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Thursday December 2, 2004 12:04 am EST
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Thursday December 2, 2004 12:04 am EST
Until recently, the north end of Georgia's Cumberland Island was one of the more remote places in the Southeast. Most people could reach it only by foot, and it took a 15-mile hike to get there.Now, however, automobiles will be widely allowed on previously protected parts of the island, due to the work of U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia. Kingston tacked legislation opening the island's roads... | more...

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Thursday December 2, 2004 12:04 am EST

At an abandoned waste shipping depot in south Atlanta, six more human fetuses were found last month, bringing the total to eight. The site, located off Moreland Avenue, is home to about 13,000 containers of abandoned industrial and hazardous wastes.

Southeastern Research and Recovery, a company that was paid up to $1,000 per barrel to collect and dispose of wastes such as lead-contaminated...

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Thursday November 25, 2004 12:04 am EST
In contrast to a U.S. District Court judge's Nov. 17 decision to deny an emergency injunction to better protect under-age inmates at the notoriously violent Lee Arrendale State Prison, one former Arrendale guard told CL that allegations of widespread rape and other violence are accurate. The guard, who asked not to be named in fear of retaliation by his ex-employer, says he witnessed some of... | more...

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Thursday November 25, 2004 12:04 am EST

To the surprise of few, the Piedmont Park Conservancy has officially endorsed the construction of a six-story parking deck within Piedmont Park.

The proposed deck would have 800 parking spaces and be used by visitors to Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The deck is part of a major expansion plan that will add 53 acres to the park's footprint and calls for removing a 120-space...

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Thursday November 25, 2004 12:04 am EST
A former analyst recalls prior morale problems at the agency | more...

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Thursday November 25, 2004 12:04 am EST
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Thursday November 25, 2004 12:04 am EST

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who impugned the patriotism of triple-amputee veteran Max Cleland two years ago, is now stretching the truth about another Democrat.

Only this time, Chambliss is sugarcoating the record of his new buddy, the Democrat turncoat Sen. Zell Miller, who is preparing to retire his post and head home to the hills.

Chambliss took to the floor of the Senate last week and...

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Thursday November 18, 2004 12:04 am EST
For robbing us deaf | more...

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Thursday November 18, 2004 12:04 am EST

Buckhead's representatives on Atlanta City Council believe they've found a way to limit the proliferation of nightclubs around the city — and they've been so stealthy about their plan that it's already law.

At its Nov. 15 meeting, the council approved an unheralded ordinance by Council members Howard Shook and Clair Muller that will require new and existing nightclubs to provide proof...

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Thursday November 18, 2004 12:04 am EST
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Thursday November 18, 2004 12:04 am EST

When Matthew Thomas, an inmate at Lee Arrendale State Prison in North Georgia, was brutally beaten and raped two times in two weeks last month, attorneys trying to protect him and other inmates at the prison were fed up.

"This was the last straw," says Sarah Geraghty, an attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights. "We've received numerous phone calls and letters from inmates who are...

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Thursday November 18, 2004 12:04 am EST
The governor's vision of 2030 is bright, not so much at Georgia Tech group | more...

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Wednesday November 10, 2004 12:04 am EST
The state GOP that governs humbly, governs best | more...

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Wednesday November 10, 2004 12:04 am EST
This guy loves Bush — and loves loathing us even more | more...

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Wednesday November 10, 2004 12:04 am EST
Do Georgia Democrats believe in resurrection? | more...

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Wednesday November 10, 2004 12:04 am EST
A newly empowered state GOP breaks out its legislative wish list | more...

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Thursday November 4, 2004 12:04 am EST
A look at one of Atlanta's most profitable and powerful companies, by the numbers. | more...

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Thursday November 4, 2004 12:04 am EST
As if Delta wasn't having enough problems, our hometown airline has taken on the blogosphere.Ellen Simonetti, a Delta employee who wrote a tantalizing blog called "Diary of a Flight Attendant" and called herself "Queen of Sky," was suspended indefinitely without pay last week and then fired after posting pictures of herself in uniform — with a couple of extra buttons undone. The caption... | more...

