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Cyclorama going from Grant Park to Buckhead

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» VIEW ANIMATION OF NEW BUILDING

In a move of literal and figurative historic proportions, plans call for the the Cyclorama, one of the city's most valuable cultural artifacts, to leave its Grant Park home of nearly a century and relocate to a new building at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead.

The announcement, which has an appraised value of $25 million, is being made by Mayor Kasim Reed at a City Hall press conference Wednesday morning. A surprise part of the news is that the history center, having recently completed an unrelated $21.1 million capital imporovement campaign, already has raised $32.2 million.

SHAMING AT THE GROCERY STORE

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JASON GETZ

The perils of food stamps

The political debate over reducing the numbers of Americans on government assistance — and in turn the nation’s debt— is often couched in colloquial terms of makers and takers, hand-ups or handouts. But in frozen food aisles, checkout lines and on airwaves, the act of publicly shaming recipients has become an increasingly contentious part of the entitlements argument.

» How well do you know the rules?

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DEKALB SHERIFF RACE

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Mann overwhelmingly defeats Jones

Voters overwhelmingly elected Jeff Mann as DeKalb County sheriff Tuesday, rejecting a political comeback attempt by former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones. 

Mann, a lawyer who has worked in the sheriff’s office since 2001, defeated Jones by a 3-to-1 margin in the runoff election, collecting convincing majorities across the county.

STATE SENATE

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Jack Murphy loses to Williams

Veteran state Sen Jack Murphy became the second longtime state senator in as many months to be booted by voters in favor of a tea party-aligned candidate.

Michael Williams, a local businessman with ties to the Forsyth County Tea Party, had strong lead over Murphy, chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee.


BILL TORPY AT LARGE

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KENT D. JOHNSON

Big Brother, or at least Mayor Reed, is watching you

Watch out, Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed has his eyes on you when you step outside. The all-seeing eye in the sky is not exactly Mayor Reed himself, as he stated in a recent interview. Reed said “I,” but he meant “we,” as in “the government.” And whether it is “I” or “we” or “they” — it all depends on your vantage point — well, they are getting very good at keeping an eye on us.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

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UGA still recruiting too many bad kids

Jeff Schultz:  Here’s Georgia’s problem: They still have too many dumb or entitled kids. It doesn’t mean they dominate the roster, but it doesn’t take many to dominate the headlines. That’s a reflection of the program — and, therefore, the coach who runs it, Mark Richt. And here it comes from the yahoos in the cheap seats: How the hell are we going to win a championship with a bunch of angels! 

» Suspect in dorm burglary is 5 star recruit

FORMER BRAVE

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Francoeur coming home...sort of

Parkview's pride and joy will return home this weekend. Former Atlanta Brave right fielder Jeff Francoeur was called up by the San Diego Padres Wednesday. The Padres are in Chicago, but face the Braves for a weekend tilt at Turner Field this weekend. Francouer was last in the majors last season, playing in 81 games for the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.  If you think you'll be alone cheering on "Frenchy," the accolades have already started in social media.


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