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Skirting a racial divide over annexation in Atlanta

7:05 pm Aug. 2, 2017

Throughout the modern history of Atlanta, the topic of annexation has been a delicate one, treated something like a sweaty bottle of nitroglycerin.

Suggest the expansion of the city’s puny boundaries, and race becomes the immediate, volatile subtext. We’re about to find out whether we’ve outgrown the reflex.

The trap has a biracial legacy.

Back in the 1940s, Mayor William B. Hartsfield publicly characterized annexation as an exercise in efficiency and good citizenship.

Heads up: Professional cricket is coming to Atlanta

8:06 am Jul. 17, 2017

Over at Global Atlanta, an outfit that keeps tabs on international doings, Phil Bolton has some breaking news:

Atlanta is one of eight locations throughout the United States chosen for a stadium to host a professional cricket team…

The main driver behind the initiative is Jignesh “Jay” Pandya, president and CEO of Global Sports Ventures LLC, a Pennsylvania-based group that last year reached a $70 million licensing agreement with the United

Kasim Reed on Stacey Evans: ‘She has a powerful message’

8:58 pm Jul. 6, 2017

This wasn’t entirely unexpected. State Rep. Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, was campaign manager for Lisa Borders in her 2009 race for mayor of Atlanta, and such things aren’t forgotten.

Even so, Mayor Kasim Reed’s news that he had a sit-down Thursday with state Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna, the sole rival to Abrams’ bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018, is worth anyone’s attention.

“She has a powerful message,” the mayor

Donald Trump stops short — doesn’t accuse Russia of U.S. meddling

9:50 am Jul. 6, 2017

One day before his sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany, we have an attempt to split the baby. From the Associated Press:

WARSAW — President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to confront “new forms of aggression” targeting the West and called for Moscow to stop fomenting unrest around the world. Yet he pointedly stopped short of condemning Russia for meddling in the U.S. election.

Buoyed by an electrified crowd in Poland

Emory University’s annexation request: No fist-pumps allowed

6:00 pm Jun. 28, 2017

The 2013 decision by the Atlanta Braves to take their business elsewhere was an economy-changing event that sparked open celebration on the Cobb County side of the Chattahoochee River.

At the risk of using an out-of-season metaphor, one might even say they spiked the football.

By contrast, the announcement of Emory University’s petition to become part of the city of Atlanta, a move with far greater potential to change the face of