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Wednesday March 8, 2006 12:04 am EST
Dem and GOP versions of stem cell bills duke it out | more...

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Wednesday March 1, 2006 12:04 am EST
Powerful PAC claims to have Georgians' interests at heart, but donations from road builders cast suspicion | more...

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Wednesday March 1, 2006 12:04 am EST
ACLU successfully challenges Atlanta's anti-graffiti ordinance | more...

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Wednesday February 22, 2006 12:04 am EST
Advertising sex toys just might be OK | more...

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Wednesday February 22, 2006 12:04 am EST
Capitol contradictions | more...

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Wednesday February 15, 2006 12:04 am EST

On Feb. 13, nearly 150 med students and professionals from Morehouse College, Mercer University, the Medical College of Georgia and Emory University stood outside the state Capitol, clutching posters that said "Don't drive away our future doctors" and "Don't play politics with health care."

The signs referred to Senate Bill 529, which was introduced four days earlier by state Sen. Chip Rogers,...

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Wednesday February 15, 2006 12:04 am EST

The state senate approved a bill on Feb. 13 that would increase the production and use of biodiesel, the petroleum-free alternative fuel. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Brian Kemp, R-Athens, requires that local schools and state agencies run diesel vehicles, including school buses, on fuel that contains at least 2 percent biodiesel.

Because the state and local schools consume millions of gallons...

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Wednesday February 15, 2006 12:04 am EST

Who said Bill Campbell had no love for the Atlanta news media?

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Last week, jurors in the ex-mayor's federal corruption trial got a rare break from the numbing procession of spreadsheets and bank receipts in the form of Marion Brooks, a former WSB-TV/Channel 2 anchor who spent four years as a Campbell paramour.

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Juicy details were withheld, but a few tidbits came out: Brooks said she...

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Wednesday February 8, 2006 12:04 am EST

Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Rewa Collier gripped a long-haired brown wig in her left hand and shook it in front of her as she spoke.

"How do you make that up?" Collier asked the jury. "That he was wearing a wig, ... that he was wearing women's clothes? How do you make that up?"

Behind Collier, in the defendant's chair, sat Billy Gravitt, the suspect in a bizarre kidnapping and...

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Wednesday February 8, 2006 12:04 am EST

So far this legislative session, the members of the state General Assembly have spent much of their time doing God's work — literally.

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Among the election-year revelations that have received "yea" votes: a House bill to prohibit schools from forbidding teachers and students from wishing each other "Merry Christmas"; a House measure to allow county courthouses to display the Ten...

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Wednesday February 8, 2006 12:04 am EST

Not counting when he's arguing in court, ex-Gov. Roy Barnes has kept a relatively low and, for him anyway, quiet profile since his loss to Gov. Sonny Perdue more than three years ago.

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Lately, though, Barnes has started to speak out against the Perdue administration, especially when it comes to transportation and growth issues.

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On Jan. 3, during a Georgia State University College of Law...

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Wednesday February 1, 2006 12:04 am EST

It was 4:10 a.m. and Carolyn Pratt was in bed when two Atlanta police officers knocked on her door and announced they had a warrant for her arrest.

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When they got inside, Pratt says the officers told her she was being charged with failing to appear at a Dec. 12 municipal court hearing. They put her in handcuffs and placed her in the back of a white van bound for the Atlanta Detention Center,...

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Wednesday February 1, 2006 12:04 am EST

A conservative, faith-based organization that pushed for a controversial divorce bill is now joining forces with the state to help it play marriage counselor.

On Jan. 20, a week after the state House Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report of a Senate bill that would quadruple the waiting period for some couples wishing to divorce, the Georgia Department of Human Services announced its own...

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Wednesday January 25, 2006 12:04 am EST

On Dec. 14, Atlanta police officer R. Abrahams testified at a preliminary hearing that he had arrested the defendant, seated before him, for buying a hit of crack a month earlier, on the corner of Boulevard and North Avenue.

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There was just one problem: The man, Thomas Simpson, had been in jail at the time of the alleged drug deal.

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It turns out there were two Thomas Simpsons being held...

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Wednesday January 25, 2006 12:04 am EST

You are not allowed to sell vibrators or dildos in Georgia. But lots of stores do, anyway.

