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  string(5815) "The League of Women Voters of Fulton County, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to educate men and women about the political process, will host a conversation about Georgia's new and controversial voter ID law on Sun., Aug. 28. Emmet Bondurant, a prominent lawyer who has worked with the Georgia Indigent Defense Council, will speak with attendees about the impact of the new law, which requires that voters provide a photo ID. Critics say the law will impede low-income, intown voters who have limited access to the state's photo ID offices.

The meeting will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Federal Home Loan Bank, 1475 Peachtree St. For more info or to RSVP, visit www.lwvaf.org, e-mail office@lwvaf.org, or call 404-577-8683.

· Atlanta Planning Advisory Board The board, which works with the city's neighborhood planning units, holds an open meeting to discuss land use, zoning, transportation, environmental quality, parks and open spaces. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Every third Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Council chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.

· Atlanta WAND Come celebrate the third anniversary of the weekly war protest hosted by the local chapter of Women's Action for New Directions. Bring a loud voice — and signs calling for peace. atlantawand.org. 404-524-5999. Fri., Aug. 26, noon-1 p.m., in front of Colony Square, 1175 Peachtree St.

· College Park city Council All citizens are invited to attend City Council meetings. Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. Each comment must last no longer than 10 minutes. www.collegeparkga.com. 404-669-3754. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park.

· Community Grants The nonprofit group Do Something will award $500 to residents under 18 years of age who have plans to change their world. Another group, the Rural Housing Service, will give grants and loans to low-income residents for home repairs. And the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will award grants up to $65,000 for programs that develop literacy skills for adults. Most grant applications are due by the end of September. www.gmanet.com. 678-688-0472.

· Decatur City Council The City Council meets to discuss local government and community issues. www.decaturga.com. 404-371-8386. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.

· East Atlanta Marketing This committee's aim is to promote and create awareness for East Atlanta Village. By working with local businesses, the marketing committee hopes to provide services and activities that residents will enjoy. For more info, e-mail jclark@interland.com. www.eaca.net. 404-521-1122. Third Monday of every month, 7 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Joe's, 510 Flat Shoals Ave.

· East Point City Council East Point residents are welcome to attend regular City Council meetings. Local government, upcoming community endeavors, and city planning will be discussed. www.eastpointcity.org. 404-765-1133. Third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point.

· Fulton Commissioners Come to the commission meeting at the beginning of the month to hear zoning cases, or at the end of the month to hear commissioner and county manager issues. www.co.fulton.ga.us/commissioners. 404-730-8200. Third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.; first Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. Fulton County Government Center's Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St.

· Jump on the Train Tired of driving? Ready to relax and read a book as you travel the state? Then you should meet the Georgia Association of Rail Passengers. In the world according to GARP, trains would play a much larger role in ferrying us to and fro. Join them to help make it happen. www.trainweb.org/garp. 404-373-7530. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.

· Kirkwood Environmentalists The group focuses on parks and greenspace, tree-planting, and care and protection of the Kirkwood area. If you are committed to preserving the neighborhood's charm, please attend. www.historic-kirkwood.com. 404-370-0856. First Thursday of every month, 6-7 p.m. Sun in My Belly, 138 Kirkwood Road.

· NPU Meetings Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Dates vary.

· One Neighbors of Edgewood ONE is the neighborhood organization for Edgewood. Discussions include neighborhood issues, zoning matters, visits from city officials, and reports from the Atlanta Police Department. www.oneedgewood.homestead.com. 404-522-0556. Second Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Whitefoord Elementary School Cafeteria, 35 Whitefoord Ave.

· South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development SAND is comprised of Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, Benteen Park, Woodland Hills and McDonough Guice. Residents are encouraged to attend SAND meetings and voice their concerns. www.sandatlanta.org. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave.

· Town Hall Meeting Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham will hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues important to northwest Cobb. www.cobbcounty.org. 770-528-3313. First Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. Cobb County Building, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

· Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail publicagenda@creativeloafing.com."
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· College Park city Council All citizens are invited to attend City Council meetings. Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. Each comment must last no longer than 10 minutes. [http://www.collegeparkga.com/|www.collegeparkga.com]. 404-669-3754. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park.

· Community Grants The nonprofit group Do Something will award $500 to residents under 18 years of age who have plans to change their world. Another group, the Rural Housing Service, will give grants and loans to low-income residents for home repairs. And the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will award grants up to $65,000 for programs that develop literacy skills for adults. Most grant applications are due by the end of September. [http://www.gmanet.com/|www.gmanet.com]. 678-688-0472.

· Decatur City Council The City Council meets to discuss local government and community issues. [http://www.decaturga.com/|www.decaturga.com]. 404-371-8386. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.

· East Atlanta Marketing This committee's aim is to promote and create awareness for East Atlanta Village. By working with local businesses, the marketing committee hopes to provide services and activities that residents will enjoy. For more info, e-mail [mailto:jclark@interland.com|jclark@interland.com]. [http://www.eaca.net/|www.eaca.net]. 404-521-1122. Third Monday of every month, 7 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Joe's, 510 Flat Shoals Ave.

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· Fulton Commissioners Come to the commission meeting at the beginning of the month to hear zoning cases, or at the end of the month to hear commissioner and county manager issues. [http://www.co.fulton.ga.us/commissioners|www.co.fulton.ga.us/commissioners]. 404-730-8200. Third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.; first Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. Fulton County Government Center's Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St.

· Jump on the Train Tired of driving? Ready to relax and read a book as you travel the state? Then you should meet the Georgia Association of Rail Passengers. In the world according to GARP, trains would play a much larger role in ferrying us to and fro. Join them to help make it happen. [http://www.trainweb.org/garp|www.trainweb.org/garp]. 404-373-7530. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.

· Kirkwood Environmentalists The group focuses on parks and greenspace, tree-planting, and care and protection of the Kirkwood area. If you are committed to preserving the neighborhood's charm, please attend. [http://www.historic-kirkwood.com/|www.historic-kirkwood.com]. 404-370-0856. First Thursday of every month, 6-7 p.m. Sun in My Belly, 138 Kirkwood Road.

· NPU Meetings Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit [http://www.atlantaga.gov/|www.atlantaga.gov]. 404-330-6899. Dates vary.