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Thursday November 4, 2004 12:04 am EST
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Thursday November 4, 2004 12:04 am EST
A "smoking gun" report filed last week by the nation's largest provider of medical malpractice insurance found that capping pain and suffering damages in malpractice cases — a proposal known as tort reform — won't lower doctors' premiums after all.Legislation proposing tort reform has been floating in the General Assembly for several years and will be up for debate again in 2005.... | more...

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Thursday November 4, 2004 12:04 am EST

The state Environmental Protection Division recently slapped several local cities and counties with violations for spilling sewage into waterways near you.

Fulton County, which has struggled for years with antiquated sewer pipes and inadequate treatment plants, was hit the hardest. In July, the county was fined $135,000 for 28 major sewer spills — including one into a tributary of the...

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Thursday November 4, 2004 12:04 am EST

Although he confirms doing $30,000 in private business deals with the agency he oversees, state Department of Human Resources board chairman Bruce Cook says he doesn't believe he's violated any state ethics rules.

Bruce Cook's company, Choosing the Best, continued to sell abstinence-education materials to several of the DHR's teen centers even after he was appointed to the agency's board, he...

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Thursday October 28, 2004 12:04 am EDT
U.S. court gives School of Americas critics a reason for thanksgiving | more...

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Thursday October 28, 2004 12:04 am EDT
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Thursday October 28, 2004 12:04 am EDT

President Bush and Sen. John Kerry have largely ignored Georgia during the presidential campaign. But Green Party nominee David Cobb campaigned in Atlanta, making stops at Morehouse College and in Decatur.

Cobb, who ran as the Green Party candidate for Texas attorney general in 2002, lacks the name recognition of former Green presidential candidate Ralph Nader, now running an independent...

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Thursday October 28, 2004 12:04 am EDT
Electronic voting problems not as bad as they say | more...

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Thursday October 28, 2004 12:04 am EDT
In overturning Georgia's hate crime statute this week, the state Supreme Court did not condone the actions of Christopher Botts and Angelina Pisciotta, the first and only felons convicted under the law. In its decision, the state's highest court wrote that Botts and Pisciotta, who brutally beat two African-American men in Little Five Points, were in fact "motivated by a bigoted or hate-filled... | more...

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Thursday October 28, 2004 12:04 am EDT

Here's a handy (and dandy!) guide to CL's election endorsements, lifted from last week's issue.

Most of you will find some races on your ballots that we don't mention below. For time and space reasons, we only endorsed in high-profile state and local contests, and in legislative races that actually seemed competitive.

Clip this guide out, stick it in your pocket, then whip it out at the...

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Thursday October 28, 2004 12:04 am EDT
After months of pressure from lawmakers, the Federal Trade Commission has finally taken the fight against spyware to the courts. In mid-October, the agency asked a federal judge to shut down what it calls a "spyware operation that hijacks computers, secretly changes their settings, barrages them with pop-up ads, and installs adware and other software programs that spy on consumers' Web... | more...

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Thursday October 21, 2004 12:04 am EDT
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Thursday October 21, 2004 12:04 am EDT

Last week, the state Board of Regents voted down a 10 percent tuition hike that would have affected each of the 34 schools under the University System of Georgia. The hope had been that the hike would help close the gap on a big budget shortfall. But this time, the board spared university students the burden. Here's a look at the university system's spending history: ?

Current budget cut...

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Thursday October 21, 2004 12:04 am EDT

Atlanta City Council this week delayed deciding on a measure that would limit how much free beer Atlanta's two remaining breweries can give away on tours. But, in a victory for the breweries (and for lovers of locally made beer), the limit that's been proposed has more than tripled.

Thanks to an amendment that's been tacked onto the bill, visitors to a brewery inside city limits would be able...

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Thursday October 21, 2004 12:04 am EDT
Below is an excerpted letter sent in September to University of Georgia President Michael Adams from David Horowitz, a Los Angeles-based conservative activist and editor of www.frontpagemagazine.com. It was written in response to a UGA student's complaint about history Professor John Morrow, who, during his World Wars class, criticized President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for avoiding... | more...

