U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, who's vying to win U.S. Saxby Chambliss' open seat in 2014, last weekend said that children who qualify for the federal school lunch program should have to pay a small portion of the cost or perform additional work to get their meals. (via Huffington Post)
To save CL time from painstakingly documenting every comment people say, we've created 'Soundbites' to call attention to their remarks.
But the loopy comedy may have been destined to feel like an afterthought no matter how it was marketed. Anchorman 2 struggles to live up to the standard of its predecessor of nearly 10 years ago. As an increasingly bizarre spoof of 1970s television and gender roles, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy combined an innately amusing concept with a tight, improv-happy cast at the height of their powers. Anchorman 2 can't recapture the same brand of silly spontaneity, but its sheer quantity of gags ensure that enough of them stick.
Peach Pundit this morning noted that international consulting firm Arthur D. Little has released its second-ever "Future of Urban Mobility" study. The Boston-based group, which analyzed 84 major international cities, created an index for "highlighting the mobility challenges cities face on a worldwide basis."
Sadly, Atlanta ranked 82nd, surpassing only Asian capitals Baghdad and Hanoi. The top three global cities on the index were Hong Kong, Stockholm, and Amsterdam, while New York City scored best among the U.S. cities included in the report.
According to the study, most North American cities were at a disadvantage due to the continent's reliance on cars and related CO2 emissions. The firm's findings, however, didn't elaborate much about what specifically contributed to Atlanta's low rankings. We've embedded the full report after the jump:
According to the Secretary of State's report, officials found numerous problems with Fulton County officials' inadequate planning, training, communication, and decision-making before and during the 2012 election. That led to several violations and thousands of ballots being discounted.
"Perhaps most troubling is the apparent utter disregard for the security and integrity of practically the entirety of the provisional ballot process," the report says. "Almost 10,000 votes were essentially un-documented or under-documented and under-secured."
In addition, an unknown number of voters in the July 2012 primary may have cast ballots in the wrong Georgia General Assembly elections due to recent redistricting.
Some Fulton officials felt the findings overstated the problems and said that the county's election board contains new leadership and upgraded voting equipment. Fulton County experienced fewer issues during the 2013 citywide election - one that had far fewer races and low voter turnout.
The AJC's David Wickert explains what happens next:
Those proceedings will determine whether Fulton committed at least 15 violations of state election laws during its 2012 general and primary elections. It faces the possibility of hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and perhaps some remedial lessons in how to run elections.
A settlement of the case could involve additional training and reporting requirements. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, whose office conducted the investigation, said he hopes it's resolved in time to help Fulton better prepare for elections next year.
Olens has several options moving forward: enter into a consent order with the county, schedule a trial in front of the Office of Administrative Hearings, or look into criminal charges.
1. Alchemy 3 continues at Beep Beep Gallery
2. Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner at Big Tex Decatur
3. Dave Nelson and Marlon Patton at the Goat Farm
4. Toys For Tots show at the Punchline
5. Keith Richards Birthday Bash at the Earl
Two people last night died in a northwest Atlanta plane crash. The aircraft, which ignited into flames, took off around 7 p.m. from Fulton County Airport and was headed to New Orleans. "It looked like it was coming straight for our house, and at the last minute, dipped its wings over and it banked really hard right," one nearby resident told the AJC. "It landed a couple hundred yards away from our house, and I thought it hit a neighbor's house."
Lawyers for Michael Brandon Hill, the 20-year-old gunman who fired shots at McNair Discovery Learning Academy, are claiming that he's not mentally competent enough to stand trial.
A forthcoming biopic on Gregg Allman's life, titled Midnight Rider, is scheduled to be filmed in Savannah, Ga., next February.
Georgia's Public Service Commission OK'd a $873 million Georgia Power rate increase for 2014. "We want a company that has the financial strength to make the necessary investments (to serve customers)," Georgia Power attorney Kevin Greene recently said about the rate hike. "Finding that balance is always difficult."
Three students at the New Schools at Carver have been charged with reckless conduct after knocking their French teacher unconscious.
"You probably should learn how to fight, how to box, or something. Cause times are getting hard and I'm thinking mugging is gonna make a real big comeback in the next few years." - Killer Mike
If you haven't tuned in to Killer Mike's advice series courtesy Adult Swim, you're missing one of the most prolific rappers today wax philosophic on the type of stuff rappers never talk about. The video above is already an Internet classic, meaning it's amassed about 250K views in one week. In the newest clip, below, Mike talks about pissing off his wife with the purchase of a '61 Impala he bought from Big Boi without her permission. Don't you just love it when rappers keep it real.
The 51-year-old deputy commissioner, who had served City Hall in different capacities for more than three years, passed away in his sleep, Atlanta Police confirmed.
From Sept. 2010 to April 2011, White served as the interim commissioner of the city's watershed department. As deputy commissioner, he played a key role in making City Hall's fleet more sustainable and introducing 96-gallon recycling carts in an effort to reduce Atlanta's carbon footprint.
"The City [of] Atlanta benefited tremendously from Commissioner White's work ethic and professional experience," Mayor Kasim Reed said in a memo today. "Under his direction, Public Works established its first sustainability initiatives in fleet management with the implementation of compressed natural gas vehicles, electric charging stations, and combined routes for solid waste pick-up services."
Before joining City Hall, White held leadership positions in public works departments in Richmond, Va.; Macon; Augusta-Richmond County; and Dougherty County.
"He was always more than willing to help," says Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith, who remembers White as an always-smiling, hard-working official who "got the job done when we called him."
Added Councilman Howard Shook, who chairs the utilities committee: "He was regarded as a hard worker who had earned the committee's trust and respect. I don't think it's really sunk in yet that we'll never see him again."
White is survived by his wife, Robin, and two children.
Every neighborhood needs a good corner store, a place to grab a sandwich or a six pack of beer or a dozen eggs. In recent years, Creative Loafing has doted on no other corner store as much as the revived Little's Food Store in Cabbagetown, simply because they've done everything a corner store should do right.
Brad Kaplan raved about their small burgers in a review, writing, "The 'little burgers' sing out like superb little sampled beats from the past - a bit like Krystal's slightly heftier and much better looking cousin - with those achingly soft buns, charred-crisp-around-the-edges thin beef patties, a healthy whomp of yellow mustard, the requisite pickle slices, and a tangle of thin onion slices blasted to the pinnacle of luscious limpness." In a story about the mysterious origin of Cabbagetown's name, I talked with Leon Little, whose family opened Little Grocery in 1929, and Brad Cunard, who owns the store with his wife Nina today. We named them the best hangover cure for neighborhood that loves a good drink.
This is place that has managed to preserve some of that neighborhood's history while evolving to meet the needs of a changing neighborhood. That's no small feat in Atlanta, where new development seems to constantly pave over history. So, when the word went around CL's newsroom that Little's would be closing at the end of the year, we felt a huge sense of defeat. The building they're in is still owned by the Little family, who aren't big developers with the money and resources to patch up an aging building. Apparently, the strain of those much needed repairs could spell the end of Little's.
A few enterprising neighbors have decided to not let this happen without a fight. Volunteers have rallied to put together a fundraising campaign that could save the store, which could be the kind of Christmas miracle we'd hope for Atlanta. Damn the man. Save Little's!
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