Music, Film, Derby, More Coastal Events Aug. 23–25

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Official Guides of Savannah

There are plenty to events to choose from this weekend in sunny Savannah. Bill Dawers of Hissing Lawns and the Savanah Morning News and Mia Mance of G100 have their top picks already on hand.

Mia’s Picks:

Any thorough study of history reveals that there have always been political, economic and racial divisions in the United States. Princeton historians and best-selling authors Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse add gender and sexuality to those fissures.

Their book, Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, follows how those divisions have become wider and deeper since the resignation of Richard Nixon shook the foundations of our democracy. 

Tormenta Fc Players show support for Lucas Coutinho
Taylor Gaddy Photography

A South Georgia soccer player is improving after a serious head injury.

Tormenta FC midfielder Lucas Coutinho collided with an opposing player during a match Saturday.

He remains in the neurological intensive care unit at Memorial Hospital in Savannah.

Justin Thomas hits his second shot on the first hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Medinah, Ill.
Nam Y. Huh / AP

The PGA Tour wanted a format that eliminated two winners on Sunday at East Lake — the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. The new system means whoever has the lowest score to par wins the FedEx Cup.

In the eyes of some players, that might not be enough.

Climate Central

July was the hottest month on record for the planet,  according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This year is shaping up to be one of the warmest on record — that means since the late 1800s.

Georgia is no exception to the trend of blistering heat, with Atlanta temperature milestones rising roughly 20% compared to the previous decade, according to Climate Central, which is an independent organization based upon the research and general impact of climate change. Savannah and Augusta had one of their hottest years in history in 2017.

Stephen B. Morton / AP

Savannah is trying a new way to keep storm drains from clogging: having volunteers "adopt a drain."


The city is famous for its tree-lined streets.


But all the trees and Spanish moss also make for a lot of debris, which can clog stormwater drains and damage water quality.


So, the volunteer Savannah Trash Warriors and the civic technology group Open Savannah pitched an idea: let residents adopt their local drain and keep it clear.

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The city of Atlanta has met its goal of $50 million for the Home First Initiative to end homelessness, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Wednesday.  

The money will be used to build 550 units of permanent, supportive housing for those in need. The units will also be part of larger affordable housing structures. 


The Sterigenics facility in Smyrna, August 20, 2019.
Ross Terrell/GPB

On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp gives a vote of confidence to the Smyrna plant that critics say is emitting dangerous chemical waste after company officials take steps to reduce emissions.

Samantha Allen

Author and journalist Samantha Allen wanted to go beyond the headlines in her new book, "Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States." Now, she’s traveling to the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

"Often the stories we hear are just, 'Oh, this anti-LGBT law got passed' or 'This anti-LGBT law got stopped,' and we're not really seeing what's happening on the ground," Allen said.


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Picture this: It's Friday night. You're all alone and suddenly hear creepy noices — maybe even see shadows from the corner of your eye. Who ya gonna call? The Ghost Brothers are Atlanta-based. 

The trio of fraternity brothers started investigating places reported to be haunted on reality television in 2016. Their new series, Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests, investigates residential phenomena. 

Atlanta United brought home the first-ever Campeones Cup for the MLS in August.
Atlanta United FC

How is Atlanta keeping pedestrians, bicyclists and scooter riders safe? Why are solid waste bills suddenly so high? Will the city build more parks? 

In the August installment of our Ask: The Mayor series with GPB’s Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers those listener questions and more.

Scroll down to watch the full video.

HIGHLIGHTS This conversation has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Two weeks after a pair of deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio left 31 dead, a longstanding fundraiser at a gun range outside of Atlanta drew criticism – and record crowds.

At the 11th District Republican Party’s fifth annual marksmanship and barbecue event, conversation centered on the feeling that responsible, law-abiding gun owners were getting a bad rap when it comes to talking about gun control.

The Bash

The daily news cycle can be incredibly draining, with shootings, political drama, and social upheaval bombarding our social media timelines. 


From time to time, the best solution may be to take a step back and enjoy a laugh, whether it be watching a comedian’s special or going down to your local comedy club.




Surrounded by mountains and the sea, Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula is extremely isolated; there aren’t even roads or rail lines to the area. In Julia Phillips’ new novel, it’s the site where two young Russian sisters vanish one afternoon after walking along the seashore.

Disappearing Earth is not a mystery or true crime novel. There’s no detective discovering long-held secrets among the townsfolk, no red herrings nor a final reveal. Instead, the novel explores a series of stories about women and girls affected by – and connected to – the panic surrounding the loss.

Michael Sullivan/UGA Skidaway Institute

Forecasters predict a more active hurricane season this year, now that the El Nino weather pattern has ended. Current predictions estimate as many as 10 to 17 possible named storms.

Getting accurate models of a hurricane’s path plays a big part in coastal communities’ ability to stay safe.

Researchers at the University of Georgia aim to improve the precision of these models by launching underwater autonomous gliders to collect data from the briny deep.

Ross Terrell / Georgia Public Broadcasting

Cobb County residents and elected officials met Monday night at the Cobb Civic Center for a town hall on the Smyrna Sterigenics plant.

