We have come such a long way from praying for rain.
Friday Night Drag Racing with Governor Perdue
ATLANTA Governor Perdue and Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark will square off in a heads up street drag race down Atlanta Motor Speedways drag strip TONIGHT, Friday, June 27, 2008.
Friday, June 27, 2008
WHAT: Governor Perdue and AMS President Clark Address Media
WHERE: Infield media center deadline room
Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 Highway 19-41
Hampton, GA 30228
WHAT: Governor Perdue and AMS President Clark Square Off In a Heads Up Street Drag Race
WHERE: Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 Highway 19-41
Hampton, GA 30228
GUILTY: A Fulton County jury convicts 68-year-old Chiman Rai for ordering the racially motivated contract killing of his 22 year-old daughter-in-law, Michelle Reid Rai in 2000.
AMEN-ING THE AMENDMENT: For the first-time, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows individuals to have firearms. State Sen. Chip Roger, R-Woodstock, says Americans should celebrate. By firing into the air, perhaps?
MISSION KIMPOSSIBLE: The U.S. removes North Korea from its list of terrorist sponsoring nations. In a return gesture of goodwill, North Korea blew up the cooling tower at one of its disused nuclear reactors.
MAPLE STIR-UP: Braves manager Bobby Cox speaks out about the danger posed by maple baseball bats that shatter during play. Many players, including several on the Braves' roster, prefer maple bats to traditional ash bats.
HELP NOT WANTED AS MUCH: Metro Atlanta's unemployment jumps 0.6 percent in May to 5.5 percent. Georgia's unemployment jumped to 5.8 percent in May, it's highest number in 15 years.
WHAT'S THE 511, HUN?: Georgia's road travel info hotline, GA 511, receives its one-millionth call after just 10 months in operation. DOT Commissioner Gena Abraham calls it a "milestone," an exceedingly polite way of saying there are a lot of people stuck in traffic around here.
RUSTLED MCLENDIN': The Street publishes a list of Georgia's ten worst banks, as ranked by asset quality. Many of the banks on the list are there for making bad real estate loans. Alpharetta-based Integrity Bank tops the list. Or is it bottoms?
In Hall County, up in north Georgia, deputies serving a warrant this week shot and killed a homeowner's dog. And the homeowner wasn't even the guy they were looking for:
Franklin Reeves, a 58-year-old Baker Road resident, says he does not know why deputies thought they needed to shoot at his three boxers killing one and injuring another but Maj. Terry Conner, commander of Administrative Services for the sheriffs office, said the two deputies were protecting themselves.
The situation up in Hall County reminds me of a few stories I wrote years ago about local cops shooting dogs. On one occasion, an Atlanta police officer shot a Virginia-Highland woman's yellow Lab that was sitting outside a corner store. In Little Five Points, a man's Rottweiler was shot by a DeKalb County marshal while the man was being evicted from his apartment the day before his court date on the eviction.
While I understand that scary, aggressive dogs are often used by drug dealers as a buffer between contraband and the cops, don't dogs have rights, too?
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