· One Neighbors of Edgewood ONE is the neighborhood organization for Edgewood. Discussions include neighborhood issues, zoning matters, visits from city officials, and reports from the Atlanta Police Department. [http://www.oneedgewood.homestead.com/|www.oneedgewood.homestead.com]. 404-522-0556. Second Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Whitefoord Elementary School Cafeteria, 35 Whitefoord Ave.

· South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development SAND is comprised of Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, Benteen Park, Woodland Hills and McDonough Guice. Residents are encouraged to attend SAND meetings and voice their concerns. [http://www.sandatlanta.org/|www.sandatlanta.org]. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave.

· Town Hall Meeting Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham will hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues important to northwest Cobb. [http://www.cobbcounty.org/|www.cobbcounty.org]. 770-528-3313. First Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. Cobb County Building, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

· Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail [mailto:publicagenda@creativeloafing.com|publicagenda@creativeloafing.com]."
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· Atlanta Planning Advisory Board The board, which works with the city's neighborhood planning units, holds an open meeting to discuss land use, zoning, transportation, environmental quality, parks and open spaces. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Every third Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Council chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.

· Atlanta WAND Come celebrate the third anniversary of the weekly war protest hosted by the local chapter of Women's Action for New Directions. Bring a loud voice — and signs calling for peace. atlantawand.org. 404-524-5999. Fri., Aug. 26, noon-1 p.m., in front of Colony Square, 1175 Peachtree St.

· College Park city Council All citizens are invited to attend City Council meetings. Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. Each comment must last no longer than 10 minutes. www.collegeparkga.com. 404-669-3754. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park.

· Community Grants The nonprofit group Do Something will award $500 to residents under 18 years of age who have plans to change their world. Another group, the Rural Housing Service, will give grants and loans to low-income residents for home repairs. And the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will award grants up to $65,000 for programs that develop literacy skills for adults. Most grant applications are due by the end of September. www.gmanet.com. 678-688-0472.

· Decatur City Council The City Council meets to discuss local government and community issues. www.decaturga.com. 404-371-8386. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.

· East Atlanta Marketing This committee's aim is to promote and create awareness for East Atlanta Village. By working with local businesses, the marketing committee hopes to provide services and activities that residents will enjoy. For more info, e-mail jclark@interland.com. www.eaca.net. 404-521-1122. Third Monday of every month, 7 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Joe's, 510 Flat Shoals Ave.

· East Point City Council East Point residents are welcome to attend regular City Council meetings. Local government, upcoming community endeavors, and city planning will be discussed. www.eastpointcity.org. 404-765-1133. Third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point.

· Fulton Commissioners Come to the commission meeting at the beginning of the month to hear zoning cases, or at the end of the month to hear commissioner and county manager issues. www.co.fulton.ga.us/commissioners. 404-730-8200. Third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.; first Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. Fulton County Government Center's Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St.

· Jump on the Train Tired of driving? Ready to relax and read a book as you travel the state? Then you should meet the Georgia Association of Rail Passengers. In the world according to GARP, trains would play a much larger role in ferrying us to and fro. Join them to help make it happen. www.trainweb.org/garp. 404-373-7530. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.

· Kirkwood Environmentalists The group focuses on parks and greenspace, tree-planting, and care and protection of the Kirkwood area. If you are committed to preserving the neighborhood's charm, please attend. www.historic-kirkwood.com. 404-370-0856. First Thursday of every month, 6-7 p.m. Sun in My Belly, 138 Kirkwood Road.

· NPU Meetings Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Dates vary.

· One Neighbors of Edgewood ONE is the neighborhood organization for Edgewood. Discussions include neighborhood issues, zoning matters, visits from city officials, and reports from the Atlanta Police Department. www.oneedgewood.homestead.com. 404-522-0556. Second Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Whitefoord Elementary School Cafeteria, 35 Whitefoord Ave.

· South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development SAND is comprised of Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, Benteen Park, Woodland Hills and McDonough Guice. Residents are encouraged to attend SAND meetings and voice their concerns. www.sandatlanta.org. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave.

· Town Hall Meeting Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham will hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues important to northwest Cobb. www.cobbcounty.org. 770-528-3313. First Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. Cobb County Building, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

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  string(3586) "In its seven-year history, the 54 cinder block columns occupying a street corner in Old Fourth Ward have inspired derision, pride, puzzlement, and, most recently, an anonymous meddler with a bucket of Pepto-Bismol-colored paint.

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The columns, for those of you who don't know, are a work of public art, the creation of Sol LeWitt, one of America's premier minimalist artists who once worked alongside I.M. Pei. Cleverly named "54 Columns," the work is intended to evoke Atlanta's skyline. But with a down-at-heels apartment building as a backdrop at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Glen Iris Drive, LeWitt's piece better approximates an abandoned construction site.

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Two years ago, in fact, unimpressed neighbors planted among the columns a bunch of dogwoods, which were promptly removed after Fulton County, which maintains the site, ruled the trees spoiled the sanctity of LeWitt's installation.

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Perhaps what's most surprising about "54 Columns," given the criticism it's drawn over the years, is that it's largely been ignored by vandals.

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Until last week. Sometime prior to the afternoon of Aug. 18, someone — let's call him or her the bastard child of Marcel Duchamp, the French Dadaist who in 1919 famously painted a moustache on a postcard of the Mona Lisa — slapped a coat of pink latex paint on one of the towers.

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Veronica Njoku, executive director of the Fulton County Arts Council, immediately dispatched some staffers to assess the situation after she heard about the paint job from Creative Loafing. "An act of vandalism," she concluded. "Rest assured, Fulton County is doing everything it possibly can to restore the work to its original condition."

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Indeed, government workers stripped all but the topmost reaches of the paint off the column on the afternoon of Aug. 22.

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Chuck Taylor, whose family paid for the sculpture, has been adamant that LeWitt's wish for towers to remain unpainted be honored.

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"It's an awful thing for somebody to do," Taylor says.

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Local artist R. Land sees the pink tower as a commentary on the dearth of lively public art in Atlanta. While he doesn't hate the LeWitt piece, he says it doesn't compare with public art in other cities. The single pink tower among all those gray ones strikes him as symbolic. "I'm just not sure of what," he says.

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Before it was stripped, the column caught the eyes of passing motorists, including Evan Levy, who directs the Art in Freedom Park program, a series of temporary installations gracing the paths along Freedom Parkway this summer.

