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SEE & DO: Ninth annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival Article

Monday April 23, 2018 05:00 am EDT
The ninth annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival hits the town April 26-29 | more...

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Robert Jones and the pursuit of happiness Article

‘Happiness: A Lesson with Lulu’ explores the complexity of emotions through a child’s eyes
Tuesday April 17, 2018 02:16 pm EDT
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Alif Institute presents the 13th annual Atlanta Arab Festival Article

Get ready for a cultural adventure April 21-22
Tuesday April 17, 2018 05:00 am EDT
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SEE & DO: Matt Braunger Article

Monday April 16, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Comedian Matt Braunger returns to ATL April 19-22 | more...

Atlanta Ballet provides a sublime performance April 13-15 Article

Stanton Welch’s ‘Tu Tu & More’ presents unconventional ballet at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Thursday April 12, 2018 02:32 pm EDT
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Atlanta Enchanted Pub Crawl set to enchant Virginia-Highland Article

Wednesday April 11, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Join your fellow Disney-loving Atlantans for the Enchanted Pub Crawl on April 14 | more...

Atlanta Spring Wine Festival uncorks at Historic Fourth Ward Park Article

Wednesday April 11, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Welcome warm weather at the second annual ATL Spring Wine Festival April 14 | more...

2018 Atlanta Film Festival hosts its biggest film line-up to date April 13-22 Article

Celebrate the 42nd Atlanta Film Festival with diverse film lineups, red carpet events and more
Wednesday April 11, 2018 05:00 am EDT


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Miyazaki classics keep audiences animated Article

Whether watching for the first time or the hundredth, Studio Ghibli brings back the memories April 13-19
Tuesday April 10, 2018 01:47 pm EDT
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The Georgia Renaissance Festival rides into Atlanta Article

Tuesday April 10, 2018 05:00 am EDT
The classic 16th-century themed festival returns April 14 | more...

SEE & DO: Judah Friedlander Article

Friedlander is embarking on his 2018 stand-up tour which swings into the A this Wednesday for one night only
Tuesday April 10, 2018 05:00 am EDT


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A conversation with Thomas Mullen Article

The author talks about ‘Darktown,’ a novel with just the right amount of history, injustice, and entertainment.
Monday April 9, 2018 11:03 pm EDT
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ARTlanta dazzles the senses April 12-15 Article

ARTlanta Gallery presents the first ARTlanta Fair 2018
Monday April 9, 2018 03:22 pm EDT
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Atlanta Independent Film Festival returns April 12-21 Article

The film festival is back again to support independent filmmakers
Monday April 9, 2018 05:00 am EDT
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Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival oozes throughout Brookhaven Park Article

Monday April 9, 2018 05:00 am EDT
National Grilled Cheese Day may be on April 12, but you can celebrate all weekend long at the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival | more...

Just Add Honey teaches the art of tea blending Article

PLUS: Drink away the blues at Ritmos del Barrio and snag clothes, books and comics on the cheap at the Imperial Yard Sale
Friday April 6, 2018 05:00 am EDT
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City of Ink 11: Expression’s closing celebration April 7 Article

The community art hub’s 11th anniversary party comes to an end
Wednesday April 4, 2018 10:17 pm EDT
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SEE & DO: Kevin Hart Article

Wednesday April 4, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Hart is making a stop at Atlanta's Philips Arena on his 100-plus city circuit, “The Irresponsible Tour,” on April 8


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A Look Back Article

The lost era of great photography — and, of course, Al Clayton
Wednesday April 4, 2018 12:00 am EDT

You may take it as a sure sign that Father Time has truly crept up on you when you begin to hear yourself declaring more and more often, “You know, there was a time when … .”
And it’s almost always true. Because being older means you remember that “there was a time when” most things, and the way people did things, were very different, and quite often better.
There was a time, for instance,...

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SEE & DO: STOMP Article

Tuesday April 3, 2018 05:00 am EDT
An exhilarating and lively performance of street sounds by a highly energetic dance troupe | more...

5 things to do: Farmer's Market on the Square Article

Tuesday April 3, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today | more...

Atlanta Heritage Tour expands April 6 Article

Tuesday April 3, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Embark on a tour beginning at the Civil Rights Movement with stops at several African-American filming locations | more...

5 things to do: Vegan Chili Cook-Off Article

Saturday March 31, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

High Museum of Art guides artistry through Studio Spring Break Article

Friday March 30, 2018 09:58 am EDT
PLUS: Easter weekend kicks off in Atlanta with afternoon brunches and late-night parties | more...

5 things to do: Interstellar Echoes – Tribute to Pink Floyd Article

Friday March 30, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

1-900-BANGKOK brings old Atlanta vibes back with bass music Article

Thursday March 29, 2018 03:36 pm EDT

SEE & DO: Home grown Comics Article

Thursday March 29, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Home Grown will open its doors and its ovens for Home Grown Comedy Night tonight  | more...

5 things to do: Peter Bahouth: "Recognition" Opening Reception Article

Thursday March 29, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today | more...

A tribute to comic Carlos Giron, 1975-2018 Article

Wednesday March 28, 2018 11:02 am EDT
Carlos Giron, an improvisational comedian, is fondly remembered for his joyous spirit and ability to have the room broken in laughter  | more...

5 things to do: Comedy on Draught at Three Taverns 2nd Anniversary Article

Wednesday March 28, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

Got dance fever? Article

Tuesday March 27, 2018 01:52 pm EDT
5 dance studios to check out in Atlanta | more...

5 things to do: Ultimately Human Article

Tuesday March 27, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

SCADFILM’s 19th annual Animation Show of Shows raises its curtains March 27 Article

Monday March 26, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Who needs Cannes or Sundance when you have SCADFILM? | more...

5 things to do: ATL Songwriters Club Meet Up Article

Monday March 26, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

5 things to do: Flying into the Future Article

Sunday March 25, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

5 things to do: Moose Blood, Lydia McCafferty Article

Saturday March 24, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

Atlanta Science Festival’s Exploration Expo promotes discovery Article

Friday March 23, 2018 10:41 am EDT
PLUS: Join fellow Nooksters for The Nook’s MARVELous 9th Anniversary and head over to Farm Burger Decatur for Movie Night | more...

5 things to do: Spectra Queer Art Showcase Article

Friday March 23, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

SEE & DO: Anthony Jeselnik Article

Thursday March 22, 2018 01:23 pm EDT
Jeselnik embarks on his newest nationwide tour, Funny Games, which makes a stop Saturday at Atlanta’s Tabernacle March 24 | more...

SEE & DO: Dreamscape Article

Thursday March 22, 2018 12:58 pm EDT
Dreamscape blurs the line between dreams and nightmares | more...

5 things to do: High Museum Dine Around Dinner Article

Thursday March 22, 2018 05:00 am EDT
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

Spy convention sneaks into Atlanta Article

Wednesday March 21, 2018 10:16 am EDT
Weekend gathering puts espionage in a modern context | more...

SEE & DO: March for Our Lives Article

Wednesday March 21, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Students and supporters take to the streets | more...

View the Atlanta Ballet perform the classic Black Swan Article

Friday March 16, 2018 12:12 pm EDT
Plus: celebrate St.Patrick’s Day at a 5k and laugh your socks off at An Evening of Tipsy Comedy | more...

SEE & DO: Rory Scovel’s The Noctuary Article

Thursday March 15, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Scovel, who recorded his second special for Netflix, Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For the First Time, at Atlanta’s Relapse Theatre, returns to the A for a full week of comedy  | more...

Edible history Article

Tuesday March 13, 2018 11:25 am EDT
A look back at Paschal’s, the soul food restaurant that became a hub for the Civil Rights Movement | more...

SEE & DO: ‘Black Swan’ Article

A tale of light and dark, romance and death forge Russian ballet classic, Swan Lake
Tuesday March 13, 2018 05:00 am EDT
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Project Bloom ATL Article

Saturday March 10, 2018 09:54 am EST
A local’s contribution towards urban beautification | more...

