Sunday, September 1, 2013

First Slice 9/1/13: DragonCon cruises down Peachtree

Posted By on Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

That dude from Ghostbusters ghost rides the whip down Peachtree
  • Chad Radford
  • That dude from Ghostbusters ghost rides the whip down Peachtree

The freaks came out in broad daylight yesterday at DragonCon's annual parade down Peachtree St. Billy Dee Williams, er, Lando Calrissian, made an appearance, along with that dude from Ghostbusters. What's his name, again? Oh yeah, Ernie Hudson.

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It seems inevitable that Google Glass will eventually turn all of us into Big Brother's whiny little brother.

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Clemson took the Georgia Bulldogs to school in the highest scoring game of a rivalry that stretches back to 1897.

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