First Slice December 29 2008

New cities in trouble, Falcons fly to playoffs, and ... man girdles?

• POWER OUTAGE: Nearly 200,000 homes in Michigan without power after winter storms. Now the Midwest is bracing for possible floods.

• LORDS OF DOGTOWN: Skaters in Fresno, Calif., are taking advantage of the skyrocketing foreclosure rate.

• SIGN OF THE TIMES: Newly incorporated cities Milton, Johns Creek and Sandy Springs having trouble finding their footing.

• FOR THAT HOURGLASS FIGURE: Atlanta's Spanx will sell "mirdles," aka man girdles, next year.

• DIRTY BIRDS: Heading to the playoffs, Falcons head coach Mike Smith asks, "Why not us?"

• BARGAIN HUNTING: After-Christmas shoppers are pickier than in years past.

• AULD LANG SYNE: Check out CL's one-stop shop for New Year's Eve events around the city.

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