SEE & DO: Drunks and Dragons Article

Saturday March 10, 2018 09:40 am EST
Grab a drink and escape into the fantasy land of D&D at Joystick Gamebar’s Drunks and Dragons, every Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m | more...

The Italian job Article

Saturday March 10, 2018 05:00 am EST
BoccaLupo’s Bruce Logue makes magic with his new pasta extruder | more...

Check out the mad skills of the Original Harlem Globetrotters Article

Friday March 9, 2018 06:32 pm EST
Plus: Blame it on Bianca and cook a new type of soul food | more...

SEE & DO: Shane Torres Article

Thursday March 8, 2018 11:14 am EST
After nearly blowing the roof off the Earl at last September’s Red Clay Comedy Festival opening for Kyle Kinane, the fest favorite is coming back to EAV to headline | more...

Welcome to After Hours Article

CL's new insider look at nightlife in Atlanta
Wednesday March 7, 2018 08:12 pm EST
When the sun goes down in the ATL, another side of the city rears its head... | more...

Best After Hours Bars in Atlanta Article

Wednesday March 7, 2018 07:13 pm EST
Creative Loafing's picks for the best places open after hours. | more...

5 things to do: Dropkick Murphys Article

Wednesday March 7, 2018 05:00 am EST
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

Dogs worth the drive Article

Tuesday March 6, 2018 03:43 pm EST
Felicia Atkinson of Smyrna’s Original Hot Dog Factory offers gluttony with a side of cheer | more...

SEE & DO: Rise Up, Robots! Article

Tuesday March 6, 2018 02:21 pm EST
An innovative evening of family-fun for Atlanta robot-lovers | more...

5 things to do: Extended Hours and Free Admission to Museum of Contemporary Art Article

Tuesday March 6, 2018 05:00 am EST
What's going on around ATL today  | more...

CL's book club: Peachy Loafers Article

Friday March 2, 2018 04:25 pm EST
We have partnered with A Cappella Books to provide a space to gather and socialize while analyzing a variety of books | more...

‘Blink’ the movie red carpet premiere March 3 Article

Friday March 2, 2018 12:03 pm EST
Blink sheds light on the true depths and effects of domestic violence | more...

‘The Godfathers of Hardcore’ screening + Agnostic Front Q&A Article

Friday March 2, 2018 11:33 am EST
Vinnie Stigma and Roger Miret join filmmaker Ian McFarland to discuss the band's hardcore legacy  | more...

Relax and find your center at First Friday Yoga Article

Friday March 2, 2018 09:55 am EST
Plus: Laugh with Trey Moe and experience the thrill of Monster Energy Supercross | more...

SEE & DO: Atlanta Science Festival Article

Friday March 2, 2018 05:00 am EST
The Atlanta Science Festival returns to host family-friendly events throughout the metro Atlanta region | more...

Critical Crop Top presents “Feminine AF” Article

Thursday March 1, 2018 10:31 am EST
The women of ATL all-female comedy troupe Critical Crop Top take no days off | more...

See & Do: Drew Thomas Article

Thursday March 1, 2018 09:37 am EST
The ever-busy Thomas swings by his old Southern stomping grounds again for one night at Relapse Theatre on Fri., March 2 | more...

Can Downtown’s art scene survive developers? Article

Monday February 26, 2018 10:15 am EST
‘We’re faced with a challenge posed by a city developing too quickly’ | more...

ATLANTA UNTRAPPED: OG Parker and Deko talk hip-hop at Level Up Atlanta's Connecting the Dots Article

Sunday February 25, 2018 10:10 am EST
The producers behind Migos ‘Slippery’ and ‘Walk It Talk It’ revel in the city’s biggest rap hits | more...

WussyBopz is traveling back time at this ‘90s disco rave party Article

Friday February 23, 2018 10:50 am EST
Plus: Laugh with Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and attend a ‘The Walking Dead’ premiere party | more...

SEE & DO: The Week Ender Article

Friday February 23, 2018 05:00 am EST
The comedic trio is kicking off their inaugural show with a killer line-up that includes local gems Katie Hughes, Michael Rowland, and ATL’s next break-out star, Yohance’ Collins as the evening’s headliner.   | more...

ROLL CALL: Taradactyl Article

Thursday February 22, 2018 01:04 pm EST
 The Heartbeeps DJ doesn’t really take requests | more...

SEE & DO: SweetBabyCheeses Article

Thursday February 22, 2018 11:15 am EST
Holy gouda, local mover and shaker Ian Aber hosts a line-up that features comics from all over the Southeast with Atlanta’s Dedrick Flynn closing out the festivities. | more...

SEE & DO: Hood Alchemy Exhibition Article

Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:00 am EST
Photographic poetry comes to life at the Hood Alchemy Exhibition.  | more...

SEE & DO: Pop-Up Magazine presents: “Winter Issue” Article

Monday February 19, 2018 05:00 am EST
Come out to Variety Playhouse to see multimedia journalism stories told live for the first and only time by your favorite writers, radios hosts, photographers, and documentary filmmakers.   | more...

SEE & DO: Comedy For a Cause Article

Friday February 16, 2018 05:00 am EST
Sip on some ale and laugh til your cheeks hurt at Comedy For a Cause at Eventide Brewing.   | more...

SEE & DO: DopeFlix & Jammies Article

Friday February 16, 2018 05:00 am EST
Kick back, relax, and enjoy brunch with the premiere of three dope, local short films. | more...

Kid Koala plays the Ferst Center Feb. 12 and 13 Article

Thursday February 8, 2018 12:03 am EST
Canadian turntablist teams up with 'Her' production designer for a night of puppet love | more...

'Don’t Shoot' brings attention to gun violence Article

Sunday February 4, 2018 10:49 pm EST
On MLK Day, eight Atlanta teens honor Dr. King's nonviolent principles with a powerful music video | more...

SEE & DO: My Favorite Murder Live Article

Friday January 26, 2018 11:00 am EST
Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff co-host the true-crime/comedy hybrid podcast | more...

SEE & DO: Barrel of Laughs Article

Friday January 26, 2018 10:50 am EST
Sip on an Atalanta or a Minotaur and get ready to laugh at Orpheus Brewing's Barrel of Laughs on Wed., Jan. 24. | more...

SEE & DO: Guy Branum Article

Friday January 26, 2018 10:44 am EST
Guy Branum headlines four nights of laughs at Midtown’s Laughing Skull Lounge. | more...

How the Westside was lost Article

Saturday December 30, 2017 01:17 pm EST
20 years from now, the question will be, how did Atlanta lose its way? | more...

Whole new year, whole new jokes Article

50 comedians kick-off 2018 right with the fourth annual 50 First Jokes
Wednesday December 27, 2017 10:56 pm EST
With 2017 being the hottest of hot dumpster fires, ringing in the new year comes with a whole new wave of enthusiasm this January. Everyone has their New Year traditions, whether it's watching the peach drop in the cold or making pointless resolutions you'll forget about the next week. Atlanta's stand-up comedians have their own annual tradition, 50 First Jokes. A staple in cities all over the... | more...

Charity in Defiance Article

Tuesday December 19, 2017 09:47 pm EST
Cops crack down on feeding the homeless without permits, but some activists remain undeterred | more...

Atlanta's airport goes dark Article

An emergency dire enough to warrant Chick-Fil-A on a Sunday
Monday December 18, 2017 03:22 pm EST

For about eight hours yesterday, the world's busiest airport went without power.

Possibly due to a fire at an underground electrical station, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had to halt all operations, grounding flights and leaving some passengers in its concourses in total darkness. Others were stuck inside planes, sitting on the tarmac.

The power outage began...

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Georgia lawmakers aim to protect net neutrality Article

Democrats at the Gold Dome are fighting the FCC's repeal
Friday December 15, 2017 06:11 pm EST


Thursday December 14, 2017 06:28 pm EST

Sam Olens to resign from KSU president's post Article

The former attorney general said he faced a rough start and ongoing challenges
Thursday December 14, 2017 06:14 pm EST

Georgia's ex-Attorney General Sam Olens is already bowing out of his gig as president of Kennesaw State University. He announced today that he'll be stepping down in February, according to WSB-TV's Aaron Diamant.

