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Thursday, February 27, 2014

First Slice 2/27/14: 'Religious Freedom' bill not expected to survive

Ding dong! The bill is likely dead! It doesn't look like House Bill 1023, the Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, is going to make it out of the House Judiciary Committee before Monday's Crossover Day deadline, the date when legislation must be approved by at least one chamber to continue on its path to becoming a law. The bill has prompted a massive backlash among many groups including the LGBT community. If the bill was approved, it would allow businesses to deny service to pretty much anyone if business owners believed doing so would violate their "religious beliefs."

There is an Atlanta Beltline Northeast Study Group meeting tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at AMLI Parkside's clubroom (660 Ralph McGill Blvd). The meeting will cover a range of improvements proposed for the area around Ponce de Leon between Boulevard and Freedom Parkway. The idea of a plaza between North Ave. and Ponce City Market will also be discussed.

With proponents citing good manners and the potential to avert cases of road rage, the Ga House overwhelmingly approved a new bill that would make it a misdemeanor for any driver on a divided highway who does not move to the right when a car going faster approaches from behind. So for anyone who can't drive 55 because they're living life in the fast lane, this bill is for you.

Yesterday morning, a group of protestors representing three local human rights groups gathered outside the South Cobb DMV tag office to discourage people from purchasing a newly- designed plate that benefits the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The tag prominently features the Confederate flag.

A woman dressed as a Waffle House area manager entered a southeast Waffle House yesterday morning. She immediately began inspecting the diner, starting in the restroom and then making her way behind the counter where she checked out the kitchen area. She then inspected the cash register, opened the drawer, removed $100 or so in cash, and then calmly exited the Waffle House. She was not a Waffle House employee. Never forget: Don't dress for the job you have, always dress for the job you want to pretend to have.

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