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June 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A collection of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s handwritten documents and books won't be sold at auction and instead will be given to his alma mater. A coalition of business, individuals and philanthropic leaders led by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin bought the collection for an undisclosed amount, said Morehouse College President Walter Massey.
June 26, 2003
Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox continued to be at the center of controversy even after his death Wednesday. The current governor, Sonny Perdue, immediately ordered flags lowered on Georgia state buildings in Maddox's memory -- a tribute that was missing Monday after the death of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson Jr., a black man heralded for his commitment to civil rights. This omission prompted some Georgia politicians, including Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Lt. Gov.
February 5, 2004 | From Wire Reports
The Atlanta Thrashers will play host to the 2005 All-Star game at Philips Arena, according to two people with knowledge of the plans. The Thrashers, in their fifth NHL season, have scheduled a news conference for today, where team officials and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will make a "major announcement." Thrasher spokesman Tom Hughes declined to comment. NHL spokesman Frank Brown wouldn't confirm that the game would be played in Atlanta and declined to comment further.
November 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Republican Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg won a second term in a blowout Tuesday, easily defeating former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer by drawing a wide majority of Democrats away from his opponent in this strongly left-leaning city. Bloomberg, the billionaire former executive who was elected four years ago as fires still smoldered at the World Trade Center, said he would be thrilled if he won "by one vote or more."
January 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
It's been a year since Coretta Scott King received thunderous applause when she surprised guests at the annual Salute to Greatness Dinner and appeared on stage, smiling and waving with her children. On Saturday, guests again applauded the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as she was honored posthumously for her human rights contributions and work to preserve her husband's legacy in the decades after his death. The event is the primary fundraiser for the Martin Luther King Jr.
August 16, 2005 | From Associated Press
A ban on panhandling near downtown Atlanta's tourist attractions was approved by the City Council on Monday, despite hundreds of protesters who called the measure an attack on the poor. The council had been considering the ban all summer at the urging of downtown merchants who said parts of Atlanta were so overrun with aggressive beggars that business was suffering.
August 25, 2008 | Robin Abcarian and Don Frederick, Times Staff Writers
It may be Barack Obama's week, but the show's early star as Democrats gathered here over the weekend was San Francisco's own Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker currently moonlighting as co-chair of her party's national convention. Pelosi, whose regular job makes her the highest-ranking woman in U.S. political history, technically shares the co-chair designation with three other female elected officials: Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of Texas.
June 29, 2003 | From Associated Press
Congressmen, a former U.N. ambassador and a former president joined more than 5,000 mourners Saturday in remembering Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first black mayor and a political mastermind. Jackson, who died Monday of a heart attack at age 65, influenced urban politics for decades after his 1973 election, including pioneering the practice of designating a portion of government contracts for minority-owned businesses.
August 27, 2005 | From Associated Press
Ted Turner, Henry Aaron and the late former Mayor Maynard Jackson Jr. were among 11 people inducted to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame on Friday. Members of the diverse group stood at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site with a plaque containing their footprints and had their shoes preserved in display cases.
December 9, 2009 | By Richard Fausset
A week after a hotly contested mayoral runoff in Atlanta, the second-place finisher on Tuesday requested a recount, while her supporters complained of potential voting irregularities. City Councilwoman Mary Norwood trails former state Sen. Kasim Reed by 715 votes, or less than 1% of the total ballots cast -- the threshold for a recount under Georgia law. Fulton County officials said the process would begin this morning and could be completed by the end of the day. A group of Norwood's supporters also this week filed a complaint with the secretary of state's office.
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