Atlanta Mayoral Debate tonight at Georgia Tech Ferst Center
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In Atlanta the issues of gentrification, the lack of jobs in certain zip codes, education and crime are leading recent mayoral debates. Early voting starts next week and Atlanta residents can begin casting votes for a new Mayor. Listen to MAJIC 107.5/ 97.5 and follow us on Facebook Live to see where the candidates stand starting tonight at 7 p.m., as we team up with 11Alive and AARP for a forum at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center.
Mayor Kasim Reed did not veto marijuana legislation
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Mayor Kasim Reed did not veto Atlanta’s marijuana ordinance. There was a lot of confusion beforehand after city council tweeted that Mayor Kasim Reed had vetoed the marijuana ordinance which would’ve reduced penalties for an ounce of marijuana possession, however shortly after that Mayor Kasim Reed’s communication director sent out a statement saying that the Mayor did not veto it, which means anybody caught by APD with less than an ounce of marijuana will pay a $75 fine and get no jail time.
The death toll rises in California due to wildfires
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The death toll is growing as wildfires scorch California at least 17 people have died. Fire officials say the fires are moving so fast they devour an area about the size of a football field every 3 seconds.
1. MJ was a victim of physical abuse from his father as a child. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he shed tears and claimed that he was so terrified of his father that he would often vomit when he saw him.
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2. His favorite animated character from childhood was Pinocchio.
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3. When MJ listened to the songs from his days in The Jackson 5, he said he sounded like “Minnie Mouse.”
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4. His middle name was Joseph – Michael Joseph Jackson.
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5. “Billie Jean” is allegedly based on a true story. MJ claims an obsessive fan tried to say he was the father of her child.
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6. His first song to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart was “Ben” in 1972.
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7. MJ was a huge Beatles fan. He paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue in 1985 and sold a share of it to Sony in 1995 for $95 million.
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8. Get this… The costumes for the “Thriller” video came from the Salvation Army.
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9. Jackson invented and owns the patent for the special anti-gravity boots he wore that allowed him to lean forward extremely far in live performances of “Smooth Criminal.”
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10. MJ loved animals, and had several…strange pets. He had a python called Crusher, two llamas called Louis and Lola, and his most famous pet was Bubbles, the chimpanzee.
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11. Sources say MJ “borrowed” the Moonwalk from street dancers he saw outside a hotel.
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12. The original song title for “Thriller” was “Starlight.”
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13. Sources say MJ slept in an oxygen tent to live longer and for cosmetic purposes.
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14. MJ was a proud owner of a 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch that has a theme park, a menagerie, and a movie theater.
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15. “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin was one of MJ’s closest friends, and is the godfather of two of Jackson’s children.
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16. MJ’s estate signed a deal with Sony that gave them access to his unreleased recordings for $250 million.
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17. MJ often wore a black armband to remind people of the suffering of children around the world.
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18. The Los Angeles mansion he was renting just before he passed away once belonged to Sean Connery.
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19. MJ was allegedly a pretty avid reader… He was once accused by a library of owing $1 million in overdue book fines.
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20. Wikipedia, Twitter, and AOL’s Instant Messenger all crashed at 3:15PM on the day MJ died: June 25, 2009.
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