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Liliana Bakhtiari is making national headlines. Is that enough to win an Atlanta City Council seat?
It’s rare enough when an Atlanta City Council candidate rates a mention in her own hometown newspaper, so it's doubly unusual that Liliana Bakhtiari—who’s running to unseat longtime District 5 incumbent Natalyn Archibong—has garnered national press from such outlets as Teen Vogue and the Huffington Post.
Learn before you burn: What to know about Atlanta’s new marijuana law
Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to pass legislation that will decrease penalties for less than an ounce of marijuana possession. But misinformation about the law started spreading as soon as the vote was passed. Here's every question you have about the new ordinance, answered.
Hooray! Killer Mike was awarded his own day
Not so long after Southern hip-hop legend Big Boi said "Killer Mike" Render should run for Atlanta Mayor, the homegrown rapper and activist received a proclamation from Atlanta City Council claiming July 17, 2017 in his honor.
The dilemma of Dykes Drive
Some speculate that the constant theft of a Buckhead street's signs is a tradition for local teenagers or some college prank that never gets old. But agitated residents are petitioning City Hall to change the street name to Tuxedo Forest Drive.
Cheshire Bridge to keep adult business, council votes
With a packed audience of firefighters, strippers, commercial developers and lawyers, today’s Atlanta City Council meeting provided an unusually rich showcase for how downright weird local policy-making can be.
Pay hike makes council jobs more enticing, challengers come out early
Back in December, the Atlanta City Council raised some eyebrows by giving itself a future salary increase far beyond the typical cost-of-living, consumer-price-index variety. When the dust settled on the 10–4 vote, council pay for the upcoming term jumped more than 50 percent, to just over $60,000 beginning in 2014.
Stopping crime by making it illegal
I was drawn to this 11 Alive online story by the appalling headline "Transvestite prostitutes becoming more violent in Midtown." For Pete's and Patricia's sake, the headline isn't just offensive because it uses a term many consider an epithet. It's also constructed in a way that a) implies transgendered prostitutes are an organized unit perpetrating violence b) assumes the people allegedly involved in a particular alleged attack were, in fact, prostitutes and c) conjures a delicious mental image of a planning meeting where a group of men dressed as women plan a raid on Mary Mac's.