First Slice 9/28/12: Democratic state rep. turns Republican over gay marriage

Booting, charter school "brawls," downtown wi-fi, and more


1. The man behind the controversial “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube trailer that inflamed parts of the Middle East and let to several deaths over the past few weeks is heading back to jail. Federal court officials in Los Angeles yesterday found the 55-year-old had violated terms of his probation stemming from a check fraud conviction in 2010.

2. It looks like Atlanta isn’t the only one with a booting issue. Sandy Spring’s city council is pondering an ordinance that would limit booting fines in the city to $40, down from more than $100, after complaints from a slew of residents and the police chief.

3. The charter school debate turns into an all-out brawl! Okay, not quite, but a Georgia Parent Teachers Association member is calling for the arrest of the Georgia Charter Schools Association’s executive vice president after he allegedly pushed her at a recent meeting.

4. Rick Crawford, D-Cedartown, will be R-Cedartown if elected again this November, even though he’s running as a Democrat. Crawford, who AtlantaUnfiltered reported had been pondering is party affiliation for a while, said the Democrat’s endorsement of same-sex marriage is one of the issues that drove over the edge.

5. The W Atlanta-Downtown hotel is aiming to improve guest experience by expanding their wi-fi network to cover most of downtown. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle (or at least the portion of the article not behind a paywall), the initiative could also improve connectivity for intown residents, help drive tourism, and boost local business.

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