July 30, 1999 |
It happened again Thursday: When crisis came to town, Mayor Bill Campbell took over as Atlanta's most visible spokesman to address the media and calm the populace. Campbell assumed his by-now familiar role as Atlanta's Chief Public Face once again after a shooting rampage left nine dead in two of his city's office buildings. In news conferences carried live nationally, he sedately outlined what he knew, what he didn't and even, occasionally, how he felt.
May 6, 2005 |
Courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols was indicted in Atlanta on murder charges in the March 11 rampage that left four people dead, including a judge. The district attorney said he would seek the death penalty. Nichols, 33, allegedly overpowered a deputy, stole her gun and went on a shooting spree at the Fulton County Courthouse while awaiting trial on rape charges. Nichols was indicted on charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery and escape.
June 27, 2003 |
Hundreds of mourners waited in lines stretching two blocks Thursday to pay their respects to Maynard Jackson, the first black mayor of Atlanta. Former President Carter was among those who visited Jackson's open casket in Atlanta City Hall, giving a brief speech to 200 relatives and friends of the three-term mayor.
November 5, 2006 |
Two of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children say a proposed civil rights museum in Atlanta should be near their father's grave instead of in the city's tourism hub. The 2.5-acre site that Coca-Cola Co. offered for the museum is near the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center and the future World of Coca-Cola Museum. Martin Luther King III and his sister Bernice King said the civil rights museum should be near Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center, where King and his wife are buried.
December 10, 2004 |
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during the height of the clergy sex abuse crisis, was appointed by Pope John Paul II to serve as Archbishop of Atlanta, the archdiocese announced. Gregory, 57, who had been serving as bishop in Belleville, Ill., will become Atlanta's sixth archbishop. He succeeds Archbishop John F. Donoghue, 76, who is retiring. Gregory was the first black president of the bishops conference.
October 26, 2003 |
This striving Southern city, the region's biggest metropolis and most important commercial center, is trying to win what may seem a surprising new role: gateway to Latin America. Political and business leaders have launched an energetic -- and well-funded -- campaign to have Atlanta named as headquarters for a proposed Western Hemisphere trade zone.
July 27, 1988 |
There are a lot of restaurant and bar owners who did not get nearly the business they had expected, and city officials are still red-faced over the embarrassing lock-out of delegates and VIPs at the overcrowded convention hall. Yet, all in all, Atlantans feel that their city gained far more than it lost in its gamble as host of the Democratic National Convention last week, and put itself on display to the world.
July 26, 2007 |
The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta announced plans Wednesday to build a Jim Henson wing that would include an "institution-changing gift" from the heirs of the Muppets creator: between 500 and 700 puppets, props, sketches, films, videos and other pieces. The gift is contingent on the center raising money to build the wing, officials said. They are launching a capital campaign toward that end but did not initially disclose how much money they need.
October 6, 1988 |
Police headed off a planned second day of sit-ins and arrests at abortion clinics Wednesday by impounding a bus and increasing security at clinics where 343 people had been arrested a day earlier. Fourteen protesters were arrested, and at least three were dragged to police vans. However, most demonstrators limited their activities to praying and singing hymns.