First Slice 12/2/14: Kennesaw Council votes against mosque proposal; lawyer calls decision 'discriminatory'
Plus, Fulton County officials are fighting for a seat at the table in Turner Field talks
Kennesaw councilmembers have rejected a group's proposal to build a mosque in the city. “We think it’s discriminatory, and it violates equal terms,” Doug Dillard, an attorney representing the Islamic group, told reporters. “They had no reason to deny this.” The group's plan was countered by anti-Islamic protesters who demonstrated outside the meeting. “I wanted to exercise my First Amendment rights while I still can, and I wanted to protect the Christian community that I live in against infiltration by the enemy who has gone on record with the goal to destroy everything we stand for,” Kennesaw resident Lynn Conner told the Marietta Daily Journal.
The race is on to complete construction on Liberty Plaza before Gov. Nathan Deal's inauguration.
Georgia State University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together on a two-year effort to look at how the Atlanta Beltline impacts the health of local residents.
Fulton County officials aren't exactly pleased that Mayor Kasim Reed is moving ahead to sell Turner Field without seeking their input. So they're mulling a proposal that would call for the creation of a joint committee to explore all options for the site. Reed has said his ears are open to ideas, but that the city ultimately controls enough Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority board seats to move forward alone.
Killer Mike on hip-hop's wrongful place in courtrooms: "No other fictional form is used this way in the courts, a concerning double standard that research suggests is rooted, at least in part, in stereotypes about the people of color primarily associated with rap music."
Fear not, SkyView Atlanta fanatics! Downtown's beloved Ferris wheel will stay put for at least one more year.