When Olens was first appointed to the school's chief post in October 2016, he was met by an uproar from students who said he lacked higher education experience and has "bigoted"...

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Henry Owings’ one-second impressions get a laugh Article

Thursday December 14, 2017 01:37 pm EST
Chunklet founder's ‘Micro-Impressions’ 7-inch breaks comedy rules | more...

Roy Moore loses the U.S. Senate race! Article

Which, we guess, means Doug Jones wins
Wednesday December 13, 2017 04:11 pm EST

In a stunning upset late last night, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones defeated his Republican rival, an alleged serial pedophile by the name of Roy Moore.

Moore, a former Supreme Court justice had drawn ire across America, after allegations surfaced that he preyed on teenage girls while he was in his 30s. Some even claimed he used his hometown shopping mall to scout his prey,...

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Holiday wishes for our next mayor Article

Please, not a stocking full of coal
Tuesday December 12, 2017 07:20 pm EST


Congratulations and happy holidays! Atlanta voters have entrusted you with the reins to the city. Please don't screw it up.

Let's be candid here; this ain't an easy gig, and you're gonna catch some flak. It'd probably be best for you to grow some thick skin and gear up for the onslaught of antagonizing to come. Complaints will be aplenty, and compliments and...

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Atlanta-based MailChimp is 'Inc. Magazine's' company of the year Article

The side project that blossomed into a $525 million empire
Tuesday December 12, 2017 03:10 pm EST

Mary Norwood to call for recount as mayoral runoff results certified Article

She's still 833 votes behind Keisha Lance Bottoms
Monday December 11, 2017 06:06 pm EST

Elections officials in Fulton and DeKalb counties today certified the results of Atlanta's mayoral runoff race. It looks like Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms is still poised to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Notwithstanding, Bottoms' runoff rival, Councilwoman Mary Norwood, still plans to request a recount, although a recent press conference with...

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Flashback: Rep. John Lewis: 'Ending Net Neutrality is wrong' Article

We're just days away from the big decision
Monday December 11, 2017 04:48 pm EST

Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Evans calls for Georgia GOP to 'disavow Roy Moore' Article

She's petitioning for other candidates to denounce the Alabamian
Monday December 11, 2017 03:35 pm EST

"The accusations against Roy Moore are disturbing and 100 percent believable."

That's former state Rep. Stacey Evans, now a candidate for Georgia governor, on Twitter calling for state Republicans to "disavow Roy Moore."

On Facebook, she expounded: "I call on Casey Cagle, Brian Kemp, Hunter Hill, Michael Williams, and Clay Tippins and the Georgia Republican Party to immediately disavow...

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Six Flags snowball fight cancelled because of snow Article

Yes, the amusement park understands the irony
Monday December 11, 2017 03:00 pm EST

On Saturday, Six Flags over Georgia was set to host the world's largest snowball fight. 1,000 people had geared up to duke it out with fake snow whatever that is.

But then, without warning, the unthinkable happened: Real snow descended upon the metro Atlanta area and beyond.

Six Flags' hands were tied. The park canceled the event, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution....

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Atlanta author Steven Cooper kicks off series with 'Desert Remains' Article

Friday December 8, 2017 04:14 pm EST
A toasty murder mystery emerges from the creative hub of Atlanta | more...

Care to grab coffee with a cop? Article

Nothin' like caffeine and concerns of a crime wave
Thursday December 7, 2017 05:31 pm EST

Have you been yearning to hang with the fuzz while you get your caffeine fix? If so, today's your lucky day.
Atlanta Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong invites you to join her and local police officers at Drew Elementary School this evening to discuss, among other things, "a rash of crime experienced in South East Atlanta and South DeKalb.""

If you're concerned about southern Atlanta...

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Democrat's election ends Georgia Senate supermajority Article

Republican Hunter Hill vacated his post to run for governor
Thursday December 7, 2017 04:37 pm EST

Is Atlanta afraid of a Black Mecca? Article

Comments from Creative Loafing's November cover story
Thursday December 7, 2017 04:27 pm EST

Snow expected tomorrow - the end is nigh! Article

It'll be just a dusting, but Atlanta will panic, nonetheless
Thursday December 7, 2017 03:04 pm EST

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Atlanta could see some snow flurries tomorrow morning, according to The Weather Channel. You know what that means: The highways will devolve into primal chaos, bread and water will fly off the shelves at...

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Deja vu: Mary Norwood rallies for a recount Article

Fulton County's elections czar says runoff results unlikely to change much
Wednesday December 6, 2017 09:03 pm EST

Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood wasn't convinced she lost yesterday's runoff election, and she wants elections officials to double-check the results.

This won't be her first recount rodeo. The Atlanta councilwoman, who ran unsuccessfully against Mayor Kasim Reed in 2009, had called for the votes to be re-tallied then, too.

Just after midnight this morning, she did it again. But could this...

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LIVE STREAM: Fulton officials discuss Atlanta mayoral race recount Article

Elections officials field questions about the runoff results
Wednesday December 6, 2017 06:23 pm EST

Fulton voters pick Robb Pitts to lead board of commissioners Article

He'll be filling the seat vacated by ex-mayoral candidate John Eaves
Wednesday December 6, 2017 04:46 pm EST

Ex-Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts will soon be back on the board. Only this time, he'll be the boss.

During a runoff election yesterday, Pitts bested former state Rep. Keisha Waites in a contest to become chairman of Fulton's board of commissioners. Starting in January, he'll be filling the seat vacated by Fulton's former leader John Eaves, who resigned in August to run for mayor a...

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Felicia Moore elected Atlanta City Council president Article

Yes, there was more than one election last night
Wednesday December 6, 2017 04:29 pm EST

Mayoral race map: A tale of two cities Article

Atlanta voters in Fulton County are divided by geography, income, and race
Wednesday December 6, 2017 04:02 pm EST



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Atlanta's mayoral race will never end ... Article

Wednesday December 6, 2017 03:01 pm EST
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Mayoral Runoff Race: Who's Backing Whom Article

In case you're not voting for write-in candidate Alex Barrella...
Tuesday December 5, 2017 02:54 pm EST

POLL: CL readers bet on Bottoms Article

Hurry up, Georgia Legislature; we wanna place bets on local elections!
Monday December 4, 2017 07:51 pm EST

US Sens. Isakson, Perdue dig the Senate tax bill Article

The Georgia Republicans are backing their party pals' plan
Monday December 4, 2017 04:30 pm EST

Republican U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue aren't fretting about a report that the GOP's newest tax plan could tack on a trillion dollars to federal deficits. Their support of the Senate's tax reform bill is looking like a sure thing.

Says Isakson in a statement: "Americans are the big winners in this once-in-a-generation opportunity. This plan will empower Americans by allowing...

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Mary Norwood stacks transition team with Peter Aman, Mtamanika Youngblood Article

Youngblood had previously backed Aman's mayoral bid
Monday December 4, 2017 03:24 pm EST

Mary Norwood just tapped rival-turned-ally Peter Aman to lead the team that could soon help move her administration into City Hall.

His role, of course, hinges on a Norwood win in tomorrow's mayoral runoff election against her fellow councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Aman, the city's ex-chief operating officer and a former mayoral contender who served as a thorn in Norwood's side on...

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Democratic US senators stump for Keisha Lance Bottoms Article

Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris visited Atlanta to endorse the councilwoman's mayoral bid
Monday December 4, 2017 02:49 pm EST

Two prominent Democrats cruised through Atlanta this past weekend to plug their support for Keisha Lance Bottoms' mayoral campaign.

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, Dems from New Jersey and California, respectively, stopped by on Sunday, each hosting their own rally for the councilwoman's mayoral bid. Both senators could also be eyeing 2020 presidential runs, according to the...

