Friday, May 31, 2013

Police release sketch of Reynoldstown robbery suspect

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Atlanta Police are asking for the community's help in finding the suspect involved in a May 25 robbery on Kirkwood Avenue in Reynoldstown, one of several crimes that have rattled southeast Atlanta over the last month.

According to an APD spokeswoman, witnesses and victims described the suspect as a young African-American male between the age of 16 and 18, 5'8 to 5'10 in height, with a thin build, medium-brown complexion and little to no facial hair.

"The suspect was wearing a dark-colored hat with a red POLO emblem on it, a red-and-blue vertical stripped/checkered short sleeve button up shirt with a collar, khaki shorts and white high top shoes," an APD spokeswoman says.

Police also released video of a possible robbery suspect fleeing the scene and jumping into a four-door dark charcoal Grey Dodge Stratus or Intrepid with a sun roof.

Got any tips? Call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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Five Photos: Bernard McCoy and Elayne DeLeo of Modern Atlanta

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Bernard McCoy and Elayne DeLeo founded Modern Atlanta in 2007. Since then, the annual event has grown each year, furthering their mission to establish Atlanta as a design destination. The weeklong event has always included speakers, home tours, exhibitions, and a few cocktail parties and this year is no exception. Running June 1 through 9, the highlights of the 2013 program include a talk with John Edelman, CEO of Design Within Reach, a presentation by Apartment Therapy's Maxwell Ryan, and, of course, the Modern Atlanta Home Tour on June 8 and 9.

McCoy and DeLeo talked with CL about their inspiration and ideas about Modern Atlanta, while giving us a peek at a Jose and Cara Tavel's home and studio in the Old Fourth Ward, one of the homes featured on the tour.

Bernard McCoy

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Archibong draws another opponent for City Council seat

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM

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The race to represent East Atlanta, Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, Kirkwood, and other surrounding neighborhoods on the Atlanta City Council has just become a little more crowded.

Christian Enterkin, a Kirkwood homeowner for the past seven years, has entered the District 5 race. She'll now face off against current City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, East Atlanta resident Matt Rinker, and direct democracy czar Jon Jones.

"[I'm] ready to make community better," Enterkin tells CL. I don't believe we're being heard."

Enterkin, currently the vice president of acquisitions at Landmark Dividend, has worked for more than a decade as a real estate professional. Now she wants to give residents a "better ballot choice" by bringing "real policy changes" at a time when she's seen property taxes rise and city services reduced. If elected, she'd push for greater transparency at City Hall, an "honest" department of watershed management, and improved public works.

"I have fought for years to have my wrongful water bill corrected and to receive regular garbage [and] recycling pick-ups," she says in a statement. "This is not too difficult of a task for most cities."

She told CL she also wants to make the district safer. Enterkin says her time as the public safety chair of the Kirkwood Neighbors' Organization has helped her understand the "inner workings of Atlanta Police." She says she helped improve crime in her neighborhood after seeing officers wouldn't respond to her complaints or properly do their jobs.

"A lot of what I see in Kirkwood is disgusting," says Enterkin. "[It's] to the point where I'm ready to serve."

Enterkin, who has just started her campaign, has not filed finance disclosures yet. Meanwhile, Archibong's March campaign finance disclosures show that the councilwoman raised $30,217.97 and has $15,670.41 on hand.

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'After Earth's' Smith and son seek quality time after the apocalypse

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

AFTER M. NIGHT: Jaden Smith takes a knee in After Earth
The sci-fi film After Earth presents a hapless individual marooned in an idyllic, once-friendly landscape that has evolved to pure hostility. The film's plot follows a young man (Jaden Smith) trying to survive on a savage, post-human Earth, but could also reflect the tenuous recent career of director M. Night Shyamalan. The director of The Sixth Sense doubtless saw Hollywood turn from a sunny, welcoming paradise to the harshest, least hospitable environment following a string of high-profile duds, particularly The Last Airbender and The Happening.

In both cases, the key to survival comes in the person of Will Smith. In real life, he sprung Shyamalan from movie jail to co-write and direct a film based on a story by Smith, which pairs the global megastar with his son Jaden. In the film, Smith plays a stern, remote but loving parent to a young son (Jaden), who struggles to live up to his father's daunting standards. Within After Earth lies an unusual, at times compelling futuristic action story, but it's encumbered by considerable celebrity baggage.

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Weekend Arts Agenda: Artlantis

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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The annual art and music festival Artlantis returns to Poncey-Highland on Saturday for a full day of tunes and artists tents on the corner of Ponce de Leon and North Highland. Artlantis has the distinction of being run by the good folks behind Beep Beep Gallery (and Mother in O4W), making it the only festival of artists tents in Atlanta where you are more likely to find an exhibiting contemporary artist than a guy who carves fish into driftwood. More details.

More arts events of the weekend after the jump.

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City Hall says stadium referendum isn't possible, watchdog group continues push

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

The skirmish over stadium financing between City Hall officials and Common Cause Georgia continues this morning.

Yesterday, the watchdog group called for a referendum to let voters decide whether the city's hotel and motel tax - a lucrative funding source worth hundreds of millions of dollars - should be used to fund the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. But today, City Attorney Cathy Hampton says the loophole that Common Cause is trying to use was closed by the Georgia Supreme Court nearly 15 years ago She writes:

No such "loophole" exists. During a public work session on March 14, 2013, the Law Department advised the Atlanta City Council that Georgia Supreme Court case law prohibits a referendum as requested by Common Cause.

