First Slice 4-3-15: Independent investigation of Nicholas Thomas’ death to begin immmediately

Plus, McDonald’s workers protest low wages, Howell Mill Road to be redeveloped, and more news.

After public protests and pleas from Nicholas Thomas’ family, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate his death. Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said that his office and the Cobb County Police Department agreed an independent investigation was necessary: “In the spirit of transparency and openness, both agencies have made this request with the support of the Smyrna Police Department.”

Okay, okay, Mayor Kasim Reed will consent to having the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Summit in Atlanta this November. On one condition.

McDonald’s workers gathered outside a Five Points location yesterday afternoon to protest a relatively meaningless “wage increase” that only applied to 10% of the fast food chain’s U.S. restaurants. The unsatisfied employees also plan to join a nationwide strike on April 15.

Are you sick of the congested, ugly, and car-centric stretch of Howell Mill Road that spans from I-75 to Flip Burger? Tell the city how you think the area should be redeveloped.

The West Coast will be treated to a “blood moon” tomorrow morning. Here on the East Coast you can still see a partial eclipse — if you get up before sunrise around 6:16 a.m., that is.

ICYMI: The legislative session is over. Sine Die 2015 highlights include the “religious freedom” act dying, cityhood measures advancing, and small gains for craft brewers. Also, fireworks are now legal in Georgia!

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