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Lung Association Hails
Olens' Anti-Smoking Proposal

The Georgia branch of the American Lung Association is hailing Commissioner Sam Olens' proposal to split the interiors of Cobb restaurants into two sections: one for smokers, the other half for those who don't. He also wants laws to ensure that restaurants and other enclosed sites have adequate ventilation so patrons will not inhale second-hand smoke. 12/21

After Arrest In Cobb, Campbell
OK'd To Play In Gator Bowl

Georgia Tech wide receiver Kelly Campbell, arrested last week in Cobb on a misdemeanor drug charge, will be allowed to play in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl, coach George O'Leary said Tuesday. Campbell had passed a drug test and O'Leary said that was good enough for him.
Link to the story 12/21

Vermont Court's Gay Ruling
Could Invalidate Barr's
'Defense Of Marriage Act'

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled on Monday that gay people are entitled to the same marriage benefits as heterosexuals, in a groundbreaking decision likely to spur renewed debate across the country about gay marriage. Apparently, Bob Barr's "Defense of Marriage Act," seen as an anti-gay marriage bill, could be rendered invalid.
Link to the story 12/21

Two Men Concealed Body Of Mariettan Inside Church
Two men have been arrested for concealing the death of a third by hiding the corpse in pine straw at a Kennesaw church. Cobb County Police say members of the Church of Christ were shocked to discover the body of 20-year-old John Struck of Marietta when they arrived for services Sunday morning. Link to the story 12/21

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Police Think Passenger
Forced Car Into Oncoming Traffic

State Troopers in Cobb County asked an assistant district attorney to help survey a gruesome accident scene over the weekend. Officials are trying to determine what caused the accident involving an SUV and a passenger car. Police say it appears that the passenger in the SUV grabbed the steering wheel and forced the vehicle into oncoming traffic. Link to the story 12/20

Federal Judge Strikes Down School Voucher Program In Ohio
A federal judge ruled on Monday that Cleveland's program to give some 3,600 poor children taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private schools violated a constitutionally mandated separation of church and state. The ruling is the latest -- but certainly not the last -- chapter in the contentious national battle over vouchers. The dispute pits advocates of "school choice" against opponents of public funding for private schools
Cincinnati Nation 12/20

Tabloid Editor Arrested Over JonBenet Ramsey
The editor of a supermarket tabloid was arrested Monday after being indicted on extortion and bribery charges for his efforts to obtain information about the JonBenet Ramsey murder case. JonBenet's parents are believed to be living in Vinings.
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Settlement Saves Gingrich
From More Embarassment

Newt Gingrich worked out a divorce agreement with his wife of 18 years early Friday, avoiding a potentially embarrassing public airing of his affair with a 33-year-old congressional aide. The former House speaker and his wife, Marianne, reached the confidential agreement around 1:30 a.m. after a mediation session that lasted 12 hours. They left her lawyer's office without comment.
Link to the story 12/17

New 'Villages' Trying To
Recreate Small-Town Life

What goes around comes around. Smyrna and Marietta have approved two projects that will try to re-create the feeling of small-town life. Councils in both cities recently approved developments that will mix residential and commercial use. It's called the village concept, where shop owners live above their stores. Developers think people who are tired of long commutes will be attracted to living near their work.
Access Atlanta 12/17

Lots Of Development Requests
Cobb zoning matters will be addressed on Tuesday, and there are, as usual, lots of requests for more development.
Link to the agenda 12/17

Cobb's Parks Dept. Highly Rated
Hosting one of the nation's highest rated national softball tournaments, Cobb Parks department scored the top Amateur Softball Association's Award of Excellence at the recent national council meeting in Dallas, Tx. The week-long 16 and under girls fast-pitch tournament brought 92 teams from 30 different states to play softball at Al Bishop and Lost Mountain complexes in August 1999.
Link to the story 12/17

Cobb's Home Depot Now
Georgia's Most Valuable Company

Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, has surpassed Coca-Cola as the biggest company in Georgia by market capitalization. Cobb-based Home Depot, which has seen the value of its shares climb about 82 percent this year in step with growing profits, soared to near an all-time high of 98 a share in afternoon trading on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.
Link to the story 12/17

Kids 'Shop With A Cobb Cop'
Cobb County Police officers are playing Santa for needy children again this year. The cops will use money they have collected all year from fundraisers and donations to take 125 children out shopping. The officers say they have raised enough money to spend 125-dollars on each child who has been recommended for the program by school guidance counselors, the Department of Children and Family Services, or the officers themselves.
Link to the story 12/17

More Cobb Libraries
To Be Open On Sunday

What began Aug. 22 as a trial period for Sunday hours at Mountain View and Central libraries has culminated with two additional branches open on Sundays in 2000. Cobb Board of Commissioners voted today to add Sunday hours at Kemp Memorial Library on Due West Road and South Cobb Library on Mableton Parkway. The additional branches will be open 1 to 5 p.m. effective Sunday, Jan. 9.
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