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26 August 2015

Just in time for Imagine Music Festival, GRiZ Releases New Track for Free Downloading

GRiZ (aka Grant Kwiecinski) has surprised fans with another new track.

"Feelin' High" ft. Eric Bloom is out today. You can grab a free download HERE.



GRiZ is scheduled to appear at the Imagine Music Festival Oceania stage, Saturday, 29 August at 7:20PM.

Burger King Proposes a Truce with McDonald's in Atlanta for World Peace Day, 21 September

It’s official.

Burger King is extending an olive branch to McDonald’s, calling for a one-day ‘burger wars’ ceasefire on their longstanding rivalry. Burger King proposes that on Peace Day, 21 September 2015, the two restaurants set aside their differences and unite to create the ‘McWhopper’ - a burger that combines all the tastiest ingredients from their signature sandwiches, the Big Mac® and the WHOPPER®, in one delicious, peace-loving burger.

A detailed exploration of Burger King’s proposal to McDonald’s can be found at www.mcwhopper.com.

The ‘McWhopper’ would be available for one-day, at one location in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., with the objective of raising awareness of Peace Day. As with any proposal, McDonald’s is free to accept or decline the offer. If they choose not to participate, no harm done - after all, peace isn’t always easy to achieve. Should they say yes, burger fans will get to experience the culinary mash-up of a lifetime, and walk away inspired by the mouthwatering taste of peace.

“Our proposal is designed to generate the most attention and awareness possible for Peace Day and the work of the non-profit organization Peace One Day,” said Fernando Machado, Senior Vice President for Global Brand Management at Burger King Corporation. “We’re being completely transparent with our approach because we want them to take this seriously.

"It would be amazing if McDonald’s agrees to do this. Let’s make history and generate a lot of noise around Peace Day. If they say no, we’ll hopefully have, at the very least, raised much-needed financial support and consciousness for the great cause that is Peace One Day. And both are well worth the effort.”

Peace Day, 21 September, is a United Nations-recognized annual day of global unity, successfully advocated by the non-profit organization Peace One Day.

“Our short term goal is to expose three billion people to Peace Day by 2016. It’s a big target but it’s very possible, particularly with the support of the corporate sector – they have the resources and ability to raise awareness on a massive scale. That awareness creates action, and that action saves lives,” said Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day. “This proposal from Burger King is the corporate sector at its best – coming together, putting their differences aside and saying: ‘come on; let’s do something to manifest a more peaceful, sustainable world’.”

Can't Make Imagine This Weekend? Watch the Live Stream Online Through Tourpedo

Imagine Music Festival is this weekend at Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Masquerade.

Tickets are still available at www.ImagineFestival.com. But if you can't make it, Imagine is stepping their game up in a very big way.

Tourpedo, Inc., a Raleigh, North Carolina-based software company, will be live streaming the Imagine Music Festival all weekend long.

Fans will be able to watch two days of live music including some of the best artists and DJs like The Glitch Mob, Morgan Page, Lil Jon, 12th Planet, Brillz, The Crystal Method, Crizzly, Ying Yang Twins, and many other acts.

Viewers can donate what they want ($9.99 per day minimum) to watch the festival live with proceeds supporting the charity, Teen Cancer America

Teen Cancer America is a charity founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who which aims to educate and support hospitals and outpatient facilities in the development of specialized units for teenagers undergoing cancer treatment.

Also, fans will be able to tip the artists during their performances and the high tipper during certain sets will receive a prize pack containing signed artist memorabilia.

The live stream will be a multi-cam HD broadcast available on computers, smart TVs, and mobile devices. Fans can tweet, post, and chat with others who are enjoying the festival as well. To watch the festival, click here: www.tourpedo.com/shows/imagine-live-stream.

25 August 2015

Atlanta Wins Title of "Most Honest City" in the U.S.

(Unmanned kiosks stocked with Honest beverages popped-up around the country this summer testing whether or not people would pay $1 on the honor system when no one appeared to be watching. Image courtesy Honest Tea.)
Honest Tea, the top-selling organic bottled tea company in the United States, wanted to test the nation's honesty. So they developed an experiment to see which cities were the most honest.

From 17 July to 10 August, Honest Tea set up unmanned displays of their drinks with a simple request. If a passerby took one of the Honest beverages, they should leave $1 in exchange.

Honest Tea monitored thousands of interactions at 27 different locations across the country to see how honest people are when no one appeared to be looking. Information was collected at each site, including the number of people who paid or stole their beverages.

