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Sunday, September 15, 2013

First Slice 9/15/13: A photograph of port-a-potties in New Mexico?!? Blasphemy!

Manifest Destiny, one of Joeff Davis photos currently on display in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Joeff Davis
  • "Manifest Destiny," one of Joeff Davis' photos currently on display in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Prepare for a hilarious look at how some TV news stories take shape. The above photo of several portable toilets standing in front of a mesa by CL Photo Editor Joeff Davis is currently hanging in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It's part of a temporary gallery of our lensman's notable works. There it's titled "New Mexico." A former New Mexico resident who saw the image was slightly offended and called an Albuquerque TV station to complain. The TV station tracks down Joeff (cue fingers tapping a keyboard), the airport, and the state's tourism board. And say that "people" are offended by the image.

Atlanta Police say Gucci Mane was arrested - "again," several news outlets note - this weekend for carrying a weapon, marijuana possession, and disorderly conduct. Since the rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, is a convicted felon, he's not allowed to own a weapon.

A church will hold a fundraiser for a woman who was paralyzed from the neck down after a man picked her up and dropped her on head at a Buckhead bar. Consuela Pippins, who was apparently uninsured at the time, is recovering at the Shepherd Center. Police have not made any arrests in the incident.

Crisis averted! Maybe! The United States and Russia have reached an agreement on how to handle Syria's chemical weapons, possibly preventing future military intervention in the Middle Eastern country. The deal itself could pose challenges.

Rescuers and residents in Colorado, which has been devastated by floods, are scrambling to help more people as rain continues to fall.

Worth reading behind the AJC paywall: The financial guru advising Atlanta's pension funds did not disclose several federal tax liens and payments as part of a $1 million settlement in a lawsuit that accused him of fraud. Larry Gray, the financial advisor, claims he's done all that's needed.

Sunday reading for media nuts: Riptide, an ambitious oral history by the Nieman Journalism Lab looking at "the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, from 1980 to the present."

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