First Slice 11-25-13: Cobb coalition unites in effort to postpone Braves stadium vote

McCann joins the Yankees, Tech grad named Rhodes Scholars, and more


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  • A rendering of the proposed Atlanta Braves stadium and nearby ‘entertainment district’ in Cobb County

More than a dozen Cobb groups have joined forces this weekend in hopes of delaying the county’s vote on the $672 million Braves stadium deal. The Cobb Citizens for Government Transparency - which includes the Cobb County SCLC, Atlanta Tea Party Patriots and the Cobb Immigrant Alliance - are hoping that elected officials push their decision back another 60 days. The vote is currently scheduled to take place tomorrow during the county’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Multiple news outlets have reported that acclaimed Atlanta chef Ria Pell, owner of Ria’s Bluebird and former “Chopped” winner, died yesterday. We’ll have a separate story up this morning with more details.

Former Georgia Tech student Melissa McCoy was named a 2014 Rhodes Scholar and will head to Oxford University next year to get her master’s degree in science. While studying at Tech, she started an organization that helped bring water to disaster stricken areas, which the Red Cross later used during its earthquake recovery efforts in Chile.

Longtime Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann will be headed up to New York next season after signing a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees.

After months of secret meetings, Iran has struck a major deal with the United States and five other nations to halt parts of its nuclear program. But not everyone’s thrilled about the agreement: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the decision a historic mistake.” Back in Georgia, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss criticized the deal because it “let them out of the trap.”

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