Crime & Courts
The Georgia congressman discusses his legislation and the momentum it’s gained since events in Ferguson
The lawmaker, who has served Georgia’s 4th congressional district since 2007, has set his sights on reforming the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program, the mechanism through which local law enforcement agencies can request and obtain military surplus equipment.Read more
Imagining what could be next for the the actor-director who just trademarked WWJD
As further evidence that he always gets what he wants (well, everything except an Oscar), Atlanta film mogul and Caribbean island owner Tyler Perry has won a trademark battle over the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” This despite the fact that the other party, Kimberly Kearney, reportedly filed for the trademark months before Perry ever did. No, Tyler Perry did not coin this phrase. (Nor did Kearney.) But evidently, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, that doesn’t matter.
It occurred to us that this could be the beginning of an avalanche of applications with the Trademark Office by Perry and his sycophants. Heck, if he can have “What Would Jesus Do?”, it’s only a matter of time before he attaches his name to other phrases. And so, we can expect the following soon:Read more
As Georgia’s new law goes into effect, mayor Kasim Reed bans firearms from city facilities.
In all of yesterday’s excitement over soccer and waffles, it might have slipped your mind that July 1 also marked the start of Georgia’s new gun law. The so-called “Guns Everywhere” law increases the public places where firearms can be carried—including bars, nightclubs, and some government facilities.Read more
Surprising: But not closer to the city
Conventional wisdom—and decades of TV cops shows—may lead you to believe that the city is dangerous and undereducated while the suburbs are havens for all things intellectual. In some places those stereotypes may well hold true.Read more
Evidently, we rank right between Melbourne and Mecca.
Well, Atlanta, be careful what you wish for. The endless touting of the ATL as a world-class city is paying off, with our town squeaking into the top 25 on a new Guardian study of global city brands. Barely.Read more
Cormier brothers point fingers at each other while the judge punishes both
Taking the stand at his own murder trial, a tearful William Cormier III implied that it was not him, but his twin brother, Christopher, who [killed former journalist Sean Dugas in his Pensacola, Florida home] in 2012. But the Escambia County jury was unmoved, convicting William of murder and sentencing him to life in prison without parole.Read more
Bernice King: “Our father MUST be turning in his grave”
Martin Luther King Jr.’s children are no strangers to the Fulton County courthouse. Their legal dramas have been the subject of news stories for years. In the latest wrangling, brothers Dexter and Martin, filed a complaint on Friday, asking their younger sister, Bernice, to turn over MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize and his Bible.Read more
Christopher takes deal, maintains he did not witness brother kill Florida journalist
After being inseparable for their entire lives, including being jailed together for the past fourteen months in Escambia County, Florida, the Cormier twins are now taking divergent paths.Read more
Patrick Cotrona’s family raised funds for seven billboards around East Atlanta
After East Atlanta Village resident Patrick Cotrona was [fatally shot last May], his sister Kate Cotrona Krumm drew attention to his case by posting a poignant hand-lettered sign on a telephone pole near the spot where her brother died. Block letters on a big sheet of cardboard paid tribute to a “brother and a kind and loving son and uncle and friend.” On Thursday afternoon, Krumm unveiled another sign—a massive billboard advertising a $25,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of two people suspected in the death of her brother.Read more