We billed this city: $1,825 for pizza and other curious findings from Atlanta’s new spending transparency database
In light of the FBI's investigation of City of Atlanta officials after concerns of bribery schemes, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms created Open Checkbook, which allows the public to monitor the city's spending. We looked through the resource and here's what we discovered:
Because the documentary explores John Lewis’s life, it is also, by necessity, a contemplation of heroism and sacrifice, by people like him who came from the humblest of origins.
This spring, 10 baby possums arrived by cardboard box to a newly opened wildlife rescue center in Johns Creek. The now nine-week-old joeys had been in their mother’s marsupium when she was killed by a car. Here, state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator Jess Legato gives one of them water with a syringe.
A decade ago, stellar turnarounds earned APS national praise. But now—in the wake of a cheating scandal that resulted in a trial, convictions, and TV footage of former educators handcuffed and headed for jail—gains at APS seem to come with an asterisk: Are they too good to be true?
Western culture idolizes feeling good, making us chronically incapable of facing human fragility. People shun discussions of death. They fear talking about grief. If you haven’t yet squirmed in grief’s grip, I’m sorry to say, it’s ahead.
Inside this purple cave, the walls are lined not with rocks but sports equipment: basketballs, tennis balls, footballs, soccer balls. Look closer, and you’ll see something else: Instead of rubber or leather, the balls are made of calcified amethyst crystal, pockmarked with sparkly pitted edges.
In 2013, the City of Atlanta agreed to fund $200 million of the $1.6 billion price tag for billionaire Arthur Blank’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. However, that covered only upfront development costs and did not account for operating and financing expenses, which will be paid with nearly 40 percent of the city’s hotel tax over the next 30 years, for a total investment of roughly $700 million. Blank pegs private dollars at $850 million, leaving 40 percent of the total cost coming from public coffers.
This month, you can catch Norman Reedus on the big screen in Triple 9, which was filmed in Atlanta in 2014. We recently spoke with Reedus about how the role compares to Daryl Dixon, his upcoming AMC show, and what to expect when TWD returns on Valentine’s Day.
Laid Back Festival features a Georgia-heavy lineup, including Atlanta singer-songwriter Michelle Malone
Joining Gregg Allman onstage at his Laid Back Festival is a Georgia-heavy lineup that includes Blackberry Smoke, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, the Kevn Kinney Band, and Michelle Malone, who first met Allman when they performed together at a tribute to Georgia music in 2014.
After performing at halftime during the Super Bowl, Travis Scott is performing at State Farm Arena; motorbikes jump, loop, and delight adrenaline junkies at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Monster Energy Supercross; the High Museum of Art showcases self-taught artists, sculptors, and photographers for Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads.