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‘Jupiter Ascending’ – a gaudy, chaotic and guilty pleasure

George S. Kaufman once offered his daughter the following advice: “Sample everything in life. Except incest and folk dancing.

I pass no judgment on folk dancing, but it was, perhaps, in this spirit that I decided to sample the new sci-fi extravaganza, “Jupiter Ascending.”

A gaudy and chaotic guilty pleasure, the movie is as relentlessly (simultaneously?) over-done and under-cooked as I expected.

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Good news on Atlanta’s water debt may raise support for bond referendum

Atlanta’s upcoming $250 million bond referendum could get a political lift from positive credit rating actions on the city’s water bonds.
Moody’s Investors Service assigned a top investment grade rating to $1.25 billion in water bonds the city intends to sell Feb. 24. Atlanta will use the money to refinance existing debt at a lower cost.

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Worldpay’s economic impact statement shows why civic leaders covet tech firms

A report by Invest Atlanta on the projected economic impact of Worldpay’s move to Atlantic Station illustrates the reasons city leaders want more tech firms in the city.
The jobs pay well and will add significantly to the city’s tax base. The products these employees create are of a high value, and the work process doesn’t create the environmental challenges of some other industries.

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Sharply-higher profits of local owner of New York Stock Exchange beat analysts’ forecasts

The local company that purchased the New York Stock Exchange reported profits Thursday that beat analysts’ expectations.

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. has created ways to capitalize on the shift from personal to electronic trading, putting it at the heart of metro Atlanta’s robust financial technology sector.

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Neighbors appeal to City of Atlanta to turn over deed of Adair school to APS so it can be sold

The residents of the Adair Park community are appealing to the City of Atlanta to end “petty politics” so a developer can make an unprecedented investment in the southwest Atlanta community.

The City of Atlanta is holding the deed of the George Adair Elementary School – and not allowing the Atlanta Public Schools to sell the historic school to a developer who wants to “restore the building to its former beauty,” Randy Gibbs, the president of the Adair Park Today community organization, wrote in a letter to his councilmember, Joyce Shepherd.

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Sale of Adair Park school tied up in Atlanta BeltLine/APS dispute

The City of Atlanta is holding up the potential sale of the historic Adair Park School in southwest Atlanta to a developer because of its dispute over how much money the city owes the school system for the Atlanta BeltLine project.

The Atlanta Board of Education held a board meeting Monday night when it was to approve the potential sale of three properties to developers.

But Superintendent Meria Carstarphen explained that there was hitch with one of the three properties over the deeds of who owns the land. The school system used to be under the control of the City of Atlanta before it became an independent system.

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Transit funding proposals offer hope, warrant scrutiny

Transit may be entering a golden era of funding in Georgia and across the nation.

The Republican-sponsored transportation proposal in Georgia would provide transit with its first-ever significant state support. President Obama’s proposed budget, released Monday, would provide $478 billion over six years for transportation infrastructure, including transit.

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Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Atlanta — claiming the Russian writer who sparked our civil rights movement

The 20th century was the bloodiest in recorded history. But the wars of colonialism and strife in two worldwide cataclysms of violence produced rebellious offspring — the global pursuit of peace and human rights. Remarkably, one of the intersections of this story is present-day Atlanta. And that story begins on an estate about 130 miles south of Moscow, at the home of a Russian count.