First Slice September 24 2008
STAYING ALIVE: Troy Davis is alive this morning, thanks to a last-minute stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices will reconvene Monday, and if they don't decide to hear his case, he's back in Georgia's clutches.
CHECK IS IN THE BAIL: Congress is listening to growing outcries to limit Wall Street executives' lavish salaries and perks as part of the bailout. Counters one trade lobbyist: "It is not appropriate for government to be setting the salaries of executives." Not appropriate like, say, using taxpayer money to save a corporation from its own bad investments.
WARREN PEACE: Warren Buffet soothes the weary minds of investors by throwing in on Goldman Sachs.
FUELISH HUMANS: The 2008 Atlanta Gas Crisis! is still going strong, despite the EPA's move to allow local stations to sell heavier-polluting fuel. The AJC interviews an Emory behavioral psychologist, who reminds us that we're panicky nitwits.
GAS FIGHT! Society is always three meals, or one tank of gas, away from anarchy.
FLORIDA: Decides it will accept Clayton students to its colleges after all.
DEKALB PLANE CRASH: One person is killed when a plane headed from Jacksonville, Fla., to Michigan crashes in a residential neighborhood near PDK.
TYLER PERRY: The Atlanta movie mogul/maven, who was once homeless himself, donates enough food to feed 1,000 Atlanta families for two weeks, helping address the recent food-donation shortage in the city.
ZOONOTIC SUGGESTION: Advocates of relocating the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility to Athens contend it would foster increased scientific collaboration on treating diseases that start in animals and spread to humans, like avian flus.
BLACK MARKET: The announcement that UGA's high-stakes showdown with No. 8 Alabama Saturday will be the blackout game has sparked the Athens economy with a black-clothes-buying frenzy.