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The wrecking crew came again Monday to flatten another church to make way for a new Atlanta Falcons stadium with a retractable roof.

Workmen began demolishing Friendship Baptist Church three months after they had torn down Mount Vernon Baptist Church to clear land for the stadium to replace the Georgia Dome. Both churches had been fixtures for years at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Northside drives.

The 152-year-old church had its last service on the site in between MLK and Mitchell Street on May 25 after accepting $19.5 million from the Falcons last year.




'Done With the Wind'

Until last week I had never seen “Gone With The Wind.”  I have lived in Atlanta since 1997 and have constantly been reminded of this so-called cinematic classic, considered by many to be a masterpiece. But I purposely avoided it because I didn’t want to succumb to a glorified version of the genteel Old South in exchange for painful racial stereotypes and the human oppression that created it. You see, although I have strong Southern roots from North Carolina, I was born in Brooklyn into a predominantly black family. I am one of the Yankees so despised in the film. And a black one at that.  » READERS RESPOND



Bill Torpy at Large

50 years at DFCS: ‘They keep coming at you’

Martha Blue, the outgoing chief of the Division of Family and Children Services office in Macon, was tickled a reporter would drive 100 miles from Atlanta just to come see her. 

“You just want to see what a nut looks like,” she said with a cackle, which is how she punctuates lots of her sentences.

Later this week, Blue, 72, will retire from the only job she has ever had, working with poor and dysfunctional families in Bibb County.



'Bachelorette' makes choice tonight

Andi Dorfman, the effervescent Atlanta attorney, spent the past two months on network television paring down a list of 25 men to two on the 10th edition of “The Bachelorette” on ABC. Her decision of whom she’d like to marry will air tonight, and it’s down to a contest between two attractive dudes of very different ilk. There’s Nick Viall, for one. And then there’s fan favorite Josh Murray, the Atlanta-based brother of former UGA quarterback Aaron Murray.


Toddler dad’s fate rests on digital sleuthing

Digital data key to fate of dad in SUV death case

On July 3, Cobb police and prosecutors successfully used tidbits culled from Justin Ross Harris’ electronic devices to shock an international audience. When the trial opens, their task will be harder: to convince a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Harris was — at the least — criminally negligent, not just tragically distracted, when he left his 22-month-old son in the car for seven hours.



Former UGA track star dies

Former University of Georgia champion sprinter Torrin Lawrence died early Monday morning in a car accident on Interstate 75 near Cordele, the school confirmed.UGA officials said Lawrence was likely traveling home to Jacksonville, Fla., when a tire on his car went flat.

Lawrence, whose UGA career was completed in 2012, captured SEC and NCAA titles, set a collegiate record and still holds three school records during collegiate career. He graduated with a degree in sociology in 2013. He was competing and training as a professional in Atlanta and representing USA Track & Field in international competitions.


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Nunn memo reveals strategy, weaknesses

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The guts of Democrat Michelle Nunn’s U.S. Senate campaign were laid bare Monday in leaked internal memos, providing an unusually frank window into her strategy, strengths and vulnerabilities.

The guts of Democrat Michelle Nunn’s U.S. Senate campaign were laid bare Monday in leaked internal memos, providing an unusually frank window into her strategy, strengths and vulnerabilities.


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