News & Opinion
As more cyclists arrive, the city is trying to accomodate them
I’ve been riding to and from work several days per week since May. Everything they tell you about the benefits of cycle commuting is true: I’ve lost eleven pounds, my back and neck are no longer stiff at the end of the workday, my posture has improved, my resting heart rate has dropped, and I’m saving gas money. Oh, and chicks dig it. And by chicks, I mean my four- and one-year-old daughters, who cheer when they see me on a bike.Read more
Local trick-or-treaters try to stack the odds ever in their favor
Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 12.30.13 PMWhen you flip on the porch lights to beckon trick-or-treaters or dress up and embark on your own quest for fun and sweets tonight, you can expect to see the standard Spidermen, Black Widows, and Elsas from Frozen. But according to the online discount site Sumo Coupon, more than a few costumers will be packing bows and quivers.Read more
A Georgia State University scientist is exploring ways to thwart fungal diseases that threaten bats and bees. Meanwhile, disease has been spotted in the serpent population.
A decline in bats—a population depletion of 6 million since 2006—leaves quite a large dent in natural insect extermination and presents an interesting research opportunity for scientists like Georgia State’s Christopher Cornelison.Read more
Advice from Fulton County Criminal Court mediator Denise Grant
When the fleet of news vans is docked, mast-like antennae jutting upward, outside of the Fulton County Courthouse, they are there for murder, corruption, the headliner drama of Superior Court. But while the big-shot prosecutors slug it out with the high-priced defense attorneys in front of the media gallery on the upper floors of 136 Pryor Street, real life plays out on the ground floor, in courtrooms 1A and 1B. This is State Court—Criminal Division, strictly for everyday misdemeanorsRead more
“Awesome,” says one of Price’s Ponzi scheme victims, on learning the sentence
This morning, U.S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield sentenced Aubrey Lee Price—the Georgia pastor who became an investment adviser, then a banker, then a fugitive—to a maximum of 30 years in prison stemming from a Ponzi scheme that evoked comparisons to the one masterminded by Bernie Madoff. The amount of restitution Price will owe to those he swindled is still to be determined, though it will likely be in the $46 million range.Read more
While some art is available to all, we need to consider those who live with it 365 days a year.
Atlanta’s emerging public art scene is exciting—murals and installations enliven our city and make it more engaging, and yes, they draw outsiders to parts of town that might otherwise be overlooked. But the controversy over the Krog Tunnel underscores the need to balance arts promotion and the concerns of communities that serve as the backdrops for street art.Read more
Season 5, Episode 3: Tainted meat
Each week, we comb through the guts of The Walking Dead, much like a horde of hungry walkers, to bring you the episode’s best moments, surprises, and other post-apocalyptic curiosities. This week: Remember to always fully cook your meat, lock your doors at night, and keep your promises.Read more
The latest exchange was little more than a rehash of campaign attack ads. Also, Libertarian Amanda Swafford chimed in.
The hour-long session amounted to little more than a re-hashing of Nunn and Perdue’s negative campaign ads, with the occasional oddball interjection by Swafford. It would have been more efficient to stay home and watch the ads on the candidates’ Facebook pages.Read more
High-tech mapping revealed 86 unmarked graves just a few feet from the fifth green of the North Fulton Golf Course
Ray Mock can remember the “poorhouses” next to the North Fulton Golf Course where he played as a teenage duffer. “Most of the people who lived there were elderly or ‘tetched,’ as we called it—or, as the census at the time cruelly termed them, ‘lunatics,’” he says.Read more
Five questions the Georgia state ethics investigation of Governor Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign never answered
(And what we found trying to answer them)
The state ethics commission is a mess, its organization and reputation in shambles. It’s forked over $3 million to four fired employees who blamed a cover-up in an investigation of Governor Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign, then fired its most recent director last month after a judge said she’d been “dishonest and nontransparent.”Read more