A tale of two cities for confused tourist
BERLIN (Reuters) - A 21-year-old German tourist who wanted to visit his girlfriend in the Australian metropolis Sydney landed 13,000 kilometres away near Sidney, Montana, after mistyping his destination on a flight booking Web site.
Dressed for the Australian summer in t-shirt and shorts, Tobi Gutt left Germany Saturday for a four-week holiday.
Instead of arriving "down under," Gutt found himself on a different continent and bound for the chilly state of Montana.
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Let me say this, the consonant Y should not be allowed to replace a vowel any Goddamn time it pleases. If we treated Y like every other consonant then this poor guy could have been balls-deep on the beach instead of freezing his balls off with the sheep.
Three white people -- on two different routes combined.
Is it that MARTA only goes where black people need to go? Somehow I doubt it. Anyone who's from a PT-equipped city or tried to really get around on the train knows the East-West and North-South lines are woefully inadequate in general.
Maybe it's the holidays. I actually got to sit down because so few people were on the train. Maybe I wasn't far north enough. Still, that just seems wrong.
Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition activists will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to peace on the occasion of his Jan. 15 birthday with the Week of Georgia Statewide Anti-war Action scheduled for Jan. 19-26, leading up to the national march in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 27. For general information go to www.georgiapeace.org.
From noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, there will be an anniversary of the Marietta Square vigil organized by Citizens for Peace, Cobb County. 32 Waddell St., Marietta, in front of the courthouse. For information, contact email@example.com.
On Saturday, Jan. 20, at the DeKalb Farmers Market in DeKalb County (3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur) there will be a vigil on the street outside the market. The vigil runs from noon to 1 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a vigil in Stockbridge from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at 5600 N. Henry Blvd. (20 minutes south of Atlanta). Take I-75 exit 228, turn left and go 1.3 miles on Ga. 138 to the Zaxby's/Wal-Mart intersection, on the corner of Ga. 138 and N. Henry Boulevard. Contact email@example.com.
Events on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21, include vigils after faith services: More than a dozen faith groups in Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Marietta and Brunswick have already committed to vigil outside their houses of worship, gather petition signatures and letters, and deliver them to congressional offices the following week. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-522-4500.
Events from Monday-Friday, Jan. 22Ð26, include vigils/rallies on college campuses. The newly organized Student Organizers Network encourages campus actions during this week. Contact email@example.com.
Saturday-Monday, Jan. 27-29. National March Saturday, Jan. 27, and Lobbying Day, Jan. 29, in Washington, D.C. March info: www.unitedforpeace.org. Bus rides from Atlanta: firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-989-2536. Rides from south coastal Georgia: email@example.com, 912-262-1274.
Recent news out of eastern Gwinnett County tell of a local Baptist church changing it's 152-year-old name to appease modern times.
The new name, Hamilton Mill Baptist Church, replaces the old moniker "Hog Mountain" Baptist Church, and for locals, it's a sign of unwanted change.
Come Sunday, another Gwinnett landmark will throw off its well-worn name, like someone discarding a flannel workshirt in favor of a button-down Oxford.
But all in all, the real reason why the name change was brought about was best summed up by one of the church's ministers:
They're doing so, said longtime church member Claudette Miller, because senior minister Barney Williams believes a different name will attract more people. He has told his congregation he considered the change because in the Bible, hogs are associated with sin.
I'm sure the sign reading "homes in the 300's to 700's" nearby had nothing to do with it.
Online comments to "BMF: Hip-hop's shadowy empire," the three-part series by Mara Shalhoup that we conclude in this week's issue, have been pretty wild.
A lot are complimentary. "Best series I've seen inda Loaf EVER!" That sort of thing.
Some people talk about how proud they are that the Black Mafia Family was living large in Atlanta.
Other comments claim the articles were inaccurate. Someone who calls himself "F" writes: "It's a shame that you have to slander someone's name and use false statements just to make a 'hot' story. I know 'Meech' personally and not even half of what was stated was true. [He's] one of the most lovin' and nicest people you ever want to meet despite what other people say, so get your story together next time and let my 'big homie' be."
It's been a trip to read the range of reactions. I thought a lot of readers would take us to task for failing to condemn BMF's excesses. But Mara was trying to keep the story objective, so she didn't get into a lot of judgments.
The friends of mass transit in Atlanta have a friend in Eldrin Bell, chairman of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, who on Thursday was elected to serve as chairman of the Transit Planning Board for 2007. The board's first chairman, Bell was originally elected to the position in March of this year.
