Sunday, November 24, 2013

First Slice 11/24/13: Atlanta nonprofit gives Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy an equality award?

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The Urban League of Greater Atlanta has decided to give Chick-fil-A president and CEO Dan Cathy, who last year denounced same-sex marriages, an award that honors "champions of justice and equality." Yes, that's the same guy who said the "founding fathers would be ashamed" of the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.

The Omni Hotel will be giving Joel Hartman, a 36-year-old homeless man, a generous reward after he returned a guest's stolen wallet. That'll include $500, a free night's stay at the hotel on Thanksgiving, dinner, and some room service.

As we reported last week, Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow used city funds to shuttle seniors to a campaign event. The city's ethics board fined her $2,000 following a hearing this week. "My former staff member," Winslow wrote to the ethics board, "who incorrectly submitted the invoice is no longer in my employment. ... I would certainly not have had the city pay for a campaign activity." She was fined for a similar infraction four years ago.

Mayor Kasim Reed thinks cash for future transit along the Atlanta Beltline should come from both the public and private sectors. "I believe that is the right way to go because I'd like to ride the light rail while I'm alive," he said.

Atlanta Police officers forcibly removed a troubled male passenger from a plane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after he starting screaming that a bomb was on the plane. Another passenger filmed the scene on his smartphone.

How much did Georgia's film industry reel in throughout 2013? $3.3 billion.

Former Los Angeles Lakers veteran Michael Cooper will be the Atlanta Dream's next head coach.

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