Tuesday, September 25, 2012

First Slice 9/25/12: Kasim Reed may not be cool, but he is influential

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Mayor Kasim Reed during his January State of the City address.

1. While Kasim Reed may not be the coolest of mayors, he recently ranked sixth on The Root 100 — a list that annually recognizes influential African Americans. That's a step up from last year's list, where he ranked 10th.

2. Atlanta now has the second highest ATM fees, compared to 24 other U.S. cities in a recent Bankrate.com survey. For customers trying to withdraw money outside of their networks, they can expect an average fee of $1.95 — one cent lower than Philadelphia, the city with the highest ATM fees.

3. According to the Department of Education, Georgia's SAT scores have increased seven points this year, compared to a two-point decline nationwide. The AJC also noted that this year's group of SAT-taking graduating seniors is the most diverse in state history.

4. After working as an analyst for MLB Networks, former Braves outfielder Ron Gant will join Fox 5's 'Good Day Atlanta' starting next month. Gant recently spoke to CL as part of this week's cover story on Chipper Jones, which will be available on stands this Thursday.

5. In national news, President Obama plans to address the U.N. General Assembly this morning, where he will address international representatives about the recent U.S. embassy attack in Libya, Syria's ongoing civil war and Iran. CNN has posted excerpts from his speech, which you can read here.

6. Finally, it appears that a bacon shortage is imminent. You've been warned.

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