Friday, February 15, 2013

First Slice 2/15/13: VD flash mob

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Mayor Kasim Reed and other officials unveil the $12 million section of the Beltlines Eastside trail in October.
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  • Mayor Kasim Reed and other officials unveil the $12 million section of the Beltline's Eastside trail in October.

1. Atlanta participants in One Billion Rising, a global advocacy campaign seeking to end violence against woman and girls, held the largest flash mob in the city's history, according to the group, with more than 2,000 people at Woodruff Park yesterday.

2. Kennesaw State University, which announced the green light for its football program earlier this week, will have a stadium named after Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank following a $5 million contribution.

3. The New York Times points out that while the Beltline is swell, its future is far from certain:

Countless obstacles remain - from purchasing land, digging up decades-old tracks and routing the trail around operating trains and freight yards. But the greatest challenge is financing. The city and a host of nonprofits have raised $350 million through private donations and property taxes on the $2.8 billion project.

4. Since 2010, more than 1,500 iron storm-drain covers have been heisted from the shoulders of Interstates around metro Atlanta.

5. A meteor estimated to weigh about 10 tons slammed into Russia near the Ural Mountains yesterday, injuring more than 400 people.

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