The data breach occurred after an employee of Advanced Data Processing, Inc., a company which handles the hospital's ambulance billing system, illegally stole thousands of patients' data nationwide from numerous hospitals, including Grady. According to hospital spokeswoman Denise Simpson, some personal records were compromised between mid-January and mid-October.
"Some Grady EMS ambulance service patients are being notified that selected personal information may have been stolen," she said in a statement.
Personal medical records were not exposed in security violation, but patient records including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth were disclosed over the course of that nine month period. To help patients, the billing company has offered victims one year's worth of free credit monitoring and has taken action against its former employee.
"With [ADPI's] help, the authorities identified the employee who admitted to the crime," a company spokeswoman says. "The employee was immediately terminated."
ADPI is also continuing to work with law enforcement officials, who are still trying to figure out if their former employee used this data in an illegal manner. No charges have been filed at this time.
THE COLLECTION: (R) Elena thinks she is going to a secret party at an undisclosed location with her friends, but things go sour for Elena when she is kidnapped by the collector. Elena wakes up to find herself in a twisted "Saw"-esque hotel that is a maze of torture and horror. This 'Collector' is a sadistic psychopath, and when Elena's father hears of her capture he sends a group of mercenaries to retrieve her. The mercenaries turn to the help of Arkin, the only person to ever escape the clutches of the collector, to help save Elena. Facing the most horrific experience of his life again, Arkin's fate becomes tied to Elena's as it becomes clear he might not escape alive again.
HOLY MOTORS: (NR), 4 Stars. This film is an epic, genre-shifting movie that follows a man being driven around in a limousine to nine different appointments in Paris. At each of these appointments he is a completely different person, and perhaps Curt Holman put it best writing, the film "follows dream logic rather than the usual rules of film. "
KILLING THEM SOFTLY: (R) When the mob needs help, they don't turn to the police for help, they call Cogan. Played by Brad Pitt, Cogan is a smooth-talking, killer that cleans up messes when the mob can't. After a group of men try to rob a mob-protected card game, they send the entire local crime economy spinning out of control. The mob calls on Cogan for help, and its up to him and his gun to set things right in this thrilling flick.
ANNA KARENINA: (R), 3 stars, Russian author Leo Tolstoy's novel is adapted to the screen, with Jude Law and Keira Knightley. A Russian socialite, Karenina, is trapped in a loveless marriage and strays to a young attractive count. But when social circles and friends begin to shun Anna, she starts to question if her true love is worth it. UA TARA, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road
THE BIRDS: (PG-13) Perhaps one of Hitchcock's most recognizable films, a flock of rabid birds terrorizes a small town by the bay. Classic Hitchcock, this film can justify anyone's Ornithophobia, which is the fear of birds.Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon
MIAMI CONNECTION: (NR) Martial arts-trained rock band Dragon Sound play hit 80's rock music and fight crime, and they decide they have had enough of the motorcycle ninjas that control Florida's cocaine trade. As Dragon Sound tries to put a stop to the motorcycle ninjas, this movie gets borderline absurd. The above trailer is pretty explanatory, so 80's its ridiculous.Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon
An alleged Craigslist robber found himself behind bars after a botched robbery attempt at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark yesterday evening.
Khoi Nguyen, 33, agreed to meet another man, 18-year-old Michael Willis, at the park around 7 p.m. to purchase an iPhone 5 listed for sale on Craigslist. During the transaction, Willis - who was selling the phone - pulled a .380-caliber pistol and demanded Nguyen hand over his money and other belongings, according to a report from the Atlanta Police.
Willis then forced Nguyen back into his vehicle where the victim was able to retrieve his own gun, a .45-caliber pistol.
Nguyen chased after the suspect, ordering him to drop his weapon and lay on the ground, according to APD. After firing two warning shots, Nguyen was able to hold Willis until police arrived.
"At this time, Mr. Nguyen has not been charged with any crimes," APD spokesperson Carlos Campos said. "The investigation is ongoing."
Willis was arrested for armed robbery and transported to Fulton County Jail.
Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign. It'd actually be really awesome, but it'd be really nasty. I have a seven year old, a soon to be four year old, and a wife who does not like being anywhere near a stage. I'm not putting my family through that when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit of vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement.
I appreciate all the support. I really do. In the past week I've learned who real friends are and are not. It has been eye opening. I had been all along very, very dismissive of running. But given the efforts of several and the financial pledges of support, I figured I should actually take the time to seriously and prayerfully consider it out of respect for those who asked and offered to help.
I don't understand these people who take a bunch of time publicly wringing hands over these things. A week of thinking about it was enough.
I've refrained from writing about this here the entire time because I know, as the Hotline already did despite not a byte wasted on this here, people would say it was just some effort of self promotion. Were I to run, the campaign would be about me and not about ideas. My campaign would be a lightning rod for both sides and a distraction, consuming resources on both sides that are better spent elsewhere. I think in a state like Georgia it would play to my advantage, but it would not advance the ideas I care about through the election, just me.
We will find someone to catapult into the arena. It just won't be me. I'll instead still be standing here to keep the bridge with thee.
With Erickson out of the running, former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel remains Chambliss' main competition for the time being. That is, at least, until another potential challenger gets tossed up for consideration.
A half-century before sass-talking gays and ironic camp occupied prime time television in programs like "Modern Family," "The New Normal," and "Glee," underground filmmakers Kenneth Anger and Jack Smith pioneered the modern queer aesthetic.
