Friday, July 19, 2013

First Slice 7/19/13: Thousands expected for Trayvon Martin rally this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 8:20 AM

About 40 protesters marched down Auburn Avenue last weekend in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder case. Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Florida jury. More protests are expected this weekend. See more images from earlier protests.
  • Joeff Davis
  • About 40 protesters marched down Auburn Avenue last weekend in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder case. Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Florida jury. More protests are expected this weekend. See more images from earlier protests.

1. A construction crew downtown yesterday unearthed what speculation says is a cannon ball from the Civil War. Police removed the artifact from a property near Centennial Olympic Park and took it to a bomb range to make sure there weren't any surprises in store.

2. Piper, the all-black cat living in a storm drain along Beltline's Eastside Trail, is in search of a new home. Developer Perennial Properties is being forced to evict the cat to perform some grading work in the area, but has offered the little fur ball $10,000 for its digs since the pipe can be reused. In the meantime, the hunt is on for a rental "house."

3. Earlier this week Clarkston Mayor Emanuel Ransom foiled a robbery in progress when he stopped by a city construction site and noticed a man and woman loading equipment into the back of a U-Haul truck. No one was supposed to be at the site, so when the lady driver pulled off the Mayor followed, eventually flagging down another city employee to help block the trucks path and attracting the attention of nearby police to make an arrest.

4. Thousands are expected to gather this Saturday for a noonday rally outside the Richard B. Russell Federal Building downtown to protest the outcome of George Zimmerman's trial and the Stand Your Ground law that largely let him of the hook for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Rev. Al Sharpton says he is organizing rallies and vigils in 100 U.S. cities in hopes of pressing the federal government into bringing charges against Zimmerman.

5. In response to a controversial Rolling Stones covering that some say glamorizes Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a Massachusetts State Police photographer has released a series of behind-the-scenes photos from the 19-year-olds capture in Watertown, Mass. "This is the real Boston bomber," Sgt. Sean Murphy told Boston Magazine. "Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."

6. The City of Detroit has officially filed for bankruptcy, setting the stage for "a historic effort to bail out a city that is sinking under billions of dollars in debt and decades of mismanagement, population flight and loss of tax revenue," USA Today reports. The bankruptcy filing is the largest for any U.S. city in history.

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