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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:

3 things we learned from Clark Howard’s new book

Living Large for the Long Haul, the latest foray into publishing from the radio host, consumer advocate, and former mayoral hopeful (?!), provides vignettes from fifty different types of savings success stories. Since Clark Howard lives in Atlanta, many of his examples come from the metro area.

Let’s give $200 mil to Spanx instead of the Falcons

Forbes magazine’s much-anticipated 2013 Swimsuit Issue list of the world’s billionaires was published yesterday. Mexican telecommunications giant and all-around biz whiz Carlos Slim tops the roster with an estimated $73 billion fortune. Like my dad always said, “You’ll know you’ve made it when your next $100,000,000 goes to the right of the decimal point.”

The Believer

Evander Holyfield yawned once, twice, three times. Even a young boxer’s eyes look perpetually tired—the damage quickly accumulates around them—but at the Westin on Peachtree, at a cacophonous professional boxing event called the Big Rock Out, the forty-eight-year-old Holyfield slouched in his chair, eyelids drooping.

Interview: Arthur Blank

Arthur Blank turned sixty-five last September, in the middle of the worst year of his professional life. Just weeks before, Michael Vick, the marquee Falcons quarterback around whom Blank had built the team, had pleaded guilty to running a dog-fighting ring out of his home in Virginia.

Mr. Cheap Goes to City Hall

The cars keep coming—sedan, coupe, SUV, SUV, hybrid, van, SUV, truck, station wagon, sedan, truck. It's midmorning and technically well after the end of rush hour, on a leafy, tree-lined residential street. But this is the ATL, the automotive industry's bitch, whose car-clogged freeways and surface-street arteries are choking on a diet of pure vehicular cholesterol, and traffic just keeps on coming.

Million-Dollar Dweeb

Atlanta’s millionaire consumer guru Clark Howard never aimed to be a media star, much less the darling of the public and the object of beautiful women’s attentions. The bespectacled Howard is a self-described nerd, a dweeb, or as he expresses it, “a complete flake,” whose idea of a fun Saturday night is sitting at the computer searching for best buys.

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