Super Bowl 53

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As 2019 comes to an end, politics have dominated the conversation over the final months. Between impeachment hearings and presidential debates, if you forgot some of the other big stories of the year, it’s OK.

GPB’s Ross Terrell sat down with All Things Considered host Rickey Bevington to talk about some of the top stories from this year.

Millions of Americans are teetering on the brink of poverty, according to a new report from Prosperity Now that says 40 percent of all U.S. households – and 57 percent of households of color – could be knocked over the edge by one unexpected medical expense, lost paycheck or job loss.

That financial instability is mirrored in housing insecurity, and, while homelessness in Atlanta is on the decline, Fulton County remains by far the highest among the national benchmark counties, according to the Department for Housing and Urban Development. 


City of Atlanta

Atlanta and NFL officials passed the ball to Miami for Super Bowl 54.

As a mass exodus happened at Atlanta’s airport and wait-time rose past an hour, the city started its cleanup and passed responsibilities for next year’s game to South Beach.

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The New England Patriots clinched their sixth Super Bowl win Sunday in Atlanta, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Though it was the lowest-scoring game in Super Bowl history, it was still a big win for college and high school football programs across Georgia.


Jon Nelson, host of GPB's "Football Fridays in Georgia" podcast stopped by "On Second Thought" to explain Super Bowl 53's deep roots in Georgia.

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The New England Patriots are once again Super Bowl champions, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This was the team's sixth overall win, tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins.

As thousands of fans headed out of Atlanta Monday morning, "Morning Edition" producer Taylor Gantt and GPB reporter Ross Terrell joined "On Second Thought" to break down the highlights of the game. They discussed Maroon 5's halftime show, the role social media played throughout the game and how the city managed visitors over the event weekend.

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An Atlanta artist says a building with his mural of Colin Kaepernick was destroyed days before the Super Bowl, so eight more are being made.

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The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions. They defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 on Sunday to take home the Lombardi Trophy.

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Travelers heading home from the Super Bowl were enduring waits of more than an hour to get through airport security on what city officials have called "Mass Exodus Monday."

The airport's website showed it was taking more than an hour to get through security at the main checkpoint in the domestic terminal Monday morning.

City officials say they expected around 110,000 passengers to be screened Monday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — well over the 60,000 to 80,000 on a typical day.

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Atlanta public safety officials have encountered a flying nuisance just days before Super Bowl 53 kicks off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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The Falcons are not playing in Sunday's Super Bowl, but you will see Atlanta and Georgia represented in the big game.

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Don’t panic, ice storms won’t be returning to Atlanta on Super Bowl Sunday.

The last time Atlanta hosted the massive event, 19 years ago, two ice storms froze roads, caused major power outages and spoiled game day.

But fans can expect 61 degrees on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Advertisers that spend millions of dollars on the Super Bowl are trying to avoid what the Ram truck company did with a Martin Luther King speech or what Groupon did spoofing promos for charities.
Though such messages can get attention, it's the wrong kind of attention. Groupon got buzz all right, but most of it was negative.
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The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots are set to do battle in Super Bowl 53 at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Sunday.  

It’s been 19 years since the city last hosted the big game, when the Rams (who were still in St. Louis) toppled the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl 34 at the Georgia Dome in 2000.

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Atlanta's Super Bowl Host Committee selected 10,000 volunteers to help fans and visitors navigate the city and maximize their experience ahead of the game on Feb. 3. 

Lee Hendrickson, who oversees the program, said 32,500 people applied to help out. That's a record for the Super Bowl volunteer program, he said.

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How do you advertise something without saying what it is you’re advertising?

That’s the catch for companies hoping to market hundreds of parties and concerts connected to Super Bowl 53. The Los Angeles Rams play the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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According to an Emory University study, second-best will meet second-worst at the Super Bowl in Atlanta. For years, Emory Marketing professor Mike Lewis has used a statistical model to rank sports fans. This season, that model ranked fans of the New England Patriots as the No. 2 fan base in the nation. The same model ranked fans of the Los Angeles Rams second-to-worst, only ahead of the Tennessee Titans. 

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Dozens of murals celebrating Atlanta’s social justice history are going up before the Super Bowl.

It's part of an intitiative called "Off The Wall" that curated 11 artists to paint the murals around the city.

Georgia Department of Public Health

While Atlanta's airport is recovering from the effects of the partial government shutdown and city officials are strongly advising use of public transportation, sports fans should watch out for symptoms of illness as flu season is still going strong in Georgia. 

Stay home if you're not feeling well, state epidemiologist Audrey Kunkes said.

Barring a blizzard, Atlanta is ready for Super Bowl LIII. But, still sore from the Falcons' 2017 defeat, how ready are Atlanta fans to welcome the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams to the Dirty Birds' turf?

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Dozens of murals celebrating Atlanta’s social justice history are going up before the Super Bowl.

It's part of an intitiative called "Off The Wall" that curated 11 artists to create art around the city.

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Atlanta officials expect 150,000 out-of-town visitors this week for events leading up to and including Sunday's Super Bowl game. Even more are expected to head into the city from around the state.

That has put the spotlight on transportation.

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Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday state offices in 35 counties in North Georgia will be closed Tuesday ahead of a potential winter storm.

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Dozens of murals celebrating Atlanta’s social justice history are going up before the Super Bowl.

It's part of an intitiative called "Off The Wall" that curated 11 artists to paint the murals around the city.

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Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as "snow jam," another winter storm is bearing down on the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53.

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Atlanta bars will be allowed to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. beginning Monday.

Though, the change is only in effect for Super Bowl 53.

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The world's busiest airport is experiencing long wait times to get through security just nine days before it expects 150,000 out-of-town visitors for the Super Bowl.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Friday that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had maximum wait times Thursday of 42 minutes, the highest of the nation's top 42 airports.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had the second-longest wait time, of 19 minutes.

The big game isn't the only event in town, and road closings have already begun in Atlanta.

Road closures related to Super Bowl Live started Monday and will continue through game day, Feb. 3, to Feb. 8, according to

Atlanta police encourage the use of MARTA and ride share companies to reduce traffic in the affected areas.  Please plan ahead and give yourself more time to reach destinations around these areas.

Closures are subject to change.

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The city of Atlanta is looking at a way to pay TSA employees ahead of Super Bowl 53.

Speaking Wednesday on WBUR’s "Here and Now," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the city is working with a credit union and corporate partners to provide loans to TSA agents as many of them are asked to work without pay. 


Atlanta business leaders gathered at the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday morning ahead of Super Bowl LIII. 

The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying "Saints got robbed" and "NFL bleaux it."

Fan Matt Bowers would not confirm to GPB News what he spent, but said it was "worth every nickel."