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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...