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Mary Norwood unveils affordable housing plan Article

Sort of.
Friday December 1, 2017 08:13 pm EST

During what could be best described as a pep rally for Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood, a passerby Friday pressed her for a plan to increase the city's affordable housing stock. Norwood then unveiled an 18-point initiative for affordable housing something she never mentioned on the campaign trail and promised to elaborate on the idea after the press conference.

We stuck around after...

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One critically injured in shooting near Atlanta University Center Article

Some outlets say the victim is a student
Friday December 1, 2017 04:02 pm EST

A shooting near the Atlanta University Center around midnight left one person critically injured, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Some outlets, according to the AJC, have reported that the shooting victim is a student at the AUC, which is a consortium of three historically black colleges. However, police have not confirmed the person's identity. "We are still working to confirm that...

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Today is the last day to vote early! Article

What are you doing?! Go #VoteATL!
Friday December 1, 2017 03:23 pm EST

Gee whilickers; do we really need to remind you? Atlanta's early voting period ends at 8 p.m., and you're just sitting on your rump reading Creative Loafing?

Here's what you need to do: Peer out from your cubicle to see if your boss is around. Once the coast is clear, you need to slip out the back door of the office and slink to a polling place (I guess you can drive, but it's more fun to...

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Missing teen located by Cherokee sheriff Article

The 16-year-old ran away from home after an argument with his stepdad
Thursday November 30, 2017 05:16 pm EST

The Cherokee County Sheriff's office today found a teenager who'd been missing for more than two weeks. 

16-year-old Destin Nobles ran away from his Canton home on Nov. 11, after a dispute with his stepfather. He was returned to his family unharmed.

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Cathy Woolard endorses Alex Wan for Atlanta council president Article

'If Wan doesn't win, the Atlanta council will be devoid of LGBT representation'
Thursday November 30, 2017 05:04 pm EST

Ex-mayoral candidate Cathy Woolard has endorsed Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan's bid for council president.

Wan is up against Councilwoman Felicia Moore in the Dec. 5 runoff election.

Woolard, a former council president herself, said at a mayoral candidate panel discussion Tuesday that next week's vote will play a pivotal role in the future of LGBT representation at City Hall. "If Alex...

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Keisha Lance Bottoms endorsed by labor group Article

Mary Norwood still has more union support
Thursday November 30, 2017 04:52 pm EST

The Southern Carpenters Regional Council just endorsed mayoral contestant Keisha Lance Bottoms, according to 11 Alive.

Counciwoman Mary Norwood, Bottoms' runoff race competitior, still has the support of a laundry list of labor unions, such as those of local police and firefighters.

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Keisha Lance Bottoms releases her tax returns Article

Mary Norwood double-dog dared her to make the docs public
Thursday November 30, 2017 03:41 pm EST

Mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms made a pretty penny last year $165,738 in adjusted gross income according to the tax returns she released last night.

The publication of the councilwoman's tax documents comes after her runoff rival, councilwoman Mary Norwood, released her own 10 days ago and challenged Bottoms to do the same. Norwood, however, made public both her personal and business...

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Police release new evidence in deadly Barcelona robbery Article

Do you recognize this sweatshirt?
Thursday November 30, 2017 03:18 pm EST

Atlanta police just released a new clue in the robbery that left a young Barcelona Wine Bar employee dead, according to 11 Alive.

Police found near Georgia Tech a black hooded sweatshirt emblazoned with a large black '88' on its front. The hoodie is believed to be connected to the robbery in which three men stormed the Howell Mill wine bar, held the employees hostage, and shot and killed one...

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Georgia Equality endorses Mary Norwood for Atlanta mayor Article

Backing from former candidates and ex-Mayor Shirley Franklin didn't hurt
Thursday November 30, 2017 02:42 pm EST

Pro-LGBT group Georgia Equality yesterday plugged its support for Councilwoman Mary Norwood's bid for mayor.

The organization says the move came after the trillion-candidate discussions illuminated Norwood's commitment to LGBT-related issues, such as her promise to create a cabinet-level LGBT liaison job at City Hall competitor and council colleague Keisha Lance Bottoms shares that same...

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Cathy Woolard endorses Norwood in Atlanta mayoral runoff Article

The ex-council president endorses a former rival for mayor
Wednesday November 29, 2017 06:18 pm EST

At long last, former mayoral candidate Cathy Woolard has made an endorsement in the Atlanta mayoral race: councilwoman Mary Norwood.

The move comes just six days before the runoff election, when Atlanta voters will choose between Norwood and her city council colleague Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Woolard, who is also the city's former council president, said she made her decision based on...

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Fox 5 poll: Bottoms holds slight lead in mayoral race Article

About 20 percent of people surveyed are still undecided
Wednesday November 29, 2017 06:12 pm EST

A poll published yesterday by Fox 5 shows Atlanta's two remaining mayoral contenders are nearly neck and neck.

Of the 500 prospective voters surveyed, 41.5 percent picked Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms for the mayor's office. Councilwoman Mary Norwood, her colleague and competition, took home about 39 percent of the tally.

The other 20ish percent of the people remain undecided....

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Norwood says someone doctored recording of her, sent it to WSB-TV Article

She's accused of asking Republican party to call her an Independent
Wednesday November 29, 2017 05:49 pm EST

Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood says a recording of her asking Republicans to call her an Independent was edited to show her in a negative light, according to WSB-TV.

The TV station received an audio recording from "political sources" who claimed Norwood had asked Fulton County's Republican party to call her an Independent, a move that would ease some people's worries that the councilwoman...

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Councilman C.T. Martin could get a rec center named after him Article

Martin's city council colleague proposed the legislation to honor him
Wednesday November 29, 2017 05:21 pm EST

The Adamsville Natatorium and Recreation Center could soon be renamed to honor long-time Atlanta Councilman C.T. Martin, according to a city press release."

The city council's community development committee yesterday approved legislation drafted by Councilman Michael Bond which would honor Martin, who's overseen the Adamsville neighborhood for almost three decades.

During his continuing...

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SEE and DO: Forth and Ten Presents Forth and Five Article

Wednesday November 29, 2017 03:42 pm EST
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IMAGE: US Sen. Johnny Isakson responds to worries of net neutrality repeal Article

'Unnecessary FCC regulations could stifle innovation,' he says
Tuesday November 28, 2017 05:42 pm EST
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Atlanta rapper and flat-Earther B.o.B. now a slavery skeptic Article

'You ever seen a slave ship?'
Tuesday November 28, 2017 04:48 pm EST

Atlanta rapper B.o.B. is a total nutcase.

When the musician, born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., first declared some years ago that the world is flat, we rolled our collective eyes. 'Eh, maybe he's just trying to scam NASA into hooking him up with free space travel,' we thought. He even later proclaimed that the planet we live on is not, in fact, a tangible thing, according to to WSB. "Earth is not...

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Giant Evander Holyfield statue to be erected Downtown Article

We can't wait to see those beautiful bronze ears
Tuesday November 28, 2017 03:55 pm EST

Don't be startled if you find yourself Downtown next year, strolling beneath a massive metal man who looks like he could knock Godzilla out cold. That's just Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's way of paying tribute to boxing legend Evander Holyfield.

Reed recently announced that Holyfield, one of Atlanta's "most accomplished residents," will soon be immortalized with a nine-foot-tall bronze statue...

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John Eaves to endorse Mary Norwood Article

Ex-candidates Vincent Fort and Cathy Woolard still undecided
Tuesday November 28, 2017 03:24 pm EST

Former mayoral candidate and Fulton County Chairman John Eaves is about to endorse Councilwoman Mary Norwood's campaign for the chief seat. That just leaves two of the ex-major candidates undecided about who they want to replace Kasim Reed.

Vincent Fort has remained mum on his favorite in this race, and Cathy Woolard is hosting a candidate forum this evening to help not just herself, but her...

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Cathy Woolard's mayoral candidate showdown is tonight! Article

Councilwomen, start your engines!
Tuesday November 28, 2017 03:11 pm EST

Councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood are set to face off yet again. And just a week before the runoff election, early votes are already being counted to determine which of these ladies will succeed Kasim Reed for Atlanta's mayoralty.

