This was an individual who made the decision to become a public figure and to insert his personal beliefs into our private lives. I have absolutely no hesitation in calling this one as good for Georgia and asking just why it was someone who portrayed himself as a beacon of values died alone, with no one around, and no family seemingly inclined to fret that they'd not heard from him in a while.
Do unto others...
His Wikipedia page has already been updated, reflecting that he had a wife (of 27 years) and three kids. But Jim Galloway has an update from AJC reporter Chris Joyner that a friend went to check on this morning Franklin after he didn't show up for church on Sunday. Police entered and found Franklin in bed, dead.
So, he may have been there going cold since Sunday. Or longer, since the report also says he complained of chest pains Friday.
Where was his wife of 27 years while Bobby was in yonder with riggor mortis setting in, eh?
I'm guessing autoerotic asphyxiation with a male undocumented worker while having an abortion and using a rebel flag to soak up the blood. It's always something like that.
Folks will probably be trying to clean this up and make it look tidy and ordinary, out of respect to keeping the public out of his business. Which is ironic, seeing as how he was constantly thrusting himself into ours.
Nor would you have the caliber of personal history to provide interesting little stories like these that win five-day cruises to the Bahamas. So, bon voyage!
I'm afraid this unit had run its course and outlived its usefulness (and whatever other cliches merit mention).
Yes, the city should be aggressive in combating drug dealers and violent crime, but RED DOG (and it is an acronym -- for Run Every Drug Dealer Out of Georgia) was no group of Untouchables. The corruption and morale of this unit had grown completely out of hand. They were a hard-line response to the city's crime problems at the time -- not unlike the former Fulton Fugitive Squad -- but, like that squad, they were no longer what the city needed.
It sounds like Chief Turner and the APD are making an effort at creating a new unit that will carry on the work that RED DOG began, but of course, that remains to be seen.
"Reinvention" is right. Creative Loafing has moved from a novelty publication to the heart of IOP journalism -- a gritty, honest mirror of Atlanta life.
What she's done to move CL forward has been remarkable. Well done, Mara. And thank you.
Yes, BUT the majority of the diners to whom these restaurants cater have neither the time nor resources for finer cuisine, and while success does not at all represent quality, it seems these restaurants have "steaked" out a sterling reputation with a large number of locals.
I'm not saying the food is superb -- but it's passable, usually. Certainly, I would prefer something a bit more highbrow -- and usually, I wouldn't put a lot of faith in a flank of steak from a place like this, anyway. But, I think you have to at least acknowledge that these restaurants have a following and that, perhaps, you should've just had the hamburger.
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