Thursday, September 13, 2012

First Slice 9/13/12: U.S. official killed in Libya hoped “we don’t die tonight”

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 7:29 AM

1. A $1.1 billion bus system proposal, running between Acworth and the Midtown Arts Center, is being kicked around out in Cobb County. The group that just finished conducting the $1.8 million study on the topic said it could spur 1.2 million sq. ft. of retail space, 11,000 new houses, and create over 50,000 jobs in the area — essentially increasing the traffic the system aims to relieve.

2. An alleged stalker of R&B singer Keyshia Cole faces up to 13 years in prison as he makes his way into superior court this morning. Suspect Torey Webster has been in the Fulton County jail since August of last year, following the second incident of alleged prowling on Cole’s property. Webster is expected to enter a guilty plea today, according to a statement by Fulton County District Attorney spokesperson Yvette Jones.

3. Still on the crime beat, two white Atlanta Police officers have been cleared of racial profiling allegations against filmmaker Tyler Perry after four months of investigation. Perry never actually filed a complaint about the incident that stemmed from a traffic stop back in February, but APD used statements he made on his Facebook page as grounds to launch an investigation.

4. A Senior citizen flash mob descended on Decatur yesterday. “This reminds me [of] when I auditioned for the Rockettes!” one participant told WABE.

5. The Dalai Lama’s 4.3 million Facebook followers got an unexpected treat earlier this week when the spiritual leader said religion was “no longer adequate.” The whole post went like this:

All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.

6. Just hours before an attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya claimed the lives of four U.S. officials, one of the men — foreign service information management officer Sean Smith — reportedly told fellow online gamers he worried about being killed that night. ”Assuming we don’t die tonight,” read Smith’s message to the director of his online gaming guild. “We saw one of our 'police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.”

7. The AJC by way of the Associated Press this morning examines the possibility of a coordinated attack to mark the anniversary of 9/11, given that a mob also invaded the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt following an internet video that depicted Islam prophet Mohammad in an insulting manner.

"I see the U.S. government allowed the Web to spread this link all over the world without limiting freedom, without banning it," a member of the crowd outside the embassy in Cairo told USA Today.

It has become increasingly obvious that United States officials control the whole Internet. That’s why there’s never anything bad about them on there...

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