Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Red Dog's questionable cavity searches could cost the city $200 grand

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 3:11 PM

An inappropriate — and, ultimately, fruitless — search for drugs by the APD's now-defunct Red Dog Unit will likely result in a $200,000 payout to the victims.

Back in January, two men filed a lawsuit alleging that they were groped and humiliated whilst being searched for illegal drugs by members of the APD's now-defunct Red Dog Unit. Plaintiff Brian Kidd claimed he was forced to pull down his pants on the side of a busy street during an otherwise routine traffic stop; the other, Shawn Venegas, said he was cavity searched in public, as well. Neither of men were found to have drugs on (or in) them.

At the time the lawsuit was filed, APD spokesman Carlos Campos released a statement saying, "The Atlanta Police Department expects its officers to be truthful at all times, to follow all policies and procedures and to follow all of the local, state and federal laws they are sworn to uphold. Failure to do so will not be tolerated." Ultimately, the department's Office of Professional Standards decided that two of the three officers involved in the incident — Cayenne Mayes and Travis Britt — didn't follow procedure, and both were issued written reprimands.

Mayes was also accused in a separate groping incident. After Venegas and Kidd filed their lawsuit, another man — going only by "Clarence" — came forward claiming Mayes had pulled down his pants and groped his genitals during a search in the dressing rooms of a local Ross Dress for Less. Clarence's claim was well past the statute of limitations for legal action, but said he wanted to prevent what happened to him from happening to other men.

Mayes was ultimately terminated for his involvement in the 2009 raid of the Atlanta Eagle. According to both OPS and city investigations, Mayes lied about that incident after the fact.

City Council's Public Safety Committee voted to approve the $200,000 settlement on Tuesday; the entire council will vote on Aug. 15.

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Hooked on ATL's Captain & Maybelle on America's Got Talent

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I may be late to the party.

Admittedly, I haven't really been following "America's Got Talent" that closely this season. I don't lock in until the later rounds when things start to get interesting.

Shit just got real.

When I watched Atlantans Captain and Maybelle last night—I was hooked.

It's an eye-popping performance.

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Public art, vivid lighting, flowing ivy to come to ... the downtown connector?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Kinder Baumgardner shows the crowd how I-75/85 could look with vertical greening
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  • Kinder Baumgardner shows the crowd how I-75/85 could look with "vertical greening."
After more than 50 years of dividing the city and basically just serving as a massive parking lot in the afternoon, the unremarkable downtown connector is set for a face-lift. Not the actual road itself — but its overpasses, retaining walls, grassy areas and other features.

Downtown and Midtown boosters last night kicked off an effort to reimagine how the interstate between Turner Field and Brookwood should look to the more than 350,000 motorists who use the road every day.

For those drivers, the five-mile stretch of asphalt offers a rather ho-hum sight. Bushes and weeds. Trash. Bland vertical walls. The asses of buildings and parking decks obscuring skyscrapers.

"Our front door leaves little to be desired," Eric Bosman of Urban Collage, an urban design firm, told the crowd.

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Driver accused in cop hit and run still on the lam

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Khalif Edwards is accused of driving over an APD officer last Thursday night
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  • Khalif Edwards is accused of driving over an APD officer last Thursday night
Police are still looking for Khalif Edwards, the Decatur man accused of running over APD investigator Patrick Apoian last Thursday evening.

Apoian — a nine-year veteran of the force — sustained fractures to his pelvis and tailbone, a broken leg, and a bruised rib when police say a gold Honda Accord driven by Edwards drove over him following a traffic stop.

In the meantime, though, you can help Apoian out. Four restaurants — Fox Bros. BBQ in Candler Park, Avellino's Pizza in Decatur, The Nook in Midtown and Smith's Olde Bar in Morningside — are donating a portion of their sales today to assist with Apoian's medical expenses. Incidentally, Apoian is the founder of Humble Heroes, an organization that collects money for injured police officers and firefighters.

The other way to help, of course: If you have any info about Edwards' whereabouts, notify the APD.

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Who do you like more: CL or Dolly Parton?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

We are so close to 15,000 Facebook fans, we can practically taste it. Like us on Facebook or get your friends to, and once we hit the 15,000 benchmark, we're giving a random Facebook fan four tickets to see Dolly Parton at Verizon Amphitheatre.

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Morning Newsdome: After ridiculously drawn-out debate, the two debt plans might not be so different after all

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 11:26 AM

>> After House Speaker John Boehner's debt plan called for an immediate $900 million increase to the debt ceiling—the exact thing the GOP is vehemently against—as well as only cutting the deficit by $851 billion instead of the promised $1 trillion, Boehner went back to the drawing board last night. The vote on the bill is now pushed back to tomorrow, not today. Analysts say that Boehner's new bill won't be so different from Democrat Harry Reid's except that they'd have to go through more debt talks next year—hooray! (CNN, the Washington Post)

>> "One thing we know about Fannie [Mae] and Freddie [Mac]," Michele Bachmann writes on her official website of the federal lenders, "is that they cost the already overburdened and financially strapped taxpayer a pretty penny." Yet Bachmann took out a $417,000 loan from one of those agencies, the maximum possible amount in her region, and she borrowed $249,999 against her home's equity. She is also anti-government handouts, yet she also received subsidies for fostering children. And don't get me started on her district's crazy rate of teen suicide. (the Washington Post, Mother Jones)

>> Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, has asked for a third trial over charges that he tried to sell Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat. I was hoping "Celebrity Apprentice" would finally be the nail in his coffin. (the Guardian)

>> Ghulam Haider Hamidi, the mayor of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar city, was killed in a suicide bomb attack today after a visitor detonated a device hidden in his turban. This comes two weeks after the brother of the president of Afghanistan was assassinated in the same city. Maybe they'll ban turbans at government buildings? (the Guardian)

>> And finally: Former stripper Diane Passage is divorcing Kenneth Starr, who rose to notoriety while impeaching Bill Clinton. Starr is currently serving seven and a half years in prison for Ponzi scheming $33 million from investors, and Passage has returned to stripping since Starr's assets were frozen. What's the frequency, Kenneth? (Page Six)

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Herman Cain now wants to learn about Muslims

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 9:01 AM

After months of making controversial statements about Muslims, presidential candidate Herman Cain appears to have seen the light. And he's realized that it might actually be beneficial to, ya know, learn more about Islam — preferably from people who practice it.

The Daily Caller says Cain plans to host a roundtable with Muslim leaders:

Cain campaign spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael said he reached out to a group of Muslim leaders for a discussion about religion and politics. Several leaders agreed, she said, though the campaign is not ready to specify which of them are on board. She also said the campaign was not ready to provide the exact date of the meeting or where it would take place.

We'd love — and let us emphasize that, love — to hear how this wonderful little summit begins.

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5 things today: Four Tops, Pearl Cleage

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 8:00 AM

1. The Temptations and The Four Tops play that same, old song at Chastain
2. Pearl Cleage reads from her latest novel at the Stonecrest Library
3. Turf War swagger and rock their way to the Earl
4. XIe Caomin's solo exhibition, Samsara, continues at MOCA GA
5. The food trucks arrive at Underground Atlanta for lunch

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5 things today: Four Tops, Pearl Cleage

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 8:00 AM

1. The Temptations and The Four Tops play that same, old song at Chastain
2. Pearl Cleage reads from her latest novel at the Stonecrest Library
3. Turf War swagger and rock their way to the Earl
4. XIe Caomin's solo exhibition, Samsara, continues at MOCA GA
5. The food trucks arrive at Underground Atlanta for lunch

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