There were no riots, no overturned cars or burning storefronts. No marchers blocking the interstate. Nobody throwing rocks through Five Guys' windows or carrying crates of vinyl out of Wuxtry. No police in riot gear, throwing smoke bombs. Just 200 or so people gathered at the Arch, holding signs and speaking from the heart about their frustration with a St. Louis County, MO, grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
"The system acts like it's open season on black youth," said Alvin Sheats, president of the Clarke County NAACP.
A Missouri grand jury declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson last night in the shooting death of Ferguson resident Michael Brown.
The decision enraged many and sparked protests all over the country. Locally, a Ferguson solidarity protest organized by Athens for Everyone will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at the Arch.
If you've got some time to spare, here's a PDF of the full grand jury report. In addition to mainstream news outlets, Vice had some terrific on-the-ground coverage, as well. Read those first, or jump straight into the comments.
When there's something strange in the Morton Theatre, who you gonna call?
Ghosts of Georgia Paranormal Investigations.
According to an Athens-Clarke County news release, "after hearing stories over the years about unexplained occurrences in the building, the Public Information Office (PIO) approached the Morton Theatre staff about telling the history of the building with a twist by hosting an overnight ghost hunt." Because Jeff Montgomery ain't scared of no ghosts.
Six investigators with Ghosts of Georgia and a Radar Productions videographer conducted an overnight investigation Oct. 11–12, setting up a variety of recording equipment and walking through the 104-year-old building. (This isn't your tax dollars at work. The investigation was free, Montgomery said.)
Photo Credit: Randy Schafer
This is an anonymous Reddit post, so take it with a Big Gulp full of grains of salt, but a (purported) Auburn fan didn't have a good time in Athens last weekend (if this person was even here at all).
Photo Credit: Ted Mayer
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