Tuesday, August 27, 2013

First Slice 8/27/13: 10th Street cycle track draws ire from some motorists

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 8:03 AM

ADIOS, LANE Two-way cycle track along 10th Street between Monroe Drive and Charles Allen Drive offer bicyclists another option and puts street on road diet.
  • ADIOS, LANE Two-way cycle track along 10th Street between Monroe Drive and Charles Allen Drive offers bicyclists another option and puts street on road diet.

The New York Times reports the thief responsible for recently stealing silver from Buckhead homes could be Blane Nordahl, a seasoned crook who's been stealing antique silver for more than 30 years throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Authorities have arrested 12 people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas for their involvement in a dog fighting ring. Officials have seized 367 pit bulls and more than $500,000 in cash from the illegal operation.

Some Georgia Democrats are hoping that U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, will win the Republican primary next year. "He's so far out on the extreme, even for the people of Georgia, that he could be a key player in helping the Democrats win," Democratic strategist Jim Manley told The Boston Globe. "There would be pages of comments that Democrats could use against him in a general election."

Morris Brown College will have until next week to file a new plan to restructure its debts. The embattled institution had lined up a $1.5 million loan, but U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barbara Ellis-Monro only let the college borrow $300,000, effectively keeping its door open through September 16.

Fulton County officials are looking into possible ways to cut expenses associated with prosecuting and jailing criminals. At the moment, the county allocates 44 percent of its $536 million general fund budget to its criminal justice efforts. (MyAJC - not yours - paywall alert)

Nearly a dozen people in Gainesville, Ga., were protesting chemtrails over the weekend. "The evidence is there if everybody would just look up and pay attention to the sky," protest leader Tim Pierce said. "Just pay attention to what we're breathing in."

10th Street's new cycle track is drawing complaints from some westbound commuters, who aren't particularly happy about how much the two-way bicycle lane has impeded traffic.

Two women were severely injured last Saturday when a white 2012 Ford Edge, which was possibly stolen from an Avis rental lot, hit them in West End. One lady was sent to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition after suffering a partially severed left leg below the knee.

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