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  • 'Run It Up' Podcast, Ep. 2: Drive-By Truckers/Adam's House Cat, Earth Strike

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    Photo Credit: Patrick Hood

    Adam's House Cat

    In "Run It Up," Flagpole's new podcast, we take a deeper look at some of the stories from the current issue. In this week's episode, host Gabe Vodicka chats with Drive-By Truckers engineer David Barbe about the band's annual Homecoming series and the unexpected reunion of pre-Truckers group Adam's House Cat. Plus, Blake Aued explains why a local activist group wants UGA to ban Chick-fil-A. Also: Flagpole welcomes a new columnist.

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  • Commission Debates Drug Grant, Approves Rezonings

     

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    Commissioner Mariah Parker.

    The Athens-Clarke County Commission could create a criminal justice committee later this year after two commissioners briefly held up a federal grant that funds drug investigations.

    The Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds the Northeast Georgia Drug Task Force, which consists of nine officers, six of whom work for the ACC Police Department. The grant partially funds four of those six officers, according to ACC Manager Blaine Williams.

    Commissioner Mariah Parker removed the grant from the commission’s consent agenda—a package of noncontroversial items—at its Feb. 5 meeting. She and Commissioner Melissa Link said they would approve of the grant if the commission were to take action to establish a criminal justice committee. After discussion, the commission unanimously approved the grant and decided to return to the subject of creating the committee in six months, once new Police Chief Cleveland Spruill has time to settle in and take part in creating the committee. Mayor Kelly Girtz said the commission is scheduled to review the criminal justice system at its March work session.

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  • Mayor Kelly Girtz Signs Clean Energy Pledge

     

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    Photo Credit: 100% Athens

    Mayor Kelly Girtz has signed on to the Sierra Club’s Mayors for 100% Clean Energy Initiative, the first step toward committing Athens-Clarke County to 100 percent clean and sustainable energy by 2035 in an effort to fight climate change.

    Girtz joined about 100 other mayors when he signed the pledge last Monday, Feb. 4. The next step, he said, is for the Athens-Clarke County Commission to approve a proclamation officially setting the goal, then to discuss ways to meet it.

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  • 'Run It Up' Podcast, Ep. 1: SPLOST, Silent Disco

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    Photo Credit: Savannah Cole

    In "Run It Up," Flagpole's new podcast, we take a deeper look at some of the stories from that week's issue. In the first episode, host Gabe Vodicka talks with News Editor Blake Aued and editorial intern Rosemary Scott about the return of the great SPLOST debate and this week's cover story on silent disco.

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  • College Avenue Parking Deck Expected to Reopen Wednesday After Fire

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    Photo Credit: ACC Fire Department

    A car caught fire at the College Avenue parking deck this morning, but damage was minor and the deck is expected to reopen on Wednesday.

    Athens-Clarke County firefighters responded to reports of smoke billowing from the deck at about 10 a.m. The smoke came from a car accident—a driver hit a wall on the fourth level, according to Battalion Chief Jeff Reno.

    "It's still under investigation, but we think that's what happened," he said.

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  • UGA Names Four Finalists for Provost

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    Rahul Shrivastav.

    A University of Georgia search committee has announced four finalists for the position of senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, the No. 2 position at UGA.

    The finalists are Jack Hu, vice president for research at the University of Michigan; Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University; Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction at UGA; and Elizabeth Spiller, dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Davis.

    Shrivastav will give a public presentation Tuesday, Schmittman on Thursday, Hu on Monday, Feb. 11 and Spiller on Wednesday, Feb. 13. All four are from 9:30–10:30 a.m. at the Chapel.

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  • UGA Union Defends TA Against Racism Charges

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    Irami Osei-Frimpong

    The UGA chapter of the United Campus Workers of Georgia is gathering signatures online and in person in defense of Irami Osei-Frimpong, a PhD student and teaching assistant in philosophy who was targeted by a right-wing publication for online comments he made about race.

    Last fall, Osei-Frimpong wrote on Facebook that "some White people may have to die for Black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance freedom."

    A recent graduate confronted Osei-Frimpong at a Young Democrats meeting and wrote about the TA's social media musings for the conservative organization Campus Reform, sparking widespread accusations of racism and advocating violence, although Osei-Frimpong has clarified multiple times that he was referring to the historical fact that white people have died in the past fighting for and against white supremacy.

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  • Piedmont Athens Regional CEO Charles Peck Is Resigning

     

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    Charles Peck.

    Piedmont Athens Regional CEO Charles Peck is stepping down this spring, Piedmont Healthcare announced last week.

    Peck will return Mar. 1 to Navigant Consulting, where he previously served as managing director. But he will stay on as Piedmont Athens Regional’s interim CEO until May 31.

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