Smith is best known for getting under Strom Thurmond's skin with Flaming Creatures, a naughty Dionysian visual orgasm famous for being banned virtually everywhere. On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Thurmond described Flaming Creatures thus:
"Five unrelated badly filmed sequences ... a mass rape scene involving two females and many males which lasts for 7 minutes, showing the female pubic area, the male penis, male massaging the female vagina and breasts, cunnilingus, masturbation of the male organ ... lesbian activity between two women ... homosexual acts between a man dressed as a female, who emerges from a casket, and other males, including masturbation of the visible male organ ... homosexuals dancing together and other disconnected erotic activity, such as massaging the female breasts and group sexual activity."
Smith followed-up Creatures with the lesser known, though decidedly more ambitious Normal Love, a feature-length fever dream homage to 30's and 40's Hollywood horror films as only Smith could deliver: a visual collage including elaborate homemade sets, a giant Claes Oldenburg cake, requisite debauchery, and buckets of horror kitsch.
Andy Ditzler, whose Film Love series keeps the 16mm celluloid flow of the American Avant-Garde Cinema alive, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center present Normal Love for one show only tonight (Friday, November 30) at 8:00 p.m.
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Atlanta-based SCAD MFA candidate Jennifer Cawley will be hosted by Emily Amy Gallery for her collection of recent paintings, prints, and books titled You Can't Get There From Here. Her work, which touches on a surrealist aesthetic, explores the feeling of limbo while working to the completion of a rigorous degree and will be accompanied by some work from her peers. An opening reception will celebrate these students' hard work from 7-10 p.m. tonight at Emily Amy. More art this weekend after the jump.
- Apparently Joe Manganiello was working out at the LA Fitness on Spring St. last week and looking good doing it (as if there would be any question). He's here filming Ten with Arnold Schwarzenegger and whole lotta other people. (Thanks Ed!)
- Actors Tom Irwin, Brett Cullen and Grant Show, three of the main cast members in the new Lifetime show, "Devious Maids" (currently filming, see below) dined at Cucina Asellina on Monday, and were overheard musing on what they should go do and see in town (they should ask Owen Wilson - "all the things!")
- Celebrities in town cannot get enough of Cirque du Soleil. Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with "Vampire Diaries" cast members Nina Dobrev and Steven R. McQueen, have all attended performances recently. McQueen commented, "Oh, I thought I was in shape. Man, these people are absolutely incredible!" Winter gym inspiration? (that and Joey M potentially being around).
- Speaking again of Manganiello, he ate at Antico recently, making that yet another spot where you are likely to see some celebs in town (Owen Wilson, Tom Brady, Ryan Reynolds and Chris Rock have all been there during their Atlanta stays as well).
- Another good bet: Maggiano's in Buckhead. According to PeachyScoop, Morgan Freeman was there Wednesday night.
- My only response to this is "naturally": Woody Harrelson was spotted at the Clermont Lounge last week.
- Cool short video peek of the set of Last Vegas, starring Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas. The Edgewood neighborhood has been getting a 1950s makeover!
1. In-depth reporting on the Saints' bus egging yesterday. Apparently the "lone eggman" was an airport employee, but his/her identity "remains a mystery." The bus driver questions, "How can this have happened in a secure area?"
2. Hostess may be going out of business, but that doesn't necessary mean dooms day for your favorite snack. As the company works through bankruptcy proceedings, it's gearing up for a bake sale of historic proportions.
3. A rate drop approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission yesterday could mean cheaper power bills for Georgia Power customers after it takes effect on January 1, 2013. The shift is expected to save customers who use 1,000 kilowatts of power each month about $2.60 during the summer months and $1.20 in the winter.
4. Kia announced Wednesday that it plans to invest $1.6 billion in machinery and other equipment for it's West Point, Ga. vehicle assembly plant over the next 16 years to "satisfy demand." The behemoth assembly plant already has the capacity to churn out 360,000 vehicles a year.
5. New York Police Officer Lawrence DePrimo has found himself in the internet's limelight after an Arizona tourist snapped a photo of the on-duty officer giving a pair of boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square. It's not quite a cat photo, but aaaawwwwwwww.
6. Also in the Big Apple, the Museum of Modern Art, or MOMA, announced its acquisition of 14 video games for its art collection. But they don't plan to stop there, aiming to buy up an additional 26 or so titles in the near future. These early titles include Pac-Man (1980), Sim City 2000 (1994), Portal (2007), and many more.
7. Alleged Wikileaks leaker and army soldier Bradley Manning had his first day in court at a pre-trial hearing on the Fort Meade military base in Maryland yesterday. Manning spoke at length about his treatment by the military since being taken into custody 917 days ago. Manning also put in a proposal for a plea deal, apparently willing to admit to some of the charges to avoid an even lengthier prison sentence.
1. The Ruination, Heavy Chevy, and more at 529
2. Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, and more at Terminal West
3. The Nighthawks at Blind Willie's
4. Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Two Man Gentlemen Band at Variety Playhouse
5. Angelspit, Cyanotic, and more at the Shelter
Are folks really prepared to join in the fun at the Plaza's "Trapped in the Closet" sing-along, tonight (Thursday, November 29) at 9:30 p.m, or will everyone sit there in slack-jawed amazement?
The challenge, for those willing to give it the ol' college try, will be keep up with R. Kelly's relentless "I'm-narrating-every-single-step-of-the-story" flow, while keeping a straight face.
For the uninitiated, here's a look at the opening chapter of Kelly's so-called "hip-hopera."
The storyline quickly gets downright stoopid.
It is almost beyond parody, but pre-"Key & Peele" Jordan Peele nails it in this "Mad TV" sketch:
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