Thursday, August 29, 2013

First Slice 8/29/13: Hawks coach arrested for DUI

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer had the whistle blown on him for an off-court violation last night. Georgia State Patrol pulled him over for driving with no tail lights, smelled booze, administered a field sobriety test, and arrested him for driving under the influence. He posted bond and was released at 3:45 a.m. Budenholzer was just hired as head coach in May.

A cat burglar with a taste for fine silver has been arrested. Blane Nordahl, a 51-year-old, has been charged with number of burglaries in Atlanta, including the theft of a silver mug that once belonged to George II. Apparently Nordahl has an unusually deep knowledge and eye for silver and has been stealing since at least 1983. In the past 30 years, he's been arrested more than a dozen times. His abilities as a silver thief are so notable that the New Yorker profiled him in 2004, which kind of makes him like the Michael Jordan of cat burglars. His current arrest links him to stolen silver valuing as much as $7 million, including $1.5 million in silver from the Atlanta area.

Charges against Hashim Nzinga, a leader in the New Black Panther Party in Stone Mountain, have been dropped. Earlier this year, Nzinga made waves by announcing a bounty of $10,000 for the capture of George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin in 2012. Nzinga was being charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, but the charges were dropped after it came to light that he hadn't properly been informed that he couldn't own a weapon. Nzinga had been held in jail for four months.

MondoHomo, the queer arts festival that has run in Atlanta for the past six years, has officially disbanded. In a press release, the organization said, "It has become more and more difficult for some organizers to summon the enthusiasm, effort, time and will to keep it alive." In previous years, performers like Big Freedia and Justin Bond headlined the festivities.

Emory University will pay $1.5 million dollars to settle a claim of over billing the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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