Ted Turner, who somehow just found out that Turner Field will be razed, shares a few ideas for what should replace the ballpark once the Atlanta Braves depart for Cobb County in 2017. (via the Associated Press)
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Winslow - who was recently re-elected to represent parts of Castleberry Hill, Mechanicsville, and West End - is scheduled to appear before Fulton County State Court Judge Susan Edlein tomorrow morning. She has previously pled not guilty to charges stemming from her DUI arrest last May.
State Court of Fulton County records show that the veteran councilwoman faces five misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to obey stop sign, failure to obey signs or control devices, and driving on the wrong side of road. CL reached out today to both the councilwoman and her DUI lawyer Antavius Weems for comment, but neither returned our calls.
Atlanta Police last May stopped Winslow's gray Honda Accord a couple blocks away from her West End home. The APD officer who pulled her over said the councilwoman had broke several traffic laws, admitted to imbibing "two dirty martinis" at Elliott Street Pub, appeared intoxicated, and refused a sobriety test. She was arrested and released the following morning on a $3,355 bond.
"She admitted that she was drinking and driving," attorney Jackie Patterson told reporters following her arrest. "That is not against the law in Georgia. It is only against the law if you're an impaired driver. We're asserting she's not an impaired driver."
Winslow has run into a series of troubles at City Hall in 2013. Atlanta's ethics board last month found the councilwoman in violation of the city's ethics code after she spent public funds to shuttle senior citizens to a campaign event. She was smacked with a $2,000 fine for her second election-related ethics violation in four years.
In addition, Winslow caught flak from District 4 challenger Torry Lewis for allegedly making inappropriate reimbursements, which she deemed a campaign attack. She also improperly voted to appoint Weems to a city-appointed position, but acknowledged her wrongdoing at a public meeting where she explained how she had missed the item on Council's consent agenda.
Winslow's jury trial is scheduled to start around 9:00 a.m at the Justice Center Tower.
The career aviation professional yesterday told Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport staffers that he was retiring. His last day is Jan. 3.
"I couldn't have asked for a better place than Hartsfield-Jackson to end my career," Miller said in a statement. "After 37 years in the aviation industry, it's been a pleasure to serve at the world's busiest airport and to prepare Hartsfield-Jackson for a prosperous future."
Miller, who was selected by Mayor Kasim Reed for the job in 2010, succeeded Ben DeCosta, who oversaw the airport for more than a decade. He previously managed the international airports in Tampa and Salt Lake City.
The relatively low-key airport executive, who from what we gather had a sound relationship with the Atlanta City Council, took over just in time to oversee several major projects, including the contentious and controversial bidding for the hub's lucrative restaurant and retail spots and the final work on the new Maynard Jackson International Terminal. Along the way Miller's boosted cargo operations, improved the airport's bond rating, OK'ed the display of a distasteful photograph called "New Mexico," and built a big parking lot where people could hang out and wait for arriving passengers. (It's actually quite helpful!)
Reed praised Miller's efforts and wished him well.
Miguel Southwell, the airport's deputy general manager, will serve as interim until a replacement is selected. Southwell returned to Atlanta after 12 years managing Miami International Airport. He'd worked in a variety of positions at Hartsfield-Jackson before that job.
Atlanta Public Schools has launched an investigation into Grady High School's football recruiting practices. Nearly 20 players allegedly gave the school fake home addresses so they could play on the team.
The Georgia National Guard will soon begin processing same-sex marriage benefits. "We are abiding by the constitutional mandate from the state perspective," Gov. Nathan Deal told the AJC. "We have strictly advised our National Guard to honor and abide by the constitutional provision and they are doing so."
Former DeKalb County Schools COO Pat Reid and architect Tony Pope, her ex-husband, received stiff jail sentences for manipulating contracts. Pope improperly received $1.4 million for work he didn't perform.
About 30 mentally ill inmates currently held at Supermax - a maximum security prison in Florence, Colo., known as the "Alcatraz of the Rockies" - are being transferred to an Atlanta facility to help correct institutional problems pointed out in a recent lawsuit.
Former Braves manager Bobby Cox yesterday was inducted to the MLB Hall of Fame. "I'm excited to be in Cooperstown in July and get inducted," he said. "It's the greatest honor you can have in baseball."
ICYMI: State Rep. Greg Morris, R-Vidalia, wants to replace the controversial Thomas Watson statue with a monument that includes a Ten Commandments inscription.
Atlanta artist and animator Aubrey Longley-Cook's exhibition Serving Face centers on a brief animation of RuPaul created from 35 individual cross-stitch portraits of the famous drag performer. With the organizational help of local arts organization WonderRoot, Longley-Cook led a months-long workshop in which he instructed a group of volunteer participants how to cross-stitch. Each stitcher was then assigned an individual template based on stills from a clip of RuPaul's Supermodel video.
The final animation's unveiling as a looping video, along with a showing of the original frames and other works by Longley-Cook including a nine-frame animation of Atlanta drag artist Lavonia Elberton and several still portraits of Atlanta drag queens, will take place this Saturday evening at the Erikson Clock building in Atlanta's Castleberry Hill neighborhood. The celebratory evening will also feature themed performances from drag artists Lavonia Elberton, Ellisorous Rex, Cayenne Rouge, Xee Xee Bow Dong, and Brigitte Bidet and music from Club MSIF.
We caught up with Longley-Cook in advance of the big night to ask about the recent completion of the show's central work.
