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Wednesday August 10, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday August 10, 2005 12:04 am EDT

A man clad in a striped jail suit marched with a ball and chain attached to his leg to symbolize his ancestors' struggles.

A twentysomething mother marched while strolling her 2-year-old daughter on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, feeding her Cheerios along the way.

An elderly man who marched for the same cause 50 years earlier hobbled behind thousands of participants, determined to finish the...

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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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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT
So you reduce, reuse and recycle. But can you do more? The Georgia Conservancy is holding a one-hour orientation Tues., Aug. 9, to teach the public what it can do to protect the state's natural resources. The Georgia Conservancy is a statewide environmental organization that works to promote clean air and water as well as responsible growth. The Conservancy supports the conservation of water as... | more...

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Like many folks, the Fulton County Commission continues to be tormented by past indiscretions involving strip clubs.

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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...

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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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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Count the Atlanta City Council among the local governments to have jumped on the bandwagon to condemn, um, the act of condemnation.

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More specifically, on July 18 the council became the latest elected body to adopt a resolution pledging not to abuse its eminent domain power, following Cherokee, Coweta and Henry counties. A host of other metro counties — Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Forsyth...

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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT

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

Last year, J.L. King's On the Down Low spent 12 weeks on the New York Times' best-seller list. The book chronicled the author's experience as an African-American man whose public life was as a heterosexual but who pursued a gay lifestyle in secret.

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Besides raising public awareness on what had largely been a taboo subject, King also implied that there was a direct link between men on the...

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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT

For five years, Wendy Titelman hasn't been allowed within 3,000 feet of her children. After she was charged with taking her daughters across state lines in violation of her custody agreement, a judge awarded full custody to her ex-husband.

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But then she was acquitted of the charge — and the jury foreman at her criminal trial wrote a letter asking why she was indicted in the first...

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Thursday July 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Public Agenda

CL's guide to civic and political

events in the metro Atlanta area

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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,...

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Thursday July 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

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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...

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Thursday July 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

When Amaya Hanshaw graduated from Avondale High School in 2001, she joined the Air Force under the GI Bill so she could pay for college. Hanshaw completed basic training in Biloxi, Miss. In 2002, she was transferred to the Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas.

Hanshaw was honorably discharged this spring and is now entitled to $1,000 monthly from the government to help earn a college...

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Thursday July 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

When photographer Sharad Haksar set up a shot of a Coca-Cola sign leaning in front of a dry water pump and empty cisterns, he claims he intended to reflect on severe water shortages in several Indian communities near Coca-Cola bottling plants. The plants are alleged to be responsible for water shortages and pollution of water sources throughout India.

But once Haksar's image reached its...

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Thursday July 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Thursday July 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Fulton County's Department of Public Works will host public meetings in July and August at which citizens can get involved in the agency's recommendations for future transportation projects. The meetings will include an update on the Atlanta Regional Commission's transportation improvement plan for 2006-2011. The plan will affect bridges, bikeways, sidewalks, intersection construction and road... | more...

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Thursday July 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Does burning petroleum cause global warming? Of course not. Just ask ExxonMobil. | more...

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Thursday July 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Zell's $80,000 going-away present | more...

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Thursday July 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The International Action Center is a volunteer organization that works to educate and mobilize the community to take action against war, occupation, racism, poverty and repression. Among the topics up for discussion at the IAC's weekly meeting Sun., July 17, will be the city of Atlanta's proposed ban on panhandling downtown; other local "quality of life" laws, such as a minimum, citywide living... | more...

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Thursday July 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT
According to Southface, a local environmental advocacy group, metro Atlanta's water supply may be more threatened than many people think. Southface, in conjunction with several other environmental activist groups and local businesses, will host a roundtable Fri., July 8, to discuss the city's water supply. A panel of experts will discuss technological and land-use planning ideas to address the... | more...

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Thursday July 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT

The seemingly losing battle to save four Georgia military bases - and 6,000 military and civilian jobs - has state and local officials debating what to do with the properties, should the bases close.

Two of the bases are in metro Atlanta.