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Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta has several shops that offer AA-battery-powered fun. But in Cobb County, where evolution is just a theory and love of the Lord abounds, the sale of sex toys is strictly forbidden. But for how long?

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On Jan. 27, a 5-year-old lawsuit gets another chance to take down...

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Wednesday January 25, 2006 12:04 am EST

At the start of each legislative session, environmental lobbyists give lawmakers a wish list of wannabe bills that would benefit human health and protect Earth. Most of the time, lawmakers take those lists and promptly throw them in the trash — and not the recycling bin.

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But election years are different. Most legislators want to be a friend of the environment on the campaign trail,...

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Wednesday January 25, 2006 12:04 am EST

The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance has revoked the mortgage license of Carlos Kavanaugh, president of Georgia State Mortgage. CL wrote in 2004 about Kavanaugh and his company, which allegedly falsified Lithonia resident Shawntell Law-North's home loan application.

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As a result, Law-North almost lost her job at Georgia Federal Credit Union, where she worked as a bank teller. The...

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Wednesday January 18, 2006 12:04 am EST

Five years ago, state lawmakers hailed the deregulation of natural gas as a surefire way to bring Georgia households some relief. After all, the logic that a competitive market would drive down costs and improve service seemed sound.

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But the logic was flawed.

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"Overall, the retail prices for residential and small-business customers are higher" than before deregulation, says Bobby Baker,...

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Wednesday January 18, 2006 12:04 am EST
Sources tell us Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, a popular Democrat who's twice nabbed a statewide election, is expected to announce his candidacy for lieutenant governor any minute. It's a packed race already; two Dems and two Republicans - all with broad name recognition - also are vying for the state's No. 2 post. Of course, the most famous (or, should we say, "infamous") of the... | more...

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Wednesday January 18, 2006 12:04 am EST

The race for chairman of the Fulton County Commission may soon be kick-started by the expected entry of former Atlanta City Councilman Lee Morris.

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Morris, who represented Buckhead from 1994 to 2001, is fondly remembered by many north side residents as a capable, businesslike councilman who was the most vocal critic of corruption during Bill Campbell's term as mayor, memorably dubbing the...

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Wednesday January 11, 2006 12:04 am EST

In 1996, Jeff Batton opened Sacred Grounds, a coffee shop that helped pave the way for East Atlanta Village's revitalization.

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Now, Batton is hoping a new coffee shop will help turn around the lives of homeless Atlantans.

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"It's all nonprofit, yet you don't want it to have that air of a thrift store," Batton says of his latest project, a cafe to be operated by residents of a nearby...

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Wednesday January 11, 2006 12:04 am EST

One of the nasty side effects of Mayor Shirley Franklin's $3.2 billion plan to overhaul the city's aging sewage infrastructure is its impact on Atlanta's trees.

Most of the time, work crews can lay sewer pipes under streets or sidewalks. But occasionally, sewage lines must veer off the asphalt, forcing crews onto land covered by towering pines, poplars, sycamores and oaks.

What's more, the...

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Wednesday January 4, 2006 12:04 am EST

The grassy hill behind a row of two-story, cottage-style homes looks like the perfect spot for a family picnic or a game of Frisbee with a pet dog.

But just beneath the surface are the remnants of an old municipal landfill, and decomposition of the buried trash is causing leaks of toxins and flammable gases at unsafe levels, according to the state Environmental Protection Division....

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Wednesday January 4, 2006 12:04 am EST

For years, the Fulton County government siphoned tax money out of Sandy Springs, leaving the community of 85,000 with pennies on the dollar. Now, Georgia's newest city may find that its first initiative — ridding itself of adult-entertainment venues — is undercut by a legacy of bad decisions by the very county officials it imagined itself rid of.

That's the theory, anyway, by an...

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Wednesday December 28, 2005 12:04 am EST

Just as traffic-choked metro Atlanta appears poised to wean itself off its automobile addiction, a task force created by Gov. Sonny Perdue threatens to focus future transportation funds on projects tailor-made for the car.

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In addition, the task force's recommendations would make it harder for walkable, mixed-use developments and new mass transit projects to become a reality.

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The...

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