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First Slice 8/8/13: Strip club workers file suit against City of Atlanta

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A DeKalb County animal control worker has found himself behind bars on charges of alleged animal cruelty. Calvin Battle, 26, is accused of striking an animal repeatedly with a metal bowl and kicking another animal, acts supervisors say were caught on video.

Georgia Tech's shiny new Wal-Mart opens next week.

Zoo Atlanta's new golden tamarins are famous ... sort of. They'll be monitored 24/7 as part of Animal Planet's L!VE webcast of interesting animals around the world (though the live stream is currently offline).

An Atlanta-area man says he found maggots in the sandwich he bought from a Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport eatery. Officials told Channel 2 they didn't find any health violations after inspecting Café Intermezzo following the complaint late last week.

The Associated Press talked with some renegade puffers lighting up cigarettes in Woodruff Park. According to the reporting, outdoor smoking bans in cities around the country have nearly doubled in the past five years, and Atlanta is no exception. But some experts say the evidence that outdoor smoking is hazardous to your health is "flimsy" at best, while others say the findings are pretty straightforward. Either way, you're not supposed to smoke in the park.

A group of strip club workers has filed a suit against the City of Atlanta for what they say is excessive and unconstitutional fees charged to work in the city.



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?A 20-year-old man was found dead in a Midtown hotel just days after leaving a non-profit shelter dedicated to helping homeless gay teens. Staffers at Lost N Found Youth said Matthew Ralston was dropped off in Midtown, at his request, after failing a drug test and expressing an unwillingness to stop using. The exact cause of Ralston's death won't be known until toxicology results are returned in the coming weeks, but a Fulton County medical examiner that went to the scene said she suspects it was "due to drug overdose."
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?Atlanta rapper 2Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was arrested by Oklahoma City police along with 10 others after refusing to get off a tour bus for more than eight hours following a traffic stop. An officer arrested the driver on drug charges, but after exiting the bus someone still inside locked the door behind him. Police eventually towed the bus back to the sheriff's office before obtaining a search warrant. 
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?A Fulton County prosecutor is asking Inman Park residents to show up in court and push for the maximum sentence for an alleged petty thief that has been arrested more than 100 times. For his current charge, entering an auto,  Ronald Lockett faces anywhere from one to five years in prison if convicted. 
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???  Even team owners building new stadiums have begun seeking annual operating subsidies. Earlier this year, when Atlanta agreed to provide billionaire Atlanta Falcons owner (and Home Depot founder) Arthur Blank with $200 million in hotel tax money to help pay for a new stadium to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome, it tacked on an additional bonus: Any leftover hotel tax money after the first $200 million would spill over into a so-called waterfall fund that Blank could then tap for any future maintenance or operating expenses. Estimated cost: an extra $300 million. 
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?If you're a Middle Eastern dude that knows how to work on cars, 'Fast and Furious 7' is waiting for your headshot. The septuplet sequel is about to start filming in Gwinnett and is looking for extras that fit that mold.
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???  Even team owners building new stadiums have begun seeking annual operating subsidies. Earlier this year, when Atlanta agreed to provide billionaire Atlanta Falcons owner (and Home Depot founder) Arthur Blank with $200 million in hotel tax money to help pay for a new stadium to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome, it tacked on an additional bonus: Any leftover hotel tax money after the first $200 million would spill over into a so-called waterfall fund that Blank could then tap for any future maintenance or operating expenses. Estimated cost: an extra $300 million. 
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???  Even team owners building new stadiums have begun seeking annual operating subsidies. Earlier this year, when Atlanta agreed to provide billionaire Atlanta Falcons owner (and Home Depot founder) Arthur Blank with $200 million in hotel tax money to help pay for a new stadium to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome, it tacked on an additional bonus: Any leftover hotel tax money after the first $200 million would spill over into a so-called waterfall fund that Blank could then tap for any future maintenance or operating expenses. Estimated cost: an extra $300 million. 
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If you were planning to legally kill doves in Georgia this fall, you missed your chance.

Georgia Tech is now officially home to the world's smallest Walmart. Man, what an honor. 

Some Georgia legislators have joined others from around the country in an alliance designed to combat voting restrictions they say are being imposed in Republican-run states. From the Associate Press: "Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams described the effort as nonpartisan, but leaders of the new organization  -  called American Values First  -  are all Democrats."

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If you were planning to legally kill doves in Georgia this fall, [http://www.covnews.com/section/173/article/44062/|you missed your chance].

Georgia Tech is now officially home to [http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/08/14/the-worlds-tiniest-walmart-opens-in-atlanta|the world's smallest Walmart]. Man, what an honor. 

Some Georgia legislators have joined others from around the country in [http://www.adn.com/2013/08/14/3024168/legislators-promise-voting-rights.html|an alliance designed to combat voting restrictions] they say are being imposed in Republican-run states. From the Associate Press: "Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams described the effort as nonpartisan, but leaders of the new organization  -  called American Values First  -  are all Democrats."

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Georgia Tech is now officially home to the world's smallest Walmart. Man, what an honor.

Some Georgia legislators have joined others from around the country in an alliance designed to combat voting restrictions they say are being imposed in Republican-run states. From the Associate...

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A former Atlanta drug dealer has agreed to testify against his own mom in federal court for her role in helping run one of the largest (busted) cocaine rings in Eastern District's history. Demond Cornelius White is admitting he sold more than 500 kilograms of cocaine since 2000 - a number feds say they think was actually much higher - in a plea deal with prosecutors.

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An atheist group has apparently followed through on its plan to place literature in a number of state parks following Deal's reinstatement of bibles that were pulled, briefly, earlier this year.

An elderly woman mysteriously dropped off at a Birmingham hospital in 2010 has finally been identified as Edith Allen, 68, formerly of Douglasville. Police arrested Cathy Jean Thomas, 58, of Douglasville, in connection with the disappearance and for allegedly collecting more than $25,000 of Allen's social security benefits over the past few years.

Money Magazine says two metro Atlanta towns are among the top five "Best places to live: Where homes are affordable" in the entire country. Powder Springs in Cobb County came in at number four, while Lilburn in Gwinnett took the number five spot.

19 University of Georgia students have been indicted for various roles in producing and distributing fake IDs, and the Athens Banner-Herald has a slideshow of their mug shots.

As this year's hurricane season gets underway, FEMA - the federal organization tasked with spitting out funds and helping with disaster relief - is looking to recover millions of dollars in aid money delivered to local governments over the past decade. According to a number of Homeland Security reports, hard-hit counties misspent or poorly tracked oodles of federal aid money the received following natural disasters.

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