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Thursday July 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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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
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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
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
Jennifer Wilbanks | more...

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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

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
Roadside salvation | 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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Wednesday June 8, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Marjana Clark and Ann Forsyth aren't tired of fighting Emory University, they're just tired. The two women say the campus's unusually noisy machines have been depriving them of sleep for years.

In the 1950s, Forsyth and her family moved to Luckie Lane. For years, the street remained insulated by the dense woods off Clifton Road, quiet but for a chorus of chirping crickets. More recently,...

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Wednesday June 8, 2005 12:04 am EDT

When news broke that a 26-year-old, HIV-positive medical student from Atlanta had been charged with reckless conduct for knowingly putting sexual partners at risk, the arrest exposed a contradiction in the way the state regulates what goes on in the bedroom.

One state law, regarding the privacy of medical records, aims to protect the anonymity of HIV-positive men and women. But Georgia...

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Thursday June 2, 2005 12:04 am EDT

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Sources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution,...

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Thursday June 2, 2005 12:04 am EDT

In 2001, households earning less than $14,000 a year spent an average of nearly $5,600 on transportation. Why? One reason is the growing distance between available jobs and affordable housing.

Taking matters into their own hands, DeKalb County Commissioners Burrell Ellis and Larry Johnson have begun working on an affordable housing ordinance. In its present form, the ordinance would require...

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Thursday June 2, 2005 12:04 am EDT
You know liberals have it bad if they can only find solace in Star Wars | more...

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Thursday June 2, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Two state representatives from DeKalb County, Stan Watson and Pam Stephenson, will host a community meeting Sat., June 4. The meeting will include an update on the construction of a Wal-Mart on Wesley Chapel Road. Officials from the Wal-Mart Corporation and the Georgia Department of Transportation will attend. The public is encouraged to contribute to a discussion about commercial growth in... | more...

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Thursday June 2, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The Midtown Neighbors Association's new committee on traffic will meet Fri., June 3, from 7:45-9 a.m. The group, which met last month with city traffic engineers, is hoping to tackle some of the problems caused by congestion and aggressive drivers, including parking and pedestrian woes. The association also is looking to gather information from Midtowners, including photos and/or stories of... | more...

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Thursday June 2, 2005 12:04 am EDT
In the past month, three inmates have died inside the notoriously troubled Fulton County Jail, and a watchdog group of lawyers has begun investigating whether the deaths might be tied to lapses in oversight.It's been a challenging few years for the jail. The Fulton County Sheriff's Department remains under a federal mandate to improve the facility's dilapidated condition and stave off the... | more...

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Wednesday May 25, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday May 25, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The city of Atlanta wants your input on how to improve the artistic health of the city. How can you help? Take five minutes and fill out an online survey that the Bureau of Cultural Affairs will use to guide its community cultural plan, due out this fall. Let the city know what cultural attractions work and what you think should take priority in arts funding. Topics range from the importance of... | more...

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Wednesday May 25, 2005 12:04 am EDT
An 85-foot-tall Southern red oak that could be the oldest tree inside the Perimeter stands at a dead end in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward, near the Freedom Parkway bike path. Arborists agree it's about 180 years old, but what they don't agree on is the tree's fate.Neighbors claim the tree at the end of East Avenue will be destroyed if a developer is allowed to prune it. The developer alleges the... | more...

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Wednesday May 25, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Ever feel like somebody's watching you? Several of Georgia's human rights and political activist groups have felt that way for years. Now they're trying to prove that it's not paranoia.

"It's pretty likely that our list serves are monitored," said John Hunt, a member of the Columbus-based group School of America's Watch. "I know people have come to our annual strategy sessions that we're quite...

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Wednesday May 25, 2005 12:04 am EDT

A change in the Atlanta alcohol code recently tripped up dozens of restaurants, bars and package stores, resulting in a wave of $1,000 fines handed out by the city's License Review Board.

But many unwitting violators got the last laugh when the city sent the wrong code citation, effectively letting them off the hook for a fine.

At a typical twice-monthly meeting, the LRB might hear two or...

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Wednesday May 25, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of an important milestone in Braves history. On May 25, 1935, the Braves' Babe Ruth hit three home runs - the last homers of his career, bringing his total to 714.

Babe Ruth was a Brave, you ask? Yes. He finished out his career with the Boston Braves after being the best-known New York Yankee of all time.

Going to Boston at the end of his career was a...

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Wednesday May 25, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Christie Todd Whitman, former New Jersey governor and ex-head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will speak Wed., June 1, about her concern that the Republican Party is increasingly controlled by "social fundamentalists." Whitman defines social fundamentalists as party leaders who are trying to force the GOP to conform to their own conservative values while attacking those who disagree... | more...

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Wednesday May 18, 2005 12:04 am EDT
National environmental group the Sierra Club will host a get-together Wed., May 25, at which Citizens for Progressive Transit, a local group that works to improve public transportation, will screen entries received for their short film contest and discuss what can be done to get Atlantans to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. Environmental trivia, snacks, and free Sweetwater beer will... | more...

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Wednesday May 18, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Creating a new city government from scratch apparently isn't enough of a challenge.In addition to deciding such pressing matters as how to structure a fire department and handle zoning issues, prominent supporters of the incorporation of Sandy Springs are semi-quietly strategizing to run strip clubs and other adult-oriented businesses out of town - as soon as they have a town, that is.Eva... | more...

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Wednesday May 18, 2005 12:04 am EDT
For the second year in a row, 10-year-old Maxwell Barab will hold a charity yard sale Sat.-Sun., May 21-22. The proceeds will go to Nicholas House, a nonprofit that runs shelters for down-and-out families. Nicholas House teaches job skills and assists men and women in finding employment. The money Barab raises will go toward the purchase of 10 computers that will help Nicholas House... | more...