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Friday, December 21, 2012

First Slice 12/21/12: The New York Stock Exchange is moving to Atlanta ... sort of

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1. For the first time in its more than 200-year history, the New York Stock Exchange is in the hands of a company outside the Big Apple. The IntercontinentalExchange, or ICE for short, a 12-year-old Atlanta startup, has acquired the NYSE in a $8.2 billion deal announced yesterday. We like to think they said "screw it" since the end is nigh and all, but there's probably more strategic reasons for seeing the deal through.

2. After announcing his support for marriage equality earlier this month, this week Mayor Kasim Reed told GA Voice he hopes to change the conversation around gay marriage in the whole state, and not just Atlanta.

3. State Rep.-elect Charles Gregory, a Republican from Kennesaw, filed four gun bills this week at the Capitol, making him the first lawmaker in the state to propose an expansion of gun rights since the Connecticut shooting.

4. Alleyway owners beware. Kennesaw has taken steps to crack down even harder on underage drinking as it continues to grapple with the realization it is, in fact, a college town. The city passed an ordinance earlier this week that allows police to charge not only the person who supplies the alcohol to mischievous chitlens, but also the person who provides "venue space" where the illegal booze guzzling takes place.

5. Archeologists say they've managed to solve a 3,000-year-old murder mystery. It turns out Egyptian king Ramesses III, who reigned between 1186 and 1155 BC, was murdered by members of his harem during a coup, according to the papyrus trail of millennium old trial documents.

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