According to Forest Park's Mayor Chuck Hall, several developers, including Cousins Properties, Atlanta's largest real estate company, have had preliminary...

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Thursday July 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT

In press conferences and at committee hearings over the past year, Gov. Sonny Perdue and members of his staff have repeatedly said the state won't give MARTA operational funds until the state gets more control over how the troubled transit agency spends its money.

Now, transportation experts and Republican lawmakers are discussing a way to do just that.

State lawmakers are considering...

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Thursday July 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Pedestrian advocacy group PEDS will sponsor a forum Wed., July 13, at which Dr. Karen Mumford of the Emory School of Public Health will share her research on 13 public parks in DeKalb County. The findings could influence future governmental decisions about what to do with the parks. Mumford will answer questions about the potential impact of this study on public policy.

The PEDS forum will be...

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Thursday July 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT

A Reform Jew in his mid-twenties wanders through the airport atrium and finds the chapel door. He's about to board his first flight in nine years, and he wants to recite the Tefilah Haderech, the Jewish prayer for travel.

A 60-year-old Catholic woman quietly chooses a chair toward the back of the chapel and sits by herself for 15 minutes, with her eyes closed. She is "mentally preparing" for...

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Wednesday June 29, 2005 12:04 am EDT

A pair of watchdog groups are using unorthodox tools to fish for information about Grady Memorial Hospital.

It's difficult to say if the groups' tactics - namely, cash rewards - are working. But the pleas for information signify a move by the private, nonprofit sector into the hunt for corrupt politicians.

Doctors for Open Government, an independent public interest group, and sister group the...

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Wednesday June 29, 2005 12:04 am EDT
If you're interested in learning more about how to get involved in the liberal side of politics and local government, head to the Young Democrats of Atlanta's monthly meeting Wed., July 6. The purpose of YDA (which recently changed its name from Fulton County Young Democrats) is to help Atlantans between the ages of 18 and 35 cultivate an active interest in governmental affairs, increase... | more...

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Wednesday June 29, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Do you sometimes wish Atlanta had a little more Bach and a little less Britney, a little more Broadway and a little less Bruckheimer? The Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs is developing a city cultural plan and is seeking the public's input. Atlanta residents are invited to give their opinions on the city's cultural development at a meeting Wed., July 6. The meeting will try to answer the... | more...

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Wednesday June 29, 2005 12:04 am EDT

After eluding a bench warrant for nearly a year, an alleged pimp who was accused of ordering a teenage prostitute to kill three men is back in Fulton County Jail.

Michael Berry, 32, has been jailed since June 5 on drug charges unrelated to the DeKalb County killings. Public defender Ken Driggs, an attorney for the prostitute, Falicia Blakely, is offering Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard...

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Wednesday June 29, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday June 29, 2005 12:04 am EDT
When Jennifer "Runaway Bride" Wilbanks turned up in New Mexico, she gave a bogus story of being kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a man and woman. When asked later by NBC "Today" show host Katie Couric how she came up with her story, Wilbanks said, "Maybe I've watched too many cops and robbers movies. It is scary that it came so easy for me." It's also scary how graphically she described her... | more...

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Wednesday June 29, 2005 12:04 am EDT

It looks like state Sen. Eric Johnson now resides in that political no-man's land we call the irony-free zone.

Johnson, a Savannah Republican who effectively controls the Georgia Senate, announced last week that he has formed a legislative study committee to find ways to "protect the rights of private property owners" in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent bombshell ruling that the city...

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Wednesday June 22, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday June 22, 2005 12:04 am EDT
DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones is bringing the government to the people Sat., June 25. As part of the CEO's Town Hall at the Mall series, representatives from county departments will be on hand to answer citizens' questions. Curious about what type of permit you'll need to build that screened-in porch? Talk to a representative from the permitting department. Wondering why your neighborhood... | more...

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Wednesday June 22, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday June 22, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Atlanta City Council decided June 20 to postpone its vote on a ban against panhandling within a designated "tourist triangle" downtown.

A representative from the Georgia World Congress Center told City Council before the vote that the No. 1 complaint the center receives from conventioneers is that there's too much panhandling downtown.

