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On Second Thought aired a special broadcast about the story of how Richard Jewell's life changed when The Atlanta-Journal Constitution published his name as the primary suspect in the 1996 bombings at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.

In that audio documentary, we learn about how Jewell's legal team sued The Atlanta-Journal Constitution — along with other news organizations — for defamation. The AJC fought the suit, and eventually won. Now, the paper is disputing how it is being portrayed in the film Richard Jewell, which hit theaters Friday.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, the House Judiciary Committee has now voted for articles of impeachment against President Trump. We’ll look at how Georgia’s representatives on the committee figured into the long debate, and what to expect when the articles move to the House floor in the days ahead.

Plus, one of President’s closest allies on Capitol Hill gives a vote of confidence to FBI Director Chris Wray after Wray incurred the President’s Twitter wrath this week. Why did Sen. David Perdue make his stand with Wray?


Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee listen as the panel considers the investigative findings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
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In a vote along party lines, the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the full House on Friday. Following two days of debate and lengthy televised hearings, the committee process has ended and the House is expected to take up the two articles for a vote next week.

Three representatives from Georgia sit on the influential committee: Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, and Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Marietta.


When Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympics, terror struck. In the rush for justice, the wrong man was presumed guilty. “Mistaken: The Real Story of Richard Jewell” follows Jewell’s descent from hero to villain in the court of public opinion. Hear this On Second Thought special broadcast featuring interviews with Kent Alexander, U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Georgia at the time of the 1996 Olympics, journalist, Kevin Salwen and Tom Johnson, former head of CNN.


Sara Tindall Ghazal

A longtime voting rights advocate and former voter protection director for the Democratic Party of Georgia is challenging a Republican incumbent from Cobb County in the state House.

Sara Tindall Ghazal announced she is running for House District 45, which covers parts of East Cobb and Sandy Springs. The seat has been held by Republican Matt Dollar (R-Marietta), who was first sworn in in 2003.

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The fight for answers involving inmate deaths at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center continues this week as residents and activists call conditions at the facility "inhumane."

Former public defender and American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia staff lawyer Kosha Tucker said the organization is fighting for inmates to have access to medical care, hygiene products and visitation of family members.

Seven inmates have died at the jail so far this year.

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Crews have finished draining the fuel tanks of an overturned cargo ship three months after it capsized off the coast of Georgia.

The salvage team working to remove the South Korean ship Golden Ray said Thursday that more than 320,000 gallons of oil mixed with water were siphoned from 26 fuel tanks on the massive freighter.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Officials Investigate Cause Of Smoke From Capsized Cargo Ship Off Georgia Coast

Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday issued an emergency declaration for Fulton County following a catastrophic failure of Grady Memorial Hospital's internal piping system that rendered multiple floors of the hospital inoperable.

A 2-foot water pipe burst, causing extensive electrical damage on several floors. The hospital said 158 beds will be inaccessible for several months.

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In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, the name Richard Jewell became a newsroom watchword — a code for false accusations and warnings against rushing to judgment when reporting on criminal investigations.

 

When a bomb went off at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic Games, Richard Jewell, a security guard hired to man the games, discovered the bomb and helped clear the area. He was initially hailed as a hero. But the tides quickly turned on Jewell, when the FBI and the media together began to circle Jewell as the primary suspect for the bombing.

 

 

 


 

 

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Clint Eastwood’s film Richard Jewell is out and, as a piece that is critical of journalists, it generated discussion before the first ticket was even sold. 

Like Eastwood’s film, “Mistaken: The Real Story of Richard Jewell” follows Jewell’s descent from hero to villain in the court of public opinion. And, while "Mistaken" diverges from Eastwood’s film in a number of ways, it is also an invitation to think critically about the role of journalism and how we the public consume it.

 

 

 

 

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The Atlanta Falcons will be in California on Sunday to take on the San Francisco 49ers.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn will be facing one of his former staff members: Kyle Shanahan.

Shanahan helped Atlanta get to Super Bowl 51 in 2017 as the team’s offensive coordinator.


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A federal judge is recommending that Georgia prevail in a longstanding legal battle with Florida over water use from rivers shared by the states.

U.S. Circuit Judge Paul Kelly Jr. ruled Wednesday that Florida failed to prove harm from Georgia's consumption from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin that flows from north of Atlanta to the Gulf of Mexico.

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For many, the Nutcracker is a staple of the holiday season. And with good reason. It’s a fantasia of color and sound and, of course, dance. But for some, all of that can be a bit much. That’s why one Georgia ballet company has made the Nutcracker accessible to all. 


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As Americans find themselves divided over impeachment, Brits are at odds over Brexit.

