Peaceful Movement: At long last the other...


Peaceful Movement: At long last the other Battle of Atlanta has ended. Officials announced Wednesday that state, city and neighborhood leaders finally settled a dispute over the proposed road to Jimmy Carter’s presidential library. Opponents feared the road would disrupt the character of the neighborhood. Under the compromise, the four-lane road--which will also go to Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolence--will be heavily landscaped. Speeders beware: The limit is 35 m.p.h.

Unfurling Greatness: When is big too big? When you’re a a 411-foot flag and you can’t get a gig except for Flag Day. Federal officials in Washington had promised that the flag’s days in storage were numbered. Guess again: The flag appeared in Greenville, S.C., during Fourth of July weekend and will appear again Flag Day 1992 in Washington. The flag was donated to the federal government in 1983. Since then, it’s been stored in a warehouse. “It’s a logistics nightmare,” said Kathryn Gaddy, a government spokeswoman.

Quoting: Kurt Vonnegut tried to kill himself in 1984 and says he still thinks about suicide. “I know I’m threatened by the damn thing,” the author told the Washington Post. “It’s on my mind all the time. But I tried as hard as I could to kill myself--without any luck. So my feeling is, the hell with it,” says Vonnegut. He writes about it in “Fates Worse Than Death.”

What, No Buffalo?: Eight parakeets, three ball pythons, two tarantulas, two iguanas, a scarlet macaw, a parrot, an albino rat snake and a male cockatiel are among those missing from a pet shop in Laramie, Wyo. The critters were stolen Wednesday from the Peaceable Kingdom Pets and police say may be headed for the big city. “There’s a heck of a black market for these birds and animals, especially in the larger cities,” said Detective Jeff Bury. The macaw, worth about $3,000, cannot be sold legitimately without papers. Nor should any bird, for that matter.