Posted by: mwwilco | December 1, 2009

Mayoral Race Headed for Recount

Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood has asked for a recount of Tuesday’s votes, which showed Kasim Reed leading by 620 votes. (CLICK HERE for the New York Times article.)

Posted by: mwwilco | November 30, 2009

Atlanta Runoff Elections Dec. 1 – Vote for Mayor

DON’T FORGET – tomorrow, December 1, is the runoff election in Atlanta. The biggest and most publicized of these runoff races is the one for mayor between Kasim Reed and Mary Norwood. Because the election is tomorrow and there is SO much information on the Internet about the two candidates, I thought I would sum up the last few weeks of newsworthy press about the two and try to remain unbiased. Here goes, in order of most recently published to slightly older news…

The Associated Press posted that the race has boiled down to a racial issue. If elected, Mary Norwood will be Atlanta’s first white mayor in a generation. An AP article published yesterday said “Atlanta, nicknamed ‘The City Too Busy to Hate,’ has had black mayors since Sam Massell, the last white mayor, was defeated in 1973.” (CLICK HERE for the full AP article.) The article ended with this quote from political strategist Tom Houck, “Atlanta is a black city, a symbol to the world. Putting Mary’s face on that picture would be hard for a lot of people to stomach.”

On November 28, The Wall Street Journal published an article stating that the two candidates appeared to be neck and neck in the mayoral race. The article stated, “The contest is widely expected to be decided by one of the tightest margins since Atlanta’s black majority gained political clout in the 1970s. A WSB-TV Channel 2/Insider Advantage sampling on Nov. 20 had the two candidates tied at 46% for the runoff, with 8% undecided. Ms. Norwood won 46% of the vote in the general election, while Mr. Reed came in second with 36%; the runoff is required because no candidate received 50%-plus needed to win outright.” (CLICK HERE for the full article.) This article also put a large focus on the racial issue in the race.

On November 27, AJC blogger Jim Galloway posted that basketball legend Dominique Wilkins switched his endorsement to Kasim Reed less than a month after recording a phone message robo-call for Mary Norwood. (CLICK HERE for the full blog.) You can hear his Norwood endorsement message HERE.

On November 23, posted that “11 Alive News obtained footage of a man picking up Mary Norwood for Mayor campaign signs and handing them over to a worker at the Kasim Reed campaign field office in Atlanta.” Here is a YouTube video that claims Reed’s campaign paid a homeless man to steal the signs:

Finally…Emory University posted part one of October’s mayoral forum. Though this took place before the candidates were narrowed down to Reed and Norwood, I’m including it just in case anyone missed it.

Posted by: mwwilco | November 29, 2009

Georgia Nurse Accused of Abusing Anesthetized Patients

Georgia nurse and anesthetist Paul Patrick Serdula has been accused of abusing anesthetized patients in dental and medical offices across metro Atlanta.

Serdula, 47, was arrested Monday night on child molestation and sodomy charges. The arrest was made after a number of videotapes were found showing the nurse fondling and groping patients who were under anesthesia. Police say the abuses could involve 100 or more victims.

The Associated Press reported: “Serdula, whose license was suspended after his arrest, first registered as a nurse in Georgia in 1997. Authorities said he was not working exclusively for any one physician but instead was a contractor hired by medical providers on a temporary basis. They said that gave him access to offices across the metro Atlanta area.”

Detectives have talked to several patients believed to be victims of Serdula’s attacks, but the investigation is challenging, as many potential victims don’t know they were molested while under anesthesia.

Anyone worried about whether they might be a victim should contact their medical provider to see if Serdula was ever employed, and if so, should then contact the Cobb County Police immediately.

“Police said they do not believe victims were at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease as a result of the incidents, and that none of Serdula’s actions ‘would require STD tests at this time.'”

Posted by: mwwilco | November 28, 2009

Mayor Shirley Franklin to Teach at Spelman After Tenure Ends

Spelman College officials reported to the AJC that current Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin will begin a one-year professorship at the school in January.

Franklin will join the faculty at the historically black women’s college as Cosby Chair, an endowed professorship program started by Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille.

Franklin, 64, was elected as Atlanta’s first female mayor in 2001, and her final term ends Jan. 3. She is also the first African-American woman to lead a major city in the South.

