The New Orleans Saints received a warm welcome from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport workers yesterday. The NFL squad traveled to Atlanta last night for tonight's game against the Falcons, and according to several players, some airport employees egged the team's bus on the tarmac.
Backup quarterback Chase Daniel first tweeted about the egg bombardment:
Wow, as we're boarding buses on the Tarmac @ Atlanta airport, we start getting eggs thrown @ us by airport workers! Guess they do hate us!
- Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) November 29, 2012
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and linebacker Will Herring also chimed in:
Bus just got egged after landing in ATL by the ramp workers. Classy! "RISE Up" smh
- Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) November 29, 2012
First time my bus has been egged by opposing fans! Tomorrow should be fun!!#WhoDatNation
- Will Herring (@wherring54) November 29, 2012
The Saints handed the Falcons their only loss of the season earlier this month. Atlanta players reportedly messed with several opposing players during that game's pregame warm-up routines, which Saints linebacker Scott Shanle called "disrespectful and classless."
We've reached out to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the New Orleans Saints for more information. If any one of them rise up with a comment on what some are referring to as EggGate, we'll post an update.
UPDATE, 12:47 p.m.: An airport representative confirmed with 11 Alive that egging happened, and said that Atlanta Police will provide additional security for the Saints' flight back to New Orleans.
Politico's Dylan Byers picked up the memo that Phil Kent, the CEO of CNN's parent company Turner, sent to employees announcing the hire:
When Jim Walton announced his intention to step down at the end of the year, he specifically said that CNN needed "new thinking" to build upon our existing strengths and strong legacy. Jeff will provide that, and while he has enormous respect for our organization and brand, I expect that he also will challenge our thinking - yours and mine - in a very healthy and inclusive way. In a career that has seen significant professional success in both broadcast and cable, Jeff has demonstrated his ability to run multiple lines of business and fiercely defend journalists and journalism.
We have both short-term and long-term challenges ahead, from strengthening our normal news day programming to navigating through the changing consumption patterns of news. We are in a great position to do that with strong business fundamentals, terrific journalists and very strong platforms: two domestic networks, an international network and an innovative digital business, as well as our other enterprises.
The most obvious short-term challenge? Boosting ratings. The long-term? Sustaining that viewership and re-establishing an identity, a difficult task when Fox News and MSNBC have staked out the right and left, respectively. The New York Times' Brian Stelter aptly said in an article in advance of Zucker's hire:
The dwindling ratings have given rise to a popular sport: prescribing solutions for CNN. With news headlines now always a click away, what should the original cable news channel become? Among the unsolicited proposals: that CNN's channel in the United States act more like its harder-news sister CNN International; that it add more reality shows; or that it apply a filter to the news like those from Jon Stewart or the "Newsroom" character Will McAvoy.
"They don't want to be Fox and they don't want to be MSNBC. Fine. But 'neither nor' is not an identity," said the New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen. "It can't tell you what talent to hire, or what programs to try. They keep circling around the answer: declare jihad on the talking points and make that your identity, along with on-air fact-checking."
Zucker will be based out of New York, Kent tells employees, but will pop in to visit the Atlanta headquarters from time to time.
1. Atlanta's own Hartsfield-Jackson Airport has earned the rank of #12 healthiest airport in the country, according to a report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. More than half of the airport's 78 restaurants offer at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free meal on their menus.
2. Pro tip: If you're going to the DeKalb County courthouse - or any courthouse for that matter - be sure to leave your gun at home.
3. Atlanta Police homicide investigators have been on a role this week. In addition to making an arrest in a months-old Grant Park homicide, at a press conference yesterday APD Lt. Paul Guerrucci announced arrests in two other recent high-profile murders. Investigators picked up Shaheed Huff, 30, in connection with a brazen daytime shooting death of Graham Sisk, 23, at the corner of Moreland Avenue and Ponce de Leon in early October. Orlando Hawkins, 21, has been charged with murder in connection with a late night shooting outside a Midtown nightclub that claimed the life of 24-year-old More Brooks, also in early October.
4. The Environmental Protection Agency banned oil giant of Deepwater Horizon fame BP yesterday from receiving federal contracts due to it's "lack of business integrity" following the 2010 spill in the Gulf.
1. The Mountain Goats and Matthew E. White at Terminal West
2. Camille Paglia at Ivy Hall
3. Eric Church, Justin Moore, and Kip Moore at the Gwinnett Arena
4. Faun and a Pan Flute, Christ Lord, and Spirit Temple at the Earl
5. R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along at the Plaza Theatre
The New York Times has released its annual list of the year's top 100 books, and works by local authors Amber Dermont and Kevin Young have made the cut. Young, a poet and Emory University professor, was recognized for the nonfiction The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, an insanely thorough examination of African-American culture that former CL writer Wyatt Williams called a fascinating "wrestling match between Young the professor and Young the poet."
