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Wednesday November 23, 2005 12:04 am EST

A proposed 12-mile streetcar system for intown Atlanta edged one step closer to reality this week, thanks to Mayor Shirley Franklin and Atlanta's business community.

Modeled after the streetcar system in Portland, Ore., Atlanta's light-rail trolley would travel up and down Peachtree, roughly between West End and Lenox Square.

On Nov. 21, Franklin tapped two CEOs to look into financing and...

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Wednesday November 23, 2005 12:04 am EST

In May, Paul* was holed up in a hotel room injecting as much as $225 of drugs daily. Now, he works lights full-time and spends 12 hours a week at Crystal Meth Anonymous meetings.

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Two months after kicking meth, he hovers in the delicate balance between recovery and relapse.

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Paul was one of three men whose experiences with meth were the subject of a July CL story, "Faces of Meth." The...

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Wednesday November 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
With the approach of the holidays, do your part to improve your community and assist those less fortunate. To find hundreds of volunteer opportunities around metro Atlanta, contact United Way (www.unitedwayatlanta.org), Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless (www.hoseafeedthehungry.com), the Atlanta Community Food Bank (www.acfb.org), the Empty Stocking Fund (www.emptystockingfund.org), and Hands... | more...

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Wednesday November 16, 2005 12:04 am EST

In the past month, three federal investigations into alleged human traffickers operating in Georgia reflect what may be a growing trend: the importation and exploitation of cheap labor in some of the state's most successful industries, from food service to home renovation to the sex trade.

Two years ago, Johannes Du Preez, president of Newton Granite & Marble Inc., was one of Home's Depot's...

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Wednesday November 16, 2005 12:04 am EST

This past weekend, in a conference room at the Hilton Garden Inn near the airport, the publisher of an anti-taxation newsletter told a room of about 60 people that the real war — not the one waged against terrorism but, rather, the one against taxes — won't end until the Lord comes down and barbecues the enemies.

"There are numerous people running the government who are positively...

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Wednesday November 16, 2005 12:04 am EST
The Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club will hold Sierra Club 101, a meeting for Sierra Club newcomers, on Sat., Nov. 19. The Sierra Club is a national organization that works to protect the environment, and the event will feature activism training and instruct participants on what they can do to make Atlanta a cleaner, safer, healthier community. Learn exactly what the Sierra Club does and how... | more...

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Wednesday November 16, 2005 12:04 am EST

In the days before the Nov. 8 elections, campaign ads showing a cheerful, relaxed Shirley Franklin touting her achievements as mayor began popping up on local TV. Since Franklin wasn't in a competitive race, it would appear to some that she was simply burning off her more than $1.3 million in campaign contributions.

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But the mayor's political strategists saw the TV spots as necessary to...

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Wednesday November 9, 2005 12:04 am EST

For several weeks, neighborhood activists grumbled that the city was putting the cart before the horse while deciding whether to fund the Beltline, a proposed 22-mile loop of transit, greenways, and paths that circle intown Atlanta.

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But on Nov. 7, just before Atlanta City Council voted 12-3 to approve the funding mechanism for the Beltline, Cary Aiken of the Beltline Neighbors Coalition...

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Wednesday November 9, 2005 12:04 am EST

An Oct. 23 fire that damaged a three-story house under construction is the latest in a suspected string of arsons resembling the work of an eco-terrorist.

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State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine has attributed the fire to an arsonist (or arsonists) who for two years has been torching houses under construction in northern Coweta County, just south of Fulton.

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Neither...

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Wednesday November 9, 2005 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday November 9, 2005 12:04 am EST

A decades-old gay bar is in danger of losing its liquor license after a patron was caught, quite literally, with his pants down.

On April 12, undercover detectives visiting the Phoenix found a man sitting on a bar stool, his pants around his ankles, on the receiving end of a blowjob, according to an Atlanta police report.