Posted by: mwwilco | November 26, 2009

Paula Deen Hit in the Face with a Ham

Hope y’all are having a better Thanksgiving than Paula Deen. The celebrity chef was hit in the face with a ham while volunteering with the Hosea Feed the Hungry charity in Atlanta this week, and was hit while helping load a truck with food donations. She is fine.

Though I don’t think this story is as newsworthy as it was made in every major newspaper and internet blog, I thought it would be fitting to include the video for a light Thanksgiving day laugh.

Posted by: mwwilco | November 23, 2009

Georgia Teacher Accused of Putting a Hit on A Student


Randolph Forde, a special ed teacher at Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton County, was accused of putting a ‘gay hit’ on one of his students. It was reported that Forde asked the student whether he was gay after he saw him dancing inappropriately with another male student. A few days later, Forde supposedly told another student that he would pay him to kill the allegedly gay student.

The Charlotte Examiner wrote, “Jail records show that on October 13, Forde was charged with making terrorist threats, released on $10,000 bail, and issued a restraining order to keep away from the student.  A school spokesman says Forde remains on administrative leave, and an employment hearing by the school district has been postponed, citing Georgia’s Open Meetings Act, which requires 24 hours notice prior to such a hearing.”

For the full article, CLICK HERE


Posted by: mwwilco | November 23, 2009

Poll Shows Mayoral Race Neck and Neck

A WSB-TV poll shows Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed are neck in neck in the Atlanta mayoral race. Reed has a projected 46.3 percent of the vote, while Norwood has a projected 46.1 percent.

For the AJC blog CLICK HERE

Posted by: mwwilco | November 19, 2009

Eggo Waffle Shortage Not Atlanta’s Fault

Before you blame Atlanta completely for the nationwide shortage of Eggo waffles, you should know that the flooding is only half of the story.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Kellogg’s Eggo brand frozen waffles are missing from supermarket shelves. According to Kellogg, production of the waffles has temporarily stopped due to flooding in one of the company’s main plants in Atlanta.

The REAL story may be that bacteria and a recall of many of the waffle’s main ingredients is what actually caused production to stop. ABC news is reporting that a bacteria problem is what caused the Atlanta (and many other) Kellogg plants to shut down recently (link HERE). According to ABC, production was halted when inspectors found traces of Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious illnesses, in a sample of the waffles at the Atlanta plant. Once that problem was taken care of, recent flooding in the city  caused the plant to be shut down once more.

According to Yahoo! Finance, waffle production has been stopped until the summer (link HERE).

Here’s the link to the WSBTV Channel 2 Atlanta news story: CLICK HERE

Posted by: mwwilco | November 19, 2009

H1N1 Vaccines in Atlanta

I haven’t posted on here in a while because I had the flu last week. While it wasn’t swine, I was told I had Influenza A, which (according to my school’s Health Center at least) is a strain of H1N1.

While I was sick, my school received a shipment of H1N1 flu mist vaccines that were offered to students, faculty and staff free of charge. The mists were also offered Wednesday of this week. This made me wonder where Atlanta stands on H1N1 vaccinations, because I know that the shot is incredibly hard to come by.

Many people are traveling to Atlanta to visit the CDC looking for the H1N1 vaccine, but it is in short supply and high demand.

Though I’m not a fan of Fox News, here’s the link to Fox’s article and video about H1N1 vaccines in Atlanta: click here

Posted by: mwwilco | November 6, 2009

Atlanta Municipal Election Runoffs

The results are in, and it looks like Atlanta will be voting in a mayoral runoff on Dec. 1 between Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed.

City Coucil District 6 is also facing a runoff between Liz Coyle and Alex Wan. The reporting on this Wednesday was confusing and misleading. At one point, Tad Christian was shown as the #2 in Liz’s runoff, but that was never the case.

According to Coyle’s Web site, here are the current numbers posted by Fulton adn DeKalb counties:

1    Wan   3,061

2    Coyle   2,171

3    Christian  2,106

4    Brodie  1,296

5    Azizi   721

6    Gallegos  149

Claire Muller and Caesar Mitchell are in a runoff for City Council President.

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