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For greater inner peace, sanctify your living space

When Lent begins Wednesday, so does six weeks of sacrifice that is supposed to help a person get closer to God. Another way there is to move your furniture. That’s what some Atlantans have learned through the course “Creating a Sacred Space in Your Home” at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Furniture, décor, lighting or atmosphere can serve as a portal to the individual’s peace, contentment, or positivity. “Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again,” said comparative religions scholar Joseph Campbell.

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Where does Hank Aaron’s statue belong? Only one solution exists

A couple of months ago, a couple of Atlanta Braves representatives told me they owned the statue of Henry Aaron hitting the 715 homerun that broke Babe Ruth’s record.

They told me the Braves would be moving the statue to Cobb County as part of their new baseball stadium.

That struck me as odd. All my research up until then had been that the statue belonged to the citizens of Atlanta and Fulton County.

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Metro Atlanta must strive to design great buildings – large and small

By Guest Columnist MELODY L. HARCLERODE, a local architect and 2015 president of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Since I assumed the position of president, I have been asked, “Why doesn’t Atlanta have more great architecture?” I would like the question to be re-phrased as “How can we foster more great architecture in metro Atlanta?”

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Tobacco tax hike could raise half the $1 billion needed for transportation: Health care advocates

Six health care organizations are calling for an increase in the tobacco tax to help pay for statewide transportation improvements.
Raising the tax to the national average would bring in about $500 million a year, one lobbyist said. That represents about half of the $1 billion Georgia lawmakers intend to raise through the current proposal to raise money to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.

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Legislature: Transit funding to be protected despite issues with Georgia Constitution

The author of the proposed $1 billion statewide transportation legislation said Thursday he is committed to ensure that the bill will fund transit, despite issues with the Georgia Constitution.
“In the bill, we talk about dedicating money toward transit,” said House Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Roberts (R-Ocilla). “We realize that you can’t dedicate [funding to transit] without a constitutional amendment…. Unfortunately, within the bill, I can’t put something in for the budget.”

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Atlanta City Councilmembers Norwood and Dickens seek Council support for sale of Adair School

Two Atlanta City Councilmembers – Mary Norwood and Andre Dickens – plan to introduce a resolution at Monday’s City Council meeting to green light the sale of the vacant George Adair Elementary School.

In a brief telephone interview Wednesday evening, Norwood said she was introducing the resolution on behalf of the Adair Park community and the neighboring residential areas.

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Discord over transportation funding proposal has a familiar ring

Georgia’s continuing debate over transportation funding shows that it may be possible to displease a lot of the people most of the time.

The current proposal, House Bill 170, has triggered so much comment that it’s already grown from eight pages to 14 pages. This much revision in a bill is uncommon, especially in a bill that has only been aired at two subcommittee meetings, most recently on Monday.

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APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen wins over Atlanta Rotary Club

Atlanta’s new school superintendent, Meria Carstarphen, gave an impassioned speech to the Rotary Club of Atlanta about how she and her board are rebuilding the public school system, and she invited business and civic leaders to make it a community-wide endeavor.

The mission, one that she made the entire audience repeat after her, is to prepare every APS student for colleges or careers when they graduate from high school.

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Atlanta Hawks winning thanks largely to absence of Danny Ferry

It’s time to set the record straight.

Contrary to a theme in the national sports world, the Atlanta Hawks are not the team that Danny Ferry built. The Atlanta Hawks are at the top of their game – because Danny Ferry is gone.

At least that is the view of several people who are familiar with the inner-workings of the Atlanta Hawks, including one of team’s most loyal fans – businessman Tommy Dortch