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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

First Slice 1/15/14: MARTA suspends 500 riders for violating new conduct code

MARTA has suspended 500 riders since Nov. 9 as part of its latest effort to curb poor behavior on trains and in stations. The agency can now stop people from riding if they do things such as panhandling, soliciting, eating, drinking, or spitting.

Druid Hills Baptist Church is looking to sell a large chunk of its land to a mixed-use developer. Eric Kronberg, principal of Atlanta-based architecture firm Kronberg Wall, said that his company and the century-old church are "still coordinating a lot of the issues with the neighborhood." The Poncey-Highland church will remain at its current location.

Mark your calendars, Georgia voters. State lawmakers have passed a bill setting the 2014 primary date for May 20.

Did Cobb commissioners' briefings on the Braves violate the Open Meetings Act? Atlanta magazine's Jim Walls digs into the matter.

Mayor Kasim Reed will head to Brazil in April to talk with foreign investors about pouring some cash into metro Atlanta. "This trade mission to Brazil will strengthen Atlanta's position as an international economic capital, expand opportunities for our businesses and foster job creation," he said in a statement.

A federal court has struck down major parts of the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet rules. The decision worries many net neutrality advocates who say Internet service providers will no longer treat all web traffic equally. "We will consider all available options, including those for appeal, to ensure that these networks on which the Internet depends continue to provide a free and open platform for innovation and expression, and operate in the interest of all Americans." FCC chair Tom Wheeler said in a statement.

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