First Slice

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

First Slice 7/5/16: CNN Center to get a major overhaul

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 9:39 AM

CNN Center, Colony Square, and Peachtree Center — all constructed in the 60s and 70s — are up for overhauls intended to bring new life to the modernist but out-of-touch hi-rises. CNN Center's renovations will focus on ground floor retail and food court space, while potentially creating a new entertainment district around Philips Arena.

An Atlanta-based airline mechanic lost his job and is under investigation after being accused of threatening Las Vegas police while in a security line at McCarran Airport. 

A father of three was shot and killed over a parking spot in DeKalb County Monday night. The incident occurred at a Chevron gas station on Flat Shoals Road.

The NBA shuffles continues with Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City for the Golden State, making the Warriors championship favorites again next season.

Enjoy the 4th? Here's a history lesson: Apparently, some of the founding fathers desperately wanted to expound on the threat of slave revolts encouraged by England as a main point in the Declaration of Independence.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, July 1, 2016

First Slice 7/1/16: Tests show more than a dozen Atlanta schools with elevated lead levels

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 9:03 AM

  • Joeff Davis/CL File
New test results show that drinking water at more than a dozen Atlanta schools have elevated levels of lead, "some as high as 15 times the federal limit for water systems. 'What was most upsetting to me were the numbers that were really, really high,' said Amy Kirby, an assistant professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health." Testing, which began in the spring and has so far included 30 schools and buildings, should be completed by late July. 

Nancy Grace says see ya later to CNN after 12 years. 

The Pentagon announced yesterday it has lifted the ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military. "Implementation of the policies associated with lifting the ban will begin immediately, but [Defense Secretary Ash] Carter noted that the process would occur in stages over the next year, a timetable that is comparable to the time it took to train the force following the lifting of 'don't ask, don't tell,' which had banned openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the military. 'Simply declaring a change in policy is not effective implementation,' Carter said. 'That's why we have worked hard on the implementation plan and must continue to do so.'"

A Baltimore judge says Adnan Sayed, the 35-year-old subject of the "Serial" podcast serving a life sentence for the 1999 killing of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, will get a new trial. "Retired Judge Martin Welch, who had denied Syed's previous request for a new trial, vacated Syed's conviction Thursday and said questions about cellphone tower evidence should have been raised by his trial team. The ruling came four months after a hearing that included testimony from an alibi witness who had been featured in 'Serial.'"

Finally, a few ideas on where to watch fireworks this Fourth of July weekend. 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, June 30, 2016

First Slice 6/30/16: Maybe Atlanta drivers suck because most of y'all ain't from Atlanta?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 9:33 AM

  • Joeff Davis/CL File

Cobb County passed a law against allowing private game day parking in the vicinity near the future Braves stadium
. The Braves organization raked in a whopping $4.6 million in parking fees alone last year at Turner Field, but Cobb officials claim the ordinance was set in February strictly for public safety. Wink, wink. 

WE'RE NO. 1: Atlanta's home shortage ranks worst in the nation

The City of Atlanta hopes to combat the rising murder rate by getting guns off the street, among othe things, Mayor Kasim Reed said at a press conference yesterday where he introduce the "Summer Operation Action Plan" with local and federal law enforcement. While overall crime stats are down, the murder count is already approaching 60 and on pace to reach 100, which has yet to happen in any year during Reed's tenure.

It's official: Atlanta has some of the worst drivers in the country. But wait, drivers in 16 other cities actually fare worse. In related news, Atlanta also has an extremely high rate of transplants. So yeah, you do the math.