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Levy considers the pink paint an act of "conceptual vandalism" and doubts a graffiti artist is responsible. A graffiti artist's tags express his or her individual flair; monotone pink on one single tower is more likely the earmark of a street artist, Levy says.

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The doyen of Atlanta's graffiti artist community, known simply as Totem, agrees. Totem, who's been tagging since the early 1990s, says the simple pink isn't consistent with the style of graffiti artists.

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"If I did it, I would have done a lot more," he says. "I would do something that would basically travel among all the blocks. The things I paint, I use the backgrounds. So not only does my work change it, it blends in with the harmony of the area."

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He says he would have planned something more complex for the columns.

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SP Newsprint is owned by a partnership of media companies, including Cox Enterprises, owner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Knight Ridder, owner of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and the Macon Telegraph; and Media General, which publishes the Tampa Tribune.

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The company recycles used newspapers dropped in more than 7,000 recycling bins in 10 states. But plastic placed in the newspaper receptacles was being shredded along with the paper — and ended up in the Oconee River.

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Fishermen spotted the plastic last summer and notified the state Environmental Protection Division and the Altamaha Riverkeeper.

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SP Newsprint plans to install new equipment to reduce plastic pollution, and start a public education campaign to teach recyclers about the hazards of putting plastic into newspaper bins, according to the agreement. The company will also test the Oconee's water quality for two years and report its findings to the Altamaha Riverkeeper.

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  string(5913) "Mothers & Others for Clean Air and Emory's Rollins School of Public Health are hosting a Clean Air Fair on Sat., Aug. 20. The fair will coincide with the state's launch of the Adopt-A-School Bus program, which is a national effort taken on by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to cut pollution from school buses. The fair will include an information session to teach participants more about the Adopt-A-School Bus program, which aims to retrofit school buses with new technology to reduce diesel emissions and push for the use of cleaner fuels in buses.

The Clean Air Fair will take place at Emory University's White Hall, 301 Dowman Drive, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info, visit www.georgiaconservancy.org, or call 404-876-2900, ext. 109. To find out how to join the Adopt-A-School Bus cause, visit www.adoptabus.org.

· BUCKHEAD BUSINESS: The Buckhead Business Association meets Thursday mornings for breakfast at Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 18. For more info, visit www.buckheadbusiness.org.

· LAKE CLAIRE CITIZENS: The Lake Claire Neighbors group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 18. For more info, e-mail comm@lakeclaire.org.

· YOUNG BUCKHEADERS: Buckhead Rotaract, a community service organization for professionals in their 20s and 30s, meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at La Madeleine, 35 W. Paces Ferry Road. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 22. For more info, visit www.buckheadrotaract.org.

· MIDTOWN NEIGHBORS: The Midtown Neighbors Association meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolis, 943 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, visit www.midtownatlanta.org.

· INMAN INITIATIVE: Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which covers Inman Park, gets together the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, call 404-523-9922.

· PINE HILL RESIDENTS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-B, which covers the 'hood that stretches from Pine Hill to north Buckhead, meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 6. For more info, call 404-233-1355.

· ANSLEY PARK MEETS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-E, which covers Ansley Park, meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Peachtree Branch Library, 1315 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Wed., Sept. 7. For more info, call 404-330-6911.

· MORNINGSIDERS: The Morningside/Lenox Park Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 12. For more info, visit www.mlpa.org.

· REYNOLDSTOWN RESIDENTS: The Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 12. For more info, call 404-525-4130, ext. 16.

· BUCKHEAD GREENSPACE: The North Buckhead Civic Association, which is trying to expand the community's greenspace and protect parts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve along Nancy Creek, will hold its next meeting Tues., Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road. For more info, visit www.nbca.org.

· HOME PARK CONVENES: The Home Park Community Improvement Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 10th Street United Methodist Church, 425 10th St. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 13. Topics include updates on the Atlantic Station project. For more info, visit www.homepark.org.

· DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 13. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

· BERKELEY PARKERS: The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 19. For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

· VA-HIGHLANDERS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 19. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

· CANDLER PARKERS: The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 19. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

· BROOKHAVEN ALLIANCE: The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tues., Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club, 1330 N. Druid Hills Road. For more info, call 404-921-7983, or e-mail Kevin_HughleyBHNA@yahoo.com.

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· INMAN INITIATIVE: Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which covers Inman Park, gets together the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, call 404-523-9922.

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· ANSLEY PARK MEETS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-E, which covers Ansley Park, meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Peachtree Branch Library, 1315 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Wed., Sept. 7. For more info, call 404-330-6911.

· MORNINGSIDERS: The Morningside/Lenox Park Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 12. For more info, visit www.mlpa.org.

· REYNOLDSTOWN RESIDENTS: The Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 12. For more info, call 404-525-4130, ext. 16.

· BUCKHEAD GREENSPACE: The North Buckhead Civic Association, which is trying to expand the community's greenspace and protect parts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve along Nancy Creek, will hold its next meeting Tues., Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road. For more info, visit www.nbca.org.

· HOME PARK CONVENES: The Home Park Community Improvement Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 10th Street United Methodist Church, 425 10th St. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 13. Topics include updates on the Atlantic Station project. For more info, visit www.homepark.org.

· DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 13. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

· BERKELEY PARKERS: The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 19. For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

· VA-HIGHLANDERS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 19. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

· CANDLER PARKERS: The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 19. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

· BROOKHAVEN ALLIANCE: The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tues., Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club, 1330 N. Druid Hills Road. For more info, call 404-921-7983, or e-mail Kevin_HughleyBHNA@yahoo.com.

· PONCEY-HIGHLAND PEEPS: The Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association gets together the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Wed., Sept. 21. For more info, visit www.ponceyhighland.com.

· VA-HIGHLAND GOES CIVIC: The Virginia-Highland Civic Association meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. Because of the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting will be Mon., Oct. 3. For more info, visit www.vahi.org.

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As a result, the 15-year-old, who was the subject of a two-part CL series, "Losing Hanna" (July 28 and Aug. 4), was able to run away from two group homes and evade authorities in two states.

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For months, CL attempted to get DFACS' comments on Hanna's case, as well as clarification of DFACS' policies regarding runaways. On Aug. 10, a week after the second part of "Losing Hanna" was published, Ari Young, a spokesman for the state Department of Human Resources, which oversees DFACS, responded to CL's questions. Young said via e-mail that he only would answer questions "of a general nature"; two DFACS caseworkers who responded to "Losing Hanna" on an online message board offered additional insight. Their comments are included after Young's.

