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Tex McIver

Tex and Diane McIver had it all. Now she’s dead, and he’s going on trial for his life.

Tex McIver has become a symbol. What kind of symbol says more about who we are than who he is. To those close to him, convinced that he loved his wife Diane without question and could no more shoot her intentionally than sprout wings and fly out of his jail cell, Tex is a victim of reverse prejudice, a convenient scapegoat for a society riven by class and racial resentments. Or is he, surrounded by his half-dozen defense attorneys, nothing more than a rich white man who believes the rules do not apply to him, who has spent decades with his thumb on the scales of power, who’s cynically exploiting race-based fears to cover up the opportunistic murder of his wife?
Kendrick Lamar

Atlanta Must Reads for the Week: The Second Amendment workplace, remembering Bankroll Fresh, and the future of Black Lives Matter

The best stories each week about Atlanta, from Atlanta-based writers, and beyond.
Gold Dome

Gold Dome Preview: Eleven issues to watch during the 2016 legislative session

Many more details will be revealed in the next few weeks. But here are some of the key questions the lawmakers on their way to Atlanta face coming into the 2016 legislative session.

At Hartsfield-Jackson airport, it’s not always the travelers who pose the safety risk

“That kind of trafficking—whether it’s money or guns—within the airport, it creates an additional layer of harm to the community,” says John Horn, U.S. attorney in Atlanta. “The airport is such a huge institution to [Atlanta]; we have the obligation to make sure that it’s safe.”

Mayor: Guns will not be everywhere in the City of Atlanta

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.

Not surprising: Gun stores outnumber museums and libraries in much of North Georgia

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.

Where guns go to die

The Atlanta field office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives seized more than 900 firearms last fiscal year. Some end up in museums, while others are repurposed for use by law enforcement. But most of them are destroyed.

Everyone is in awe of Antoinette Tuff

The Twitterverse adores her bravery, and rightly so.

Guns win, cable companies fail, and other Gold Dome action

Just to follow up on yesterday's posts regarding legislation facing the Crossover Day deadline at the General Assembly, here are a couple of recaps.

Will Georgia allow guns in churches, bars, and college classrooms?

It’s the so-called Crossover Day at the state capitol, the thirtieth day of the forty-day General Assembly and the day by which bills must pass out of at least one chamber of the legislature into the other in order to be enacted during that year’s session.

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