But despite pleas from the tourism industry to pass the...

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Wednesday June 22, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Want to hear about the future of the City Hall East property, a 2 million-square-foot building that will be rebuilt as lofts and will anchor a massive mixed-use development? The city's Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which includes Cabbagetown, Candler Park, Druid Hills, Inman Park, Lake Claire, Poncey-Highland and Reynoldstown, will present the redevelopment plans for the old City Hall East... | more...

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Wednesday June 22, 2005 12:04 am EDT

James C. Kennedy does all right for himself. His mother, Barbara Cox Anthony, is sitting on $11.7 billion, making her the 27th richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine. He's chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, the company his grandfather founded in 1898.

Since taking over in 1988, Kennedy has turned Cox into a leviathan. Today, Cox Enterprises owns or operates...

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Wednesday June 22, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Sam Olens says he's tired of hearing people openly speculate about his aspirations for higher office as if he weren't even in the room.

If that's true, then what on earth was the popular Cobb County Commission chairman doing when he got up on a stage at the Cobb Galleria Centre on June 17 to introduce Ralph Reed, Zell Miller and Sean Hannity as "three great Americans"?

The event was a...

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Wednesday June 15, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Residents of Atlanta City Councilwoman Anne Fauver's district, which includes neighborhoods stretching from Candler Park to Morningside, attended a town hall meeting last week and raised concerns about development accompanying the proposed Belt Line project. On Tues., June 21, Belt Line consultants will address those concerns. The public's input will be used in a redevelopment study by the... | more...

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Wednesday June 15, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday June 15, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Jabari wanted to make a point. He was primed for a fight. On June 10, he showed up at Atlanta Community Court, ready to take on what he considers an inane law. But the Atlanta Police officer who cited Jabari for public urination failed to show up.

Jabari walked out of court with no fine, no community service, and no jail time. But it was hardly the outcome he was looking for.

Last month,...

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Wednesday June 15, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Interested in furthering the crusade for civil rights and racial equality? This year's national gathering of the Black Radical Congress will take place Fri.-Sun., June 17-19, and will offer workshops on how to build stronger tools for lobbying local government to improve the rights and treatment of African-Americans. Workshops will focus on building a black anti-war movement, calling for... | more...

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Wednesday June 15, 2005 12:04 am EDT

It likely will be the most important vote taken in metro Atlanta this year - and, odds are, you aren't invited.

Only the 85,000 residents of Sandy Springs will be able to go to their local polling place June 21 to determine whether their put-upon community will become its own city.

The smart money, of course, is on "yes" to cityhood, considering that no organized opposition to its creation...

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Wednesday June 15, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday June 15, 2005 12:04 am EDT

On June 10, nearly 40 of William Mayo's family members and friends took the bus from Cincinnati to Calhoun County, in southwest Georgia to see if Mayo would be released from prison after spending 13 years behind bars. Lawyers for Mayo, 39, sought to prove that evidence used to convict him of armed robbery has since been discredited.

But after a 20-minute hearing, South Georgia Judicial...

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Wednesday June 8, 2005 12:04 am EDT

In response to pressure from citizens, the DeKalb County Commission will reconsider provisions in its new animal control ordinance and vote on the proposals June 14.

In December, commissioners revised the ordinance for the first time in more than two decades. But animal advocates criticized the commission for ignoring specific requests, such as abolishing chaining and setting minimum square...

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Wednesday June 8, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Are you fed-up with traffic in Atlanta? Frustrated that you have to drive everywhere - even to MARTA? If so, show your support for the Belt Line, a proposed 22-mile loop of light rail or trolley service that would link dozens of intown neighborhoods. There will be three sets of community workshops in the coming month to educate the public about the Belt Line, and public comments will be... | more...

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Wednesday June 8, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association invites residents to discuss a mammoth development to be built on the footprint of the Masquerade nightclub and City Hall East. The Masquerade building, a century-old sawmill with exposed granite walls, will be included in the redevelopment plans for the neighboring City Hall East building, a 2 million-square-foot former Sears warehouse that will be... | more...

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Wednesday June 8, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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