The results from this light-hearted exam showed that Atlanta is the most honest city in the United States. Every single person who took an Honest Tea beverage in Atlanta left behind a dollar.

Providence, Rhode Island remained at the bottom of the list for a second year in a row. One person in Providence paid for his beverage with a fake one million dollar bill.

For the first time in the history of the experiment, someone stole money from the collection box in Washington, D.C.

Overall, Honest Tea found 94% of Americans were honest, down slightly from 95% in 2014.

The complete National Honesty Index results are available at www.NationalHonestyIndex.com.

Honest Tea donated all funds collected from the on-site social experiments to FoodCorps, a nationwide team that connects kids to real food and better nutrition.

24 August 2015

WAOK Talk Radio Host Guilty of DUI, Other Charges Following 2014 Hit & Run Incident

Ali Rashad Richey, host of "Real Talk with Rashad Richey" on 1380AM WAOK, was convicted of DUI, driving with suspended/revoked license, and failure to report accident this year following a November 2014 incident involving another driver on Joseph E. Lowery Blvd.

(Rashad Richey, left, with Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Shawn Jones, was recently convicted of DUI and other charges following a 2014 hit & run incident. Image courtesy CBS Radio.)
Georgia Unfiltered first learned of Mr. Richey's legal troubles following a tip that his case would be before the Atlanta Municipal Court last week.

Using an open records request, Georgia Unfiltered obtained public records detailing Mr. Richey's recent run-in with the law.

According to the police report, an Atlanta police officer observed Richey run into the front left grill of a 2004 GMC Yukon. Richey was driving a 2006 Lexus owned by former Democratic Party of Georgia chairman Mike Berlon.

"He tried to step out of the vehicle but was unsuccessful due to immobility from being intoxicated," the report reads.

"During my investigation, I was trying to obtain information about Mr. Richey to begin the report. I asked Mr. Richey for his date of birthday and he responded 'Lawyer.' I was unable to obtain any information from Mr. Richey at that time. Although he advised multiple times that he works for the Clayton County Sheriff's Department, and later finding out he is the Chief Lobbyist for noted department.

"I was able to look up Mr. Richey on Horizon database and found out that this was not the first time that he [was] charged/convicted for driving under the influence," the police report continues.

The police report further states that Rashad Richey had his driver's license suspended due to child support and failure to appear.

Clayton County court records indicate a motion for contempt was filed against Mr. Richey in an ongoing child support case. A hearing on the motion was scheduled for 21 May 2015. However, law enforcement officials were unable to serve Mr. Richey with the summons.

Rashad Richey was sentenced to probation on 7 May 2015.

Rashad Richey DUI/Hit & Run Case Files

Southern Company to Acquire AGL Resources in $12 Billion Merger

The Southern Company and AGL Resources today announced that the boards of directors of both companies have approved a definitive merger agreement to create America's leading U.S. electric and gas utility company. Pursuant to the agreement, AGL Resources will become a new wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company in a transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $12 billion, including a total equity value of approximately $8 billion.

(The Southern Company announced plans to acquire AGL Resources in a $12 billion transaction. Image courtesy AGL Resources and the Southern Company)
Under the terms of the agreement, AGL Resources' shareholders will be entitled to receive $66 in cash for each share of AGL Resources common stock.

Officials from both companies say when completed, the Southern Company/AGL Resources merger will better position them to provide necessary natural gas infrastructure to meet customers' growing energy needs, and will create the second-largest utility company in the U.S. by customer base with:
  • Eleven regulated electric and natural gas distribution companies providing service to approximately nine million customers with a projected regulated rate base of approximately $50 billion;
  • Operations of nearly 200,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines and more than 80,000 miles of gas pipelines; and
  • Generating capacity of approximately 46,000 megawatts.
"As America's leader in developing the full portfolio of energy resource s, we believe the addition of AGL Resources to our business will better position Southern Company to play offense in supporting America's energy future through additional natural gas infrastructure," said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning.

"We've found a strong partner in Southern Company with its complementary businesses, excellent reputation and shared values," said AGL Resources Chairman and CEO John W. Somerhalder, II. "They have committed to continuing our tradition of community and philanthropic support and exceptional service to customers. We look forward to working with Southern Company to complete the transaction as expeditiously as possible and ensure a smooth transition."

AGL Resources will continue to maintain its own management team and board of directors after the merger is completed. In addition, AGL Resources will continue to maintain its own corporate headquarters in Atlanta.

