be killed by Georgia tonight, barring a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.
BAILOUT: What at first seemed like a tourniquet is starting to look more like a feather pillow for Wall Street, and congressional leaders are pointing out that we've been notoriously fooled before by this administration under guise of looming disaster.