Saturday, May 31, 2008

What about Dagmar?

Posted By on Sat, May 31, 2008 at 2:25 PM

My friend Rodney Ho wrote a nice story in the AJC yesterday about the growing popularity of WGCL-TV weatherwoman Dagmar Midcap.

Why is Midcap a hit with viewers?

The auburn-haired Vancouver native possesses a soothing voice, a pretty face and a warm personality.


There's also this. And this. And don't forget this.

Oh, and these.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Adrian Belew at Variety Playhouse

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:22 PM



(Photo by Perry Julien)

(Note: The original caption named the incorrect venue. I apologize for my error.)

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Don't get trapped in gridlock this weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 10:42 PM

The Department of Transportation says that several southbound and northbound lanes of I-75/85 will be closed near downtown this weekend. Here are the specifics:


  • Four inside (left) lanes will be closed between 17th Street and I-20

  • Two inside (left) lanes will be closed between I-20 and University Avenue


  • Three inside (left) lanes will be closed between University Avenue and I-20

  • Four inside (left) lanes will be closed between I-20 and 17th Street

These closures are necessary for crews to safely work in the fourth (center lane). During the weekend crews expect to lay more than 13,000 tons of asphalt brought by more than 350 dump trucks. There will be more than 200 workers within the work zone.

These closures are expected to cause significant delays. Georgia DOT advises motorists to utilize I-285 to avoid backups.

I've forgotten about these warnings every weekend and paid dearly for it. Learn from my mistakes and take public transit if you can.

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Word: 'That same day'

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 10:24 PM

On May 28, the Democratic Party of Georgia challenged Georgia’s voter ID in Fulton County Superior Court. State Republicans say a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling settled the voter ID issue in their favor. State Democrats say the opposite is true.

“We think there are close to half a million people who are registered voters but won’t be able to vote.”

-Emmet Bondurant, lawyer for the Democratic Party of Georgia, as quoted in the Fulton County Daily Report on May 28.

On Friday, May 23, millions of Georgians were busy planning their Memorial Day weekends, writing letters and making phone calls to loved ones serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and remembering family members and friends who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. That same day, the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) was busy on a different matter: filing a fourth lawsuit against the State attacking the voter ID law.

-Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, responding to the suit in a letter appearing on the Peach Pundit blog May 29.

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W's grand opening

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 10:22 PM

We were invited to the grand opening of the W Hotel on 14th St. last night, and even though we missed His Airness, Michael Jordan, we got a small taste of Tinseltown in the A-town. Check it out on our


"30 Rock" actress Katrina Bowden (Photo by Edward Adams)

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Profile: Sada Jacobson, Olympic fencer

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 9:24 PM


Sada Jacobson is an Olympic saber fencer from Dunwoody. In 2004, she won a bronze medal in the Summer Olympics and hopes to win gold this year. She and her sister Emily, also a champion fencer, are members of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

“It’s very difficult to be a professional fencer in the U.S. Most of the pros are from Europe. It’s a more popular sport there.”

“I started fencing when I was 15. 15 is old to start fencing. At our club [in Midtown] we start them when they’re big enough to hold the mask.”

“Originally, fencing was training for sword fighting. The target area is from the waist up. It comes from cavalry. [In cavalry sword fights] you had to attack your opponent without wounding the horse.”

“Fencing is safe. The sabers aren’t sharp. Punctures are rare. The most common injuries are the repetitive stress injuries you get in all sports.

“I’ve never been in an actual physical confrontation. I don’t think I would fare well.”

“You’re trying to symbolically kill the person in front of you. You have to be very centered and calm, but also aggressive. That’s hard to achieve.”

On Tetanus shots: “I actually need to get one.”

The most common response when she tells people she’s a fencer: “1. They do air-poking at me. 100% of the time they do that. 2. They say ‘Whoa, I wouldn’t want to mess with her. She’s dangerous.’ I’ve heard it a million times."

"It’s a real sport. It’s not a desire to live out a fantasy."

"I like to make drinks with the little swords in them. I've made kabobs once. "

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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Summer Guide Contest! Deadline: today, 5 p.m.

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 6:57 PM

We'd like to thank the record number of readers who have entered into our Summer Guide Contest for tickets/passes to 11 of the 111 best things to do this summer. (I say record number in that, it seems like a ton more than last year, which was my first year doing this, which will then count as the entire history of CL Summer Guide contests. So there.)So consider this a final reminder of the deadline for the contest, which is today (Friday), 5 p.m. We'll then gather up all the applicants and place them in a lottery system so complicated I probably couldn't even explain it to people. (Although it might involve printing out the answers, wadding them up into balls of paper, and drawing from a garbage bag. We'll see.)

We'll announce the winner on Monday, June 2, in the PopSmart blog. Until then, if you haven't played the game, you have about two hours left. It's really easy: Simply visit the Summer Guide online (either by clicking here or on the Summer Guide tile on our homepage), and scan through the 111 options, looking for hyperlinks on 11 of those coolest of cool events, and then filling out the form as described. We'll take it from there.

Get crackin'.

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Screen on the Green — Jaws

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 6:52 PM

So much of Screen on the Green on Thursday night, with its showing of Jaws, felt familiar. There was the huge signature banner covering the monster screen. There was the crowd of picnickers camping out on the sloping grass, this time Centennial Olympic Park. There was the sort-of entertaining pre-screening music act, this time in the form of Athens' Blue Flashing Light. There was, ultimately, a really cool community vibe that makes Screen on the Green one of my favorite Atlanta experiences.

For the entire PopSmart post and a gallery of photos from the event, click here.

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Steve Farrow elected to DOT Board

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 5:07 PM

The election for the DOT Board seat left vacant by Mike Evans — he who fell in looooove — wasn't nearly as contentious as the one earlier this year. Those races left a couple of state representatives who didn't side with Speaker Glenn Richardson's pick finding themselves relocated to less prestigious offices and losing committee appointments.

But that's the past, man. Everybody behaved themselves this go-round. And now that Evans and DOT Commissioner are planning their nuptials, we, the gridlock-enslaved scribes of the city, present to you...Steve Farrow! (He's a former state senator and attorney who oddly enough, seems to have never been photographed in his life. No, I don't think this guy holding the lobster is him.)

After the jump, the requisite press release giving you the background on Farrow.

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Morning headliness

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 3:28 PM

WE FIT: Atlanta's the sixth-fittest city in the country, according to a report released Thursday.

TAXES TWO-STEP: City Council, worried about approving the mayor's property-tax increase, may not adopt the budget by the June 30 deadline, a delay the mayor says could affect city services such as public safety and trash pickup.

TRIBAL STUDY: Researchers shoot aerial photos of an Amazonian tribe that hasn't had contact with the outside world while the tribe aims arrows at their plane. Survival International says the group is one of about 100 uncontacted tribes worldwide.

INTERPOL: Posts red-flag alert online for Columbus, Ga., double murder suspect.

HUSBANDRY: Decatur woman is indicted for allegedly being married to six men simultaneously to help them become U.S. citizens.

BEAR KILLED: The menagerie that is I-75 — where a zebra and a pig were hit by cars in April — suffers another casualty, this time a bear that was hit and killed at I-75 and I-285 in Cobb.

GREASE DE RESISTANCE: Restaurants are beginning to lock up their grease barrels as gas-price-weary thieves have been stealing thousands of dollars worth.

FRAUGHT TRAINS: The nation's rail network is creaking under the strain of added workload on aging infrastructure.

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