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Friday, August 2, 2013

First Slice 8/2/13: Small Ga. police department buys aquatic equipment for "ankle-deep creek"

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  • Clay Duda
  • Rain. Sweet, sweet smog-fighting rain.

An investigation by the Associated Press found that small-town police departments around the country have been "gobbling up" a heft of surplus equipment from a downsizing U.S. military - regardless of whether they actually need it or not. A good example:

In the tiny farming community of Morven, Ga., the police chief has grabbed three boats, scuba gear, rescue rafts and a couple of dozen life preservers. The town's deepest body of water: an ankle-deep creek.

Atlanta's smog - known technically as ground-level ozone - exceeded federal air standards for the first time this week. It's a record late start helped in large part by the unusual cool and rainy weather that's persisted throughout the summer.

Mayor Kasim Reed says the city's efforts as part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign 100-Day Challenge has helped more than 320 chronically homeless and their family members move into permanent housing. Officials said many of those benefiting from the program were identified during a homeless registry conducted back in January.

Forbes has dubbed Atlanta as the No. 2 most miserable sports city in the U.S. Still, that's an improvement from 2012 when ATL took the top spot. Evidently, Seattle sucks more this year.

A Mississippi woman that police say was suffering from a mental breakdown packed up her three kids and drove to Georgia on Sunday in search of "her man," The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus. After her car ran out of gas near West Point, Ga., 32-year-old Melody Lynch handed her children off to a random motorist that stopped to help. She told the driver to take the youngins to the local police department - and thankfully he did. Police found Lynch near her stalled car soon after, but the story doesn't end there.

A day after the conviction of former Army private Bradley Manning for handing over sensitive documents to Wikileaks, founder Julian Assange sat down for an interview with Vice to discuss the case and where the fight for Manning's freedom goes from here. Assange is gearing up to make a bid for election to the Australian senate.

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