In 1998, the Supreme Court of Georgia decided the case of Kemp v. Claxton, which clearly precludes Common Cause's ability to present this referendum. If Mr. Perry has more recent Georgia Supreme Court case law to the contrary, the City will review it. In the absence of such authority, a petition to undo the lawful actions of the Atlanta City Council is invalid.

Common Cause Georgia Executive Director William Perry says the city's Law Department, which had helped the Municipal Clerk obtain documents the group later used to file yesterday's petition, never expressed that opinion during the several weeks they worked together.

The city's legal opinion follows a blistering statement released yesterday by Mayor Kasim Reed, in which he accused Perry of acting for his own personal gain.

Earlier this morning, Common Cause Georgia's board responded with a letter supporting Perry. They also demanded that Reed retract his remarks against Perry and put an end to "such personal attacks in the future."

"As mayor, you have a responsibility to exhibit more maturity and restraint in your public
statements and actions in serving the citizens of this great city," the letter says. "We cannot understand your continuing refusal to debate issues such as the stadium and it's [sic] financing on their merits. Demonizing anyone who dares to even question your support of a new stadium, is unproductive and seems merely to be a tactic aimed at changing the subject."

The group also reiterated requests for an independent economic impact study about the proposed stadium and a referendum so voters could weigh in on the matter. We'll keep an eye on this as more information develops.

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ATLwood: Vince Vaughn pays tribute to an Atlanta legacy

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Oddity

- An eagle-eye Redditor noted that in a recent interview, Vince Vaughn (who was in Atlanta this past year filming The Internship as well as Anchorman 2) wore a T-shirt with an Atlanta Thrashers logo on it. Shucks. /NeverForget

Filming Updates

- Solace, starring Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, filmed along West Peachtree and 15th street on Thursday. The movie plot: "a doctor with psychic abilities hunts down a serial killer." (Sidebar advice: a fan of Dr Lecter? Watch "Hannibal" on NBC. Seriously, it's fantastic).

- The Endless Love remake, starring Alex Pettyfer, filmed in Fayetteville this week, but also caused some Buckhead traffic nightmares on Tuxedo Road.

- Need for Speed, starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper, filmed on South Fulton Parkway this week, and will be heading to Columbus, Ga., next week.

- Let's Be Cops, starring (yes I'm getting tired of this format, too) "The Vampire Diaries" Nina Dobrev, filmed at the American Cancer Society building downtown this week, and also filmed outside La Grotta Italian Restaurant on Peachtree on Wednesday.

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First Slice 5/31/13: Reed fires back at first responders over pay raise talks

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Owners of the Loring Heights shooting range that's divided some residents will continue to work toward opening despite recent legislation passed by Atlanta City Council. "It has been and remains my belief that we have started the process well in advance of this new ordinance," Stoddard's co-owner Michael Halbreich told 11 Alive. "As such we should be grandfathered under the existing law. We are hopefully proceeding with that in mind."

Metro Atlanta gun control activists are currently pushing their congressmen to support expanding background checks.

Mayor Kasim Reed isn't too happy with the billboards that first responders put up around the city calling for a higher raise than what's currently being offered by the city. "I'm the guy you're putting up billboards up on?" Reed said. And when you were getting kicked in your face and going without a pay increase for six years, I addressed all those issues and you pick me? You've gotta be kidding me."

Alpharetta is now the sixth-fastest growing city in the United States.

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, called yesterday the federal fraud charges filed against him "unethical."

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5 things to do: Best Coast

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 7:00 AM

5 things to do in Atlanta today

1. Best Coast and more at Variety Playhouse

2. Atlanta Food and Wine Festival at Loews Atlanta Hotel

3. Black Moth Super Rainbow and more at the Masquerade

4. Shaping Sound Dance Company performs at the Rialto Center for the Arts

5. Collective 51 May Madness at Academy Theatre

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Historic Buckhead mansion slated for demolition to get second life in Ansley Park

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 5:01 AM

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Late last year, preservationists were worried that the historic Randolph-Lucas House, an 89-year-old Georgian-Revival style home along Peachtree Road, would be razed.

The condominium association that owns the building behind the stately home designed by noted Atlanta architect P. Thornton Marye offered to give the house, free of charge, to anyone who could haul it off. Doing so would cost at least $350,000.

Yesterday afternoon, someone took them up on the offer.

This summer, preservationists plan to move the house to a vacant lot in Ansley Park, where it will become a home to Christopher Jones and Roger Smith, the founders of NewTown Partners, an economic development consulting firm that focuses on distressed historic properties.

The firm started working with the condo association, the Buckhead Heritage Society, and the city on the project in January. Jones and Smith closed on the Ansley Park lot on Thursday.

Moving the house won't be an easy task. Project supporters and city and state officials have spent the last four months coordinating the logistics of the move - a process which is expected to continue until June. Talks with utility companies "regarding the temporary relocation of aerial utility lines along the route as the house moves south on Peachtree Road" are in the works, a spokesman says in a statement. Then comes the hard part of jacking up the house, placing it on a rig, and rolling it down Peachtree Road (and Street) and then lugging it across a vacant lot to its future home.

Once the house has been moved, Jones and Smith plan to "sensitively rehabilitate the home according to historic preservation standards." In addition, they'll donate a preservation fa├žade easement to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, guaranteeing the building's longevity.

"This is a watershed moment for historic preservation in Atlanta," Wright Mitchell, president of the Buckhead Heritage Society, said in a statement, "The Randolph-Lucas House project proves that groups with sometimes divergent interests can truly come together to support a creative solution to a difficult historic preservation problem. That has not always been the case in our great city."

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