Cathy Woolard is hosting and moderating this evening's showdown at the Carter Center. The #FightingForAtlanta forum, "a Conversation of Issues,...

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'New York Times' Atlanta bureau chief under fire for profile of white nationalist Article

Reporters, readers wrestle with when and how to write about bigots
Monday November 27, 2017 06:07 pm EST

New York Times Atlanta Bureau Chief Richard Fausset is catching flak for his recent profile of an avowed white nationalist.

Fausset had spent some time with Tony Hovater, an Ohio-based organizer of alt-Right initiatives, and documented the day-to-day life of the millennial bigot. Critics say the piece, titled "A Voice of Hate in America's Heartland," "normalizes" the hateful ways of...

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Atlanta: 'No sanctuary for immigrants' Article

'New York Times' profiles Atlanta immigrants' clashes with ICE officials
Monday November 27, 2017 05:31 pm EST

On Saturday, the New York Times published an in-depth look at the lives of metro Atlanta's undocumented immigrants. The story details the fear and anxiety that people experience every day in a city that bills itself as "welcoming to all."

"Few places in the United States have simultaneously beckoned undocumented immigrants and penalized them for coming like metropolitan Atlanta, a boomtown...

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Seven candidates race to replace Gov. Nathan Deal Article

State Rep. Stacey Abrams, if elected, would be nation's first black female governor
Monday November 27, 2017 05:17 pm EST

In less than one year, Georgia voters will take to the polls to pick Gov. Nathan Deal's successor.

Right now, the race consists of a seven-strong slate of candidates, according to the Gainesville Times. But in late May, the state's primary elections will narrow the pool of five Republicans and two Democrats to just one from each party. Next November, Georgia residents will choose from the...

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How mayoral candidates plan to wrangle gentrification Article

The 'Wall Street Journal' shows Kirkwood as a microcosm of development-to-displacement trends
Monday November 27, 2017 05:04 pm EST

In a report published yesterday, the Wall Street Journal chronicled the trials of longtime Kirkwood residents who are worried that major development trends will soon yank them from their homes. The story uses the eastern Atlanta neighborhood to illustrate the widespread concerns of rising property values and the property tax hikes that tend to follow.

The article also offers insight to the...

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Shirley Franklin, Peter Aman back Mary Norwood mayoral bid Article

A former mayor and an ex-rival are showing support for
Monday November 27, 2017 04:39 pm EST

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin is about to endorse mayoral candidate Mary Norwood, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Franklin, from Atlanta City Hall's front stoop, stands with Norwood, as well as Peter Aman, a former mayoral contender who's also throwing his weight behind her, and Council President Ceasar Mitchell, who endorsed the hizzoner hopeful on Tuesday.


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Bottoms' campaign finances investigated Article

State's ethics oversight arm probes 'campaign staff' payments
Monday November 27, 2017 04:18 pm EST

Mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms has com under the state's microscope because of questionable campaign expenses, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Stefan Ritter, head of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, said Wednesday that Bottoms' camp had logged multiple hefty payments to unspecified "campaign staff." The total of those expenses,...

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'Baby A.J.' gets a kidney; family gets a car Article

The toddler once denied a crucial kidney transplant is adjusting to his new organ
Monday November 27, 2017 03:34 pm EST

A.J. Burgess, best known as "Baby A.J.," finally got the kidney he needed, according to CNN.

Burgess was born premature and without working kidneys. His father, Anthony Dickerson, was set to donate one of his own to help his son, although a parole violation threw a wrench in those plans. Emory Healthcare said, due to U.S. Department of Health codes, the hospital couldn't transplant an organ...

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Anti-Trump groups to rally at Sen. Isakson's office to protest tax plan Article

Georgia orgs join others on 'National Day of Action'
Monday November 27, 2017 03:08 pm EST

Around lunchtime today, Atlanta activist group Resist Trump Tuesdays (RTT) will converge on Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson's office. The goal? To call foul on the GOP's tax overhaul plan, which they've dubbed the "#TrumpTaxScam."

The organization will join other anti-Trump groups, such as the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, in the march on the senator's Atlanta office, while...

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Early voting has begun ... again Article

It's time to queue up for the runoff races
Monday November 27, 2017 02:49 pm EST

It seems like only yesterday that we were pestering you to get out and vote. Guess what? It's time to get out and do it all again.

At 8:30 this morning another round of ballot-casting kicked off for Atlanta's mayoral race and a few city council contests. There are also a few elections to fill some recently-vacated state Legislature spots and select Fulton County's next chairman.


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Can a MARTA bus block the FCC from nixing net neutrality? Article

Eh, probably not, but it's worth a try, right?
Wednesday November 22, 2017 03:43 pm EST

The Federal Communications Commission could soon skewer your web-browsing rights, and some people are scrambling to maintain freedom to surf the net unencumbered by telecom giants.

Perhaps, in this dark time, we can look to an expert on blocking major implosions: MARTA, maybe?

Luckily, Facebook genius Armand Saramout has stepped up to the plate to help save us from the impending implosion...

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Reed on Mitchell's Norwood endorsement: 'Losers!' Article

'You can't cure envy,' he later tells V-103
Wednesday November 22, 2017 03:18 pm EST

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed yesterday said the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had attempted to "inflame voters," shortly after he called Ceasar Mitchell and Mary Norwood "losers."

The sharp language came during a press conference hosted to announced the sale agreement of the Civic Center. Asked by reporters about former mayoral candidate Mitchell's endorsement of Norwood's bid, Reed responded:...

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SEE and DO: Roy Wood Jr. Article

Wednesday November 22, 2017 09:36 am EST
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Atlanta sells Civic Center to Housing Authority for revelopment Article

The property is slated to house more than 200 affordable housing units
Tuesday November 21, 2017 04:07 pm EST

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed today announced the sale of the Civic Center has been finalized. The Atlanta Housing Authority takes hold of the 19-acre plot, after writing the city a check for $31 million.

About 40 percent of the land will be used for mixed-income, multi-family residences, 30 percent of which are slated to be affordable housing units. With about 250 affordable units expected, this...

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Bottoms claims campaign support from Democratic state lawmakers Article

Buildin' bonds with Gold Dome Dems
Tuesday November 21, 2017 03:34 pm EST

Norwood flaunts tax returns, challenges Bottoms to do the same Article

She cites the federal corruption investigation as her warrant
Tuesday November 21, 2017 03:21 pm EST

Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood just released nearly a decade's worth of her tax returns, and she's challenging competitor Keisha Lance Bottoms to do the same.

Norwood says the cloud hanging over city hall, cast by the federal investigation into corruption at City Hall, prompted the move. In a Monday Facebook post, Norwood raised an eyebrow at Bottoms' proximity to people involved in the...

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Georgia Dome Demolition: Super HD Slo-mo Action Article

'That was way more violent than I expected,' says some guy
Monday November 20, 2017 07:57 pm EST

Whiplash: The activists behind the fight to reduce marijuana charges Article

Grassroots support pushed Kwanza Hall's weed reform proposal to actualization
Monday November 20, 2017 03:54 pm EST
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Brian Kemp protests USG Board of Regents stance on kneeling during national anthem Article

'Stand up, ya darn kids!'
Monday November 20, 2017 03:19 pm EST

The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents says students who kneel during the national anthem at school sporting events are protected by the First Amendment.

'Meh,' says Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

In a statement penned by Kemp, a candidate for Georgia governor, he decries the higher education oversight arm's "opinion" of the trend, adding that it's "insulting" to military...

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State senator wants to ease protections for Confederate monuments Article

Sen. Elena Parent whipped up one of the legislative session's first pre-filed bills
Monday November 20, 2017 02:35 pm EST

State Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, just lobbed one of the first legislative proposals to be debated at the 2018 Georgia General Assembly. Her goal: To make it easier or possible, rather to remove publicly-owned monuments to the Confederate army.

Currently, it's a misdemeanor in Georgia to "mutilate, deface, defile, or abuse contemptuously any publicly owned monument, plaque, marker, or...

