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New Falcons Stadium rises
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Obama wants to nix tax break for stadium bonds

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As the Atlanta Hawks could become the third local professional sports franchise to build a new stadium with the help of government bonds, the Obama administration is proposing to eliminate a key tax exemption for pro sports facilities.

The proposal, which faces an uphill battle in Congress, sparked a rare dissent from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, usually a close ally of the president’s, as he begins talks with the city’s pro basketball franchise.

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LATEST EDUCATION NEWS

History course altered after complaints in Ga., elsewhere

College Board officials announced Thursday some changes to the Advanced Placement U.S. History course, which had been criticized some Georgians, state lawmakers and Georgia’s school superintendent for omitting some historical figures and presenting information with what they said was a left-leaning bias.

The changes include explicitly mentioning historical figures like the Rev.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS

Police employing unique methods to crack down on texting drivers

Marietta Police’s latest undercover operation is all about saving lives, they say. But to some citizens, it seems to be nothing but a duplicitous money grab.

On Wednesday, officers posing as construction workers were dispatched to Cobb Parkway at Roswell Road. Their aim: To spot and ticket those texting from the driver’s seat.

It was the department’s second time conducting the sting, and Marietta Police Officer Nick Serkedakis says it won’t be the last.

ATLANTA NOW: BREAKING NEWS

Kidnapped Paulding County boy found safe in north Georgia

A 12-year-old boy allegedly kidnapped from his Hiram home by a family friend was found safe Thursday morning in north Georgia, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said.

A Georgia State Trooper spotted the white Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by Timothy Lee Wilson, on I-24 entering Tennessee, Cpl. Ashley Henson said. The Georgia trooper, with assistance from a Tennessee trooper, stopped the car and found the boy, who was in good condition, Henson said.


COUNTY BY COUNTY

Fayette schedule millage meetings

The Fayette County Board of Education will hold three public meetings to discuss its intention to keep the millage rate at 20 mills, the maximum allowed by the state.

Because of increasing property values, the net effect will be a 9.52 percent increase over the rollback millage rate, which is computed based on maintaining current tax revenue.

THE AJC IN CUBA

CUBA: A trip in detail
KATIE LESLIE / KLESLIE@AJC.COM

CUBA: A trip from Atlanta to Havana in detail

For many Americans, Cuba is seen through a limited lens: Classic cars and the world’s best cigars; the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs.

Hollywood often depicts the country in its commercial heyday, when, for the first half of the 20th century, American mafiosos and government officials transformed Havana into a gambling and tourism mecca.

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David Ralston ‘open’ to debate on casino gambling, it just depends on how big the campaign contribution is.

Windows 10 arrives today! For those running XP it means you are one more release away from the 21st century!

I don’t have an issue with hunting animals for food, but paying large sums to hunt endangered animals is morally reprehensible and very short-sighted on the part of African nations.


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