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29Rooms has been called a fun house for adults and an Instagram paradise. This immersive art festival has popped up in L.A. and New York, this month 29Rooms is stopping in Atlanta on a five-city tour.

The interactive experience created by the Refinery29 website is as advertised — a collection of 29 distinct rooms with work from artists all over the country. Like the Museum of Ice Cream and Museum of Pizza posted on Instagram, it will be a selfie paradise.

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Beyoncé...Cher...Elvis...and Googoosh. She's the Iranian pop star that carries as much weight in the Middle East as some of those other famous artists do here in the United States.

For those connected to the Iranian diaspora, Googoosh is a household name. She consistently draws massive crowds of Iranian expatriates to her concerts. She will be performing in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

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Authorities say a Georgia inmate hanged himself in his isolation cell while two deputies and a nurse failed to follow inmate monitoring policy.

The Telegraph reports the issues surrounding the death of 40-year-old William Elder Homan are detailed in an internal affairs investigation by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 


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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.

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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. 

To write her book, Real Queer America, Samantha Allen traveled red states as a transgender women and formed unexpected connections with the people she met.  Now, she’s traveling to the AJC Decatur Book Festival.


Hear her take on finding tolerance and understanding on both sides of the LGBTQ rights debate.



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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.

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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.



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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.

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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.

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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.

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UGA is using underwater gliders, a kind of autonomous robot, to collect data to help better predict hurricanes. Previous models based on satellite data could easily see water temperature at the surface, but glider data now adds important measures from below the surface that can impact the strength of hurricanes. On Second Thought talks to Catherine Edwards, assistant professor at UGA’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

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. 

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

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The downtown skyline in Atlanta, Monday, June 25, 2018.
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On this special edition of Political Rewind, gentrification in Georgia. How does it impact the state and what does it mean?


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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."

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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.