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A Georgia man on a long trip across southern Georgia has set aside most of October so he can make the journey by wheelchair.

  • Jessye Norman To Be Laid To Rest In Augusta
  • Georgia Southern Cancels Second Appearance By Author After Students Burn Her Books
  • Former UGA Student Pleads Guilty To $1 Million Ponzi Scheme


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NEW YORK (AP) — Jane Fonda was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Friday while peacefully protesting climate change.

The actress and activist was handcuffed on the east side steps and escorted into a police vehicle. Video of the arrest circulated online.

Fonda was one of 16 people arrested for unlawfully protesting and was charged with "crowding, obstructing or incommoding." She was released hours later.

On Thursday, the actress vowed to join Friday protests at the Capitol "inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created."

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Loggerhead sea turtles are wrapping up a record nesting and hatching season on the Georgia coast.

 

More than 3,900 turtles nested on Georgia beaches this year, the most ever. 

 

Although some nests were lost to Hurricane Dorian, more than 60% produced hatchlings. Experts said that is a good rate.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia Democrats praise national party leadership for choosing the state as the site for November's presidential debate. We will look at the strategies they might use to maximize their candidates’ impact in Georgia and how Republicans may respond.


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After the Atlanta Braves suffered a brutal 13-1 defeat against the Saint Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Atlanta sports fans are praying for redemption this weekend, as Atlanta United heads into their playoffs against the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Sports fans often ride the emotional rollercoaster of a game right along with the players on the field — cringing at every missed catch and cheering every winning goal.


  • Jessye Norman Remembered In Augusta This Weekend
  • Another Subpoena Issued In Atlanta City Hall Corruption Scandal
  • Georgia Southern Students Stage Book-Burning Protest

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Season three of the Neflix series Stranger Things is now out. And most of the episodes from it unfold in the show’s fictional “Starcourt Mall,” which exists in the real world as Gwinnett Place Mall.

While the mall in Stranger Things is lively and bustling, the real one is dead. This follows the trend of abandoned malls that are empty and void of tenants appearing across the country.


This week held playoffs for both the Braves and Atlanta United, but for the fans it is not only about wins and losses. On Second Thought delves into the psychology of Atlanta fandom with psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. Seth Norrholm.


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While the playoff hopes of the Atlanta Braves were dashed at Suntrust Park this week, Atlanta's soccer team was preparing to compete for a second straight title in Major League Soccer.

Atlanta United is looking for back-to-back MLS Cup victories in only the team's third season.

United defeated the Portland Timbers in a 2-0 game at Mercedes Benz Stadium to clinch the cup in 2018. 

The funeral for Jessye Norman will be held in Augusta on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Norman died, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. She was 74.
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The hometown of renowned opera star Jessye Norman is continuing four days of honoring her life.

Augusta, Georgia, officials plan on Friday to name the street outside the arts school Norman opened in 2003 after her. The Jessye Norman School of the Arts provides free fine arts education to disadvantaged children.

  • City Of Atlanta Subpoenaed For Financial Records Of Former Watershed Commissioner
  • Drought Worsens Across State
  • Farmers Continue Recovery One Year After Hurricane Michael


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A couple days after Hurricane Michael struck, Georgia farmer Phillip Buckhalter went out to survey what remained of a neighbor’s cotton field in Early County near Jakin.

The morning before the major hurricane, Phillip and his son had helped picked as much cotton as they could for their neighbor in order to save as much of the crop as possible. As Buckhalter approached the fields in southwest Georgia, he saw the damage to the crop was severe.

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Music festivals have become vehicles for building real world community and identity in an age when so much communication takes place online.

Afropunk music festival originated in Brooklyn as a fusion of the music and cultural heritage of the African diaspora and the raw “do it yourself” ethic of punk.


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The '90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, ran for six seasons and launched Will Smith as a cultural icon. The show followed Smith as a fictionalized version of himself as he moved from Philadelphia to live with his aunt and uncle in the wealthy neighborhood of Bel-Air in Los Angeles.

An upcoming book series reimagines the story with a new character, a fresh princess named Destiny. Author Denene Millner is writing The Fresh Princess series and joined On Second Thought to discuss her work as an author.


  • Impeachment Rally At Rep. McBath's Sandy Springs Office
  • Hurricane Michael Struck A Year Ago Today
  • Braves Season Over After Big Loss To Cardinals

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Another federal subpoena was issued Thursday in the bribery investigation of Atlanta's City Hall.

The U.S. District Court of North Georgia has asked the city to provide all financial records related to former watershed commissioner Jo Ann Macrina.

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Voting in Georgia will look different next year now that the state has purchased new touchscreen ballot-marking devices.

The secretary of state’s office is inviting voters to test them out at demonstrations across Georgia before the scheduled first use in March.


Afropunk is a well-known music festival produced by black artists. It is an international festival, but it will be in Atlanta this weekend. Afropunk goes beyond just entertainment. Its "Solution Sessions" are an effort to address and tackle ongoing issues in the black community. On Second Thought speaks to Ashleigh Shackelford, Bridget Todd and Yves Jeffcoat, three of the featured speakers to hear their messages.


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Jim Crow laws were in full swing when Eugene Bullard was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1895. His dad was a former slave and his mom, a Creek Indian.

 

The racial tensions at the time were so overwhelming that he ran away from home as a child and stowed away on a boat to Europe at the age of 16.

 

He first arrived in Scotland before moving to France. During that time, he’d become a street performer, a dock worker, work on a fish wagon and even become a prize-fighting boxer. 

 


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The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park.

 

By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history.

 

The Cardinals scored 10 runs their first time up and dealt Atlanta another playoff heartbreak, routing the Braves 13-1 in decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday.

  • Kemp, Health Department Issue Advisory After 2nd Vaping-Related Death In Georgia
  • Georgians Both For And Against Impeachment Gather Outside Rep. McBath's Office
  • First Black Fight Pilot Honored With Statue In Warner Robins


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On this special edition of Political Rewind, how are farmers coping in the year since Hurricane Michael?


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The Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival aims to spark to conversation using "artivism" — the combination of art and activism. 

Filmmakers Korstiaan Vandiver and Devin “Egypt” Robinson spoke to On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about the impacts of art and activism in the film industry.  


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Jason Reynolds didn't get through a whole book until he was 17. He's now a bestselling author, and he's trying to change the way young people feel about reading.


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The sidewalks in front of Rep. Lucy McBath's (D-Marietta) office in Sandy Springs were awash Tuesday with dueling signs and slogans voicing opinions on the ever-evolving impeachment talks in Washington, D.C.

The White House said Tuesday it will not participate in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.


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Large businesses could soon be paying more for yearly business licenses in one middle Georgia community.

Businesses in Macon-Bibb County currently pay a $65 base charge, plus a $39-per-employee fee that is capped at 250 employees. That brings the total license cost to a maximum of $9,815 per year.

Little Shop of Stories is bringing best-selling New York Times author Jason Reynolds to Decatur at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.  Hear how Reynolds inspires young readers with contemporary stories that deal with real-world issues.


  • November Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate To Be In Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court Considers Georgia LGBTQ Employee Rights Case
  • Win Or Go Home For Braves And Cardinals This Afternoon

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The Georgia Department of Public Health has issued a health advisory following the death of a second person here in Georgia connected to vaping and the use of e-cigarettes. That person had a history of nicotine vaping and DPH does not yet know whether other substances were used.

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