The company, which sterilizes medical products using ethylene oxide, has been releasing hundreds of pounds of the gas into the atmosphere. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency classified it as a carcinogenic.

Martin Meissner / AP

In the aftermath of mass shootings, debate over why these massacres keep happening — and how to fix them — bubbles up again. And, after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump again pointed to mental illness and violent video games.

Politicians singling out video games for inspiring violence isn't new. (Nor is the research debunking this connection.) In the past, however, moral outrage and blame came from both sides of the political aisle. Now, a recent article in The Atlantic argues that the topic has become an increasingly partisan issue.

Churches, synagogues, temples and mosques are all places of worship where people go to pray and find peace.  

But as we’ve seen in places like Charleston and Pittsburgh, even those spaces are not safe from gunfire and hatred.

Greenforest Community Baptist Church in East Atlanta is just one of the places preparing for a potential mass shooting. 

Coutinho and Tormenta FC players
Tormenta FC

A south Georgia soccer player remains in the hospital after a serious head injury. 

The downtown skyline in Atlanta, Monday, June 25, 2018.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

On this special edition of Political Rewind, gentrification in Georgia. How does it impact the state and what does it mean?


David Goldman / AP

More than 600 men have signed up to be mentors to young boys and teens in Atlanta.

In June, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms put out a call during her monthly “Ask the Mayor” conversation with GPB, for 100 men to participate in the city's My Brother's Keeper program.

Georgia Secretary of State's OFfice

The secretary of state's office is reviewing a petition signed by more than 1,400 people asking for another, deeper look at the state's new voting system. 

The petition, delivered Monday morning, alleges several issues with the state's certification process of the Dominion Voting System, which includes ballot-marking devices, precinct-level scanners, electronic poll books and the election management system.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the machines Aug. 9 after a third-party company tested the equipment "against the requirements set forth for voting systems by the Election Assistance Commission 2005 Voluntary Voting System Guidelines and the State of Georgia."

Mike Stewart / AP

Federal Judge Amy Totenberg has ruled Georgia will use its outdated voting machines for one more election.  Then, it’s time for a change. 

Georgia is currently one of five states that relies on electronic voting machines, but officials are currently working to implement a new $107 million ballot-marking device system that includes touchscreen machines with a printed paper ballot component.

A lawsuit filed in 2017 says the current touchscreen direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting system is outdated, flawed, and insecure. The ultimate goal of the legal challenge is to move Georgia to hand-marked paper ballots, though Totenberg has denied that request for the last two years.

AP Photo/David Goldman

Two years ago, far-right groups gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, to oppose the city council's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park.

Those protests culminated in a "Unite The Right" rally, where members of Alt-Right, white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups clashed with counter-protestors ⁠— one of whom was killed. More than 49 people were injured. 

Photo by Emre Kuzu from Pexels

A rural Georgia community is still wrestling with the idea of putting a commercial landfill near their homes.

WSAV-TV reports the proposed landfill is leaving Screven County residents torn between economic benefits versus environmental concern.


Georgia is aging … fast. Estimates indicate that by 2030, one in five Georgia residents will be 65 years of age or older. By 2050, the number of Georgians older than 85 will triple from 2010.

To get ahead of these demographic shifts, some businesses and organizations are trying to anticipate the needs of Georgia’s population by developing “age-friendly communities.”

The Atlanta Regional Commission recently held a forum on building age-friendly communities in both the metro Atlanta area as well as across the state.

L-R: Patricia Meagher, Georgia Historical Society; Rev. Dr. Charles Goodman, Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church; Christine Miller-Betts, Executive Director of Lucy Laney Museum; Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis
Don Small / Don Small Photography

In the 134 years since its founding by the Rev. C.T. Walker, who was just 27 years old at the time, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta has been much more than just a house of worship. The Georgia Historical Society recognized the church's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement by dedicating a "Civil Rights Trail Historical Marker" last week. 

Andrew Harnik / AP

One day after a ruling was issued that requires Georgia to ditch its outdated touchscreen voting machines in 2020, a group of voters asked a federal judge to block the state from replacing it with a new $107 million ballot-marking device system.

Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg ordered the state to move to a paper ballot-based voting system after this fall’s municipal elections and to pilot hand-marked paper ballot voting in some elections this fall.

The new system selected by the secretary of state’s office satisfies that first order, as Dominion Voting Systems’ Image Cast X BMD combines a touchscreen tablet with a printer to produce a paper-based summary of a voter’s selection with a QR code that is then scanned and stored.

On this edition of Political Rewind, we look at news out of two of the country’s most hotly contested Congressional races. In the 6th District Republicans pressure a self-avowed white nationalist to withdraw from the GOP primary.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker delivers remarks at the Black Church PAC presidential candidate forum held during the Young Leaders Conference in Atlanta on August 16, 2019.
Robert Jimison / GPB

Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker and Julian Castro were in Atlanta hoping to court the votes of black religious voters.

Speaking with Pastors Leah Daughtry and Mike McBride each was questioned at the Young Leaders Conference about why the minority and religious community should trust them with their vote. 

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro was the first to speak at the event.