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Lee to ask Cobb voters for new tax in 2016

Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee plans to ask voters in the 2016 presidential primary to approve a property tax increase that would help fund a $500 million bus system down Cobb Parkway, according to an email from the county’s transportation director to a federal transportation official obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The county has to come up with $250 million to qualify for a federal grant that would pay for the other half of the bus rapid transit system, which would operate like a train on a dedicated lane to be built along much of the Cobb Parkway thoroughfare. It would cut a path through some of the most congested areas in metro Atlanta, from Kennesaw State, past the Big Chicken, down through the Cumberland area and past the new Atlanta Braves stadium.

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The fugitive's sister

Linda Case, a petite grandmother who never had so much as a speeding ticket, wound up in jail for her connection to a $1.9 billion federal fraud case in which it appears she never received a penny. Her younger sister, Rebecca (Becky) Parrett, benefited handsomely from the criminal bookkeeping. In 2008, Becky was convicted  of fraud, but vanished before sentencing. She secretly communicated with her sister, and Linda entered a moral and legal gray area. | Photos



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Control of Fulton commission at stake

Hotly contested races for governor and U.S. Senate have captured most of the attention. But the race for Fulton County Commission chairman could have a bigger impact on residents of Georgia’s largest county. The race will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the commission, which oversees hundreds of millions of dollars in spending. But, while the parties have contrasting visions of what county government should look like, both candidates have sought to downplay the traditional partisan and geographic dynamics that have dominated Fulton politics.


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Liberia's roots planted in America

Most Americans likely know little about the tiny West African nation of Liberia apart from it being front-page news as ground zero in the Ebola crisis. Yet America’s relationship with Liberia is deep and tangled, dating back nearly 200 years to American slavery — or at least an attempt to remedy it. “People just think Liberia is a country in Africa that is in the news because of Ebola,” said Alan Huffman, author of “Mississippi in Africa.” “But we are basically responsible for creating it, which is why I have always been bewildered that the U.S. has had little interest in Liberia.”


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A case of police brutality or justified use of force?

At the vortex of the rolling violence at Edgewood Court Apartments was Corey Hill, who moments before frantically tried to get the attention of a video cameraman to record the actions of Atlanta police arresting a man. But now it was Hill who had the officers’ full attention. The episode was unremarkable in the East Atlanta neighborhood. Fights there are routine. That his violent struggle with cops was captured on video — rather than in bystanders’ over-heated and fuzzy accounts — makes it “Exhibit A” in a potential lawsuit against the city.


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