Archive for June, 2005

Puff puff, pass?

Tomorrow, Georgia’s smoking ban goes into effect in enclosed public areas like schools and banks. But as slow as things go down here, it won’t really start to kick in until October.
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Bobby Brown Brands Atlanta?

So in about 20 minutes, Bravo will premiere their reality show Being Bobby Brown chronicling the former New Edition member, his fallen star rehab wife, and their extended family over six months in the…well, in Atlanta.

Sorry, I was looking for some sort of smart and witty statement to describe the city.

While city officials are spending $15 million trying to find a brand for this Chattahoochee burg, Brown’s reality show may actually help out in that area by showcasing some of the city’s neighborhoods, premiere restaurants, shopping centers and hotels to a national audience. Sure, it’s no panhandling ban, but it may just be another weapon in the arsenal to help brand Atlanta as more than panhandlers, the Big Chicken and the Atlanta Braves.

So how does “Pit of the Peach State” strike ya?

Our very first!

If you pay attention to the Ga. Supreme Court, then you may have noticed that tomorrow Leah Sears will become the state’s first African-American Chief Justice (in fact, it’s the first of any state).

But I like the way that the Las Vegas Sun says it in the headline: “Ga. Justice Is State’s First Black Woman

Threat or Ideology?

At the risk of getting a little political (and maintaining my bizarre interest in the new Sandy Springs city) –
This is either a threat to Fulton County to buy the new city some leveraging power or it is true small government conservatism. Take your pick.

Nine days after Sandy Springs opted for a divorce from Fulton County, the committee also adopted a plan that could limit Fulton’s role in serving the new government and cost some county employees their jobs.

With little discussion and no dissent, committee members agreed to ask for proposals from private companies to provide key city services instead of contracting with Fulton. Services that could be privatized include parks, a 911 call center, street maintenance and even the regulation of adult entertainment.

advice from an IKEA veteran

Enough of all this talk about crime and abuse of women. It’s time to get to what’s really important.

Here follows a list of notes from yesterday’s IKEA trip.
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Fourth of July Downtown Happenings

If you’re like me, you’ve already decided to take off the Friday before the 4th to get that four-day weekend vibe going. If you’re in the Downtown corridor, check out some of these events:
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Paradelle For Atlanta

What up. I’m Will, the new guy here at the Atlanta Metroblog. I’ve been in Atlanta a little more than six months and am just getting used to the place. So far, I like it better than Minnesota.

I’ll get into the standard introductory stuff a little bit later. But first: To help myself process the difference between my Yankee expectations and the realities of Atlanta (which, in the North, we all think is Savannah), I wrote this silly thing. I share it with you now at the risk of making myself look pretentious and ridiculous, which I am.
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Resolution, sorta.

Someone in the office of City Council President Lisa Borders was kind enough to help me get some information from the police. Here’s the note they sent to me:

Andy,

I have contacted the ADP Zone 3 precinct for further information and was informed that after a search of the area, the women in question was never found. Unless something new turns up, there will be no further investigation of this incident. Should you have further questions, please contact Sgt. Yubuka, Zone 3, at 404.624.0674.

Please contact our office again if we may be of assistance in the future.

Ailena Gibby
Communications Associate
Lisa Borders, Atlanta City Council President

www.atlantaga.gov

That kinda settles this in my mind. If the woman doesn’t want to be found, I have to assume (and in my ‘hood, it’s a safe assumption) that she’s a hooker. That someone is a prostitute doesn’t justify anyone attacking her or tossing her from a car naked, but that’s less frightening than the thought of people randomly being grabbed and raped.

City of Atlanta Scorecard:

Police: Quick to respond to 911, but unwilling to do much else. I shouldn’t have to call the President of the City Council to get a simple answer.

And of course, there’s that tiny matter of the cops tolerating prostitutes and drug dealers standing along Dill Ave all day and all night even though me and my neighbors call the cops about it constantly.

City Council President Lisa Borders: A++. She was able to get me what I needed, some information. She has no authority over police matters and she’s only been in office since last summer, no I don’t hold her at all responsible for their misdeeds.

Council Member Joyce Shepard: Still haven’t heard back from her.

Noise In The Hood

Another update.

According to one of the neighbors here in lovely Capitol View, the naked woman knocked on her door, too. Naked woman asked neighbor for something to wear. Naked woman said that she was “put out of the car by a man” and needed a ride home to her “husband and child.

Neighbor refused to give a ride home and instead called the police. Naked woman, who at this point was dressed in my neighbor’s donated clothes, left. All this leads me to believe that she is a prostitute and that she had an altercation with a, er, client.

Burning Cobb County

In the interest of owning up to my new identity as that crimeblogging guy (something I wasn’t sure was a good thing after I was contacted by producers of A Current Affair because my web research turned up some goodies on the dutch kid suspected of harming Alabama teen Natalee Holloway on Aruba), and also because Andy has already started the ball rolling with his two entries about terror in SW Atlanta, I bring to you news of the most recent OTP arsonist. Some dude — they are nearly always dudes — is trying to burn down the commercial establishments of Cobb County. And yes, I do live uncomfortably close to the Fulton/Cobb county line.

From an article published by WSB TV at their website, titled Reward Issued for Information in Cobb Fires, a bit of MSM (MainStream Media) reportage for ya:

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information about recent fires at three Cobb County stores that authorities say were apparently deliberately set.

Anyone with information about the fires, that were reported Friday at a CVS pharmacy, Kroger and Publix grocery stories, was asked to call the Georgia Arson Hotline at 800-282-5804.

Investigators have determined that the blazes were an act of arson…

There is an implication in offering a reward for info about all three fires that one person was responsible. I believe, due to all three locations being commercial and in the same general area, that one person probably was responsible. The first thing I thought of was Joseph Wambaugh’s book about John Leonard Orr, Fire Lover. Orr was considered an expert in arson investigation, and the southern California fireman developed this expertise by being a prolific arsonist who tended to target commercial establishments.

Arsonists are very much like serial killers, and sometimes they become serial killers — they have a jones for power. So anyone who might have information to offer about this recent spate of suburban terrorism really should call that arson hotline and try and get the guy who is trying to burn the strip malls out of Cobb County off the streets. I grow as tired of the soulless windswept expanses of suburbia and Village of the Damned-looking kids playing soccer at dusk in every cul-de-sac as the next guy, but I’m kind of fond of CVS and their large selection of colorful tabloids, caffeine pills, cold medicines and Timex watches. That, and they always have those special pills that I obviously need.

Seriously, though — arsonists, like serial killers, rarely stop of their own accord. So be vigilant, and help, if you are able.


Appropos of nothing, I want to introduce the three people who might not know to ScaredMonkeys.com. I wouldn’t tack this unrelated note on my arsonist entry but for the fact that Tom, one of the two guys who created that very popular blog, is an Atlanta-area resident. That, and the Scared Monkeys have been all over the Natalee Holloway [Google search] story like newsprint on sweaty fingertips. Give a look-see, if for no other reason than to enjoy the photos of scared monkeys, always a treat.

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