That incident is one of three that the Atlanta Police Department cites...

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Wednesday November 2, 2005 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday November 2, 2005 12:04 am EST

Facing financial constraints and competition from the soon-to-open Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta is seeking shelter — including debt relief and, possibly, a change of scenery.

"When the pandas first arrived in 1999, things were looking pretty good," says Zoo Atlanta President Dennis Kelly. "But 9/11 hurt us. We went into a recession. We have struggled, and for the past three years we...

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Wednesday November 2, 2005 12:04 am EST

On Nov. 1, the Atlanta City Council's Community Development Human Resources Committee unanimously passed legislation to establish a tax allocation district to fund the Beltline, a proposed 22-mile loop of transit, bike trails and greenspace.

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The legislation is now cleared for a Nov. 7 vote by the full Council.

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The funding mechanism for the Beltline, called a "TAD," would generate future...

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Wednesday October 26, 2005 12:04 am EDT
One of the tightest races in the upcoming Atlanta City Council elections will be in District 6, which covers Virginia-Highland, Midtown, Ansley Park, Morningside, Lenox Park and Druid Hills. Incumbent Anne Fauver is squaring off against investor and political newcomer Steve Brodie. The Lindridge-Martin Manor Neighborhood Association will host a candidate forum on Wed., Nov. 2, during which... | more...

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Wednesday October 19, 2005 12:04 am EDT

The letter from the landlord of Candler-Smith Warehouses to his 300 or so tenants seemed sufficiently clear: You've got until Oct. 21 to move out.

The statement from the city of Atlanta looked to be equally cut and dry. Earlier this month, the city's Law Department wrote: "The residential units must be vacant until the warehouse owner meets the necessary permit requirements for a certificate...

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Wednesday October 19, 2005 12:04 am EDT

While campaigning to be mayor, Shirley Franklin made the arguably impossible promise to fill any pothole reported to the city within 72 hours. But she didn't explain to her future constituents the fine print:

The city must first determine whether the alleged pothole is in fact a pothole as defined by the Atlanta Department of Public Works.

That's where things get tricky. According to...

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Wednesday October 19, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Have you ever been stuck in gridlock on the Downtown Connector and thought to yourself, "Traffic couldn't possibly get any worse?" Well, it can. A panel of experts, including Fulton County Commission Chairwoman Karen Handel, Clean Air Campaign Director Ellen Macht and Gov. Sonny Perdue, will discuss Atlanta's traffic problems at a town hall meeting Mon., Oct. 24. Share your thoughts on how to... | more...

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Wednesday October 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday October 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Atlanta turns to surveillance cameras to help police its streets | more...

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Wednesday October 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Judy McMillon called caterer after caterer before settling on one who promised lobster, prime rib and a white chocolate fountain for her 150 wedding guests.

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The 26-year-old bride-to-be paid half the $8,000 bill up front and expected the best. That's not exactly what she got.

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On Sept. 10, Judy and her new husband, Jim, were posing for pictures at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in...

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Wednesday October 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Two years ago, Dennis Chase, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who's been unable to put down his nets and waders, found something scary in the part of the Flint River just south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Armed with collecting dishes and magnifying lenses, Chase set out to document the abundance of life, or lack thereof, in the Flint. Though he suspected...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Worried about walking through Midtown at night? The Midtown Alliance will sponsor a public safety forum Wed., Oct. 12. The event will offer neighborhood residents and business owners the opportunity to discuss concerns with representatives of the Atlanta Police Department and Midtown Blue, a privately funded security force made up of off-duty and retired Atlanta cops who patrol Midtown. One of... | more...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Ashley Smith is getting more than her share of 15 minutes of fame. The 27-year-old overnight hero who was held hostage for seven hours by alleged Fulton County Courthouse killer Brian Nichols just released a book, Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero, detailing her captivity.

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The book describes Smith as quite the negotiator. After she was unable to meet Nichols'...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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