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Friday, September 6, 2013

First Slice 9/6/13: The NSA is reading your Fresh Loaf comments. Probably.

The New York Times, Guardian, and ProPublica yesterday published their stories about the National Security Agency's success cracking encrypted emails, bank transfers, and other communications over the Internet. ProPublica explains why the news outlet moved ahead with its story, which was published as a partnership and based on documents obtained by former contractor Edward Snowden.

The Southern Center for Human Rights, the Atlanta-based legal nonprofit, has filed a lawsuit on the behalf of a mother whose son died while serving a prison sentence at Georgia's problem-plagued Hays State Prison. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the lawsuit, which names several Georgia Department of Corrections officials and guards, "seeks to hold accountable those state officials who so little valued her son's life that they ignored obvious signs that he and others at Hays were in danger."

Grady Memorial Hospital has opened the doors to a new $7 million cardiac center that officials say will "provide a level of cardiac care equal to any other local healthcare institution."

Planning to drive to Clayton County tonight and pick up some Molly? Change your plans!

Fans of "The Walking Dead" can now take a free online course based on the popular TV show filmed in Georgia. The class, which will be taught by professors from the University of California, Irvine, will focus on "survival, leadership and adapting to uncertain situations." Sounds like journalism! Hi-oh!

A man who Atlanta Police say tried to rob two banks with a hand grenade was detained without incident in Downtown while trying to leave town on a Greyhound bus. The hand grenade was determined to be inert.

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