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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

First Slice 5/21/13: Group plans to supply Georgia parks with atheist books

Atlanta Police say that a man recently raped an autistic female student at North Atlanta High School. No charges have been filed yet, but principal Howard Taylor said that educators would "remain vigilant" in the days to come.

Following last week's controversy over bibles in state park lodges, a group will now send the Georgia Department of Natural Resources enough atheist books to place one in every cabin. "American Atheists does not believe the State of Georgia should be placing Bibles or atheist books in state park cabins; however, if the state is going to allow such distribution, we will happily provide our materials," American Atheists President David Silverman said.

Five finalists were chosen as potential builders for the new Falcons stadium. Among them were Skanska, Holder Construction Group LLC, Turner Construction Company, Clark Construction Group, and Hunt Construction Group.

ICYMI: Downtown Atlanta will soon get its very own 18-story "Skyview" Ferris wheel.

Atlanta's VA Medical Center has found a new director following its recent struggles with patient mismanagement.

In national news, a devastating tornado yesterday has killed as many as 90 people in a community just outside Oklahoma City.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: The New York Times reports that 24 people, including nine children, are confirmed dead. Hospitals have treated more than 175 people.

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