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Sunday, August 3, 2014

First Slice 8/3/14: R.I.P., Pete Van Wieren

R.I.P., longtime Atlanta Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren. The Braves Hall of Famer announcer, who retired in 2008, was battling cancer. He was 69.

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of two Americans infected with Ebola who will be treated at Emory University Hospital, arrived yesterday and was able to walk from the ambulance to the facility. There's no need to panic about the patients' arrival, Rebecca Burns of Atlanta Magazine writes. It's OK to ask, as Atlanta's Dr. Ford Vox does, who made the call to invite the first active case of Ebola to North America.

A Clayton County robber somehow snuck into my nightmares and has brought them to life.

Atlanta's VA Medical Center drastically needs to improve its services, veterans and their families told the AJC. The DeKalb County facility ranks in the bottom third of the VA's hospital network. “There will always be someone at the bottom (of the rankings) even if it is not even a clinically relevant difference,” Director Leslie Wiggins told the paper.

Family and friends of the woman who was brutally beaten while exercising on the Silver Comet Trail walked along the popular path on Saturday in her honor. Her brother-in-law is urging people to not let the incident scare them from walking and biking the trail.

Take a deep dive into Singapore's plans to build a massive surveillance network - and a "more harmonious society?"

Imagine finding a loved one killed and then waiting hours for law enforcement authorities to arrive. It can happen in Alaskan native villages, some of which are arguably unpoliced.

ICYMI: Developer Jeff Fuqua says Walmart won't occupy the anchor retail spot in his proposed (and controversial) 800 Glenwood Ave. project. It's Kroger!

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