Thursday he prevailed by a vote of 10-6 over Douglas J. Tollett, president of American Resurgens Management Corp. and a governor's appointee to the board. Tollett's second-place finish means he'll serve as vice chairman. He succeeds Mike Byrd, chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners.
Lee Biola, president of Citizens for Progressive Transit, was happy the board re-elected Bell, citing the chairman's steadfast support of commuter-rail projects. Biola said last year Bell went to the Gold Dome to prevent House legislators from delaying the Clayton County commuter-rail project with a referendum, and worked in his home county to nail down funding help for the commuter-rail project.
"He's been a big advocate in general," Biola said.
Outside, the cars slog bumper-to-bumper through Buckhead. Inside, Mike Halicki, communications director for the Georgia Clean Air Campaign, finishes off a cup of coffee and talks about mobile-source pollution.
"We're looking to stop the bleeding," he says.
What you see here is a guy who wants to completely change the way people think about transportation.
Granted, that's tough in America.
Halicki knows it.
Car consciousness takes hold early.
When you're 18 and you've been told your whole life about essential rites of passage involving war and drink and cars, how can you beat the power surge of revving a V8, failing the immediate presence of combat and/or a lithesome female?
Well, there are alternatives.
For Halicki's part, he's facing down this sense of inevitability about America's car culture. He admits Atlanta is probably never going to be Portland, Ore., where city leaders brag about becoming the most European American city. But we have to do something here, even if it's only incrementally, to wean people off automobile dependency.
Check out some of the figures.
Metro Atlantans spend more time in cars than urban dwellers anywhere else in the country. On average, Atlantans pay $6,000 per year on gas and automobile upkeep, or 22 percent of their household income. On red-zone air days in Atlanta during the height of ozone smog season, asthma emergency-room visits increase by one third. The population's booming. Like that Native American said in the television miniseries "Into the West" last year, people keep coming, "like locusts." The city sees an influx of between 80,000 and 100,000 residents per year.
Woman allegedly steals ID for inmate sex
BALTIMORE - A 29-year-old woman allegedly forged documents and assumed the identity of an Annapolis attorney, apparently for the sole purpose of having sex with an inmate at a Baltimore prison.
Police charged Tiffany Gwen Weaver, of Reisterstown with seven counts stemming from the alleged incident, including forgery, fraud, and false use of government identification. She faces up to 10 years in prison.
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Wow, all I can say is that prisoner must have the magic stick. Heï¿½s got women committing felonies for his dickï¿½incredible. As for the foolish woman, I feel bad that the prison guards didnï¿½t let them finish. Sheï¿½s facing 10 years in prison and probably didnï¿½t even get to cumï¿½incredible.
I love how this one is spiraling out of control, but probably in the direction "The Donald" intended.
We know now that Trump went public with his "second chance" offer to Miss USA Tara Conner after her party girl behavior was exposed (she was abusing various forms of vice ï¿½ our kinda gal!!); but only if she would undergo rehab and become a role model for little girls everywhere (or a future Trump fiancï¿½, whichever comes first).
But then, "The View" co-host and outspoken celeb Rosie O'Donnell decides to bash Trump for his warm heart, calling him a "snake-oil salesman" and saying he had been "bankrupt" a few years back.
That last jab forced the Donald, or the King of P.R. (can we call him that now?) to ante up the bizarre situation and publicly threaten (and probably file) legal action against Rosie in the form of a slander lawsuit.
It gets better.
Rosie's blog gets slammed with traffic after she posts a reply, in which she quotes Trump's Wikipedia (my how we've come to cherish you!) entry regarding his "alleged" but technically inaccurate bankruptcy.
If these people don't set the bar for bad habits, hell, we might as well not exist!!
What does it say about the nationï¿½s taste in music when Atlantaï¿½s ï¿½Thug Motivationï¿½ rapper Young Jeezy tops the SoundScan count for pop music sales, followed closely by ï¿½American Idolï¿½ winner Taylor Hicks?
First, hip-hop, aka, jip pop, continues to entrench itself into mainstream culture. Second, cross-marketing works. Third, it reflects the growing importance of trendsetters and tastemakers, the ultimate opinion leaders ï¿½ and money-makers ï¿½ for the largest media companies today.
But what happens when Nielsen SoundScan, the sales source for the Billboard music charts, has little interest in what you really want to hear? And do album sales necessarily reflect peopleï¿½s varied moods and desire to be on the edge of whatï¿½s truly hot?
In your everyday, stuck-in-the-car commuting terms, the result is virtually no variety on the airwaves. Itï¿½s either crunk and R&B or ï¿½alternativeï¿½ rock and country.
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