Dink NeSmith, president of the Athens-based Community Newspapers chain and former chairman of the University System Board of Regents, penned a column earlier this week accusing Gov. Nathan Deal of using “dictatorial tactics” and “political meddling” in higher education.
NeSmith was set off by Deal’s remarks at recent a Grady College of Journalism event, in which the governor said that, because his staff uses Twitter and Facebook, they can communicate directly with constituents and don’t need traditional news media anymore.
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Herman Cain told University of Georgia students it is too early to make judgments about the 2016 presidential election, but advised them to discount candidates who attack members of their own party at a lecture Wednesday night.
Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential race, recorded a segment for his radio talk show during his third visit to campus in the last four years. The show will be replayed next week.
Several celebrities—Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Zack Galifianakis and Kristen Schaal reportedly among them—were in town this weekend, rumor has it for a “Bob’s Burgers” writer’s wedding. (In addition, Rudd is filming The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving in Atlanta; Hamm and Galifianakis are starring in Keeping Up with the Joneses, also filming in Atlanta; and McBrayer has family in Athens.)
It turned Athens into a bunch of star-struck Creepy McCreepersons. Like me, your Facebook feed is probably full of #HammSightings. Here, too, are few select tweets about this momentous occasion:
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Nuci's Space has begun construction on the St. Mary's steeple, a project Flagpole reported on last November, and which was partially funded via an IndieGoGo campaign. As you might expect, media attention has once again been focused on the structure, which famously marks the site of R.E.M.'s first-ever public performance in April 1980.
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Talk about free range.
Was this chicken looking for one of its deceased ancestors? Whatever the reason, it was roaming around the Alps Kroger parking lot a few days ago—and it was up to three Athens-Clarke County commissioners to track it down.
Pacific Northwest indie rock icons Modest Mouse played a sold-out Georgia Theatre show earlier this month, but that's not the only thing the band was up to during its stay in Athens. The band also used the Classic City as a location for its latest music video shoot; you can stream the resulting clip, for Strangers to Ourselves single "Lampshades on Fire," below:
At first, it looked like Portland stoner-rock band Black Pussy would have an unexpected layover in Athens after their show at the Caledonia Lounge on Mar. 24, because their show at Raleigh's Pour House the following day was cancelled in response to public outrage at the band's obviously, plainly, stiflingly offensive name. (The show has since been re-booked at a different venue.)
This is the cover of the University of North Georgia's latest continuing education catalog. It depicts two white dudes in suits winning the Race of Life after receiving a UNG education, while a woman tries to keep up, and a black man stumbles, probably because he hurt his back playing basketball.
Longtime Athens Republican John Padgett, currently chairman of the state GOP, has been hit with a lawsuit alleging that he has discriminated against minority employees at his ambulance business.
Former Athens-Clarke County mayoral candidate Tim Denson (pictured at left), University of Georgia student Adam Veale and Athens for Everyone board member Adam Lassila were among 12 people arrested this afternoon during a demonstration in favor of expanding Medicaid at the state Capitol.
According to a news release from Athens for Everyone:
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