First Slice 3-30-15: Meeting to reconsider ‘religious freedom’ bill scrapped

Plus, Chicago store refuses to stock Sweetwater’s Happy Ending due to its offensive label


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  • A controversial bill pushed by State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, appears to be in doubt.

A last-ditch effort to revive Georgia’s “religious freedom” bill during a special-called committee, scheduled late Friday for 10 a.m. this morning, has been canceled. But Georgia Equality, still wary about the bill returning before the session’s end on Thursday, is planning a rally tomorrow to oppose the bill.

When might a new owner purchase the Atlanta Hawks? CEO Steve Koonin says sometime this summer.

Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee has announced that he’ll run for re-election in 2016. What’s his pitch? The “homerun” that was convincing the Atlanta Braves to leave Turner Field.

Atlanta Police are looking for thieves who broke into 15 cars along Arizona Avenue and Rogers Street near the border of Kirkwood and Edgewood.

State lawmakers have voted in favor of reforming the state’s probation system, limiting the fees offenders will have to pay private companies. “It certainly stops the financial trap that some individuals have found themselves in in pay-only probation cases,” Thomas Worthy, co-chair of the Council on Criminal Justice Reform, told WABE. Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the legislation.

A Chicago store won’t be stocking Sweetwater’s Happy Ending because they found the label to be sexist and slightly racist. “This label is about a female Asian sex worker manually masturbating a man to orgasm and cleaning up the ejaculate with tissues,” Binny’s Beverage Depot manager Adam Vavrick told the Chicago Tribune. “Why is that appropriate on a beer label?” SweetWater founder Freddy Bensch said he’d look into the matter.

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