Note: Spelling and grammatical errors have been fixed.

Creative Loafing: Does DFACS try to put in place extra precautions for children who have run away from DFACS custody in the past?

Young: Yes, in a situation where there is a reasonable expectation that a child may try to run away, or where a child has done so in the past, DFACS will take extra precautions to ensure the safety of the child. These precautions begin with a careful assessment of the foster or group home in which the child is placed. ... DFACS will also reimburse homes to install alarm equipment in their home, should it be deemed necessary to safeguard the child.

Fulton County DFACS worker: Group homes can only do so much to protect children. Many have alarms so they will know when children are trying to run away. To get a child in a locked facility is very hard and they have to be very mentally ill, i.e., schizophrenic, or violent. Hanna, in my opinion, could have used a locked facility, but unfortunately we have to have a lot of proof that one is needed before they can go.

What is DFACS' protocol/policy/practice for alerting authorities to a runaway juvenile? What information is DFACS required to share with law enforcement?

Young: As soon as DFACS receives information that a foster child has run away, DFACS will notify the juvenile court and the police. DFACS will also file a runaway petition, which functions similar to a missing persons report (alerting authorities that a child is a runaway and to detain that child).

DFACS worker: It's hard when you have a caseload of 38 children and 10 of them are placed all over the state of Georgia. Those families are not going to get all the attention they deserve, because it's hard to manage a caseload that high. An average worker should only have 15 children. The policies and procedures are what need to be changed.

Our agency does offer a variety of trainings throughout the year, but we have not had any on runaways. You learn things by dealing with everyday cases. Policies change all the time, so as soon as you learn something, it might be changed the next month.

Does DFACS have any responsibility to alert law enforcement to ... info that could lead to the discovery of the runaway?

Young: Naturally, if DFACS receives any information regarding the whereabouts of a runaway, that information will be shared with the appropriate authorities.

DFACS worker: I've been employed with DFACS for three years and I've had many children on my caseload run away. Our protocol is to contact the authorities in the county where they ran away and give all the details we can. We are then supposed to contact the relatives. To be honest, I had never heard about the database that Hanna's family spoke of. It is not something they tell us to use. I will start using it for my runaways, though.

Hopefully, Hanna can be remembered as a child who helped change the system for other children.

A veteran caseworker: To the Fulton County DFACS worker who gave their perspective, "You hit the nail on the head." For those of you who don't know the DFACS system, that worker is correct and that is reality with DFACS. And yes, I will be using National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as a resource now that I know that exists.

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Note: Spelling and grammatical errors have been fixed.

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Young: As soon as DFACS receives information that a foster child has run away, DFACS will notify the juvenile court and the police. DFACS will also file a runaway petition, which functions similar to a missing persons report (alerting authorities that a child is a runaway and to detain that child).

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Wednesday August 10, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Nearly every day last summer, West Nile virus experts Jerry Kerce and Tom Burkot emptied 15 mosquito traps placed in rivers and creeks that catch the city's sewage overflows. The traps, designed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, captured live mosquitoes that were later tested for the West Nile virus.

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  string(5781) "Atlanta City Council is expected to vote Mon., Aug. 15, on a controversial ordinance that would ban panhandling in a designated area downtown. The proposed ordinance has support from the city's convention and tourism industries, but homeless advocates say it would serve to criminalize poverty and stifle first amendment rights. Under the ban, a person caught asking for money in the downtown "tourist triangle" would face possible jail time and a fine. The public will have an opportunity to speak for or against the ordinance at the Council meeting.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in council chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. For more info, call 404-330-6004 or visit www.atlantaga.gov.

· BUCKHEAD BUSINESS: The Buckhead Business Association meets Thursday mornings for breakfast at Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 11. For more info, visit www.buckheadbusiness.org.

· BERKELEY PARKERS: The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

· VA-HIGHLANDERS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

· CANDLER PARKERS: The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

· BROOKHAVEN ALLIANCE: The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tues., Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club, 1330 N. Druid Hills Road. For more info, call 404-921-7983, or e-mail Kevin_HughleyBHNA@yahoo.com.

· PONCEY-HIGHLAND PEEPS: The Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association gets together the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Wed., Aug. 17. For more info, visit www.ponceyhighland.com.

· LAKE CLAIRE CITIZENS: The Lake Claire Neighbors group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 18. For more info, e-mail comm@lakeclaire.org.

· YOUNG BUCKHEADERS: Buckhead Rotaract, a community service organization for professionals in their 20s and 30s, meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at La Madeleine, 35 W. Paces Ferry Road. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 22. For more info, visit www.buckheadrotaract.org.

· MIDTOWN NEIGHBORS: The Midtown Neighbors Association meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolis, 943 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, visit www.midtownatlanta.org.

· INMAN INITIATIVE: Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which covers Inman Park, gets together the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, call 404-523-9922.

· PINE HILL RESIDENTS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-B, which covers the 'hood that stretches from Pine Hill to north Buckhead, meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 6. For more info, call 404-233-1355.

· ANSLEY PARK MEETS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-E, which covers Ansley Park, meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Peachtree Branch Library, 1315 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Wed., Sept. 7. For more info, call 404-330-6911.

· MORNINGSIDERS: The Morningside/Lenox Park Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 12. For more info, visit www.mlpa.org.

· REYNOLDSTOWN RESIDENTS: The Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 12. For more info, call 404-525-4130, ext. 16.

· BUCKHEAD GREENSPACE: The North Buckhead Civic Association, which is trying to expand the community's greenspace and protect parts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve along Nancy Creek, will hold its next meeting Tues., Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road. For more info, visit www.nbca.org.

· HOME PARK CONVENES: The Home Park Community Improvement Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 10th Street United Methodist Church, 425 10th St. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 13. Topics include updates on the Atlantic Station project. For more info, visit www.homepark.org.

· DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 13. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

· VA-HIGHLAND GOES CIVIC: The Virginia-Highland Civic Association meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. Because of the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting will be Mon., Oct. 3. For more info, visit www.vahi.org.

Want to publicize neighborhood news from Brookhaven to Inman Park? E-mail neighborhoodagenda@creativeloafing.com."
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· BUCKHEAD BUSINESS: The Buckhead Business Association meets Thursday mornings for breakfast at Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 11. For more info, visit www.buckheadbusiness.org.

