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Four employees of a Georgia sandwich shop have been fired after making a noose out of bread dough and filming themselves playing with it.

A video posted to social media of the workers at a Jimmy John’s restaurant in Woodstock shows one employee draping the bread dough noose over the neck of another and yanking it as other workers laugh. 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she has tested postive for COVID-19, although she is asymptomatic. 

In a tweet Monday, the mayor said "COVID-19 has literally hit home."

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Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday said he is activating up to 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops after an especially violent weekend in Atlanta that included the shooting death of an 8-year-old and protesters damaging part of the Georgia Department of Public Safety headquarters.

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Dragon Con's media director, Dan Carroll, spoke first to GPB News regarding the decision to cancel this year's Dragon Con convention, a massive event that was expected to bring nearly 100,000 people to the downtown Atlanta area this September.

It marks the first time in the event's 34-year history Dragon Con has been canceled. The decision to call off the event comes as the state of Georgia continues to see an alarming rise in coronavirus cases. 

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Country music firebrand and fiddler Charlie Daniels, who had a hit with “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died at age 83.

A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday due to a stroke. 

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Social distancing and quarantining may help slow the spread of COVID-19, but the isolation is hurting those with opioid use disorder, addiction experts say.


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Today on Political Rewind, discussion on the reforms mandated by the state for senior care homes following a year-long investigation into the industry by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In late June, the state legislature passed HB 987, which provides expanded protections for Georgians living in senior care homes.

Listen to the Monday, July 6, episode below.

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The Georgia State Patrol says fireworks, rocks and graffiti caused extensive damage to its headquarters in Atlanta.

A spokesperson says Department of Public Safety workers put out the fire early Sunday caused by fireworks, and two employees were treated for smoke inhalation.

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After Savannah College of Art and Design student David Hughes visited the school's Hong Kong campus in 2015, he and his wife made a decision that they would move to the city if the opportunity ever came.


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The shooting death of an 8-year-old girl has prompted a $10,000 reward for information as authorities in Atlanta search for at least two people who opened fire on the car she was riding in.

Police identified the girl as Secoriea Turner on Sunday.

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As the state of Georgia continues to see coronavirus cases rising at an alarming rate, Georgia Tech professors are continuing to speak out against the current reopening plans, saying their health and students' health must be the top priority.  


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The majority of Georgia Tech professors, including some the university’s most acclaimed faculty members, have launched a revolt over reopening this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the current plan “threatens the health, well-being and education of students, staff, and faculty.”

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Less than a year ago, college football stadiums across the country were packed with tens of thousands of screaming fans, who gathered to cheer on their favorite teams.

 

But having live crowds during a pandemic is going to look different.  

 

On September 6th, Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta will play host to the annual rivalry game between two conferences made up of historically black schools. Grambling State will take on South Carolina State in the 16th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge.

 

 

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Authorities have arrested two more people on suspicion of arson in the burning of an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant where a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says 33-year-old John Wade and 23-year-old Chisom Kingston were arrested on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, Wade was one of several people who organized demonstrations in Atlanta following the death of George Floyd on May 25.

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At least 11 Georgia Tech students living in Greek life housing near campus have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks, the university told GPB News Thursday.

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Three words etched in limestone at Terminal Station evoke mixed reactions from those who pass by.

The carving of “Colored Waiting Room” over one of the front entrances is an affront to many, but some prominent African American leaders believe it should remain for posterity.

Retired school superintendent Sylvia McGee said her younger relatives learned a difficult lesson during a family reunion years ago.

Former Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain shakes hands with news talk radio host Neal Boortz after he was announced as Boortz's replacement following Boortz's retirement announcement during his morning show at WSB in Atlanta in 2012.
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Atlanta radio host and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is fighting COVID-19 in a local hospital, according to a statement on his Twitter account. 

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Georgia's new hate crimes law goes into effect this week. 

It means stiffer penalties for violence against a person based on things such as race, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities.

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Thursday on Political Rewind, as public health officials battle the ongoing public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we look back at previous efforts to contain outbreaks.

Join us for a conversation with former epidemiologist Bill Foege, where we discuss the central role the physician played in successfully tackling one of the most devastating viruses in history: smallpox.


Rapper 21 Savage says he will launch a free online financial literacy education program for youth sheltered at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Grammy winner announced his new Bank Account At Home nationwide initiative on Wednesday.

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Mercer University is rolling out a new care package program to provide students, faculty, and staff the resources they need in order to help minimize the risk and spread of COVID-19.

The care package will include a cloth mask, bottle of hand sanitizer, digital thermometer, and a guide featuring tips for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Students attending summer school in Macon and Atlanta will receive the first kits.

 

 

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Renee Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes appreciated what former UConn teammate Maya Moore was doing when the All-Star forward stepped away from basketball two years ago to focus on criminal justice reform.

The Atlanta Dream guards admit they weren’t sure why she couldn’t continue playing at the same time. 

A pet dog named "Money" wearing a pet face mask poses for a photo in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 4, 2020.
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A pet dog in Georgia tested positive for the novel coronavirus, state health officials said.

The 6-year-old mixed breed dog's owners tested positive for COVID-19, and their dog developed what health officials called a "sudden onset of neurological illness," without any signs of respiratory disease.

Metro Atlanta Mayors Slam ‘Inequitable’ Distribution Of COVID-19 Relief Money

Jul 1, 2020
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Mayors in two of Georgia’s most populous counties say their cities aren’t getting a fair share of federal relief money meant to help local governments cover unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Brian Kemp this week announced a plan to distribute up to 45% of the $4.1 billion in pandemic relief aid the U.S. Treasury Department allotted to Georgia in April. 

A woman wearing a mask due to coronavirus concerns walks by a public library, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass.
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If you're going out to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, wear a mask. If you want to save the economy and prevent the need for shutting down the state again, wear a mask.

That was the takeaway Wednesday from top health officials at Emory who were emphatic that masks should be mandatory.

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, a discussion with On The Media host Brooke Gladstone and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's editor Kevin Riley about the responsibilities of journalism in today’s challenging environment.

How should journalists cover the hyperbolic statements, half-truths and bad-faith arguments that have become common place in our national discourse?


Liz Fabian

The Georgia State Election Board Wednesday voted to extend a pair of emergency rules that make it easier for some voters to cast absentee ballots and for counties to process them.

One emergency rule passed mid-April allowed Georgia counties to set up secure 24/7 drop boxes for voters to return absentee ballots without relying on the mail system or needing to vote in person for the June 9 primary.

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Tired of wearing a mask in public places? Do you ever forget to take one along when you go out?

Are you weary of social distancing with friends and family members?

Is your hand-washing getting less frequent and a little less thorough?

These may be signs that weariness with COVID-19 guidelines is setting in.

This “COVID fatigue’’ is a natural response to four months of unprecedented social restrictions, experts say.

 

Opinion: It Is Time To Face Confederate Monument Mythology

Jul 1, 2020

*Editor's note: The following commentary is published as submitted and reflects the views of the author and not necessarily Georgia Public Broadcasting as an organization.

This past week, modern technology let me virtually participate as workers dismantled and hauled off for storage the obelisk on the Decatur Square that has honored "the lost cause of the Confederacy” for over 100 years.

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