Borish, scratch that, Boris Johnson — the pro-Brexit bloke with the wily hair — has tucked his tail and decided not to run for prime minister of the UK. His ally Michael Gove plans to run instead. "My role will be to give every possible support to the next Conservative administration, to make sure that we properly fulfill the mandate o fthe people that was delivered at the referendum, and to champion the agenda I believe in." Weak sauce.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

First Slice 6/29/16: Georgia Power investigating chemical leaks at three power plants

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Arsenic, beryllium, and selenium have leaked into groundwater at three coal-fired power plants in Georgia - BRINGAID/FLICKR/CL FILE
  • Arsenic, beryllium, and selenium have leaked into groundwater at three coal-fired power plants in Georgia
Georgia Power has found evidence that chemicals such as arsenic, beryllium, and selenium leaked into groundwater at three coal-fired power plants throughout the state. It is possible the contaminants came from Georgia Power's coal ash ponds, and the company is conducting further tests to check. Aaron Mitchell, Georgia Power's general manager of environmental affairs, says none of the chemicals have gotten into deeper aquifers.

Columbus, Georgia's Fort Benning held its first LGBT Pride celebration this week. Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith organized the event in response to the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. She felt it was important for soldiers and civilians to have a place to grieve and find support. “We celebrate Pride because the military is an organization that values its people," Smith said during a speech. "We celebrate Pride for all the reasons we celebrate any other diversity group, because we value our differences.”

Publix Supermarkets has its eye on the Atlanta Civic Center site. The grocery store is in talks with Weingarten Realty Investors to be the anchor of the planned mixed-use development there. If the store moves in, it would serve areas of Downtown and Old Fourth Ward that are now considered food deserts.

In court on Monday, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was found not guilty of driving under the influence after he was charged three years ago. The jury did find him guilty of driving without headlights.

An attack on Istanbul's Ataturk Airport yesterday left 41 dead and 239 injured. Three terrorists struck the arrivals hall and nearby parking areas, first opening gunfire and then detonating themselves with explosive devices. Turkey's Prime Minister has declared a national day of mourning for the victims.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

First Slice 6/28/16: This is what gentrification looks like in Buckhead

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Atlanta artist Chris Veal's mural on Ponce speaks volumes. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
  • Joeff Davis/CL File
  • Atlanta artist Chris Veal's mural on Ponce speaks volumes.

You know Atlanta redevelopment has jumped the shark when Buckhead's the latest target
. More Irby Avenue landmarks — like the Five Paces Inn in operation since 1955 — are being threatened by the continued onslaught of high-rise apartments and highfalutin shops.

Have you seen the view from Ponce City Market's rooftop and vintage Skyline Park? It's gearing up to open to the general public as early as this Friday, with a beer-garden style restaurant Nine Mile to jump on board in August. Nobody get drunk and fall off, umkay.

Four people were arrested during a deportation protest yesterday in Downtown Atlanta. 

Georgia Tech's expansion continues as it prepares to acquire 52 acres and four buildings from Lockheed Martin's Cobb County campus.

The Supreme Court continues its rollout of landmark decisions this session. Yesterday's abortion-related ruling will stave off the threatened shutdown of clinics in some states. But not without a fight.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, June 24, 2016

First Slice 6/24/16: Sandy Springs hates Cobb's "nightmare" Braves traffic plan

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 8:44 AM

"Why sit in traffic on the highway when you could sit in traffic on a local street?" - ATLANTA BRAVES
  • Atlanta Braves
  • "Why sit in traffic on the highway when you could sit in traffic on a local street?"
Cobb County announced a plan this week to direct Braves traffic off I-285 and onto local streets in Sandy Springs. The idea is to use "dynamic" signs that urge drivers to reduce highway congestion by exiting earlier and taking Northside Drive and Powers Ferry to get to the game. Sandy Springs (and most of metro Atlanta) thinks the plan is a nightmare.

Democratic lawmakers led by Congressman John Lewis, D-Atlanta, ended their House chamber sit-in for gun control measures after nearly 26 hours. The protesters were unable to secure a pledge from Republican leaders to take action on two firearms-related bills, but Lewis says the fight will continue. "We got in the way," he says. "We got into trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble. We must keep the faith and come back here... more determined than ever before.”

Remember those 30 Glocks that Atlanta Public Schools feared were stolen? Don't worry, says APS. No weapons are missing, although school officials aren't totally sure how many firearms they actually have.

