Sunday, October 13, 2013

First Slice 10/13/13: Ongoing federal government shutdown could soon affect state workers, Deal warns

Posted By on Sun, Oct 13, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Im just kind of bummed out, ya know?

Gov. Nathan Deal said that the continued federal government shutdown could soon hurt some state agencies that depend on funding from Washington, D.C., thought he's not certain which ones. What will hurt even more, he says: failure to raise the debt ceiling, the next avoidable controversy Congress is set to debate. [11 Alive autoplay warning]

Think North Fulton's new cities run like clockwork and are free of the political bickering that plagued the governments they tried to escape? Take a look at affluent Johns Creek, where some an elected official is calling for the resignation of the city manager. The city manager says he's caught in the crossfire over an investigation of the mayor.

John Portman, the developer and architect credited with both transforming the city's skyline but helping to kill its once vibrant street life, was honored late last week at the Hyatt Regency, the landmark atrium-style hotel he designed. Portman, who grew up near Downtown during the Great Depression, says he's concerned about how technology is affecting how people interact.

The off-duty Atlanta Police Department officer who died after he lost control of his car last week in Douglas County was laid to rest on Saturday.

Worth reading behind the AJC paywall: Who needs campaign contributions from moms and pops in your district when you can just rely on giant donations from faceless political action committees and special interests?

People in 17 states who tried to use food stamps with debit-style cards, including Georgia, were turned away at registers yesterday after the system shut down. The system is now back up and running.

Why is the estate of poet Shel Silverstein blocking biographers from quoting his work?

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