Dermont, who teaches at Agnes Scott College, received wide praise for her debut novel The Starboard Sea. "It is a rich, quietly artful novel that is bound for deep water, with questions of beauty, power and spiritual navigation as its main concerns," said the Times' Janet Maslin in her February review.
Atlanta's literary scene has thrived in recent years, becoming home to the Decatur Book Festival (the nation's largest independent book fest), a U.S. Poet Laureate (Natasha Trethewey), and countless storytelling events and writers workshops. In fact, there's so much energy around the local lit scene that we decided to dedicate our 2012 arts issue to discussing it. Look for it online and in newsstands tomorrow.
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson says he's considering running against Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, who earned the ire of hardcore conservatives after he dared show disrespect toward Grover Norquist, pledge aficionado. The Washington Post reports:
Erickson, the founder of RedState.com and a CNN contributor, told listeners that he'd been approached about a campaign and would give it "prayerful consideration." [...]
In a blog post Tuesday, Erickson argued that Chambliss, whom Erickson worked for on multiple campaigns, should face a conservative primary challenge. "Saxby Chambliss has been part of the problem and remains part of the problem," he wrote.
A commenter on Peach Pundit, the right-leaning Georgia political blog founded by Erickson many moons ago, raised a good point about the senator.
I dont know, but being that Erick has had some things to say in the past which would make him toast in a general election IMO. Lets also not forget, this is the guy (Saxby) who ran an ad comparing his opponent (Max Cleland) who lost multiple limbs defending this country, to Osama Bin Laden which to this day is the most disgusting ad I've ever seen in a political campaign. Imagine what he would put Erick through.
Add to the equation that Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, one-time gubernatorial candidate, and Erickson ally who raised her profile with a Planned Parenthood spat, is also considering running against Chambliss, and things get even more interesting. And who can forget the other politicos apparently waiting in the wings?
What is it about "Vegas" that is so engaging? It has plenty of problems, starting with some pretty ludicrous crime plots week by week, and it hasn't yet fleshed out its characters very well. Maybe it's that it's just filmed so lusciously that I become lulled into a hypnotic state in which the filtered light and vibrantly saturated colors wash over me and I forget all about the fact that the Lamb family just waltzed into a top secret (top!) military base that's studying radiation effects by poisoning an entire air squadron. But hey, let's talk Army-Air Force football!
The same things that worked in "Exposure" are the same things that have worked all season for "Vegas," and what hasn't worked still doesn't. The Case of the Week often feels shoehorned, but there are aspects of the rest of the series that are really promising. Though some have said Quaid's hammy performance detracts from the show, I think his camera mugging fits in with both his character and the show itself.
There's something about "Vegas" that is almost, dare I say, wholesome? We get introduced to Savino's mistress, the singer Diane Desmond (Ivana Milicevic), but their affair is from a long time ago and seems to have happened to a much different Savino that we now know. And in any case, he's not interested in pursuing it now. He doesn't give away his wife's necklace, he doesn't sleep with Diane, and he attempts to protect Rizzo from her on top of everything else.
Porsche broke ground on its new headquarters near the airport yesterday. And it happened, after some discussion, without any unintentional dedications to the company's past Nazi ties.
An upcoming film starring Matthew McConaughey, who plays the role of a man testing non-regulated drugs in the mid-'80s following an AIDS diagnosis, will also feature Bradford Cox of Deerhunter in a small role as a "cross-dresser living with AIDS."
Some state officials have expressed disappointment over Georgia's inability to capitalize on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
1. Drink + Doodle Vol. 21 at ABV Gallery
2. Winter of Our Discontent: Write Club Atlanta Unplugged at the Goat Farm
4. Fashion Rocks Atlanta! at the W Atlanta - Buckhead
5. Lloyd's Rocksteady Revue and Soul Radics at Star Bar
"Top tier members have dedicated work spaces, 24 hour access, some storage, utilities, printing/copying and they can host classes or events here. Lower level tiers offer a space for members to bring a laptop and work during the day. In the future, we will offer other equipment for creative workers to use while in the space. Our goal is not just affordable space, but space that offers a ton of amenities and the opportunity for individuals to collaborate, share overhead, create, and even earn income. Everyone gets coffee," says C4 Atlanta executive director Jessyca Holland.
According to Holland, C4 was able to move into the space because of in-kind support provided by the Creations Group, the Australian property investment firm that owns the building. It's offered the arts organization a flexible leasing plan that includes a graduated lease agreement for up to 12 months, after which C4 "will assume the full cost of the lease at a fair market level."
"We're very excited to have C4 Atlanta as an anchor tenant in the M. Rich Building," Collin Brown, spokesman for the Creations Group, said in a press release. "We see downtown Atlanta as a new creative center for the region, where arts and technology flourish together under one roof."
More photos of the space after the jump.
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