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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

35
?The number of traffic deaths reported over the Memorial Day weekend in Georgia — a record.��

42,800
?The projected number of deaths on American roads in 2004, a figure that Norman Mineta, secretary of transportation, said represents a “national epidemic.”?��

860
?The number of U.S. fatalities in Iraq in 2004.��

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
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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
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 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 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...

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Thursday May 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The National Memorial Bike Ride to honor fellow cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on public roads will be held Wed., May 18. The silent ride will be slow-paced, and all participants will be required to wear helmets. In Georgia, more than two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities occur on neighborhood streets, according to activist group PEDS. Events such as the National Memorial... | more...

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Thursday May 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Thursday May 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Late at night April 28, about 20 bicyclists staked out spots at different intersections along Peachtree Street. The group, called Wheels of Fire and made up mostly of bike messengers, carried cans of spray paint and homemade cardboard stencils of a stick-figure bicyclist.

Their mission: to paint fake bike lanes on Atlanta's most famous thoroughfare - and the main artery used by bike messengers...

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Thursday May 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Gov. Sonny Perdue has given Georgia restaurateurs an ultimatum: Choose between smokers or kids.

Under a new state law signed by Perdue on Monday, as of July 1, restaurants throughout the state that allow smoking cannot admit children under 18, and vice versa.

Brian Maloof, general manager of Manuel's Tavern and a vocal critic of various smoking bans proposed over the years, says he's pleased...

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Thursday May 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Furkids, a nonprofit animal welfare organization, is hosting a fundraiser Sat.-Sun., May 14-15. The group's goal is to raise $30,000 to complete the construction of a cage-free animal shelter, which will eventually house the 200-plus cats Furkids currently fosters. There are three ways to help: Donate new or gently used items to be sold as part of the yard sale, shop at the yard sale, or... | more...

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Thursday May 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT
To those who've fought against the proposed parking deck in Piedmont Park, it came as no surprise that Mayor Shirley Franklin's task force on the matter voted in favor of building the six-story deck.But what riled the anti-deck crowd more than the final vote was that the chairwoman of the task force, Sharon Gay, wrote the final recommendations in favor of the deck before members even voted.A... | more...

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Thursday May 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT
After less than two weeks on the job, Creative Loafing's third publisher in six months quit last Friday, saying he and the company's CEO, Ben Eason, couldn't agree on a timetable for improvements at Atlanta's alternative weekly newspaper.Michael Sigman, a former publisher of the L.A. Weekly whose arrival at CL was trumpeted in these pages, is now back home in California. Eason himself is... | more...

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Wednesday May 4, 2005 12:04 am EDT

It's that time of the month again. Time for CL's Political Party, a roundtable of local big shots, hosted by our very own editor, Ken Edelstein. This month's guests include former Gov. Roy Barnes, Air America President Jon Sinton, and State Rep. "Able" Mable Thomas. So grab a beer at the bar and join us for what is sure to be a rousing debate.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. start of this...

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Wednesday May 4, 2005 12:04 am EDT
After less than two weeks on the job, Creative Loafing's third publisher in six months quit last Friday, saying he and the company's CEO, Ben Eason, couldn't agree on a timetable for improvements at Atlanta's alternative weekly newspaper.Michael Sigman, a former publisher of the L.A. Weekly whose arrival at CL was trumpeted in these pages, is now back home in California, while Eason himself is... | more...

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Wednesday May 4, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Stephen Lee Johnson was looking to help reform the state's Division of Family and Children Services, not stand up for First Amendment rights. But sometimes you aim for one thing and hit another.

Johnson, who lives in Pike County, about 50 miles south of Atlanta, has grandchildren in state care and is currently trying to win their custody. He also maintains a website,...

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Wednesday May 4, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Here's a sad commentary on the fleeting nature of Olympian glory: Nearly a decade after what proved to be a disappointing mid-'90s spectacle tainted by scandal and domestic terrorism, virtually all that remains of the once-mighty Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games is a handful of attorneys battling a series of multimillion-dollar civil lawsuits by victims of the Centennial Olympic Park... | more...