Customers will continue to be served by their current gas and electric utility companies.

Plan Your Weekend Now! Imagine Music Festival Releases Performance Schedule


A limited number of tickets remain at ImagineFestival.com

Atlanta-Based Minority Youth Matters Group Schedules Protests Against NASCAR's Lack of Diversity

An Atlanta-based minority youth group says NASCAR suffers from a deficit of diversity.

The Minority Youth Matters Movement (MYMM) hope to change that through a series of protests in Atlanta, Waycross, and twelve other cities on 20 September 2015.

"Minority leaders from across the nation are working together to form a Motorsports Association to collaborate with sponsoring corporations and to partner in developing a comprehensive diversity program," MYMM said in a statement. "NASCAR has had sixty (60) plus years to incorporate diversity in their sport and failed on numerous occasions."

The Minority Youth Matters Movement has indicated they are prepared to boycott the corporate sponsors of NASCAR in order to force the sport to conform to diversity and inclusion.

Founded in 1948, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (more commonly known as NASCAR) governs multiple auto-racing events including the Sprint Cup Series, the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series.

Atlanta Motor Speedway, in Hampton, hosts three NASCAR events annually.

19 August 2015

Seven Georgia Schools Ranked Among America's Top High Schools by Newsweek

Newsweek today announced the results of the 2015 High School Rankings, and seven Georgia schools made the list.

"America's Top High Schools" identifies top 500 schools by measuring factors including graduation rate, college enrollment rate, SAT and ACT scores and participation, AP/IB scores and participation, full time counselors to students ratio, dropout rate, enrollment in college courses during high school and state test scores.

Savannah Arts Academy was Georgia's highest ranked school according to Newsweek, coming in at #272.

Fulton County saw three of its high schools on the list, the most of any Georgia school district. Milton, Alpharetta, and Chattahoochee high schools all made the top 500.

Other Georgia schools featured in Newsweek's rankings are Columbus High School, the DeKalb School of the Arts, and Lambert High School.

ATL Makes Playboy's 2015 List of America's Sexiest Cities Due in Part to Our Love of Sex Toys

Playboy magazine today released its list of "America's 25 Sexiest Cities," as featured in its September 2015 issue; and Atlanta came ahead (pun absolutely intended) of other southern cities like Charlotte, Orlando, and New Orleans in the rankings.

According to Adam & Eve, a major player in the $15 billion U.S. sex-toy industry, Atlantans spend more per capita on pleasure products than the residents of any other city in our survey—more than twice as much as ­runners-up San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Top three sellers in Hotlanta: the Silver Bullet 2.0 vibrator, Make Me Cum clit sensitizer and Adam & Eve lube.

Dunbar, David (18 August 2015). America's 25 Sexiest Cities 2015. Playboy. Retrieved on 19 August 2015.

Atlanta is home to quite a few adult toy stores including Georgia Unfiltered's personal favorite, Starship Enterprises.
(Atlanta made the list of America's Sexiest Cities in Playboy's September issue, featuring Guess model Heather DePriest on the cover. Image courtesy Playboy Enterprises.)

The following is Playboy magazine's complete list of "America's 25 Sexiest Cities":

1. New York 13. Austin
2. Los Angeles 14. Minneapolis
3. Chicago 15. Denver
4. Miami 16. Tampa
5. San Francisco 17. Atlanta
6. Seattle 18. Phoenix
7. Boston 19. Washington, D.C.
8. Las Vegas 20. Charlotte
9. San Diego 21. Orlando
10. Portland 22. Houston
11. Dallas 23. Pittsburgh
12. Philadelphia 24. New Orleans
25. Santa Barbara

Playboy's list was determined by results from two customized polls conducted exclusively for the magazine and other metrics such as "hot locals, cool nightlife, a great setting and an undercurrent of desire."

18 August 2015

Popular WAOK Talk Radio Host Due in Court on Numerous Charges Including DUI

Georgia Unfiltered has learned that Rashad Richey, host of "Real Talk with Rashad Richey" on WAOK-AM, is facing a variety of charges in Atlanta Municipal Court this week.

Public records indicate Mr. Richey was issued several traffic citations for failure to maintain lane, hit and run/fail to render aid, DUI, reckless driving, driving with license suspended/revoked, failure to carry/exhibit license, and attempting to elude/impersonate police.

According to the Atlanta Municipal Court Clerk, Richey is due in court Thursday, 20 August 2015 at 8AM for a hearing on these charges.