· BERKELEY PARKERS: The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

· VA-HIGHLANDERS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

· CANDLER PARKERS: The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

· BROOKHAVEN ALLIANCE: The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tues., Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club, 1330 N. Druid Hills Road. For more info, call 404-921-7983, or e-mail Kevin_HughleyBHNA@yahoo.com.

· PONCEY-HIGHLAND PEEPS: The Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association gets together the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Wed., Aug. 17. For more info, visit www.ponceyhighland.com.

· LAKE CLAIRE CITIZENS: The Lake Claire Neighbors group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 18. For more info, e-mail comm@lakeclaire.org.

· YOUNG BUCKHEADERS: Buckhead Rotaract, a community service organization for professionals in their 20s and 30s, meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at La Madeleine, 35 W. Paces Ferry Road. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 22. For more info, visit www.buckheadrotaract.org.

· MIDTOWN NEIGHBORS: The Midtown Neighbors Association meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolis, 943 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, visit www.midtownatlanta.org.

· INMAN INITIATIVE: Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which covers Inman Park, gets together the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, call 404-523-9922.

· PINE HILL RESIDENTS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-B, which covers the 'hood that stretches from Pine Hill to north Buckhead, meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 6. For more info, call 404-233-1355.

· ANSLEY PARK MEETS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-E, which covers Ansley Park, meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Peachtree Branch Library, 1315 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Wed., Sept. 7. For more info, call 404-330-6911.

· MORNINGSIDERS: The Morningside/Lenox Park Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 12. For more info, visit www.mlpa.org.

· REYNOLDSTOWN RESIDENTS: The Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 12. For more info, call 404-525-4130, ext. 16.

· BUCKHEAD GREENSPACE: The North Buckhead Civic Association, which is trying to expand the community's greenspace and protect parts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve along Nancy Creek, will hold its next meeting Tues., Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road. For more info, visit www.nbca.org.

· HOME PARK CONVENES: The Home Park Community Improvement Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 10th Street United Methodist Church, 425 10th St. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 13. Topics include updates on the Atlantic Station project. For more info, visit www.homepark.org.

· DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 13. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

· VA-HIGHLAND GOES CIVIC: The Virginia-Highland Civic Association meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. Because of the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting will be Mon., Oct. 3. For more info, visit www.vahi.org.

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Six years after residents' protests forced the now-defunct Cotton Club concert hall to find another home in the basement of the Tabernacle downtown, Inman Park Properties is again seeking permits for its two-story building at 800 N. Highland Ave. This time the company is shooting to turn the former 1940s movie theater into an event facility with separate bars on three levels, including a rooftop party deck that could accommodate a live band.

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The firm — which also owns such landmark properties as the Clermont Hotel and the circular, former Trust Company Bank building that houses the just-opened Piebar restaurant — recently completed extensive renovations to the old theater, which last served as home to the Metropolitan Community Church in the early '90s. The front of the building is occupied by a Starbucks and a Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlor. A company Web page indicates — prematurely, it seems — that the facility is available for rent for plays, wedding receptions, bar-mitzvahs, banquets and musical performances.

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT

"Remember the Cotton Club!"

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That could be the battle cry for Virginia-Highland homeowners who are once again trying to prevent a high-occupancy, live-music venue from moving into the old Hilan Theatre.

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Six years after residents' protests forced the now-defunct Cotton Club concert hall to find another home in the basement of the Tabernacle downtown, Inman Park Properties is again seeking...

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· BUCKHEAD BUSINESS: The Buckhead Business Association meets Thursday mornings for breakfast at Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 4. For more info, visit www.buckheadbusiness.org.

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· REYNOLDSTOWN RESIDENTS: The Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, call 404-525-4130, ext. 16.

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· DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

· BERKELEY PARKERS: The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

· VA-HIGHLANDERS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

· CANDLER PARKERS: The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

· BROOKHAVEN ALLIANCE: The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tues., Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club, 1330 N. Druid Hills Road. For more info, call 404-921-7983, or e-mail Kevin_HughleyBHNA@yahoo.com.

· PONCEY-HIGHLAND PEEPS: The Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association gets together the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Wed., Aug. 17. For more info, visit www.ponceyhighland.com.

· LAKE CLAIRE CITIZENS: The Lake Claire Neighbors group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 18. For more info, e-mail comm@lakeclaire.org.

· MIDTOWN NEIGHBORS: The Midtown Neighbors Association meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolis, 943 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, visit www.midtownatlanta.org.

· INMAN INITIATIVE: Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which covers Inman Park, gets together the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, call 404-523-9922.

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The orientation will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Conservancy's Atlanta office, 817 W. Peachtree St., Suite 200. For more info and to register, call 404-876-2900, ext. 117, or visit www.georgiaconservancy.org.

· BUCKHEAD BUSINESS: The Buckhead Business Association meets Thursday mornings for breakfast at Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 4. For more info, visit www.buckheadbusiness.org.

· MORNINGSIDERS: The Morningside/Lenox Park Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, visit www.mlpa.org.

· REYNOLDSTOWN RESIDENTS: The Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, call 404-525-4130, ext. 16.

· YOUNG BUCKHEADERS: Buckhead Rotaract, a community service organization for professionals in their 20s and 30s, meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at La Madeleine, 35 W. Paces Ferry Road. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, visit www.buckheadrotaract.org.

· BUCKHEAD GREENSPACE: The North Buckhead Civic Association, which is trying to expand the community's greenspace and protect parts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve along Nancy Creek, will hold its next meeting Tues., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road. For more info, visit www.nbca.org.

· HOME PARK CONVENES: The Home Park Community Improvement Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 10th Street United Methodist Church, 425 10th St. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. Topics include updates on the Atlantic Station project. For more info, visit www.homepark.org.

· DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

· BERKELEY PARKERS: The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

· VA-HIGHLANDERS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

· CANDLER PARKERS: The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

· BROOKHAVEN ALLIANCE: The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tues., Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club, 1330 N. Druid Hills Road. For more info, call 404-921-7983, or e-mail Kevin_HughleyBHNA@yahoo.com.

· PONCEY-HIGHLAND PEEPS: The Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association gets together the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Wed., Aug. 17. For more info, visit www.ponceyhighland.com.

