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Petition pops up urging Atlanta City Council to outlaw sex shops on Cheshire Bridge Road

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A petition popped up this week on change.org urging the Atlanta City Council to banish adult businesses on Cheshire Bridge Road.

Posted to the popular website by a group calling itself "Concerned Atlanta Residents" and made up of people living in the area, the petition states, "Adult businesses are incompatible with residential neighborhoods. Our neighborhoods were here decades before the adult businesses started appearing on Cheshire Bridge through a series of zoning loopholes and poor decisions/enforcement by the City of Atlanta."

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Atlanta mayor to meet again with activists on gay marriage

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed would like to meet again this month with a group of LGBT advocates who want him to endorse full marriage rights for same-sex couples. The mayor suggested the second meeting after a discussion held June 27 at City Hall.

“I would compare it to somebody coming out, that he has got to take time to think about what is meaningful to him. This was an educational process and he was very open and it was a very warm and friendly discussion,” said Ken Britt, one of the activists who met with Reed, after the June meeting. “In fact he has offered to have a follow up session in July to talk more about this.”

Reed has been under increasing pressure to voice support for marriage equality after President Barack Obama announced his support in May.

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Atlanta’s total cost for illegal police raid nears $3 million

Atlanta Eagle

Documents released by the city of Atlanta show that the city paid out more than $1.2 million for an independent investigation into the botched raid of the Atlanta Eagle.

The documents show that high-profile law firm Greenberg Traurig charged the city more than $1.2 million for its three-month investigation and 349-page report of what happened at the Eagle the night of Sept. 10, 2009, when the gay bar was raided by the Atlanta Police Department after anonymous allegations about illegal sex and drug use at the bar. No drugs were found and nobody was arrested for illegal sex.

The investigation was mandated as part of a $1.025 million settlement the city reached in December 2010 with 26 patrons of the bar who said their constitutional rights were violated when they were detained for no reason, forced to the ground and had their IDs checked.

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Atlanta tops list of deadliest cities for pedestrians

Atlanta has been named as the deadliest city for pedestrians, according to GOOD Magazine.

The article states that some 10.97 people die for every 100,000 residents each year.

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to residents of Midtown who cross 10th Street on their way to Piedmont Park or Blake’s, as drivers routinely forget to stop at the crosswalks or are forced to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting those on foot. I can attest to this first-hand.