Sunday, September 30, 2012

First Slice 9/30/12: The quiet, humane overhaul of Georgia's mental-health system

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The patients of Milledgeville's Central State Hospital, where for decades, the New York Times says, "invalids here have sipped life through feeding tubes, grown men with the minds of children have hummed tuneless melodies and patients tormented by delusions have banged their bodies against the walls with wordless screams," are moving into group homes. It's part of the state's strategy to end the segregation of the developmentally disabled, an initiative sparked by a 2010 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dedicating a portion of Georgia's motor-fuel tax to fund transportation projects rather than the state's general fund — a move which could generate $150 million for roads and, with additional legislation, transit — is not on Gov. Nathan Deal's to-do list. His "vision": "toll roads, reversible lanes, and public-private partnerships."

Another Georgia Tech student fell from the stands at Bobby Dodd Stadium during a football game. (Note: Turn down the speakers — the video immediately starts.)

Georgia Senate Republicans, the same group that's gonna host a conspiracy theorists' dream chat session about Agenda 21, are a disorderly bunch.

Fight at the Atlanta Civic Center!

A conservative Georgia utility regulator embraces solar power ("I believe that solar technology is not inherently liberal") — a move his Democratic opponent's labeled a "battlefield conversion."

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