Sunday, February 2, 2014

First Slice 2/2/14: Blame for snowstorm failure starts at the top

Posted By on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Well, that was unexpected
Blame for the piss-poor preparation and response to Winter Storm Leon falls on government leadership, the AJC says. And it starts with Gov. Nathan Deal.

Atlanta Beltline visionary Ryan Gravel: "The collective 'we' of regional Atlanta should own up to our problem. We built a car-dependent region because that's what we wanted, and what happened on Tuesday simply underscores the inherent consequences of that decision. In the parts of the region that have access to transit and live more compactly in walkable areas, people fared reasonably well. They should - they've been investing in transit for over forty years. I spent my evening sledding with my kids on the Atlanta Beltline."

While some people this weekend were looking for the cars they abandoned on Georgia's interstates, one enterprising young man was allegedly posing as a tow-truck driver and stealing automobiles.

Mayor Kasim Reed is defending his police escort's use of emergency lanes to transport the city's chief executive for a Weather Channel interview last Tuesday as gridlock gripped the metro region.

No, Marietta Daily Journal, last week's Winter Storm Leon wasn't "Katrina on the 'Hooch." Hurricane Katrina was Hurricane Katrina.

Dylan Farrow, the adoptive daughter of Woody Allen and his ex-wife Mia Farrow, has for the first time publicly discussed the sexual abuse allegations against her father, re-opening the controversial issue. Allen in the past has denied all wrongdoing.

It's Groundhog Day! That rodent Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. This is 100 percent scientifically proven and accurate weather forecasting.

During Super Bowl commercial breaks, might we suggest some educational programming?

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