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Sunday, January 13, 2013

First Slice 1/13/13: The $1 trillion coin's connection to Georgia

Aaron Swartz
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The idea to mint a $1 trillion coin to solve the debt ceiling woes was first hatched by... a Georgia lawyer who commented on a blog post?

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Eugene Patterson, the former editor of the Atlanta Constitution who told poignant stories of the civil rights movement and segregated South, has died at his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., after a battle with cancer. The Adel, Ga, native served as a tank commander in World War II before entering journalism, a job which took him from small-town Georgia to London and back to Atlanta, where his columns and coverage opened eyes and angered some.

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The tributes to Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Reddit co-founder and digital activist who committed suicide this week, continue. At the time of his death, Swartz was facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of wire fraud and computer fraud for gaining illegal access to and downloading a subscription-only academic journal database. A petition has been launched calling for the removal of the U.S. attorney who led the case against the Internet folk hero.

The Atlanta Falcons today take on the Seattle Seahawks in their quest to convince metro Atlantans to help fund a new stadium visit the Super Bowl.

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