Tuesday, August 6, 2013

First Slice 8/6/13: Reed to make announcement regarding Falcons stadium, possibly offer update on church negotiations

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Gov. John Barge? You never know...
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Mayor Kasim Reed has a press conference scheduled for this morning at City Hall regarding the Falcons stadium. Saporta Report and others speculate that we'll get an official update on the $1 billion facility's location, which partially hinges on negotiations with Friendship Baptist Church (we'll post more about it later today).

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Major League Baseball yesterday suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and 11 other players for their involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Here's yesterday's news, but it's also worth going back and reading the Miami New-Times opus that first broke the story seven months ago.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos yesterday purchased The Washington Post for $250 million. Here's the paper's own take on the sale.

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