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Wednesday May 4, 2005 12:04 am EDT

John Lamb flew into town from Texas last weekend on a whim after reading a story about how the Atlanta Museum's collection would be auctioned off. Then Lamb stole the show.

Lamb placed winning bids on some of the night's premier items, including a cotton gin supposedly designed by Eli Whitney, a 19th-century bicycle, and a small American war flag.

A businessman from Austin who grew up in...

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Wednesday May 4, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday May 4, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Ah, the Belt Line - a proposed network of rail lines that would connect many of the city's neighborhoods, thus easing traffic congestion and making life better for everyone. That's the idea, anyway. Of course, with cost estimates ranging from $400 million all the way to $1.2 billion, there are a few details to be hammered out.

On Thurs., May 5, the city of Atlanta is holding the first of five...

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Wednesday May 4, 2005 12:04 am EDT
This week, officials announced that the grand opening of the Georgia Aquarium will take place Nov. 23. What hasn't been announced yet is specifically what kind of animals the aquarium will house, although conservationists in Belize have provided a hint about at least one of the sea creatures.In late 2003, aquarium officials approached Friends of Nature, a nongovernmental organization that... | more...

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Wednesday April 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday April 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The League of Women Voters of DeKalb County will host its annual community luncheon Fri., April 29, with guest speaker former Gov. Roy Barnes. Barnes' speech, titled "Illuminating Government - Georgia's Open Records Act," will focus on the past and present state of open government. This year's Legislative session saw an unusual number of bills aiming to grant additional secrecy to government... | more...

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Wednesday April 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Some Atlanta police officers are furious with WSB/Channel 2 and reporter Tom Jones for the station's coverage of the slaying of a police officer by a convicted felon last Saturday in Adair Park."There is an overwhelming amount of outrage," said Officer Richard Straut, president of the Atlanta chapter of the Police Benevolent Association. Officers sent e-mails urging people to contact... | more...

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Wednesday April 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Michael Sigman, a former top executive of the L.A. Weekly, has been tapped to replace Scott Patterson as publisher and president of Creative Loafing in Atlanta. Ben Eason, CEO of Creative Loafing Inc., announced the change Monday.

The move comes just six months after Patterson was named successor to Scott Walsey, who retired in November after 26 years with CL. But Patterson's family had been...

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Wednesday April 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The Big Gay Supper Club will host a cocktail party Tues., May 3, at Bazzaar to help get the gay community talking about local politics. The $35 cover includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, as well as a substantial donation to Aid Atlanta. The Big Gay Supper Club is a social dining club that aims to give the Atlanta gay community networking opportunities. A reservation is required to attend this event.... | more...

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Wednesday April 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Lynwood Park resident Pat Martin had lived, until recently, on the same street for more than five decades. She climbed the neighborhood's trees as a child in the 1950s and helped her own children settle down in the neighborhood in the 1980s.For the past five years, she's also led the Lynwood Park Community Development Corporation's fight to preserve affordable housing in the community, a... | more...

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Wednesday April 20, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Myron Freeman is not a good public speaker. He has a stammer. In the media spotlight, he struggles to speak in complete sentences.

And yet, if you ask Eric Seidel, who earns his living making public figures comfortable with the press, all of those shortcomings don't mean Freeman can't be an effective Fulton County sheriff.

"People will forgive that," says Seidel, owner of the Media Trainers,...

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Wednesday April 20, 2005 12:04 am EDT

In response to a recent decision by a Rome, Ga., high school to reward students up to $100 for information on fellow students' thefts and drug use, we at CL would like to pitch the school's informant system as a plot line for a "Simpsons" episode:

(After Homer is transferred to Plant Bowen in Cartersville, Bart and Lisa Simpson are sent to Model High School in nearby Rome. Principal Glenn...

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Wednesday April 20, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday April 20, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The Sierra Club's metro Atlanta branch will hold a park cleanup on Earth Day, Sat., April 23, in Piedmont Park. The cleanup will focus on a section of the proposed Belt Line project, a 22-mile loop of trolley or light rail that would circle the city, linking dozens of neighborhoods. The Sierra Club is a national organization that works to preserve clean air, water and wilderness. After the... | more...