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"There is no exquisite beauty...without some strangeness in the proportion."

That's a line from Edgar Allan Poe, the king of the dark and eerie, the strange and surreal. It could also describe the appeal of an exhibition currently on view at the High Museum of Art, called Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin.

Laughlin has been called "Edgar Allan Poe with a camera." He was a Louisiana native and Southern photographer known as the "Father of American Surrealism." A fascinating and irascible character, Laughlin broke boundaries with photographic innovations that linked imagery to the subconscious. 


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Rome, Georgia, like that other Rome, is a city of three rivers. In this case, the Oostanaula and Etowah come together downtown to make the Coosa, which flows on into Alabama. That’s where Larry Lassiter walked his dog Fiona on a recent afternoon. 

“It’s just a really nice are up here,” Lassiter said. 

Georgia Power has a plan to close the coal-fired power plants in northwest Georgia not far from Rome. Natural gas will continue to pick up the slack in electrical generation left by coal. That’s helped cut Georgia Power’s carbon emissions by half in a little over a decade. 

So, Larry Lassiter said he understands the need to get natural gas out of the ground, just maybe not the ground he lives on.

 


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Fayetteville pediatrician Dr. Sara Goza has been elected president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Goza is back at her practice in Georgia after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border, and examining detention facilities where migrant children are held. She joined On Second Thought to tell us what she saw there.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Democrats across the state are crafting their strategy to attempt a majority in the next state legislative election. Hoping to mobilize voters around the heartbeat bill and internal GOP party struggles, party leaders are optimistic.


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Transportation — trucks, trains, planes and automobiles — is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Electric vehicles offer a less polluting alternative. That, and reduced fuel costs are strong selling points. Limited battery range is not.

But shorter distances, and those savings, work for many local governments. Last month, Savannah added two new electric cars to its city fleet. Nick Deffley is the director of Savannah's Office of Sustainability. He joined On Second Thought from GPB's studio in Savannah to talk about how the city began its transition to electric vehicles.


Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton

President Trump said he would pause tariff escalations with China after meeting with that country’s president, Xi Jinping, at the G20 Summit.

One Georgia industry tracking the ongoing talks is shipping. The Trump administration had threatened a 25% tariff on ship-to-shore cranes that come from China. The Georgia Ports Authority is ordering six new ones at a total cost of $70 million. Its executive director and Georgia’s U.S. senators are asking the White House to rethink taxing them. That's because the cranes are just one piece of a $2.5 billion expansion at the ports that's smashing trade and revenue records.


United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff serves to Romania's Simona Halep in a women's singles match during day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 8, 2019.
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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest at Wimbledon (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Coco Gauff’s Wimbledon run is over.

The 15-year-old American lost to former No. 1 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round.

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A person who handled food at a Gwinnett County Wendy's restaurant has tested positive for hepatitis A, officials said Monday.

The health department's investigation determined the employee worked at the 165 Scenic Highway location in Lawrenceville while sick and may have been able to spread hepatitis A to others between June 13 – 29, spokesman Chad Wasdin said.

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Coastal Georgia's largest county wants to help residents prepare for an emergency during hurricane season.

The Chatham County Emergency Management Agency in Savannah plans to hold a free "Citizen Hurricane Academy" the weekend of July 20.

David Goldman / AP

State records show the number of Georgia families receiving welfare benefits has dropped by more than two-thirds in the past 14 years.

The numbers have decreased as Georgia has applied constant pressure to drive down the rolls, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

National Hurricane Center

A tropical depression is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico and has the potential to produce heavy rainfall by the end of the week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A trough of low pressure over central Georgia is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf, where a broad area of low pressure will form in a couple of days, forecasters said Monday.

The system has the potential to bring heavy rain along the northern and eastern U.S. Gulf.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

From the whirr of an espresso machine to the hum of the lights to the soca music playing on the speakers, Joe’s East Atlanta Coffee Shop has dozens of examples of Georgia’s energy mix at work.

It’s not like there are signs saying “Coffee maker powered by solar panels!” or “Lamps brought to you by the Chattahoochee River,” but utility providers like Georgia Power, electric membership cooperatives and city-run power companies do bring you electricity using a variety of sources.


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UPDATE: The FCC voted unanimously to approve the initiative.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Federal Communications Commission will vote July 10 on a $100 million initiative to improve health care access for rural Americans.

The money would boost funding for telehealth equipment across the country including here in Georgia, allowing people who can’t get to a clinic or hospital to see their doctors online.


Gov. Brian Kemp speaks to members of the Georgia House at the state Capitol in Atlanta.
John Bazemore / AP Photo

Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp is asking the Department of Drivers Services to "conduct a full investigation" into the claims of discrimination against Puerto Rican applicants. 

This is in response to a lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday alleging Georgia is discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants by treating them differently than other citizens. 

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Citations for distracted driving have jumped in the past year since Georgia made it illegal to drive while holding a cellphone.