The Beltline Eastside Trail has a new access point at The Plaza at North Avenue, where pedestrians and cyclists can also take a load off and rest on track-side benches. Another access point is under construction at Ralph McGill Boulevard.

Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The value of the pound has taken a hit, and Prime Minister David Cameron is stepping down.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, June 23, 2016

First Slice 6/23/16: Ga. court transcript reads like perverted courtroom porn lit

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 9:39 AM

This sexually explicit, profane exchange between a judge and a defendant makes your typical courtroom drama look tamer than Saturday morning cartoons. Not even a running contempt tab of 10 years in prison could quiet down this murder suspect in a Rome, Ga. courtroom last week as he bragged about the size of his member, dared to whip it out and pleasure himself in the courtroom, and threatened to kill the judge's family. Yet somehow the judge, trying to hold it together, still trumps his bad behavior with a homophobic remark. 

Looks like the Masquerade may be moving to the industrial west side. A low-rise warehouse north of Huff Road will undergo $200,000 in renovation and house the former North Avenue music venue, if permits are approved. 

“When he first got killed, the first thing that a lot of people said was, ‘Man, Nando ain’t play somebody’s record. Somebody got upset and ran up on him — that was the rumor," former Coalition DJs manager Nick Love says in a piece about how the murder of strip club DJ Nando marked the end of an era in Atlanta hip-hop.

A look back at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta includes recollections from the state trooper assigned to chauffeur torch-bearer Muhammad Ali to Omar Phillips, tour drummer for OutKast.

ICYMI: Civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman John Lewis got into his trademark brand of "good trouble" yesterday by leading a sit-in on the floor of the House in an effort to push for gun control legislation.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

First Slice 6/22/16: OK who has all the beer?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 9:51 AM

  • CL File
Beer thieves hijacked two SweetWater Brewing trailers and made off with more than 3,000 cases of the brewery's Summer Variety Pack. Some of the 420s, IPAs, Take Two Pils, and Goin’ Coastals were recovered, but it still adds up to a significant loss for the local beermaker since any of the beer involved in the incident will have to be destroyed, said a brewery spokesperson. If someone tries to sell you black market SweetWater, the brewery is asking you report it to 404-691-2537 or email

Atlanta Public Schools is missing ... around 30 Glocks. "The suspected theft comes as the school district forms its own police department to replace the Atlanta Police Department officers who had patrolled local schools. District officials have said an in-house police force will give them more control over how officers are assigned and trained." APS isn't answering questions about its weapons inventory. The cost of the missing guns could be around $15,000.

Georgia Tech is now the proud owner of Midtown's historic Biltmore building, which is home to a number of tech and energy companies. The Biltmore Residences were not part of the sale to the Georgia Tech Foundation. "We look forward to integrating this iconic structure into our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, where it will help us accommodate additional innovation centers and startups that want to take advantage of the energy, expertise and technologies at Georgia Tech, as well as the collaborative spirit in one of the South’s most thriving innovation neighborhoods,” said Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson.

Atlanta-based artist Martin Dawe has been tapped to create a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. on the state Capitol grounds. The original artist chosen for the commission, Andy Davis, died in a motorcycle accident last year.

The 2016 Music Midtown lineup is here. Beck and the Killers are among the headliners and local acts include Raury and the Coathangers. The festival will take place Sept. 17-18 at Piedmont Park. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

First Slice 6/21/16: Vincent Fort 'very likely' to enter Atlanta mayoral race

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 9:44 AM

State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
  • Joeff Davis/CL File
  • State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta
The case of Kendrick Johnson, the Valdosta teen who was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat at his high school, has been closed by federal investigators who failed to bring charges against anyone. They cite insufficient evidence of foul play. In a civil suit, Johnson's parents alleged their son was killed by a classmate who is also the son of an FBI agent. They also believe GBI, school officials, and local law enforcement colluded in the cover-up.