· LAKE CLAIRE CITIZENS: The Lake Claire Neighbors group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 18. For more info, e-mail comm@lakeclaire.org.

· MIDTOWN NEIGHBORS: The Midtown Neighbors Association meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolis, 943 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, visit www.midtownatlanta.org.

· INMAN INITIATIVE: Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which covers Inman Park, gets together the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, call 404-523-9922.

· PINE HILL RESIDENTS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-B, which covers the 'hood that stretches from Pine Hill to north Buckhead, meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 6. For more info, call 404-233-1355.

· ANSLEY PARK MEETS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-E, which covers Ansley Park, meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Peachtree Branch Library, 1315 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Wed., Sept. 7. For more info, call 404-330-6911.

· VA-HIGHLAND GOES CIVIC: The Virginia-Highland Civic Association meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. Because of the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting will be Mon., Oct. 3. For more info, visit www.vahi.org.

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Within the next few weeks, the county expects to find out the trial date for a Georgia Supreme Court case that will determine whether Fulton's current adult-entertainment policy will be thrown out. The ordinance in question prohibits alcohol from being served in places that offer nude dancing. More than three years after being approved by commissioners, it's a measure that has never been enforced.

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The case challenging the ordinance was brought by Maxim Cabaret, a 2-year-old nightclub on Roswell Road just inside I-285 that features partially clad dancers and a full bar. Previously, the business was known as the Coronet Club, which offered a fully nude, co-ed dance staff but was strictly BYOB — an unusual arrangement dating back to an early '90s effort by then-Commission Chairman Mitch Skandalakis and his colleagues to keep the strip club from opening in Sandy Springs by denying it a liquor license.

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That restriction has not been enforced at the four other existing strip clubs in unincorporated Fulton — Flasher's in downtown Sandy Springs and three others clustered on Fulton Industrial Boulevard — due to a legal challenge raised by those clubs in federal court that's separate from the Maxim lawsuit.

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The county's appeal of the Maxim ruling is expected to be heard before the end of the year by the state Supreme Court.

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Steve Rosenberg, an attorney with the county, concedes that his side is hindered by bad decisions made in the past by Fulton commissioners.

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But Fulton decided not to borrow data from another large, urban county. Instead, it would generate it own.

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After Fulton ordered another study — this time supporting its claims — judges were quick to point out to county officials that "you can't ignore what you found in your first study," Rosenberg says.

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Georgia State Mortgage faces two allegations that could lead to the company's license being revoked: falsifying loan applications and hiring loan officers ineligible to originate loans in Georgia.

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Carlos Kavanaugh, president of Georgia State Mortgage, testified at a July 27 hearing before the state Banking Department that he accidentally hired people he shouldn't have: "We didn't have the knowledge needed to figure out that we had hired felons."

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But the state contends that if Kavanaugh had notified the Banking Department when he purchased Georgia State Mortgage in 2002, he would've been aware of such procedures.

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT

It's been a year since Shawntell Law-North, a Lithonia bank teller, lost her job due to allegations that she falsified her home loan application — then was reinstated after her employers learned she'd fallen prey to predatory lending.

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Now, the brokerage firm that allegedly tampered with her application ient of Banking and Finance. And in March, the federal government revoked the...

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  string(5791) "The National Association for Criminal Justice and Equality is sponsoring a forum where metro Atlanta residents can express their concerns with the criminal justice system in Georgia. At the Thurs., July 28, discussion, the association is hoping to hear personal experiences and suggestions for changes. The information will be shared with local law enforcement and politicians to shed light on problems with the current criminal justice system. The National Association for Criminal Justice and Equality is a nonprofit group that recently formed to work to reduce perceived injustices in the criminal justice system.

The discussion will be held at the Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, at 6:30 p.m. For more info call 404-758-8044.

· BUCKHEAD BUSINESS: The Buckhead Business Association meets Thursday mornings for breakfast at Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 28. For more info, visit www.buckheadbusiness.org.

· MIDTOWN NEIGHBORS: The Midtown Neighbors Association meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolis, 943 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 28. For more info, visit www.midtownatlanta.org.

· INMAN INITIATIVE: Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which covers Inman Park, gets together the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 28. For more info, call 404-523-9922.

· VA-HIGHLAND GOES CIVIC: The Virginia-Highland Civic Association meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 1. For more info, visit www.vahi.org.

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· MORNINGSIDERS: The Morningside/Lenox Park Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, visit www.mlpa.org.

· REYNOLDSTOWN RESIDENTS: The Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, call 404-525-4130, ext. 16.

· YOUNG BUCKHEADERS: Buckhead Rotaract, a community service organization for professionals in their 20s and 30s, meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at La Madeleine, 35 W. Paces Ferry Road. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, visit www.buckheadrotaract.org.

· BUCKHEAD GREENSPACE: The North Buckhead Civic Association, which is trying to expand the community's greenspace and protect parts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve along Nancy Creek, will hold its next meeting Tues., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road. For more info, visit www.nbca.org.

· HOME PARK CONVENES: The Home Park Community Improvement Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 10th Street United Methodist Church, 425 10th St. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. Topics include updates on the Atlantic Station project. For more info, visit www.homepark.org.

· DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

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· BUCKHEAD GREENSPACE: The North Buckhead Civic Association, which is trying to expand the community's greenspace and protect parts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve along Nancy Creek, will hold its next meeting Tues., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road. For more info, visit www.nbca.org.

· HOME PARK CONVENES: The Home Park Community Improvement Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 10th Street United Methodist Church, 425 10th St. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. Topics include updates on the Atlantic Station project. For more info, visit www.homepark.org.

· DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

· BERKELEY PARKERS: The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

· VA-HIGHLANDERS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

· CANDLER PARKERS: The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

· BROOKHAVEN ALLIANCE: The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tues., Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club, 1330 N. Druid Hills Road. For more info, call 404-921-7983, or e-mail Kevin_HughleyBHNA@yahoo.com.

· PONCEY-HIGHLAND PEEPS: The Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association gets together the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Wed., Aug. 17. For more info, visit www.ponceyhighland.com.

· LAKE CLAIRE CITIZENS: The Lake Claire Neighbors group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 18. For more info, e-mail comm@lakeclaire.org.

