Entries by David Pendered

Emory University urges Congress to do no harm to higher ed in tax reform bill

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with related action the MARTA board took Thursday. //

Emory University continues to press its concerns to Congress over the proposed GOP tax reform bill, even as other universities are on a borrowing spree to lock in terms before their debt might lose its tax-free status.

Mayor rejects claims by rec authority executive director over firing, ‘political slush fund’

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration said Monday evening it’s a “complete fabrication” by the head of an influential city-backed sports authority that he sought to oust her. For her part, the executive director says she was fired for refusing to run a “political slush fund.” The point/counter-point was delivered on the eve of the mayoral run-off election.

Tributes to John Lewis begin, starting with proposed renaming of part of Freedom Parkway

The first of three planned tributes to civil and human rights leader John Lewis got the green light Tuesday from a committee of the Atlanta City Council. In addition to naming East Freedom Parkway for Lewis, other planned memorials include a display at Atlanta’s airport and some sort of artwork in Freedom Park.

Atlanta’s proposed rate hike for solid waste, recycling rejected by council committee

Atlanta residents won’t see a hike in their solid waste bills for the billing cycle that starts Jan. 1, 2018, following a vote Tuesday by committee of the Atlanta City Council. But a rate hike seems inevitable given the dire financial situation of the city’s trash collection and recycling programs.

Confederate icons to come down in Atlanta, pending support from city council, mayor

In the most personal of moments, Brenda Muhammad on Monday asked her fellow panelists permission to read aloud a motion calling for the removal of the names Confederate Avenue and East Confederate Avenue from the city’s streets. The two Confederate icons are among several that are to come down, according to recommendations that are headed to the Atlanta City Council and Mayor Kasim Reed.