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One dead after robbery, hostage crisis at Atlanta restaurant Article

A 29-year-old woman was shot and killed after opening a safe for robbers
Monday November 20, 2017 02:07 pm EST

A young woman is dead after three men raided a west Atlanta wine bar.

The robbers stormed Barcelona Wine Bar on Howell Mill Road as it was closing, according to Eater Atlanta. They tied up some of the staff and forced 29-year-old Chelsea Beller to open a safe for them. Then, as the thieves absconded, they shot Beller, ultimately killing her.

Atlanta police say they're following up on...

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VIDEO: The Georgia Dome dies Article

From dust you came, and to dust you shall return
Monday November 20, 2017 02:58 am EST

At about 7:30 this morning, explosives experts sent the Georgia Dome to its grave.

The Atlanta Falcons' former football arena is now but a mess of rubble, mangled steel, and, for a short time, a dust cloud memory of 25 years worth of fan-filled wonder.

Less than a football field's length away, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, chuckling at its younger sibling's demise, stood proudly over the...

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Federal bribery investigation costing Atlanta taxpayers big bucks Article

The city's legal bill is at $1.4 million... and going up
Thursday November 16, 2017 05:44 pm EST

In the past year, Atlanta has spent more than $1.4 million for legal help with cooperating with the federal bribery investigation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

That, more-or-less, means taxpayers paid about a dollar for every piece of paper Mayor Kasim Reed turned over in the infamous document dump and that doesn't include printing costs. He called the move some weeks ago...

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WSB-TV anchor Jovita Moore fields Redditors' questions Article

We need more local celebs doing AMAs!
Thursday November 16, 2017 05:21 pm EST

WSB-TV anchor Jovita Moore took to Reddit yesterday to entertain questions from Atlanta web-surfers. She fielded nearly 70 inquiries, covering topics such as the state of journalism, the fate of Stone Mountain, and whether chickens do in fact have large talons she didn't catch the Napoleon Dynamite reference.

She said Atlanta rappers deserve their own mammoth monument not one carved into...

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Kasim Reed replaces public defender Rosalie Joy Article

She'd been with the office for nearly three decades
Thursday November 16, 2017 04:30 pm EST

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has ousted and replaced the interim head of the city's public defender office, according to Law.com's Daily Report.

Rosalie Joy's tenure as Atlanta's lead public defender began in 2010, when Reed tapped her predecessor, Candace Byrd, to be his chief of staff. Before that, Joy had worked in the PD office for just over two decades. Now, Kenneth Days III will take be...

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NPR spotlights CL contributor Brandon English Article

Hey, we know that guy!
Thursday November 16, 2017 03:48 pm EST

Brandon English is a longtime pal of us Creative Loafers. The 28-year-old photojournalist, a former CL intern and now a frequent contributor, has shot many a portrait, plenty of concerts, and more protests than we can count.

Earlier this week, he spent some time in NPR's StoryCorp Atlanta booth to discuss his infatuation with tense situations, a sense of intrigue that's carried him and his...

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Masquerade murders: Police arrest suspected gunman Article

The alleged shooter was picked up 45 miles east of Atlanta
Thursday November 16, 2017 03:35 pm EST

Police have arrested the man suspected of shooting four people at the Masquerade on Sunday night.

Jonathan Bautista, 23, was picked up Wednesday in Social Circle, a city 45 miles east of Atlanta. He was charged with two counts of murder, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. No other details were immediately available about the arrest.

The manhunt bore fruit about two days after...

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Brian Kemp threatens 'battle' with liberal activist Article

A Democratic group is petitioning to recall the secretary of state from office
Wednesday November 15, 2017 05:05 pm EST

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has set his sights on a new target.

No, we're not talking about the gun-loving gubernatorial candidate's newest hunting fascination. Kemp says he plans to "battle" a Democratic activist one of many who are calling for Kemp to be "recalled" from his post as Georgia's elections systems czar.

Check out the post from his campaign Facebook page below:

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Clarkston boasts nation's first millennial-run government Article

As Mayor Ted Terry is re-elected, two young faces join the city council
Wednesday November 15, 2017 04:47 pm EST

Once Clarkston's Election Day winners are sworn into the city council, the municipality will have the first millennial-run government in the nation, according to Mayor Ted Terry.

On Nov. 7, 34-year-old Terry was re-elected to mayoralty, while two young politicos were picked for city council posts. Andrea Cervone, a communications specialist with the Center for Civic Innovation, will replace...

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Fox News contributor accuses state Rep. Calvin Smyre of sexual assault Article

The Columbus Democrat denies her allegations
Wednesday November 15, 2017 03:26 pm EST

UPDATED Nov. 15, 2017 at 1:10 p.m. to clarify there's no foundation in claims that media outlets are attempting to silence the accuser.

Fox News analyst Jehmu Greene says state Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus, sexually assaulted her at the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

In a barrage of tweets posted Nov. 10, Greene stated that Smyre, "the monster," had forced himself upon...

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Newt Gingrich, Justice Clarence Thomas outed as pot smokers in AG Jeff Sessions hearing Article

Do you know someone who smokes pot?
Tuesday November 14, 2017 06:21 pm EST
During Attorney General Jeff Sessions' questioning today by the House Judiciary Committee, the topic of pot smoking arose. In a Senate hearing last April, Sessions testified that "good people don't smoke marijuana." During today's hearing, he was again asked about what he meant by "good people." The questioner threw former Georgian politician Newt Gingrich and Georgia native Supreme Court... | more...

Political rookie defeats longtime Georgia mayor Article

Out with the old; in with the noob
Tuesday November 14, 2017 05:14 pm EST

A Cumming businessman just swiped the city's mayoral seat from a man who's held it for nearly 50 years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Troy Brumbalow will succeed H. Ford Gravitt, who took the helm of the city in 1970, before the mayoral newcomer was born.

Check out the AJC's profile on Cumming's rookie mayor here.

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Poll: CL readers want Confederate monuments and street signs scrapped Article

Advisory committee prepares recommendations for Mayor Kasim Reed
Tuesday November 14, 2017 05:04 pm EST

In a Twitter poll conducted late last week, Creative Loafing readers told us they want to see Confederate street signs and statues removed from the public domain. Our study garnered about as many participants as did most mayoral race polls and we didn't contact people via landline telephone, either.

At Atlanta City Hall, the Confederate Monuments Advisory Committee has been compiling a list...

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U.S. Sens. Isakson, Perdue weigh in on Roy Moore sex abuse allegations (UPDATE) Article

Did Isakson say a sexual assailant would still be better than a Democrat? His office says no.
Tuesday November 14, 2017 04:36 pm EST

U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) isn't quite ready to condemn Roy Moore over accusations that the Alabamian sexually assaulted teenage girls.

Perdue's Republican senate cohort, Johnny Isakson, however, said the five accusers' accounts of alleged sexual misconduct by Moore, a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, hold more water than does his denial, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution....

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Pre-filing starts tomorrow for Georgia General Assembly Article

It's almost that time of year again!
Tuesday November 14, 2017 03:56 pm EST

Tomorrow marks the unofficial start of Georgia's legislative session. The General Assembly won't actually convene until Mon., Jan. 8., but state lawmakers can start lobbing legislative pitches as soon as Nov. 15. So over at Creative Loafing, we're anxiously tapping our feet.

Last year, lawmakers expanded the state's medical marijuana registry, they legalized guns on college campuses, they...

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Masquerade murders: Police seek help identifying persons of interest Article

Take a look at these photos from Sunday's show- recognize anyone?
Tuesday November 14, 2017 02:58 pm EST

The Atlanta Police Department's homicide unit has identified a couple persons of interest in Sunday night's quadruple shooting at the Masquerade.

APD officials are disseminating video footage from the incident, a dispute among concertgoers which ended with two people dead and two injured from gunshot wounds. A screen grab from the video focuses on two men in plaid shirts who are believed to...