A $10,000 reward has been set to solicit leads in the case of Atlanta teenager Bridget Shiel's murder. Her body was found naked and riddled with gunshots in Oakland City Park last month. During Monday's press conference, city councilwoman Cleta Winslow said she put up $5,000 toward the reward, which was matched by the Atlanta Police Foundation.

State Senator Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, has unofficially declared his intent to enter the Atlanta mayoral race. “It’s very likely that I will run for mayor of the city of Atlanta," Fort said during an on-camera interview at a charity event over the weekend. "City Hall has lost its way. People in neighborhoods are coming in second to big shots and downtown. We need to change that.”

Mr. Chocolate is the pretentious nickname of a home for sale in Capitol View that was renovated by a local architect who deems himself a "future celebrity." Also of note, it was "amazingly designed with the 3 S's in mind: Simple, Sleek, and SBeltline."

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling yesterday made it legal to use evidence obtained during unlawful police stops resulting in arrests. But the real news surrounding the ruling is Judge Sonia Sotomayor's dissent, which addressed how the ruling would unjustly impact people of color who are already subject to racial profiling and police harassment. Referencing such texts as W.E.B. DuBois' "The Souls of Black Folk," James Baldwin's "The Fire Next Time," Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow," and TaNehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," she concluded, in part: "We must not pretend that the countless people who are routinely targeted by police are 'isolated.' They are the canaries in the coal mine whose deaths, civil and literal, warn us that no one can breathe in this atmosphere.... They are the ones who recognize that unlawful police stops corrode all our civil liberties and threaten all our lives. Until their voices matter too, our justice system will continue to be anything but. I dissent."

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, June 17, 2016

First Slice 6/17/16: What's the verdict on this APD Running Man Challenge?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 9:42 AM

MIC DROP: Jermaine Dupri and Atlanta Police Department Chief George Turner close out the APD Running Man Challenge. - SCREENSHOT/YOUTUBE
  • screenshot/YouTube
  • MIC DROP: Jermaine Dupri and Atlanta Police Department Chief George Turner close out the APD Running Man Challenge.

The Atlanta Streetcar has two weeks to straighten up and ride right
. That's how much time the Georgia Department of Transportation is giving the City of Atlanta and Marta to address problems, including bad maintenance, inadequate staffing, and failure to correctly investigate accidents.

The APD has cleared the man who'd allegedly made threats against gay bars in Atlanta via his Twitter account. “We believe somebody else made that post,” Atlanta police Maj. Paul Guerrucci said at a news conference. “That would lead us to believe the post is not credible.” It's unknown whether the APD addressed past messages of concern made from the same account during yesterday's press conference. Meanwhile, the investigation continues.

While the crackdown on welfare recipients continues with certain states fighting for the right to drug test them for eligibility, one U.S. congresswoman is suggesting the country's wealthiest citizens should have to do the same. Milwaukee congresswoman Gwen Moore is "sick and tired, and sick and tired of being sick and tired, of the criminalization of poverty." She introduced a bill yesterday called the Top 1% Accountability Act, which would force taxpayers with more than $150,000 itemized deductions annually — i.e. rich folk — to pass drug tests for the IRS.

A slew of corporate sponsors, including Ford, Wells Fargo, UPS, Motorola, and J.P. Morgan, have pulled out of the Republican convention, despite being previous sponsors in 2012. None mention Trump as the cause — as if they really needed to.

Last not least, have you seen the video of the Atlanta Police Department doing the Running Man Challenge? Props for getting buy-in from Big Boi live from Stankonia ("APD / Don't get meee!"), Jermaine Dupri, and for doing the Prep around the 3:16 mark. But overall, desperate PR stunt or community policing at its best? Y'all be the judge.
The Ultimate Doughnut Smackdown
The Ultimate Doughnut Smackdown

Search Events

Search Fresh Loaf

Recent Comments

© 2016 Creative Loafing Atlanta
Powered by Foundation