Wednesday, April 9, 2014

First Slice 4/9/14: Beltline trademark fight ensues over naming rights

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Atlanta Beltline Inc., the nonprofit tasked with the construction of the 22-mile greenspace loop, has sent a cease and desist letter to Beltline & Co., Scoutmob Co-founder Michael Tavani's new startup space, over possible trademark infringement.

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order to give $4 million to help pay for lawyers to represent poor defendants without any kind of conflict of interest between clients. "I hope this is an important first step in making sure the Georgia Supreme Court's opinion is implemented and that there are no lawyers representing people who have conflicting interests," Stephen Bright of the Southern Center for Human Rights told the Associated Press.

More DeKalb corruption? It appears so. An unnamed (so far) politician has allegedly solicited bribes. "I can't believe there is another cloud rising with DeKalb County's name to it," DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May told the AJC. "It's another black eye at a time when my biggest heartburn is how to build confidence back in our government."

A world without bats? That could happen as a deadly fungus spreads among northeast Georgia's bat population. "Right now we're seeing up to 100 percent mortality," Georgia State University researcher Chris Cornelison tells WABE. "And so if we continue to allow this to go, there's nothing that would indicate that we won't be in a world without bats - or at least a North America without bats - at some point."

Here's the biggest surprise you'll see today: Atlanta wins in all things Waffle House. (No, it's not really shocking, but it's something you needed to be plotted on a 3-D map!)

ICYMI: The Office of Cultural Affairs has cancelled today's "info session" about controversial art ordinance.

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