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Thursday October 14, 2004 12:04 am EDT
For donating to a pack of lying liars | more...

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Thursday October 14, 2004 12:04 am EDT

More than a year after police arrested a 15-year-old suspect in the shooting death of Christian Henderson, who was walking with his fiancee from an East Atlanta restaurant to their car, a judge has ruled that the troubled teenager is fit for trial.

On Nov. 7, DeKalb Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger denied the defense's claim that LaVan Hickman, who is now 17, is too mentally ill for...

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Thursday October 14, 2004 12:04 am EDT
High court's new term to settle major war on terror' issues | more...

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Thursday October 14, 2004 12:04 am EDT
Internal documents obtained and released last week by a Cincinnati-based animal advocate group show that Emory University and its Yerkes National Primate Research Center might have violated the federal Animal Welfare Act, resulting in the death of a rhesus monkey.A Yerkes spokesperson said the group's findings "aren't accurate."Stop Animal Exploitation Now released a study Oct. 5 on animal... | more...

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Thursday October 14, 2004 12:04 am EDT
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Thursday October 7, 2004 12:04 am EDT

After one inmate at Lee Arrendale State Prison was strangled to death and 52 other prison assaults took place in six months, a contempt of court motion was filed to hold the prison and the state Department of Corrections responsible for the violence.

On Sept. 29, lawyers from the Southern Center for Human Rights and mega-firm King & Spalding filed a federal motion against department...

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Thursday October 7, 2004 12:04 am EDT

In July, CL visited an old shipping depot off Moreland Avenue in south Atlanta that was overrun with about 13,000 containers of abandoned industrial and hazardous waste. Fifty-five-gallon drums containing flammable oils and lubricants were stacked atop each other, many of them leaking. If ignited, the site could have become an environmental disaster.

The mess was left there when Southeastern...

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Thursday October 7, 2004 12:04 am EDT

Linda Hinesman, a resident of Lynwood Park, a gentrifying neighborhood north of Brookhaven where tiny shotgun bungalows sit beside tony two-story homes, is suing a developer over an alleged land encroachment.

Hinesman's suit, filed in late August by attorney Greg Taube in DeKalb County Superior Court, claims her next-door neighbor and the developer who constructed her home built a garage...

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Thursday October 7, 2004 12:04 am EDT
Conservatives have plenty of cause to abandon Bush | more...

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Thursday October 7, 2004 12:04 am EDT
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Thursday September 30, 2004 12:04 am EDT
Crucial news from the AJC | more...

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Thursday September 30, 2004 12:04 am EDT

Last week, the state Department of Human Resources board decided it would be best if teen centers — which have a goal to reduce teenage pregnancy — faced further restrictions on, of all things, handing out contraceptives.

Sounds counterintuitive, doesn't it. But not to the state agency that oversees the centers.

After a yearlong debate over whether to continue giving federal...

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Thursday September 30, 2004 12:04 am EDT

The demolition of a familiar motel complex and a 1950s-era gas station on Auburn Avenue was approved earlier this month, clearing the way for a $45 million redevelopment project that represents the most significant changes to the western end of the historic street in several decades.

Approval of the plan by Big Bethel AME Church and the Integral Group development firm seemed to be touch-and-go...

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Thursday September 30, 2004 12:04 am EDT

If you're tired of canvassers traipsing to your door offering you endless reasons to vote for Dubya or the Johns, here's a new reason to register (no later than Oct. 4, mind you): You could have an easier time getting laid.

That's the premise of Votergasm.org, a Brooklyn-based nonpartisan website whose mission is to get 100,000 first-time voters to cast a ballot — and 250,000 18- to...

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Thursday September 23, 2004 12:04 am EDT
On Sept. 7, the state Supreme Court told Waste Management Inc. that it would not hear the company's arguments on why the Live Oak landfill, located just off of Moreland Avenue in south Atlanta, should remain open. It was the fourth straight legal defeat for Waste Management and its lawyers, who for more than two years have battled a state Environmental Protection Division order to shut down the... | more...

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Thursday September 23, 2004 12:04 am EDT
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