Sunday, September 23, 2012

First Slice 9/23/12: Atlanta's oldest African American-owned barbershop closes its doors

Posted By on Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis
The Silver Moon Barbershop, which, by most accounts, is Atlanta's oldest African American-owned hair cuttery, quietly shut its doors for good on Friday. The Auburn Avenue barbershop has been in business for nearly 110 years.

Matthew Cardinale, the editor and publisher of Atlanta Progressive News, alleges in an ethics complaint that Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis had an improper interest in a company seeking a biofuel contract with the city. Willis and the company's reps maintain the whole episode is a misunderstanding based on a misreading of a leaked email.

One story we meant to post earlier this week: Maria Saporta's round-up of the third annual Georgia Forward get-together in Athens. Participants at the two-day gathering, which aims to help urban, suburban, and rural public officials find common ground on key issues, cobbled together an interesting set of shared priorities. State lawmakers watch with wide eyes, wondering how the hell they managed to do it.

"Woman describes riding on car hood down interstate." OK, you got my attention.

Allegations of school cheating don't often receive the proper scrutiny they deserve, says the AJC, in another installment of its ongoing investigative series.

Ralph Reed, the super-Christian political operative and David Cassidy doppelganger, plans a multi-million dollar push for Mitt Romney.

China and Japan would love to talk with you right now, but the two countries are really busy acting macho and arguing over five unremarkable islands covered in bird droppings and circled by sharks.

Let's talk drones.

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