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Thursday January 27, 2005 12:04 am EST

Mother Nature, Father Security and a few rambunctious demonstrators combined to take much of the fun out of the celebrations last week surrounding President Bush's second inauguration. I've attended several inaugurations. This year's was the least enjoyable, thanks to a pre-inaugural snowstorm and security measures that were, in a word, oppressive.

The good part was that the president was...

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Thursday January 27, 2005 12:04 am EST

?In the right mood

Thank you for the most entertaining article about New Jack ("It's not easy being mean," Jan. 20). I am a professional wrestling ring announcer from New York and have had occasion to meet New Jack. He is most interesting and, assuming he is in the right mood, a pleasure to be around.

- Robert B. Rosen, Colonie, N.Y.

Wrong Vibes

Having been in Atlanta for over five years...

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Thursday January 20, 2005 12:04 am EST
Our newest columnist positively loathes the Loaf | more...

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Thursday January 20, 2005 12:04 am EST
We found this bad boy on I-75, about 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta. Kind of makes you wonder: If God is responsible for Fox News, for which cable news channel can we thank the Dark Lord? | more...

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Thursday January 20, 2005 12:04 am EST
Georgia's mortgage fraud cases on the rise - with increasingly vulnerable victims | more...

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Thursday January 20, 2005 12:04 am EST
Georgia Conservancy's Generation Green service group will host a talk Tues., Jan. 25, on the progress of Atlanta's Belt Line. The Belt Line is a proposed 22-mile intown loop of streetcars or light rail linking 40 Atlanta neighborhoods, catering toward bikers and pedestrians, and spurring the creation of greenspace. Ryan Gravel, a Georgia Tech student who came up with the idea for the Belt Line... | more...

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Thursday January 20, 2005 12:04 am EST
Killing Spree | more...

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Thursday January 20, 2005 12:04 am EST

Over the past two months, Friends of Piedmont Park, the nonprofit that's leading the opposition to a six-story, 800-space parking deck in Piedmont Park, has attempted to use the state Open Records Act to wrench records from the city of Atlanta, the Piedmont Park Conservancy and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

The city complied with the request. So did the Conservancy, handing over all of its...

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Thursday January 20, 2005 12:04 am EST
103: THE NUMBER OF OUNCES OF 23-KARAT GOLD, MINED IN DAHLONEGA. THAT COVERS THE GEEORGIA CAPITOL'S DOME.?$41,200: THE APPROXIMATE VALUE OF 103 OUNCES OF 23-KARAT GOLD. | more...

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Thursday January 13, 2005 12:04 am EST

Janet Ridgeway opened the Echo Lounge in East Atlanta on Oct. 31, 1998 — but it wasn't until Jan. 8 that she finally took the club's stage.?

Shortly before the genre-bending band Kingsized started its encore of Elvis covers in commemoration of the King's birthday, Ridgeway grabbed the mic and told the sold-out crowd they were watching an even more monumental rock event: the Echo...

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Thursday January 13, 2005 12:04 am EST
Women's lib gives way to female criminals | more...

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Thursday January 13, 2005 12:04 am EST
Product endorsements by DeKalb's celebrity CEO | more...

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Thursday January 6, 2005 12:04 am EST

On Dec. 3, Atlanta City Council adopted a long-awaited "living wage" ordinance that encourages private companies that do business with the city to pay their employees enough to support a family. The hourly living wage, calculated by the city's Department of Procurement, is $10.50 ($12 if the company doesn't provide benefits).

But the ordinance, as passed, is a watered-down version of the...

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Thursday January 6, 2005 12:04 am EST

More than 150,000 natives and tourists are dead. Millions of families are homeless. An untold number of children are orphaned. Entire villages and livelihoods are lost. The toll of the Dec. 26 tsunami is so immense, it cannot begin to be accurately measured. If you want to help, here are some Georgia-based agencies to contact:

CARE: CARE's long-term presence in southeast Asia has allowed the...

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Thursday December 30, 2004 12:04 am EST
College's uncertain future worries alumni | more...

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Thursday December 23, 2004 12:04 am EST
Merry Christmas, Mr. President | more...

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Thursday December 23, 2004 12:04 am EST

On Dec. 17,Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox got a ?surprise eviction notice to vacate her first-floor administrative offices at the state Capitol — not long after the popular politician and highest-ranking woman elected statewide denied overtures to leave the Democratic Party for the GOP, her spokesman says.

Intermediaries of Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue attempted to lure Cox to the...

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Thursday December 16, 2004 12:04 am EST

The wait is over for Avondale Estates residents. On Dec. 13, Avondale Estates city commissioners unanimously voted against the annexation of property on the corner of Memorial Drive and Columbia Avenue. The annexation would've allowed Wal-Mart to build a 200,000-square-foot Supercenter.

The news shocked many residents, considering that the Avondale planning and zoning board had recommended the...

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Thursday December 16, 2004 12:04 am EST

Georgia's average monthly number of background checks for gun purchases in 2003: 16,013

Number of background checks conducted in December 2003, the busiest month of the year: 31,025

Number of gun purchases denied in Georgia in 2003 because of felony convictions, mental health reasons, or domestic violence convictions: 3,272

Number of people suspected of lying on gun purchase...

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Thursday December 16, 2004 12:04 am EST
Attorney general: Conservancy meetings should be open | more...

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Thursday December 16, 2004 12:04 am EST

Twenty-five years ago, I had two small children and almost a full head of hair. My parents and two brothers lived around the corner. I was a partner in a restaurant that had just failed. I was searching for work.

Over the previous few years, I'd become friendly with Debby Eason, the owner of a weekly alternative newspaper. For some reason, I was drawn to call Debby, and we met to discuss a...

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Thursday December 9, 2004 12:04 am EST
But did he give away his independence in the process? | more...

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Thursday December 9, 2004 12:04 am EST

Rather than face a pack of riled-up protesters, the board of the Piedmont Park Conservancy decided to close the doors on a Nov. 18 meeting in which members voted on a proposal to build a parking deck in Piedmont Park. Not only did the board close the doors, but it also moved the meeting to an undisclosed location.

The board, in other words, hid.

The protesters, led by state Sen. Vincent Fort,...

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Thursday December 9, 2004 12:04 am EST
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Thursday December 9, 2004 12:04 am EST

Avondale Estates residents, divided over whether a Wal-Mart Supercenter would be a positive addition to the quaint community, will have to wait a little longer to learn whether city officials will allow the development.

On Dec. 2, Avondale Estates city commissioners decided to postpone until Dec. 13 a vote that would let the nation's largest retailer erect a 200,000-square-foot store on the...

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