A state law that took effect July 1, 2018, prohibits drivers from holding a cellphone while they're behind the wheel. They can only make calls using hands-free devices with their phones.

Cumberland Island National Seashore / National Park Service

A wildfire on Cumberland Island has burned more than 350 acres in the Cumberland Island Wilderness Area.

The Whitney Fire was started by a lightning strike last Saturday according to the National Park Service. No evacuations have been ordered and crews have set up structure protection. 

John Amis / AP

Georgia Power has asked for permission to go up on its prices.

The Savannah Morning News reports the utility is seeking to increase customer rates by about 7% in 2020.

Ross Terrell / Georgia Public Broadcasting

Thursday marked the 50th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race and it turned out to be a historic one.

Billed as the world’s largest 10K, a $50,000 bonus was on the line for the elite men and women runners and wheelchair athletes if they were able to break the course records for their divisions.

All four of them did.


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Though Independence Day falls on a Thursday this time around, most of us will probably be taking advantage of the "long weekend." Mia Mance of G100 and Rachael Flora of Connect Savannah have several Savannah events to fill your schedule. 


Tricia Hersey

Your Fourth of July plans may include parades, pool parties, cookouts or the Peachtree Road Race. Tricia Hersey plans to celebrate with a nice, long nap. The founder of The Nap Ministry, Hersey is known to many as a champion of rest. Some even call her the Nap Bishop.

Hersey dreamed up The Nap Ministry while a divinity student at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Graduate school had taken a toll on her sleep, and consequently her health, so she made the decision to rest. She joined On Second Thought in studio to preach the benefits of rest and share about her ministry, which she sees as a form of self care and social justice.  


Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP

Amid prep for Fourth of July cookouts, pool parties and parades, the On Second Thought team is also cooking up summer playlists – and this year, no playlist would be complete without "Old Town Road."


Protestors march outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Homestead, Fla. A coalition of religious groups and immigrant advocates said they want the Homestead detention center closed.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Rep. John Lewis tours a detention center in Florida housing migrant children that has become a focal point of the immigration battle. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services works to prepare more facilities, including one in Georgia.

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"The Freeze" is a welcome diversion at sweltering Atlanta Braves games. Wearing a full body leotard, the sprinting mascot races fans between innings of Atlanta's major league baseball games. He gives fans a giant headstart while managing to win ⁠— most of the time. 

One of the faces behind the mask this year is Durran Dunn. Dunn is a Jamaican sprinter who's competed in track and field championships around the world while representing the U.S. and Jamaica. On Second Thought producer La'Raven Taylor managed to catch up with Dunn and brought back this audio postcard.


Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, left, speaks in Washington. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, right, at the state Capitol in Atlanta.
Evan Vucci/John Bazemore / AP Photo

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello is calling on Gov. Brian Kemp to address allegations that Puerto Rican citizens are being discriminated against when applying for a Georgia drivers license. 

In a statement Rosello said that a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination when attempting to obtain a drivers license is "absurd." 

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The Fourth of July also marks the 50th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Billed as the world’s largest 10K, about 60,000 runners make their way out for the event every year.

Road closures ahead of the race have already begun. The course starts near Phipps Plaza in Buckhead as runners traverse through north Atlanta to midtown, finishing just outside Piedmont Park.

Caroline Catherman

No other insect has inspired Lisa Bartlett like the butterfly.

 

“There’s something about the metamorphosis, the secret, the mystery behind how they turn into a butterfly as a caterpillar,” said Bartlett, the garden manager of Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw. 

 

For the past several months, she has collaborated with volunteers to create the garden’s third annual butterfly house as part of its “Garden With Wings” pollinator exhibit, which opened June 18 and runs until July 31.

Pride Returns To Macon After 20 Years

Jul 3, 2019
Marianna Bacallao / GPB

After a 20-year hiatus, Macon’s pride celebration came back June 22.

 

Iconic Macon drag performer Tangerine Summers entertained around 400 people in a downtown park despite the pouring rain. The city officially declared the day Gay Pride Day. Summers says that’s a far cry from the Macon of the 1970s.


National Archives

One hundred years ago, Americans were adjusting to life after a destabilizing world war. The Spanish influenza decimated communities, fears of Bolshevik-style communism ran rampant and hundreds of thousands of returning veterans were competing for jobs and housing ⁠— including African Americans confident that fighting abroad earned them the right to freedom at home. 

Throughout the summer of 1919, the war between nations gave way to a war between races. Mobs targeted and lynched black Americans. 


STACEY LUMLEY / GEORGIA COLLEGE

Craig Pascoe says when people come to Georgia, North Carolina or Alabama they often have one food on their mind. 

“The first thing they ask is ‘I want authentic BARBECUE,’” Pascoe said.

To satisfy aficionados’ appetite for Georgia barbecue, Pascoe teamed up with colleague James “Trae” Welborn to develop Georgia Barbecue Trails, a website mapping the location of traditional barbecue restaurants and situating their stories in the history and culture of Georgia.


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