First Slice 1-14-14: Martin Luther King Jr.-themed ‘twerk’ party fliers spark uproar within King family

Plus, state Sen. Don Balfour receives a standing ovation for his Gold Dome return

Atlanta Board of Education members unanimously voted for Courtney English to become the body’s new chairman. “There’s an overwhelming desire for change, an overwhelming desire to get this right,” he told the AJC.

On the 2014 legislative session’s opening day, state Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellvillle, received a standing ovation for his return speech after recently being found not guilty of charges related to the misuse of his legislative expense account. “Trust can be restored, but there should be a line between political gamesmanship and trying to destroy someone’s life and take their liberties away from them,” he told his fellow lawmakers.

Part of downtown came to a screeching halt yesterday as Atlanta firefighters investigated a report of a “white powdery substance” found inside the Sloppy Floyd Building.

Could Michael Vick return to Atlanta? Don’t count it out, he says.

Party organizers in Michigan have decided to use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s image to spread the word about their “Freedom 2 Twerk” party. Unsurprisingly, it’s not sitting well with his daughter. “This imagery thing is just appalling, and it’s almost embarrassing,” Dr. Bernice King told Fox 5. “For me, as his daughter, it’s like ‘wow’, I lost a father who sacrificed everything for them to live a much more dignified and respectful life, and for it to come to this makes me sad.”

New Jersey Governor and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie is being investigated for how his administration spent $25 million in federal cash, originally intended for Hurricane Sandy relief, on his “Stronger Than the Storm” advertising campaign.

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