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Sitting just below the interchange between the Downtown Connector and Interstate 20, the neighborhood of Summerhill holds a storied past. Over the decades, the area faced segregation, being gutted by  expressways and housing two major stadiums at once.

Business boomed on Georgia Avenue in the '40s and '50s, but by the 1970s the area saw more concentrated poverty and riots. When the Olympics came to Atlanta in 1996, Summerhill housed the opening ceremonies at Centennial Olympic Stadium, which would eventually become Turner Field and then later the Georgia State Stadium.


Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says Georgians should have faith in the newly-announced voting machines coming for next year’s elections.

On Monday, Raffensperger announced the selection of Dominion Voting Systems as the state’s next voting machine vendor, with a $106 million price tag.

Georgia’s outdated touchscreen direct-recording electronic voting machines will be replaced by ballot-marking devices. Direct-recording electronic machines cast each vote on a memory card. But the BMDs print out a paper ballot with a summary of the voter’s selection plus a QR code that is then scanned and stored.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Lawsuits over election integrity and legislative decisions about voting machines have been ongoing stories since before the presidential elections in 2016. There are surges and retreats of headlines about both, but it can be hard to track.


Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., along with religious leaders, from left, Rev. Bill Owens, Rev. Dean Nelson and Bishop Harry Jackson, speaks at the White House following a meeting with President Donald Trump.
Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, as the chorus of critics grow louder for what they say are President Trump’s racist pronouncements, hear why Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., says the criticisms are wrong.


Climate Central

Intense heat is getting worse with climate change as small increases in temperature can magnify extremes, according to a study by Climate Central, an independent organization of scientists and journalists reporting about climate change and its public impact.

Around the globe, it’s been another summer of blistering heat. Just last month, GPB reported that Georgia could see an average of 77 days each year with a heat index over 105 degrees by the end of the century, according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

That’s compared to an average of four days a year from 1971 to 2000.

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When she was a freshman at Mercer University, Clare Reverri didn’t have a car on campus. She relied on the bus to take her to Walmart, the grocery store and downtown. One weekend, as she stood at the bus stop, an SUV full of men pulled up next to her, rolled their windows down and started making comments about her body. One of them yelled, “Can I tap that?”

“I really, honestly just felt super scared. It’s like, they have a car, what are they going to do? They’re gonna come grab me? It’s crazy,” Reverri said.

Gaports.com

Georgia's seaports are celebrating another year of record growth in fiscal 2019, though their chief executive warns business will suffer if the U.S. doesn't resolve its trade war with China.

A west Georgia library system will be in the first in the state to eliminate overdue fines.

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries are erasing all past overdue fines and will stop charging patrons 25 cents a day for late books. 


Muscogee Youth Return To Ancestral Homeland In Macon

Jul 30, 2019
Marianna Bacallao

The Muscogee Creek people were removed from Georgia in 1834. In 2019, members of the Muscogee Creek Nation Youth Council came back to their homeland for the first time.

“For me, and for my youth council, and our tribe, it’s very important to just take a step back and recognize where we come from and take time to honor all the sacrifices that (our ancestors) made for us to be here,” Claudia McHenry said. McHenry is a representative for the Native American population at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.

An Ultimate Chance At Redemption

Jul 29, 2019
Denise Koo

Three years ago, none of the kids on Atlanta’s under-17 (U-17) Ultimate Frisbee club team expected to make it to the finals. The high schoolers had dedicated their summer to the goal of simply going to national championships, and their coach, T.J. Martin, said he had no idea whether the team would be good.

 

But something strange happened when they got there: they won game after game. And not just by one point or two points, a margin of error that could be explained away as luck. They won by five points, 10 points, even 14 points in a game to 15, Martin said.   

Marriott.com

The Sheraton Atlanta hotel remains closed two weeks after officials discovered an outbreak of Legionella. As of Monday, 11 people have lab-confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease, officials said.

Another 55 cases are considered probable, Georgia Department of Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said. While there have been six deaths so far in 2019 from Legionella infection, there are no reported deaths related to the Legionella outbreak at the Sheraton Atlanta hotel, Nydam said.

Andrew Harnik / AP

Today on Political Rewind, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has annonced new voting machines will be put in place ahead of the 2020 Presidential Primary. Where will the machines come from and how long will it take to get poll workers trained? Is it enough time for the primary election in March?


COURTESY OF DISCOVERY CHANNEL

For the last 31 years, sharks have been subject to a week of media frenzy, taking place each July. But, throughout the year, they face a number of dangers that put their populations at risk.

