Since early July, APD's GLBT liaison Officer Patricia Powell has solicited applications and vetted candidates to be among the nine members of a new GLBT advisory board, a body that will "serve as a critical link between the APD and the GLBT community, assisting the department in better understanding its public safety needs." Those individuals were announced today.
APD Public Affairs Manager Carlos Campos told CL last week that in forming the board, they wanted to cover as many demographics as possible and elect members to have their own constituencies in one way or another.
Here are the members:
The term "folk art" gets thrown around too often. It's a broad term, of course, meant to encompass a wide variety of styles and skills and approaches that don't fit comfortably in the canon of western art. Lately though, it brings to mind the imitators cranking out work for the shopping mall style booths at neighborhood festivals, whether they're selling mass-produced whirligigs or by-the-numbers wood carvings.
All Folk at Barbara Archer is a relief, a group show full of visionaries and outsiders and tramps offering welcome reminder of the varied pleasures of folk. Archer, who once dealt exclusively in folk art, has carefully balanced the show among styles, including a couple of pieces of anonymous tramp sculpture, a couple drawings from the self-taught outsider Robert Lindsey Walker, a particularly great whirligig from R.A. Miller, and so on.
>> Republicans took a record-setting 10-point lead in Gallup's weekly ballot poll, positioning them to retake the House of Representatives. Does America really want Palin/Beck 2012? Don't answer that. (Gallup)
>> There are roughly between 10 and 11 million vacation homes in the U.S.. Who needs to pay rent when you can just squat? (Infectious Greed)
>> Hurricane Earl, the worst hurricane to hit the area in almost 20 years, is headed toward the East Coast. Singing in the category 4 hurricane rain! (ABC News)
>> And finally: Mexican drug lord Edgar Valdez Villarreal, nicknamed "La Barbie," was captured yesterday close to Mexico City. Mattel soon to make Drug Lord Barbie, with hot pink machine gun. (the New York Times)
What do you do in your job?
I model radiation, which includes everything from natural sources of radiation to weapons effects. Natural sources include such oddities as the Van Allen Belts which surround our planet to radioactive materials such as uranium, plutonium, etc. I model how the radiation behaves, how you shield against it, how your electronics or optics will be affected, and how you design your equipment to work with it.
How did you get interested in this vocation?
I was, sadly enough, born an engineer. My dad was a rocket scientist, though they called it “aeronautical engineering” when he did it, not “aerospace,” and he worked on some interesting projects when I was growing up. I first heard the word “magnetohydrodynamics” when I was 14, when I was 18 it was “rail guns,” and when I was 20 it was sounding rockets out at Wallops Island. When I was 21, I started working in experimental thermal hydraulics and plasma engineering for myself. A few years later I was at NCSU in the nuclear engineering college - building rail guns, plasma accelerators and, well, testing the toys. A few years later, a NASA contractor picked me up right out of college to keep working on spacecraft, plasma, and radiation.
When Mongomery's body was found, it was covered in "grease" (what kind of grease, no one has said) and table salt.
From a press release sent out by the Fulton County District Attorney's office:
"In a video statement to police, [Dunlap] claimed that on the day of the incident he and Montgomery were doing drugs together when the victim began making advances towards him by ‘grabbing and touching’ his body. The defendant then placed the victim in a choke-hold and later poured grease and salt on the man’s body in attempt to 'wake' him."
In court, Dunlap apparently blamed his actions on his crack cocaine addiction.
After a costly legal dispute that's lasted nearly a year and a half, a Canton resident has won the right to fly the American flag outside of his home.
The BridgeMill Homeowners' Association ordered Ron Tripodo to take down the 16-foot tall flagpole displayed in the front lawn of his Cherokee County home, calling the structure an "obstruction" that violated the neighborhood's written guidelines. When he refused, the homeowners' association sued Tripodo for $25 each day the flag flew. The fees now total $32,000.
But a judge ruled in Tripodo's favor last Wednesday, deciding, to the HOA's dismay, that the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act enacted by Congress in 2006 supersedes subdivision rules. The Act prohibits real estate management organizations like this one from restricting homeowners from displaying the U.S. flag on their property.
Comedian Patton Smith is a Good ol' boy with a silly side. The always animated, Alabama-born comic has fun on stage mixing it up with well-balanced sets of social satire, spontaneous zaniness and intelligent foolery. Smith tip-toes the line of confident and cocky well, remaining likeable even in sarcasm. In 2008, he won the "Funniest Human in Chattanooga" contest, and he has been making audiences all over Atlanta laugh ever since.
Comedian since: February, 2008
ATLien since: October, 2008
A lil’ joke: "Paint stores are so pretentious. You pick up a sample panel and the colors always have these regal names like ‘Abingdon Putty.’ Oh, you mean ‘Grey.’ Next time I walk into a paint store, I’m just going to wing it:
“Let me see… I’ll take, uh, ‘Predator Blood,’ ummmm… ‘Tiger Woodses’ Baby,’ … oh and uh two buckets of ‘Ninja Turtle Scalp,’ thank you."
Aug. 30 - Star Bar — Atlanta, GA
Aug. 31 - The Seriously Funny Show, Smith’s Olde Bar — Atlanta, GA
Sept. 7 - The Seriously Funny Show, Smith’s Olde Bar — Atlanta, GA
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