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First Slice 6/19/17: Downtown Atlanta could get brighter

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Bright Lights, Big City: City Council is planning to vote today on an ordinance that would open the door to downtown Atlanta getting more of the bright lights of the big city. The goal would be to liven up some of the deader parts of the city with lighted digital signage, a la Times Square.

Sorry, not sorry: Georgia Rep. Tommy Benton: The state lawmaker who believes the KKK "was not such a racist thing, but a vigilante thing to keep law and order" has lost some key leadership positions because he sent House Speaker David Ralston an article titled "The Absurdity of Slavery as the Cause of the War Between the States."

The latest in #flipthe6th news: According to an election eve analysis, the campaign costs for the 6th District seat has topped an estimated $50 million. Included in cash spent in this special election is $14.2 million from Jon Ossoff in ad time, compared to Karen Handel's $2.5 million.

London is sadly in the headlines again: According to a witness, a person drove a van into a group of worshippers leaving a Finsbury Park mosque early Monday morning, jumped out and yelled, "I'm going to kill all Muslims." At least one person was killed in the attack.

In case you missed it: On Friday, the Minnesota police officer who shot into a car with a little girl in the backseat, killing her father Philando Castile even though he had the legal right to carry a firearm and told the police so was acquitted on all charges. On Saturday morning, after 52 hours of deliberations, the judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case declared a mistrial.



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