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2. Energy Strategies at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
3. Patterson Hood at Eddie's Attic
4. Paul Rand Lecture at the Museum of Design Atlanta
5. Red Sea, Guerrilla Toss, and more at the Mammal Gallery
Just a few weeks after the state relocated the controversial Thomas Watson statue from the front of the Georgia Capitol, a south Georgia lawmaker is proposing a monument that would feature the Ten Commandments near the Gold Dome's front entrance.
State Rep. Greg Morris, R-Vidalia, has pre-filed legislation that calls for a granite monument to be erected where the Thomas Watson statue rested for decades. The proposed monument would have several inscriptions: one side would depict the preambles for the Georgia and United States constitutions, and the other would feature the Decalogue.
Morris tells CL he started to think about a replacement monument soon after Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the statue's removal. The state lawmaker introduced his measure because he wanted to display the state's three most important founding documents in the "most important central place" outside the Gold Dome.
"We have the constitutional right to display it," Morris says. "[W]hen we, as legislators, swear an oath, we swear it to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Georgia. I believe the freedoms we enjoy in those documents are directly derived from the Ten Commandments."
The Gold Dome is no stranger to church and state conflicts. State lawmakers in 2012 passed a law that allowed for the Foundations of American Law and Government - a series of documents including the Ten Commandments as well as the Declaration of Independence, Magna Carta, and Mayflower Compact - to be displayed inside public buildings. In September 2012, state officials hung the religious document inside the Georgia Capitol.
"I'm not concerned if anyone will take offense," state Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, who sponsored the 2012 law, told the AJC. "If they don't want to look at it, they don't have to look at it."
Maggie Garrett, legislative director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, tells CL the monument would be "constitutionally problematic" for several reasons. She objects to the religious document being prominently featured in a place where both activists stage protests and children visit on field trips. Because of its potential location, she thinks it pales in comparison to the Ten Commandments hanging on the Gold Dome's walls.
"There's already one displayed inside the building, isn't that enough?," Garrett says. "After they just removed a real controversial [Thomas Watson] monument, you wouldn't think they'd want to put up another controversial monument."
State Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, one of the few lawmakers to vote against 2012 Ten Commandments display, tells CL that the public posting of the Ten Commandments raises "serious constitution questions" and has led to costly lawsuits across the nation. These kinds of debates, she says, have resulted in wasteful public spending and have failed to address the needs of Georgia families across the state.
"It's simply a bad idea and something we see far too often," Orrock says. "It's vindictive and won't result in one job created or one child educated. It's a poor use of our time and our resources."
The demonstration took place days after a major study from the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that studies the healthcare system, found that Georgia could lose up to $4.9 billion in 2022 alone if it doesn't expand the program for people living on low incomes, which was a key portion of the Affordable Care Act. Deal's decision is also estimated to cause a $45 million shortfall at Grady.
Tamieka Atkins, a protest organizer and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance's Atlanta chapter, said that Medicaid expansion in Georgia would provide health care to thousands of uninsured Georgians, prevent thousands of yearly deaths, and create more than 75,000 new jobs.
"Over 600,000 Georgians would qualify for Medicaid if expanded, giving them access to affordable [health care]," Atkins said at the rally. "How does our governor say no to saving the lives of Georgia residents?" A study published in 2012 by Harvard researchers compared three states that expanded Medicaid with four neighboring states that that did not. The study found that expansion of Medicaid led to a decrease in mortality rates of 6.1%. The decrease mortality rates were mostly "older adults, nonwhites, and residents of poorer counties."
The U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012 upheld the Affordable Care Act, but it also left the decision to expand Medicaid to the states. Deal and other governors rejecting the Medicaid expansion have argued that their states couldn't afford to pay for the program once the federal government's contribution scales back in later years.
It's a developing relationship between the young artist and the new presenting organization that Atlanta is fortunate to host. Bell's company is regularly in demand throughout the world, and critics are more and more frequently identifying her as one of the most intriguing and significant choreographic voices of her generation. We caught up with Bell to ask about what it means to establish an ongoing relationship with Atlanta and what audiences can expect from her new work "kingdom + new demon."
And he's running not as a Republican or a Democrat, but an independent candidate. The district, which includes Brookhaven, Buckhead, Lindbergh-Morosgo, and other communities, was most recently represented by state Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Buckhead, who's stepping down to run for Congress.
Bozarth, a Garden Hills resident, has played a key role in many local initiatives, including MARTA's Lindbergh transit-oriented development and the preservation of the former North Fulton High School which ultimately became the Atlanta International School.
The husband and father of four, who also spent more than 25 years at IBM, has served on nearly every neighborhood civic group you can name in addition to organizations such as the Atlanta Council on International Relations, the International Club of Atlanta, and the Civil War Roundtable of Atlanta.
From 2002 to 2010, he served as the executive director of Common Cause Georgia, where he regularly advocated for ethics reform. (Also, per his "about" page: "I don't have cable TV. I do my own yard work. I drive a 2000 Neon that was my youngest daughter's car in college.")
"During those years fighting for honest and accountable government, I witnessed the overwhelming influence of money in the political process, and I promise to be a different kind of representative, whose actions and votes in office can never be questioned as payback to special interests for favors done," Bozarth says on his website. "While other candidates may seek maximum contributions from those who would offer them, I will not. My loyalty will be to my own sense of what is best for the average voter in my district and the people of the state of Georgia."
First, however, Bozarth will need to petition for ballot access, which is quite ridiculous in Georgia. Between January and July he'll try to collect approximately 2,000 signatures from the district's registered voters so he can qualify.
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