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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT

6,243 - Number of E. Coli bacteria colonies found in 100 milliliters of Chattahoochee River water taken March 28 after a heavy rain from a sampling site on Medlock Bridge Road.

177 - The number of E. Coli colonies per 100 milliliters that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deems safe for recreational waters.

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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Sick of whining about the poor public transportation in Atlanta? Here's your chance to do something about it. The Atlanta Regional Commission has just released a study on the safety of accessing transit stations and bus routes in metro Atlanta. The ARC will present its findings Wed., April 13. Attendees will have a chance to discuss how the ARC's study can be used to influence policy and... | more...

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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Most freshman legislators vote along party lines, introduce populist legislation, and avoid controversy at all costs.

But first-term Rep. Brian Thomas, a Democrat from Lilburn, of all places, jumped headfirst into the biggest environmental fight of the 2005 session. Thomas, an archeologist, went head to head with Georgia Power over one of the power company's top legislative priorities - and he...

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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Georgians trying to fill a prescription for emergency contraception - or even birth control pills - might want to make sure their pharmacist is morally comfortable dispensing such drugs.

Georgia pharmacists can refuse to fill morning-after and birth control prescriptions if such medication violates their personal or religious beliefs. What's more, in the next legislative session there could be...

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Wednesday April 6, 2005 12:04 am EDT
On Mon., April 11, Mayor Shirley Franklin, among others, will speak on protecting and improving Atlanta's parks. The conference, hosted by nonprofit group Park Pride, will focus on getting the private sector involved in park-building and greenspace preservation; it also will offer break-out sessions on topics such as organizing your own back yard. Keynote speaker Wellington Webb, former mayor... | more...

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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST
Almost everyone agrees the new Georgia Aquarium will do wonders for Atlanta tourism. But will the $200 million facility be a setback for Zoo Atlanta, the city's other wildlife attraction?Zoo Atlanta President Dennis Kelly says he expects zoo attendance to dip when the new aquarium opens later this year. He says patrons will have to choose between the two attractions; because of the buzz... | more...

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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST
Vegenergy, a local provider of biodiesel and other nonpetroleum fuels, will host a series of classes starting Sat., April 2, to show how to transform a new or used diesel vehicle into a more environmentally friendly machine. The classes give an overview of modifications that can be made to diesels to run them on filtered or unfiltered restaurant grease. The classes also cover the benefits of... | more...

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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST
Do you want to learn more about the pros and cons of building an 800-car parking deck in Piedmont Park? The task force responsible for reviewing the preliminary master plan for the deck will hold a meeting Fri., April 1. The public is invited to listen to advocates and opponents of the proposed parking deck debate whether it's a good idea to build the structure in the woods between Magnolia... | more...

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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST
A group advocating for the construction of a parking deck in Piedmont Park calls itself "grassroots." But it's more like Astroturf.Grassroots groups typically form when enough people sharing a like-minded mission find each other and take a stand. They organize, and then they act.The group Safe Accessible Greenspace Expansion imitates this pattern - to a point. SAGE members share a common goal.... | more...

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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday March 30, 2005 12:04 am EST

On March 11, a federal jury awarded $2.1 million to a TV reporter who claimed the CBS affiliate for which she worked, WRBL/Channel 3 in Columbus, discriminated against her as a result of her pregnancy.

One would think a major media company losing its shirt to an aggrieved young reporter would be all over the mainstream news. It wasn't.

"I believe the public has a right to know about a major...

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Wednesday March 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
For years, critics have been calling on Coca-Cola to launch an investigation into allegations that the company has been involved in anti-union violence at its bottling plants in Colombia. And for years, the Atlanta-based company has vigorously denied the allegations.But in the next few months, Coke will release "summary" results of a worldwide audit of its bottlers, including bottlers in... | more...

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Wednesday March 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
Ronald Hill's car dealerships are alleged to have wreaked havoc on more than 30 customers' credit scores and spurred at least 18 lawsuits alleging fraud and theft. The complaints claim Hill and his top executives failed to pay off loans totaling more than $400,000 on cars that his customers traded in.Now, investigations into the fraud charges may be advancing - in criminal court. On March 22,... | more...

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Wednesday March 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
Our search for a conservative worth reading continues | more...

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Wednesday March 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
The purpose driven book sales | more...

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Wednesday March 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
Citizens for Progressive Transit, a non-profit committed to improving public transportation in Atlanta, will host a screening of the documentary Taken for a Ride on Tues., March 29. The film tells the story of how America's streetcars and public transit, once vital to America's urban centers, were dismantled by the automobile industry. In addition, the event will include live music and door... | more...

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Wednesday March 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
On Easter Sunday, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless will serve food to approximately 8,000 homeless people at Atlanta City Hall East. Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, an Atlanta-based group founded by the late Civil Rights leader Hosea Williams, is dedicated to caring for the homeless and working poor. The group is looking for people to donate their time, money and resources for the Sun.,... | more...

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Wednesday March 16, 2005 12:04 am EST

Call me anytime

I know it's a popular stance to be really pissed off at ChoicePoint (to be honest, I'm more than a little irritated with them myself), but I can't fathom why you would publish this guys phone number and address like you have. I mean, what's the point (News & Views, "Who wants ChoicePoint CEO's home number? March 3)?

I suspect all you've done is perpetuate the idea that the...

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Wednesday March 16, 2005 12:04 am EST

On March 12, a day touted by Republican leaders as an opportunity for John Q. Public to see his Legislature at work, Georgia state troopers barred the doors of the Gold Dome, temporarily shutting out hundreds of visitors, lobbyists and liberal activists.

After House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, scheduled "Family Day at the Capitol," several left-leaning activist organizations - Georgia...

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Wednesday March 16, 2005 12:04 am EST
The two-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq will be commemorated Fri., March 18, with a march and rally from CNN to Woodruff Park. The rally's organizer, the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, is calling for an end to the U.S. occupation. Rally speakers will include veterans of the Iraq wars and family members of soldiers. The coalition is a local group that advocates for peace and... | more...

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Wednesday March 9, 2005 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday March 9, 2005 12:04 am EST
Ups and downs of being singleIn Alyssa Abkowitz's report on singles in Atlanta ("Single in Atlanta," March 3), it amazes me the amount of drinking involved just to meet guys or people in general. In eight of her 10 encounters, alcohol played an important factor in how the date will turn out when, in fact, your reporter was becoming skewed in her gathering of facts. It does show she has more to... | more...

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Wednesday March 9, 2005 12:04 am EST
It looks as if the GOP-backed decision to designate March 12 as the first-ever "Family Day at the Capitol" and throw open the doors of the Statehouse to average Georgians could turn out to be more successful than anyone had imagined. Several groups are seizing the opportunity to spur hundreds, if not thousands, of their supporters to the Capitol to show opposition to certain conservative... | more...