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The lack of air conditioning added to the heated debate July 25 over a prospective neighborhood shopping center in Lynwood Park. Sixty residents came to voice their opinions about the 4,800-square-foot brick center that would house two to three neighborhood shops, such as a coffeehouse and pizza joint, alongside office space.

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It's the latest growing pain in ever-changing Lynwood Park, the...

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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT

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Avondale City Council City Council discusses regular business, future plans for the city and other community-related issues. www.avondaleestates.org. 404-294-5400. Fourth Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates.

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Decatur City Council City Council meets to discuss local government and address community issues. www.decaturga.com. 404-371-8386. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.

DeKalb Commissioners Come in person or watch the live broadcast on Channel 23, which is replayed throughout the week. Minutes available at www.co.dekalb.ga.us. 404-371-2082. Second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.

East Atlanta Marketing By working with local businesses, the marketing committee aims to promote East Atlanta Village and provide services that residents will enjoy. For more info, e-mail jclark@interland.com. www.eaca.net. 404-521-1122. First Monday of every month, 7 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Joe's Coffee, 510 Flat Shoals Ave.

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Lake Claire Neighbors Lake Claire Neighbors organizes cleanups, provides a community voice to city reps, and raises funds for neighborhood refurbishments. www.lakeclaire.org. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Neighborhood Planning Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when they meet, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Dates vary.

Talk About Patriotism Hands on Atlanta hosts a conversation cafe the third Thursday of every month, offering attendees the chance to participate in an open forum on a predetermined topic. This month's topic is "American Patriotic: In What Do We Trust?" 404-223-3202. Thurs., July 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Javaology, 466 Edgewood Ave.

Taxpayer Advocacy The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel will host a meeting aimed to improve the Internal Revenue Service. A panel of citizens appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury will ask for feedback from attendees, specifically how the IRS can improve service and responsiveness to the public. 800-912-1227. Sat., July 23, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Marriott Suites Midtown, 35 14th St.Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail publicagenda@creativeloafing.com.??


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Decatur City Council City Council meets to discuss local government and address community issues. [http://www.decaturga.com/|www.decaturga.com]. 404-371-8386. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.

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East Atlanta Marketing By working with local businesses, the marketing committee aims to promote East Atlanta Village and provide services that residents will enjoy. For more info, e-mail [mailto:jclark@interland.com|jclark@interland.com]. [http://www.eaca.net/|www.eaca.net]. 404-521-1122. First Monday of every month, 7 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Joe's Coffee, 510 Flat Shoals Ave.

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Lake Claire Neighbors Lake Claire Neighbors organizes cleanups, provides a community voice to city reps, and raises funds for neighborhood refurbishments. [http://www.lakeclaire.org/|www.lakeclaire.org]. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Neighborhood Planning Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when they meet, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Dates vary.

Talk About Patriotism Hands on Atlanta hosts a conversation cafe the third Thursday of every month, offering attendees the chance to participate in an open forum on a predetermined topic. This month's topic is "American Patriotic: In What Do We Trust?" 404-223-3202. Thurs., July 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Javaology, 466 Edgewood Ave.

Taxpayer Advocacy The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel will host a meeting aimed to improve the Internal Revenue Service. A panel of citizens appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury will ask for feedback from attendees, specifically how the IRS can improve service and responsiveness to the public. 800-912-1227. Sat., July 23, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Marriott Suites Midtown, 35 14th St.''Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail [mailto:publicagenda@creativeloafing.com|publicagenda@creativeloafing.com].''??


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Development

Want to know more about plans to build a better downtown Atlanta? Come to the Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District town hall meeting Fri., July 22. The meeting will focus on topics such as improving the look of downtown, offering downtown businesses economic incentives, and improving park and greenspace planning. CAP/ADID's recent initiatives include the construction of downtown's new Gateway Center homeless shelter and Atlanta's bid for a NASCAR museum. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in downtown Atlanta's future.

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Atlanta Planning Board The Atlanta Planning Advisory Board, which works with city Neighborhood Planning Units, meets the third Saturday of every month to discuss land use, zoning, transportation, environmental quality, parks and open spaces, and other issues. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Third Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Council Chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.

Atlanta Urban Design The Urban Design Commission works to identify and protect buildings and areas of Atlanta that have historic or aesthetic value. It also strives to maintain high-quality construction within the city. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6200. Second Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m.; fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.

Avondale City Council City Council discusses regular business, future plans for the city and other community-related issues. www.avondaleestates.org. 404-294-5400. Fourth Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates.

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Decatur City Council City Council meets to discuss local government and address community issues. www.decaturga.com. 404-371-8386. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.

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Lake Claire Neighbors Lake Claire Neighbors organizes cleanups, provides a community voice to city reps, and raises funds for neighborhood refurbishments. www.lakeclaire.org. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Neighborhood Planning Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when they meet, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Dates vary.

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Want to make an impact on politics and local government? Learn more about the Young Democrats of Atlanta at their summer barbecue Sat., July 23. The group includes Atlantans between the ages of 18 and 35 who have an active interest in governmental affairs and who work to promote initiatives such as a mandatory livable wage. Guest speakers at the barbecue include T.J. Copeland, a Democrat running against incumbent Democrat Rep. Sharon Beasley Teague for a state House seat in south metro Atlanta. Barbecue fare and Sweetwater beer will be provided.

The Summerfest barbecue will be held from 4-7 p.m. at 1209 Hancock Drive. Tickets, which cover beer and food, are $20-$35. For more info, visit www.fultonyoungdems.org.

BUCKHEAD BUSINESS: The Buckhead Business Association meets Thursday mornings for breakfast at Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 21. For more info, visit www.buckheadbusiness.org.

LAKE CLAIRE CITIZENS: The Lake Claire Neighbors group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 21. For more info, e-mail comm@lakeclaire.org.

YOUNG BUCKHEADERS: Buckhead Rotaract, a community service organization for professionals in their 20s and 30s, meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at La Madeleine, 35 W. Paces Ferry Road. The next meeting will be Mon., July 25. For more info, visit www.buckheadrotaract.org.

MIDTOWN NEIGHBORS: The Midtown Neighbors Association meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolis, 943 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 28. For more info, visit www.midtownatlanta.org.

INMAN INITIATIVE: Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which covers Inman Park, gets together the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 28. For more info, call 404-523-9922.

VA-HIGHLAND GOES CIVIC: The Virginia-Highland Civic Association meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. Because of the July Fourth holiday, the next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 1. For more info, visit www.vahi.org.