That's the nation’s divorce from the European Union.

London’s Big Ben will ring 10 p.m. local time Thursday and polls close in Britain’s historic general election.


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Former Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Evans has announced she will run for a soon-to-be vacated House seat in Atlanta. 

Evans served for seven years in a Cobb County-based House district and lost to Stacey Abrams in the gubernatorial primary. 

She's seeking to replace Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta), who has held the District 57 seat since 2001.

The largest hospital in Georgia and one of the busiest trauma centers in the country is still diverting emergency calls, which is putting a strain on other hospitals.

Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta is working to repair damage from a broken water pipe that burst on Saturday.

The hospital, which had planned to end diversion earlier this week, says 158 beds will be inaccessible for several months.


House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., gives his opening statement during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington
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Georgia members serving on the House Judiciary Committee aligned with their respective party when approaching how to make a case for or against the impeachment of President Donald Trump. 

On Wednesday, committee members began the two-day process to consider the articles of impeachment against the president.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health says a recent measles outbreak has been contained without any secondary infections.

Eleven people became sick from the measles last month in Cobb County, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. This was the largest outbreak of measles in the state since the disease had been declared eradicated in 2000.


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Today on Political Rewind, Kelly Loeffler’s success in business is an asset Gov. Brian Kemp trumpeted when he named her as Sen. Johnny Isakson’s successor. But do her far flung interests pose ethical questions as she assumes her position in the Senate? Our panel weighs in.

Some 55,000 Georgians face a loss of their food stamps as Sonny Perdue’s USDA sets in motion tougher work requirement rules for SNAP recipients. We’ll look at what’s behind the changes.


Liz Fabian

More than 100 Macon businesses are in jeopardy of losing their alcohol licenses as of Jan. 1 unless the law is changed.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission amended the alcohol code last year and set the license expiration date as Dec. 31 to align with the Georgia Department of Revenue.

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People struggling with treatment-resistant PTSD may soon have a new course of care: MDMA. When used alongside psychotherapy, the synthetic substance in the drug more commonly known as ecstasy or molly is currently in phase three clinical trials. It’s even been given “breakthrough designation” by the FDA, a status reserved for treatments with significant potential to improve patient outcomes.

But MDMA isn’t the only kind of party drug experiencing interest for therapeutic potential. Psilocybin, the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms", is being evaluated for its potential in alleviating depression. Guided ayahuasca trips are a growing trend, especially amongst Brooklyn and Silicon Valley elites.


Atlanta Judge Christopher Portis recently launched a court program to help homeless defendats in Atlanta. Hear how the new initiative aims to help people get off the streets and navigate the court system.


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Nearly 1.6 million Americans will likely spend the holidays in a homeless shelter or some form of transitional housing.

A study by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty found laws criminalizing homeless people have multiplied in the last decade. Other studies find charges and prosecutions of the homeless does nothing to address its root causes. 


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A city in Georgia has voted to stop using taxpayer dollars to fund a veterans parade following a lawsuit by a group of Confederate descendants who were barred from flying the Confederate flag during the event.

The Alpharetta City Council unanimously voted to stop sponsoring the Old Soldiers Day parade, which it has co-hosted to honor war veterans for almost 70 years. In its early years, the parade was a tribute to local Civil War veterans.

“It’s just time for us to get out of this parade business,” Mayor Jim Gilvin said at the Monday meeting.

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The Atlanta City Detention Center Task Force held its fourth public meeting Tuesday night.

The group is coming up with new uses for the detention center after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed legislation to close the jail.

The area will be repurposed as the Center for Equity, which will offer social services to people in need.

Rashad Taylor, who co-chairs the Task Force, said the jail currently houses around 100 low-level offenders.

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Metro Atlanta has some of the highest rates of new HIV infection in the country right now, but the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the disease can be eradicated.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. on Monday visited an HIV clinic in DeKalb County, which is one of three counties in the nation chosen as pilot sites to run a federal program aimed at preventing the spread of HIV.

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The last full "cold moon" of the decade will light up the Georgia sky Thursday night.

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The Center for Puppetry Arts is spending this week honoring Caroll Spinney, who spent decades puppeteering the iconic characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street.

Spinney died Sunday, Dec. 8, at his home in Connecticut following complications with dystonia, a neurological disorder. He was 85.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, our panel looks at what's in stake in the case after a federal judge ordered Gov. Brian Kemp to submit to two hours of questioning in a lawsuit alleging Georgia election processes have violated voter rights.

And the 6th District Congressional battle appears to be coming into sharper focus as yet another GOP contender signals she may abandon the race. Are we heading to a contest between the Republican who once held the seat and the Democrat who defeated her?


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