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Monday, July 8, 2013

First Slice 7/8/13: Mega-Ferris wheel could start spinning this weekend

Look, we can see the top of the Westin!
  • SkyView Atlanta
  • Look, we can see the top of the Westin!
Skyview, Downtown Atlanta's mega Ferris wheel, could start serving tourists and locals by Sunday.

Mayor Kasim Reed thinks America's status as an economic powerhouse could be at risk if the country doesn't curb gun violence. He made the comments this weekend at a panel discussion during the Essence Fest in New Orleans with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Birmingham Mayor William Bell and, by phone, Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Marietta residents are up in arms over speed bumps. (Also, be prepared for one of the largest articles you've ever read about the traffic-calming devices and political powerplays by homeowner associations.)

Yes, last summer other parts of Georgia actually approved a transportation sales tax. And they're starting to see revenues get collected. Here in metro Atlanta, we still don't know exactly why the funding measure failed.

A writer asks: Is the South Dragging the Rest of the Nation Down?

Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned after a prostitution scandal, is asking voters for a second chance. And he has his eyes set on an even sexier office: New York City comptroller! What makes the race extra interesting? Running for the same office on the Libertarian ticket is Kristin Davis, the ex-madam who supplied him with call girls.

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