Crime Pays

Like most Anglo-Saxon surnames, Slaughter probably derives from an ancestor’s occupation: a butcher or someone else who got his hands bloody for a living.

Lawman

"What's happenin', my friend?" Vernon Keenan is saying hello to a large, shy-looking man named John Gibson in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s main elevator, as the doors open and Keenan steps in. The top of his balding head reaches just past Gibson’s shoulders.

This Land Is My Land

Just before 10 a.m. on September 7, 2009, residents of Mill Creek heard gunshots. Some heard one shot; others as many as three. At the time it did not seem important.
Keith Parker

Keith Parker puts us back on track

MARTA CEO Keith Parker's biggest project yet is the construction of three new rail lines expected to cost upwards of $8 billion. In MARTA’s history, the ambition of Parker’s expansion plan is rivaled only by the ambition behind the agency’s creation five decades ago.

Anne Cox Chambers

Even though Anne (with an e, please) Cox Chambers reigns as the richest person in Atlanta—her estimated $13.4 billion almost ten times what Arthur Blank could cough up—you wouldn’t necessarily know it after a visit with the Cox Enterprises doyenne.

Have You Dined at Ford’s Lately?

Several architects, interior designers, and restaurant conceptualists swivel their heads to look around the room, and a couple of them thoughtfully clear their throats.
Michael Rigolizzo duckweed

Mr. Rigolizzo and the amazing miracle weed that will save Sparta, Georgia! (Or not.)

Michael Rigolizzo, who may or may not be the best thing that’s happened to Sparta, Georgia, in generations, drove into town for the first time four years ago and found himself charmed. To be charmed by downtown Sparta requires a generous spirit and a vivid imagination.

Lisa Cremin

After the economy went pear-shaped, Cremin and the Community Foundation—which in 2010 alone paired nonprofit causes with $99 million from donors—made a crucial decision. They changed the way competitive funds—including the one Cremin created...

Rock Royalty

Chuck Leavell is considered by many to be the greatest rock pianist alive. Gregg Allman once said, “I know some good piano players, man, but . . . Chuck smokes ’em.”

“We Cannot Waste a Single Day”

For children with brain tumors—and for their families—the struggles that come after a diagnosis can be unimaginable. Candice Dyer explores how some parents are lightening the burden for those who will come next, whether by establishing a biorepository for scientists, lobbying for more research dollars, or simply helping a family with its bills.

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