Posts tagged with "Kasim Reed"

Rally held in support of former Atlanta fire chief

Posted by January 14, 2015

Atlanta’s former fire chief drew the ire of the LGBT community and found himself unemployed after publishing a book calling homosexuality a perversion. But it hasn’t been a total loss for Kelvin Cochran. He’s found some new friends who say he is being unfairly punished for expressing his religious views. Cochran was the star of […]

Atlanta fire chief fired after coming under fire for anti-gay remarks

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 6, 2015

This story has been updated.  Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran published a book called “Who told you that you were naked?” and, after a 30 day suspension that ended today, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told Cochran he was fired. Cochran’s book calls homosexuality a “sexual perversion,” comparable to bestiality. The city called that a fireable offense. “I appreciate […]

Atlanta streetcar begins service

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 30, 2014

After months of delays and cost overruns, the Atlanta Streetcar will begin serving passengers today, Dec. 30. The Atlanta Streetcar will run a 2.7 mile loop that runs from Centennial Olympic Park to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site. Service will be free for the first three months, according to a statement from Mayor […]

UPDATE – Streetcar will open Dec. 30

Posted by December 22, 2014

This story has been updated.  By Kim Hutcherson, contributor Atlanta’s Mayor says the long-promised streetcar will be open for riders by the end of the year. On Mayor Kasim Reed has said the service will begin by Dec. 31. On Tuesday, Dec. 23, Reed announced that the streetcar will begin operations on Dec. 30, according to […]

Westside Trail construction begins

Posted by November 25, 2014

By Kim Hutcherson, contributor The Atlanta Beltline’s largest expansion to-date is now underway at historic Adair Park. Construction for the Westside Trail kicked off with a ceremony held Nov.12, marking the first step toward the creation of a 3-mile corridor that will stretch to from Allene Avenue to Washington Park near the Ashby Marta Station. […]

Anger, sadness over Ferguson decision

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 25, 2014

This story has been updated.  Michael Brown was 18, unarmed and days away from starting college when he was shot multiple times by a police officer in Ferguson, Missou., on Aug. 9. The shooting death of the black teenager by a white police officer touched off weeks of unrest and protest in Ferguson and around the […]

Report: Atlanta fire chief suspended

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 24, 2014

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran’s decision to publish a book outlining his views on homosexuality has landed him in hot water with the city’s mayor. According to the Georgia Voice, Mayor Kasim Reed suspended Cochran for one month without pay over his book, “Who told you that you were naked?” Apparently Cochran neglected to tell […]

A Streetcar Named D’oh? Project runs into trouble

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 24, 2014

Atlanta’s $93 million streetcar project may be delayed a little longer because of safety concerns. WABE reports that the Federal Transit Administration informed Mayor Kasim Reed of “outstanding safety and hazard mitigation” issues with the streetcar project. The federal government provided a significant chunk of the project’s funding, $47.6 million. The project’s launch has been delayed […]

Atlanta Mayor supports Druid Hills annexation

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 18, 2014

This story was published at 5:09 pm on Nov. 18.  A proposal to annex Druid Hills and three DeKalb County schools – Briar Vista Elementary, Fernbank Elementary and Druid Hills High – into Atlanta has the support of the city’s mayor. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office confirmed to Decaturish that Reed supports an annexation map submitted […]

New gun law takes effect

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 1, 2014

Today House Bill 60, aka the “guns everywhere” law, took effect in Georgia. The head of a gun rights advocacy group Georgia Carry was nonchalant about the new law, which expands the rights to carry into places including bars and churches, unless property owners prohibit it. The head of a gun control advocacy group Georgians for Gun […]

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