Thirteen Activists Arrested in Lenox Road Protest of Police Brutality

Photograph by Steve Eberhardt (APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, December 20, 2014, five days before Christmas, thirteen activists blocked the intersection at Lenox Road and Peachtree Street during heavy holiday traffic going to Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza to shop.   They shut down shopping as usual for ninety minutes to bring media attention to the increasing number of black […]

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Cannabis Oil; Full Legalization Bills Pre-Filed for 2015 Legislative Session

(APN) ATLANTA — Once again, Georgia will be among many U.S. states considering medicinal cannabis, or marijuana, in 2015. Up for consideration in Georgia are a total of three pre-filed bills: State Rep. Allen Peake’s (R-Macon) House Bill 1, and State Sen. Curt Thompson’s Senate Bill 7 and Senate Resolution 6.   SB 7 and HB 1 are medicinal marijuana […]

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“F*ck the Police” Arrest Leads to $100,000 Settlement in Cobb County

(APN) ATLANTA — In the spring of 2012, Amy Barnes, a Cobb County resident and activist with Occupy Atlanta, was riding her bicycle when she saw two police officers questioning a Black man outside a convenience store.  As she rode by on her bicycle, she gave them the middle finger salute and shouted “Fuck the police,” and “Police suck.”   […]

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Lawmakers Propose Boundary between Tucker, LaVista Hills Cityhood Maps

(APN) ATLANTA – The House Governmental Affairs subcommittee of the Georgia Legislature voted on Friday, December 19, 2014, on the boundary lines between the proposed new cities of Tucker and LaVista Hills.  I-285 is roughly the dividing line, with some of the neighborhoods north of Northlake in LaVista Hills, and a smaller area south of Northlake in Tucker. Chairman Rep. […]

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Proposed Cities of South DeKalb, Stonecrest Submitted Maps to Legislature

(APN) ATLANTA — The cityhood efforts that would incorporate the proposed City of South DeKalb and City of Stonecrest, both in unincorporated DeKalb County, took huge steps forward recently.   The groups submitted their signed proposed maps November 17, 2014 to the office of State Rep. Amy Carter (R-Valdosta), Chair of the Georgia State House Governmental Affairs Committee.  They had […]

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Atlanta’s Public Safety Committee Hears APD Body Camera Study

(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, December 09, 2014, the Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee of the City Council of Atlanta heard from the Atlanta Police Department regarding legislation by Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) that had called for a ninety-day study regarding the feasibility of APD body cameras being implemented for all officers. Activists, including millennials and veteran civil rights advocates, […]

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Suspected Serial Killer of Homeless People Arrested

(APN) ATLANTA — A suspected serial killer has been arrested in the murder of two sleeping homeless men in downtown Atlanta and a woman in downtown Decatur. Aeman Lovel Presley, 34, is a suspect in the murder of Karen Pearce, whose body was discovered Saturday night, December 06, 2014, close to her parked car in downtown Decatur. Police say he […]

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Proposed New Cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker Both Want Northlake Area

By Gloria Tatum and Barbara Payne (APN) ATLANTA — It seems the prize of 23,000 North DeKalb County residents and the lucrative Northlake commercial district is still up for grabs.  The cityhood effort that comprised the former proposed cities of Briarcliff and Lakeside, now merged as LaVista Hills, could not resolve the proposed boundary lines with the proposed city of […]

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Annexed Doraville Businessowners Distressed at Lack of Notice, Liquor Fees, Pour Hours (UPDATE 1

(APN) ATLANTA — The owners of businesses in unincorporated Doraville, the area that lies the northwest of I-85 and north of I-285 just received word from the City of Doraville that as of December 31, 2014, they would be enjoying the benefits of incorporation.  Unfortunately, most, if not all, business owners of the impacted area say they had no notice, […]

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Opacity, Public Exclusion Seen in Mayor’s Statements on Turner Field Redevelopment

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — The pending sale of the land underlying Atlanta’s Turner Field, just south of Downtown Atlanta, has been a point of contention for most of the year. Mayor Kasim Reed made controversial statements to WSBTV Channel 2 on or around November 11, 2014, that Turner Field could be sold “very soon,” […]

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