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Kwanza Hall to endorse Keisha Lance Bottoms' mayoral bid Article

The District 2 councilman will throw his support behind his City Hall colleague
Tuesday November 14, 2017 02:42 pm EST

Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall is gearing up to stump for City Hall colleague Keisha Lance Bottoms' mayoral bid, according to a tweet by former CL contributor Maggie Lee.

Hall, formerly a contender for mayor himself, plans to announce his endorsement at a 10 a.m. press conference at John Wesley Dobbs Plaza in Martin Luther King Jr.'s old Sweet Auburn stomping grounds.

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MARTA seeks Fed cash for rail expansion Article

It only costs $250 million per mile
Monday November 13, 2017 04:58 pm EST

MARTA wants federal monies to help stretch its heavy rail lines further east, according to WABE.

Currently, the transit system's East-West train tracks run from Bankhead to Stone Mountain. MARTA officials want to add five stops on its blue line to cart passengers as far as Stonecrest Mall in south DeKalb County.

Heavy rail typically costs about $250 million per mile, says MARTA's...

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Hillary Clinton is in Atlanta Article

Queue up to get an autograph on your copy of 'What Happened'
Monday November 13, 2017 04:16 pm EST

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is cruisin' through the ATL on her national book tour. Swing by the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. to catch Clinton discuss her new memoir, What Happened.

Check out HillaryClintonBookTour.com for more details.

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Study: Beltline could 'resegregate' Atlanta Article

Can Atlanta protect its longtime residents from the brunt of gentrification?
Monday November 13, 2017 03:50 pm EST

A new study reveals the Atlanta Beltline is still spiking property values in low-income, predominantly Black neighborhoods, according to urbanist blog ThreadATL.

Dan Immergluck and Tharunya Balan, city planning professors at Georgia State and Georgia Tech, respectively, recently published a report showing median sale prices had skyrocketed 68 percent from 2011 to 2015.

Now, Immergluck...

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Two dead, two injured in Masquerade shooting Article

Stageside dispute erupts into gunfire at Underground Atlanta
Monday November 13, 2017 02:36 pm EST

Two people are dead, and two are injured after a stageside dispute at the Masquerade erupted in gunfire.

During a Sunday evening hip-hop show at the Masquerade's "Hell" venue, a disgruntled concertgoer pulled a pistol on others who were attempting to jump on stage before rapper Cousin Stizz's performance, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

One victim, shot in the chest, died...

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Doraville elects transgender politico Article

She's the second transgender person ever elected to Georgia public office
Friday November 10, 2017 03:34 pm EST

Stephe Koontz says "transgender youths need a role model and to be able to see that they do have a future," according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Doraville voters recently elected Koontz to a city council post, making her the only transgender elected official in Georgia. She's not the first ever trans person picked to hold public office in the state, but she doesn't want her gender...

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WATCH: SaportaReport hosts runoff race's first mayoral candidate forum Article

'It will be wonderful to have a woman back in office'
Friday November 10, 2017 02:57 pm EST

Ask Mayor Kasim Reed a question - he'll answer one per week Article

Do you ever wish you could spend almost a whole minute with the mayor?
Friday November 10, 2017 02:37 pm EST

Have you ever wanted to spend almost a whole minute chatting up Mayor Kasim Reed? Well, now you can! Sort of. I mean, if you're lucky.

On his Twitter page, the 59th mayor of Atlanta started the hashtag #59SecondsWith59 so social media users can press Hizzoner with their burning inquiries. But there's a catch; he'll only be answering one question per week. Check below to see the feed of...

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Former contestant Cathy Woolard to host mayoral candidate conversations Article

The former hizzoner hopeful hasn't endorsed Norwood or Bottoms, but she wants to help voters choose
Friday November 10, 2017 02:27 pm EST

Former City Council President Cathy Woolard isn't stepping away from Atlanta's mayoral race.

Ever since Election Day, when Atlanta voters picked Councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood to face off in a December runoff, Woolard, the third best vote-getter in that contest, has been fielding questions of who she'd support. Neither, she says.

"I've heard and considered calls for me...

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Mayoral race: The political clout of Atlanta's airport vendors Article

'Airport money has helped fuel Atlanta politics for decades and has sporadically delivered scandal'
Thursday November 9, 2017 04:24 pm EST

Money from Atlanta airport vendors comprises roughly a third of mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms campaign contributions, according to Bloomberg Politics.

Bottoms is destined for a runoff election versus city council colleague Mary Norwood, and some strategists say these contestants will need to highlight ethics reform in the weeks leading up to the vote. Bottoms' campaign donors have...

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Countdown: Georgia Dome Demolition Article

The Atlanta Falcons' old stadium will soon be converted to rubble
Thursday November 9, 2017 03:58 pm EST

The Georgia Dome opened its doors in September 1992. Now, a quarter-century later, Atlanta has replaced the Falcons' football arena with a bigger, badder, more brazenly-branded stadium.

"The Dome wasn't very old," reported SB Nation, "but Falcons owner Arthur Blank wanted a state-of-the-art facility for his NFL and MLS teams." And we know if a billionaire owner wants something, he gets it,...

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Atlantans mull fate of Confederate monuments and street signs Article

'It doesn't change history to take these monuments down'
Thursday November 9, 2017 03:36 pm EST
Both white and black Atlantans are protesting the removal of the city's Confederate monuments and street signs. That's not to say they want to protect memorials to the Civil War's white supremacists; they just think the city's Confederate Monuments Advisory Committee needs to individually evaluate each street sign and effigy with a Rebel namesake, rather than making a blanket decision to scrap... | more...

Medicaid expansion in Georgia? Article

Don't hold your breath
Wednesday November 8, 2017 08:51 pm EST
One of the more interesting results in national politics from Tuesday's elections was the passage of a referendum in Maine that expanded the state's Medicaid system, yielding the potential of an estimated 80,000 more people access to health care coverage. Maine is the first state in the country to expand Medicaid with a referendum vote, which passed by a sizable margin. The vote reversed five... | more...

Policy wonk: Bottoms now where Norwood was in 2009 mayoral race Article

Mayor Kasim Reed's favored candidate is no shoo-in, says GSU policy expert
Wednesday November 8, 2017 07:38 pm EST

"Keisha Lance Bottoms should stay hungry, because eight years ago, Ms. Mary Norwood was in exactly the same position she's in, and look what happened."

That's Harvey Newman, a Georgia State University political scientist, weighing in on yesterday's mayoral race results.

In 2009, Councilwoman Norwood's mayoral bid came down to a runoff with a state senator named Kasim Reed. We all know who...

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Fulton election results show clear borders of support for mayoral candidates Article

How did your 'hood vote in the mayoral race?
Wednesday November 8, 2017 06:08 pm EST

Despite all the hubbub about how jam-packed Atlanta's mayoral contest has been, this amazing map of Fulton County Atlanta mayor election results paints a different picture, one of strikingly little variety of candidate wins. This graphic clearly shows that just three candidates dominated very specific areas areas of Fulton County.

- Mary Norwood (orange, 21.66 percent of vote) clearly...

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Georgia Dems snag some state House seats Article

The vacant posts used to be manned by Republicans
Wednesday November 8, 2017 03:34 pm EST

Georgia voters just drafted two Democrats to the state House, a move that shifts some power to the left side of the Republican-dominated Legislature.

Deborah Gonzales will take hold of the District 117 seat, the vacant Athens area post previously filled by Republican Rep. Regina Quick. In the nearby District 119, Jonathan Wallace won Tuesday's special election to take the chair once...

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Making Moves Article

Wednesday November 8, 2017 03:33 pm EST
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Election Day: Polls close some time at night... probably Article

Secretary of State yanks polling hours from its My Voter Page site
Tuesday November 7, 2017 05:37 pm EST
Thank god for Brian Kemp and the Secretary of State's office for working to improve voter turnout. Today's Atlanta election is no different. According to a WABE article, Georgia's elections czar initially posted inaccurate information for polling hours, listing Atlanta polls as closing at 7:00 p.m. on the My Voter Page, where Georgia voters are encouraged to go to find information about... | more...