PINE HILL RESIDENTS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-B, which covers the ­hood that stretches from Pine Hill to north Buckhead, meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 2. For more info, call 404-233-1355.

ANSLEY PARK MEETS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-E, which covers Ansley Park, meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Peachtree Branch Library, 1315 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Wed., Aug. 3. For more info, call 404-330-6911.

MORNINGSIDERS: The Morningside/Lenox Park Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, visit www.mlpa.org.

REYNOLDSTOWN RESIDENTS: The Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, call 404-525-4130, ext. 16.

BUCKHEAD GREENSPACE: The North Buckhead Civic Association, which is trying to expand the community's greenspace and protect parts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve along Nancy Creek, will hold its next meeting Tues., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road. For more info, visit www.nbca.org.

HOME PARK CONVENES: The Home Park Community Improvement Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 10th Street United Methodist Church, 425 10th St. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. Topics include updates on the Atlantic Station project. For more info, visit www.homepark.org.

DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

BERKELEY PARKERS: The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

VA-HIGHLANDERS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

CANDLER PARKERS: The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

BROOKHAVEN ALLIANCE: The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tues., Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club, 1330 N. Druid Hills Road. For more info, call 404-921-7983, or e-mail Kevin_HughleyBHNA@yahoo.com.

PONCEY-HIGHLAND PEEPS: The Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association gets together the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Wed., Aug. 17. For more info, visit www.ponceyhighland.com.

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__DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: __The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be __Tues., Aug. 9.__ For more info, e-mail [mailto:downtownatl@hotmail.com|downtownatl@hotmail.com].

__BERKELEY PARKERS:__ The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be __Mon., Aug. 15.__ For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

__VA-HIGHLANDERS:__ Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be __Mon., Aug. 15__. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

__CANDLER PARKERS:__ The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be __Mon., Aug. 15__. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

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Agenda

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Want to make an impact on politics and local government? Learn more about the Young Democrats of Atlanta at their summer barbecue Sat., July 23. The group includes Atlantans between the ages of 18 and 35 who have an active interest in governmental affairs and who work to promote initiatives such as a mandatory livable wage. Guest speakers at the barbecue include T.J. Copeland, a Democrat running against incumbent Democrat Rep. Sharon Beasley Teague for a state House seat in south metro Atlanta. Barbecue fare and Sweetwater beer will be provided.

The Summerfest barbecue will be held from 4-7 p.m. at 1209 Hancock Drive. Tickets, which cover beer and food, are $20-$35. For more info, visit www.fultonyoungdems.org.

BUCKHEAD BUSINESS: The Buckhead Business Association meets Thursday mornings for breakfast at Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 21. For more info, visit www.buckheadbusiness.org.

LAKE CLAIRE CITIZENS: The Lake Claire Neighbors group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 21. For more info, e-mail comm@lakeclaire.org.

YOUNG BUCKHEADERS: Buckhead Rotaract, a community service organization for professionals in their 20s and 30s, meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at La Madeleine, 35 W. Paces Ferry Road. The next meeting will be Mon., July 25. For more info, visit www.buckheadrotaract.org.

MIDTOWN NEIGHBORS: The Midtown Neighbors Association meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolis, 943 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 28. For more info, visit www.midtownatlanta.org.

INMAN INITIATIVE: Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which covers Inman Park, gets together the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., July 28. For more info, call 404-523-9922.

VA-HIGHLAND GOES CIVIC: The Virginia-Highland Civic Association meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. Because of the July Fourth holiday, the next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 1. For more info, visit www.vahi.org.

PINE HILL RESIDENTS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-B, which covers the ­hood that stretches from Pine Hill to north Buckhead, meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 2. For more info, call 404-233-1355.

ANSLEY PARK MEETS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-E, which covers Ansley Park, meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Peachtree Branch Library, 1315 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Wed., Aug. 3. For more info, call 404-330-6911.

MORNINGSIDERS: The Morningside/Lenox Park Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, visit www.mlpa.org.

REYNOLDSTOWN RESIDENTS: The Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 8. For more info, call 404-525-4130, ext. 16.

BUCKHEAD GREENSPACE: The North Buckhead Civic Association, which is trying to expand the community's greenspace and protect parts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve along Nancy Creek, will hold its next meeting Tues., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road. For more info, visit www.nbca.org.

HOME PARK CONVENES: The Home Park Community Improvement Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 10th Street United Methodist Church, 425 10th St. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. Topics include updates on the Atlantic Station project. For more info, visit www.homepark.org.

DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 9. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

BERKELEY PARKERS: The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

VA-HIGHLANDERS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

CANDLER PARKERS: The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

BROOKHAVEN ALLIANCE: The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tues., Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club, 1330 N. Druid Hills Road. For more info, call 404-921-7983, or e-mail Kevin_HughleyBHNA@yahoo.com.

PONCEY-HIGHLAND PEEPS: The Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association gets together the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Wed., Aug. 17. For more info, visit www.ponceyhighland.com.

Want to publicize neighborhood news from Brookhaven to Inman Park? E-mail neighborhoodagenda@creativeloafing.com.??


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Hanshaw was honorably discharged this spring and is now entitled to $1,000 monthly from the government to help earn a college degree. She hopes to start studying health care administration at Georgia State University in January. But instead, the 21-year-old from Norcross might be starting a prison sentence.

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Her public defender says she has two options: She could plead guilty and hope to serve a year or less in prison, or she could plead not guilty and face conspiracy charges, which carry an even longer sentence.

The irony is that under current federal regulations, Williams likely could have purchased a gun himself from a private seller at one of the 400 gun shows that take place in Texas yearly. The federal law exempts certain gun show sellers from requiring buyers to fill out the form that Hanshaw did.

Hanshaw will enter her plea in federal court in Texas on July 28.??


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The two went to a local pawnshop and Hanshaw purchased two pistols in her name. The guns went home with Williams. Hanshaw says she didn't realize that buying a gun for someone who's barred from owning one is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Yet at the time of purchase, she signed a federal form that states, in bold: "Warning. You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person." Two pages later, the form specifies that someone can buy a firearm as a gift for another person, but not for someone who's federally prohibited from carrying one.

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Hanshaw will enter her plea in federal court in Texas on July 28.??


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Does burning petroleum cause global warming? Of course not. Just ask ExxonMobil. | more...