Discovery Channel's Shark Week started Sunday and, this year, the focus is on conservation. On Second Thought dives in to explore shark facts, myths and more, from the Georgia coast to the islands of Palau. 


Now we add some more songs to our essential Georgia playlist from Amy Ray. We ask artists to pick two songs written or performed by another Georgian that best represent the state.

Amy Ray is part of the seminal folk group Indigo Girls. The Indigo Girls will return to Atlanta Symphony Hall for a two night performance on Sept. 12 and 13. 


Andrew Harnik / AP

Georgia has awarded a massive contract to replace its outdated touchscreen direct-recording electronic voting machines to a new company offering ballot-marking devices with a paper component.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Monday that Dominion Voting Systems will be the state's new vendor for elections, ditching current vendor Elections Systems & Software. 

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office

Next month, thousands of Georgians will be participating in the country’s first ever citizen-led pollinator census.

The University of Georgia is calling on volunteers to count bees, wasps and butterflies in their own backyards. On Aug. 23 and 24, participants will be making history when they record that data for the university.

Grant Blankenship/GPB

A federal judge who said Georgia officials allowed its election system to “grow way too old and archaic” will soon decide if hundreds of county and municipal elections in 2019 must be conducted on hand-marked paper ballots.

David Goldman / AP Photo/File

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is home from the hospital following a week of inpatient rehabilitation. 

The 74-year-old senior senator, who has Parkinson’s disease and walks with a cane, suffered four fractured ribs after losing his balance at his Washington, D.C. apartment.

Jessica Lowell

The 20th Annual Dream Flight is part of the Aviation Career Education Academy is a summer program for 14- to 18-year-olds.

It’s part of the Delta Air Lines initiative to promote diversity across aviation. The summer program is run in partnership with the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals.


Store surveillance video shows a confrotation between a state lawmaker and Publix shopper.
GPB

On this edition of Political Rewind, allegations presented by Rep. Erica Thomas, as the victim of a racist taunt in a Cobb County supermarket, now appear to have unfolded differently than she described. What do the furiously partisan responses to the story tell us about the current political climate?


Nothingfunnyaboutmoney.org

“Adulting” as a term is used to describe grown-up behaviors, which can be anything from doing laundry to signing a lease. Like many things millennial, the backlash to this made-up word was simultaneous with its swift rise as a hastag on social media.


Grant McGowan

Theatrical productions with more than one act can run anywhere from 90 minutes to about three hours. One famous — some might say infamous — adaptation of The Great Gatsby lasted a whopping eight hours.

That is a commitment from the cast, crew and the audience.

What if you could see a number of plays in less time? The Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival brings brevity to the boards. It showcases full productions, rehearsed and performed by actors. 


Edvard Munch [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

Research from Emory University’s psychology department reveals the hidden intricacies of screams.

These primal vocalizations are found across various mammal species, not just humans. Rabbits, goats and even some amphibians such as frogs have been known to let out a scream in the name of self-defense.

Kate Brumback / AP

A man has died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a Georgia immigration detention center.

Pedro Arriago-Santoya, 44, was originally apprehended by ICE in Appling County. The Mexican national had been held  at the Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Lumpkin for a little over a week before before he complained of pain to medical personnel on July 20.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a voluntary recall for textured breast implants that have been connected to rare cancer.

Allergan, the manufacturer of a specific type of breast implant, agreed to recall specific models of its textured breast implants from the U.S. market due to the risk of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Cora Pursley / 360 Media, Inc.

Fulton County officials want to know more about the impact the music industry has on the county's economy.

County officials along with Georgia Music Partners and Sound Diplomacy announced Thursday they were launching a study to do just that.

Carlos Osorio / Associated Press

Federal officials held a two-day conference in Atlanta on Emerging Strategies to Affordable Housing, where U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson spoke about his plan to solve the issue.

Carson sat down with GPB’s Ross Terrell beforehand to discuss what he sees as the problems that are creating an affordable housing shortage and why he believes President Trump’s tweets to four congresswomen weren’t racist.

Ross Terrell / Georgia Public Broadcasting

The city of Atlanta will stop accepting permits for dockless devices, like e-scooters and bikes, until Aug. 5.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order Thursday, telling the department of planning to stop issuing any new permits for the scooters.

Victory North

This sunny weekend in Savannah, there's lots to do from trying your luck in a hot dog eating contest to listening to Billie Holiday cabaret tributes. Joshua Peacock, editor of Do Savannah, has your guide. 


Geoff L. Johnson / Savannah Morning News

The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra has a new music and artistic director.

The Savannah Morning News reports Keitaro Harada is replacing founding Artistic Director Peter Shannon, who resigned last year. The orchestra made the announcement Tuesday.

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