Election Day: Where to party with mayoral candidates Article

After today, six of the eight mayoral candidates will be able to take a load off
Tuesday November 7, 2017 02:48 pm EST

It's finally Election Day!

After today, six of the eight mayoral candidates will have some time to take a breather. You might think they'd be relaxing already, but I found some campaign propaganda stuffed into my door jamb just this morning, and my email inbox is filled to the brim with last ditch efforts to win my vote and e-vites to candidates' "victory parties."

Of course, only two...

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After Texas attack, Kwanza Hall is 'rededicated' to gun control push Article

The mayoral candidate says, if elected, he'll lobby the Legislature for a crackdown
Monday November 6, 2017 11:04 pm EST

Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall says he's 'rededicated' to "common-sense" gun law reform, after hearing of Sunday's massacre at a Texas church.

"While we don't know all the facts, what we do know is that on average, 93 people are killed every day in the U.S. by firearms, whether accidental or intentional," he says in a statement emailed to Creative Loafing.

Atlanta's government doesn't...

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VoteATL! Article

Join CL's Twitter conversation about today's elections!
Monday November 6, 2017 07:07 pm EST

Have you voted yet? No? Well, why the hell not?! The clock is ticking, ATLiens, and we want to see those peach stickers stuck to everyone's chest today. If you're still mulling over your options, check out Creative Loafing's handy dandy Election Day resources below. And don't forget to chime on Twitter with #VoteATL as we track the incoming results.

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Atlanta Hawks v. Cleveland Cavs: The mysterious silver ring fiasco Article

What the hell just fell out of the Cleveland coach's mouth?
Monday November 6, 2017 07:10 am EST

The Atlanta Hawks whooped the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, but that's not the news today. Here at Creative Loafing, we're racking our brains trying to determine what in the hell bounced out of Cavs coach Tyronn Lue's mouth.

Lue was bellowing out play directions when a mysterious, seemingly silver ring rolled off his tongue and onto the court. Some say it was a Lifesaver, but do you know...

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Hours after Texas massacre, Real Housewives of Atlanta banter floods Twitter Article

Some social media users enraged at public's ability to 'entertain the pain away'
Monday November 6, 2017 07:01 am EST

Mere hours after a mass shooting rattled a small Texas town, Twitter users shifted their focus to mindless reality television. #RHOA (Real Housewives of Atlanta) quickly overshadowed coverage of the heinous crime, and some web surfers were up in arms.

Shaun King, a columnist for The Intercept, voiced his disappointment with the social media site's short attention span. "Last month 1 man w/...

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Gov. Deal on NYC terror: Don't rule out Beltline attack Article

'We all know it's a possibility and impossible to predict'
Monday November 6, 2017 02:25 am EST

Last Tuesday's terror attack in Manhattan has Atlantans abuzz about the potential for similar incidents to occur close to home.

The New York City bike path that hosted last week's violent act is reminding locals of a comparable stretch of concrete frequently packed with pedestrians: The Atlanta Beltline.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday that an assault on Beltline-users is very...

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Georgia teen's murder captured on Snapchat Article

The alleged killer sent the video to peers, one of whom is a cop's daughter
Monday November 6, 2017 01:34 am EST

A Hall County teenager is charged with murder after shooting a young man on his break from work, according to FOX 5.

19-year-old Talon Lowery is now behind bars after he allegedly pulled up to the gas station where 18-year-old Bryan Ramirez was relaxing and shot him in the back with a rifle. Ramirez was pronounced dead soon after the attack.

Authorities were first alerted to the shooting...

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In wake of Texas shooting, Georgia gubernatorial candidate calls for churchgoers to carry guns Article

State Sen. Michael Williams: 'Churchgoers must be vigilant'
Monday November 6, 2017 12:37 am EST

Shortly after a crazed gunman tore through a Texas congregation with an assault rifle, killing more than two dozen, a conservative candidate for Georgia governor called for churchgoers to lock and load.

In a tweet posted yesterday afternoon, state Sen. Michael Williams, a gubernatorial hopeful, wrote "Church goers must be vigilant next wk & conceal carry sic."

Williams, known for his...

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Keisha Lance Bottoms campaign logged some sketchy contributions Article

Airport contractors used shell companies to circumvent donation limits
Monday November 6, 2017 12:27 am EST

Mayoral race front-runner Keisha Lance Bottoms is under the microscope for logging questionable campaign donations, according to a report by The Intercept.

Bottoms, an Atlanta councilwoman who recently overtook council colleague Mary Norwood in the polls, is no stranger to tallying sketchy donations. She recently returned more than $25,000 in campaign cash given by contractors implicated...

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Parents of "Baby A.J." to meet again with Emory officials Article

Family's legal team says toddler recovering from abdominal infection
Monday November 6, 2017 12:20 am EST

Parents of A.J. Burgess, the 2-year-old denied a much-needed organ transplant by Emory Healthcare, will meet again with hospital officials today, in hopes of brokering a deal to save the toddler's health.

"Baby A.J." Burgess, born without working kidneys, was set to undergo transplant surgery early last month, but Emory canceled his appointment due to his donor father's criminal history. The...

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Cathy Woolard on Texas attack: 'It's time to talk about gun reform' Article

'Our residents are worried about the gun violence that happens on a regular basis'
Monday November 6, 2017 12:16 am EST

Mayoral candidate Cathy Woolard says the time is now to discuss "common sense gun law reform."

In the past 35 days, two of the five deadliest massacres in modern American history were carried out by armed attackers. More than 50 people were slaughtered by a gunman with a rediculous arsenal in Las Vegas. More than two dozen were slain by the shooter in yesterday's attack on a small town...

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GSU professor gets $400,000 to study photosynthesis Article

How do plants eat the sun's rays?
Friday November 3, 2017 05:21 pm EDT

The U.S. Department of Energy just shelled out $400,000 to a Georgia State University physicist to study how plants use the sun's rays to make energy.

With the federal grant, Dr. Gary Hastings aims to "gain a molecular-level understanding of how replacing the pigment that plays a key role in photosynthesis with pigments of varying structures changes the rate at which electrons travel across...

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Shady locksmiths snatching up business, preying on customers Article

Clandestine companies change names to keep people guessing who they can trust
Friday November 3, 2017 05:05 pm EDT

Dishonest lock-pickers are saturating a market that relies on key-holders' misfortune. Now, metro Atlanta's legitimate locksmith community is frustrated that predatory companies are taking their business and inconveniencing customers who are already down on their luck, according to CBS46.

"All of these sites advertise 'We'll be there in fifteen minutes,'" said genuine locksmith Burt...

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Sen. David Perdue: D.C. unfazed by $20-plus trillion national debt Article

'Wake up, Washington!,' says U.S. senator
Friday November 3, 2017 04:36 pm EDT

Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue said Congress needs to take control of the climbing national debt the total bill just climbed passed $20 trillion.

The Georgian legislator blamed the Government Accountability Office for some of the $700 million he says the county wasted with bureaucratic errors, but he offered a few remedies to the predicament:

"The way to fix it is in our grasp. No. 1,...

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ThreadATL urbanists endorse council candidates, rate mayoral wannabes Article

Friday November 3, 2017 04:12 pm EDT

Darin Givens and Matt Garbett, proprietors of urbanist blog ThreadATL, have kept their ears to the ground this election season more so than most news outlets. They've been shooting the breeze with mayoral hopefuls and hashing out policy plans with council contenders, in a effort to find the best-equipped pols to tackle their urbanist ambitions.

The duo recently ranked hizzoner wannabes based...

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Democrats vying for more leverage at Gold Dome Article

Left-leaners aim to reclaim some clout at the Capitol on Election Day
Friday November 3, 2017 03:38 pm EDT

On Tuesday, nine seats in Georgia's General Assembly are up for the taking, and Democratic would-be lawmakers are gunning for a change at the GOP-dominated Gold Dome.

"Democrats are in the running to represent districts covering parts of Athens, Cumming, Dalton and Watkinsville that haven't seen a Democratic challenger since the maps were redrawn in 2012," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

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