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Sweet Peppers Deli to close Athens location

Land value: $820,150. Building value: $606,760. With other odds and ends stuff, just under $1.5 million total.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:21

Senate GOP runoff tied, poll shows

InsiderAdvantage has done most of the polling on this race and it'll be interesting to see whether it's as good as 2012 and President Romney. Lots of polling outfits that rely on mostly landlines got that one wrong -- famously Gallup. But in its May 16 poll, InsiderAdvantage seriously underestimated Kingston's actual vote, far more than the other candidates. All get underestimated to some degree as poll undecideds have to cast an actual vote, but Kingston was the most under-represented.

Does that mean Kingston wins? Not at all. It's just hard to say whether this is true momentum on Perdue's part, or just measurement error.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:16

Sweet Peppers Deli to close Athens location

Yeah, I ate there only once and it was good, just not so good that I'd go out of my way to eat there again.

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:18

Polman: Satirical Obama 'news' story brings out the trolls

Sadly, the truly oddball conspiracy theories floating around -- mostly by email -- are about Obama. We all know about the usual ones (is a Muslim, born outside U.S.) but the really weird ones are shared by wingnuts via email, where they're less likely to be seen by sane people, or corrected. When they do bubble up, or when someone is punk'd like this, we actually get to see them.

And sadly II -- research suggests that even correcting someone's crazy conspiracy theory, with facts, doesn't work. They're own ego becomes so involved in nutso beliefs that they actually become even more extreme when a belief is clearly factually wrong.

Some of the better Obama email-based theories: http://bit.ly/1kEIjhb

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:28

Athens man says dog left in hot car in Oconee was accident

It's too easy to pick on this guy, so I'm not going to. But I am a bit baffled by this line in the story:

“As for the publicity, I’m not a dog killer,” the bachelor said ...

Why do we need to know he's a bachelor? I thought maybe I missed something earlier in the story that set that up as being important. Seems an unnecessary attribution. Just kinda jumped out at me.

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:22

UGA details academic mishap, coach involvement in Bauerle case

The AJC provides a lot more details, naming the prof and the Psychology 4800 class: http://on-ajc.com/1qOuZ1j (scroll down a bit)

posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:44

Three-county road works planning continues as federal funding remains in question

Anyone know exactly what they're going to do at the Whit Davis/Cedar Shoals intersection?

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 18:45

Lanoue: Charter option will give Clarke school system increased flexibility

I'm guessing there's a lot of "flexibility" here given that word was used nine times in a 576-word column. I'd like a pros and cons article by the ABH. What's the downside?

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 13:49

Video shows officer punching woman on LA freeway

Perhaps he thought she was an Arizona State professor (Google it).

posted @ Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 10:55

UGA details academic mishap, coach involvement in Bauerle case

Bauerle is a terrific coach, but if he or any other coach came and asked to add a student that late, I'd laugh him or her out of my office.

Adding people late, according to UGA, is "hardly unique." Sixty-nine students were added late in December 2013. How can that happen at the end of a semester? Even in a big class you see a student with a test score early on who is not on your roll. That can happen, but by the first assignment or test you should realize it and fix the problem. According to the report, 710 were added late during that semester (sometime after Sept. 11, 2013). Here's what I want to know: (1) what percentages of the 710 and 69 were scholarship athletes? (2) also, break the numbers down by departments. In fact, I may request just that on Monday. Given fewer than 1 percent of all students are varsity scholarship athletes, any big number raises more suspicions.

All in all, I suspect this is an isolated incident that just got out of control, got confused, and made a mess.

posted @ Friday, July 4, 2014 - 15:03

10th District candidates Jody Hice and Mike Collins to debate in Oconee County

Whenever you see the phrase "talk radio host" you want to seriously consider the other candidate. Heck, any other candidate.

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 18:33

Judge dismisses George Zimmerman's lawsuit against NBC

Anyone who actually understands the law will not be surprised by this outcome.

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 - 18:53

Traveling man: Former UGA, Cedar Shoals basketball star Carlos Strong home for good after career on the road

I really enjoyed the story, Ed. I'd wondered what happened to him.

posted @ Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 19:40

Perdue embraces the role of outsider

It's his best shot, running as an outsider, much as it's Nunn's best shot if she also finds herself running against Kingston. Despite the almost universal loathing of Congress, I can't see the strategy working for either of them. Of course I don't have access to in-house polling data where a campaign tests messages to see what, or what does not, resonate with voters.

posted @ Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 11:56

Huckaby: Coffee shouldn't be complicated

Friends don't let friends drink Folger's. Or light beer.

posted @ Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 21:37

Craft Beer Festival to be held Sunday in Lexington

This sounds terrific. We're seriously thinking of going.

posted @ Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 11:14

Towery: GOP control of Senate is possibility

Silly. Not only is it a possibility, most of the models predict a Republican takeover. The one I follow most, and respect its methodology, has it at a 56 percent likelihood. Now if McDaniel had won the GOP nomination in Mississippi or the other kooky guy in Oklahoma had won the nomination (his name escapes me), then the odds would have changed.

posted @ Friday, June 27, 2014 - 17:15

The Editor's Desk: CNBC ranking of Georgia not much to celebrate

Oh, just came across this terrific map that ranks places on quality of life using six key data points. Georgia, not so shabby, but clearly not at the top. Then again, this is about quality of life, not business climate.

http://nyti.ms/1myPL1R

Oconee, ranked 55th out of 3,155 counties. Clarke, 1410th.

Yes, I love interactive maps. Wish my students liked creating them as much as I like teaching how to create them.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 15:37

The Editor's Desk: CNBC ranking of Georgia not much to celebrate

Too bad there's no "excrement deleted" function here. Eastville would be gone.

I'm always glad to see Georgia rated well, though I'm not so sure the folks who put us high on infrastructure have spent much time parked on 75, 85, 400, or 285. But yes, the airport and port gives us a boost. All the other numbers, though, really do damage to our competitiveness (education, etc.). I'm surprised, really, that Texas isn't #1. Just ask Gov. Rick Perry. He's not for everybody -- and he famously imploded in 2012 -- but you have to give him credit for being a helluva cheerleader for biz in Texas.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 15:13

Deal builds lead over Carter in latest poll

Yes, it's a robo-poll, which leans older and more Republican, still I can't see Deal losing this one. Then again, InsiderAdvantage had Romney winning by 5.8 percentage points ...

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 15:04

Ex-US Sen. Howard Baker Jr. dies

A helluva senator.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 14:14

New Athens Kroger to open fuel center first

I've been told once they've finished building this Kroger they'll shift to building a new one, where KMart now stands, on the eastside to replace the existing structure. Anyone know for sure if that's true?

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:56

AP sources: Chris Christie faces another bridge probe

@TeeWee: Except the hard drive crashed before anyone ever complained about the IRS looking at groups, much less before an investigation occurred. That has nothing to do with this, of course. For Christie, this just makes it tougher for him. He had a window where he seemed among the strongest candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, but with the bridge stuff he's just a member of a growing pack of hopefuls. I wonder now whether he'll even run. He does represent the pragmatic wing of the party, but that's space also occupied by others with more appeal -- Jeb Bush being the most likely (assuming he even runs).

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 16:03

Georgia, Notre Dame announce home-and-home football matchup

Love it. Will be a pair of fun games.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 15:55

Buchholz: Bicyclists, pedestrians have safety responsibilities

Actually, the research suggests that when pedestrians are at fault, it's often two categories -- young boys, and drunk males -- that dominate the statistics. In a college town, well, we've got both. A lot of both.

posted @ Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 14:34

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