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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
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 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 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
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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
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
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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
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...

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Wednesday April 20, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Alfred Lord Tennyson once wrote, "Drink to lofty hopes that cool, Visions of a perfect State." The founders of Drinking Liberally, an informal Democratic discussion and drinking club, couldn't agree more. The Atlanta chapter of the national group promises to "promote democracy one pint at a time" and will meet Thurs., April 21, and every Thursday thereafter at Thinking Man's Tavern in Decatur.... | more...

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Wednesday April 20, 2005 12:04 am EDT

In the two years since the Recording Industry Association of America declared war on file-sharing, something like 10,000 Americans have been sued for illegally trading songs over the Internet. So many, in fact, that new lawsuits hardly merit news coverage - a situation that has forced the industry to get imaginative to stay in the headlines.

The RIAA didn't have to look far. Thanks to...

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Wednesday April 13, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The sign announcing the arrival of a new wedding chapel was double-sided and big (5-by-5 feet, to be exact), so it was pretty hard to miss. But, though bolted to a pole on a well-traveled Dunwoody street corner, the sign probably would have gone unnoticed that Friday in April - if not for the fact that it advertised a chapel for same-sex marriages.Atop a bright rainbow pattern, the sign... | more...

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Wednesday April 13, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Leaders of all ages will travel from as far away as Holland, Uganda and New Zealand to congregate in Georgia for a peace summit and share ideas inspired by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In advance of the summit, which convenes Thurs., April 21, in Tiger, the group organizing the summit, the Spirit of Truth Foundation, will host a walk and vigil for global peace on Tues., April 19. The walk... | more...

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Wednesday April 13, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The Atlanta Humane Society will hold its annual pet parade fundraiser Sat., April 16, in Candler Park. Pet owners have the opportunity to gather donation pledges in advance in exchange for walking the parade path. In addition to the parade, there will be on-site pet microchipping, a pet/owner look-alike contest, dog trick contests, and live music. Proceeds go toward the Humane Society, which... | more...

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Wednesday April 13, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday April 13, 2005 12:04 am EDT

$2.16: The current average price for a ?gallon of gas in Atlanta.

$1.62: The average price in Atlanta a ?year ago.

$2.65: The current average price?in San Francisco.

— Coley Ward

Source: www.atlantagasprices.com, calculated for April 11, 2005, and April 11, 2004.

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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT

On a Sunday afternoon in March, an ex-Gwinnett police officer named Chris Clark took his family to visit Atlanta's historic Oakland Cemetery. Their outing took a depressing turn, however, when Clark noticed something unusual: a man in a red Bulldog hat hanging from an oak tree behind the cemetery's Confederate Memorial.

Earlier that day, March 20, the man had left a message on his friend's...

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