Annexations Whittling Away at Unincorporated south Fulton

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With additional reporting by Barbara Payne.  Map courtesy of Andre Walker.   (APN) ATLANTA — The remaining unincorporated areas of Fulton County, all located in south Fulton, are slowly being gobbled up by mostly under-the-radar annexations.   The City of Union City annexed 8.2 acres and an additional one acre last year.  Now, Union City is looking to annex more, […]

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Land underlying Manuel’s Tavern Being Sold, Redevelopment Planned

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(APN) ATLANTA — The 1.6 acreage of land underlying Manuel’s Tavern–a historic watering hole for politicians, especially Democratic ones; reporters; political junkies; community activists; and locals for the almost sixty years–is being sold to Green Street Properties.   The Maloof family has owned and operated the tavern–located at the corner of North Highland and North Avenue–all these years.   While […]

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Kevin Davis’s Girlfriend, April Edwards, Talks about Shooting

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(APN) ATLANTA — April Edwards returned to Atlanta to tell the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) what she witnessed the night her boyfriend, Kevin Davis, was shot and killed by Joseph Pitts, a DeKalb Police Officer.   Edwards and Officer Pitts are the only witnesses alive who know what happened that fatal night.  Up until this point, only the police […]

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Georgia Removes Criminal History Question from State Job Applications

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(APN) ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday, February 23, 2015 signed the fair hiring policy, also known as “Ban the Box,” which postpones questions on a job application about a person’s criminal history until it is shown that the person is qualified for the job.   This prohibits an automatic disqualification for potential state employees.  It allows qualified applicants […]

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Deal’s Proposal to Cut School Worker Health Care Won’t Save State Much

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(APN) ATLANTA — Despite media reports to the contrary, a proposal by Gov. Nathan Deal to cut health benefits for thousands of school bus drivers and cafeteria workers–who are for part-time, non-certified school district workers–is not projected to save the State of Georgia 103 million dollars.   If part-time, non-certified school employees lost their benefits, the State Health Benefit Plan […]

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Medical Cannabis Bill Passes Georgia House

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(APN) ATLANTA — Today, Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the Georgia House of Representatives today passed HB 1, or the Haleigh’s Hope Act, by a vote of 158-2.   HB 1, sponsored by State Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon), would decriminalize the possession of certain medical cannabis oils in Georgia.   “Today, we have passed a bill that will begin to reunite […]

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Sen. Curt Thompson’s House Burns Down, Several Pets don’t Survive

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(APN) ATLANTA — The house of State Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Tucker) caught on fire Monday afternoon, February 23, 2015, destroying all his belonging and his beloved pets.   Thompson’s St. Bernard Stein; his three cats Rosie, Nieves, and Ms. Kitty; and Mufalda the bird, plus the fish all died in the fire.  Only one dog, ChaChi, survived.   Neighbors reported […]

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Attorney Woodham Cleared by Supreme Court of Georgia in Bar Complaint

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Attorney John Woodham was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Supreme Court of Georgia, in an opinion published on Monday February 16, 2015. At issue was whether Woodham violated the rules of the State Bar of Georgia when he offered to drop a bond validation lawsuit if the developers paid him a substantial fee.  Woodham later […]

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Georgia Medical Cannabis Oil Bill Passes House Committee

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia’s medical cannabis bill is headed to the State House floor.   On February 23, 2015, the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee unanimously passed HB 1, Haleigh’s Hope Act.   “This is not an indication of a slippery slope but, in my mind, a compassionate reach to our citizens,” State Rep. Allen Peake (R – Macon), who authored […]

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Students Criticize APS for Funding Police in Schools

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(APN) ATLANTA — Carver High School students recently launched 10 Mil 4 Real, a campaign to challenge the role of police in Atlanta Public Schools (APS).   APN previously reported in 2008 about activism by the American Civil Liberties Union to close an alternative education school that had been run by for-profit Community Education Partners for APS for so-called troubled […]

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