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Former University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker has a message for protesters, politicians and everyone else who reacted negatively after George Floyd’s death on May 25.

“We are better than that, we’re better than that,” Walker said. “It is sad right now that we have this democratic-republic, and no one wants to get along.”

Some college athletes will be able to return to campus next month.

According to Yahoo Sports, the NCAA council voted on Wednesday to allow football players and men's and women's basketball players to train at school facilities, beginning June 1.

School presidents in the Southeastern Conference are expected to approve the decision in a teleconference on Friday.

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Kim Wolf cannot see her grandmother in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic. After canceling a trip to Maryland to see her, Wolf sought another way to spend time with her.

Wolf is pursuing master’s degrees in social work and public health at the University of Georgia. She has spent more than 15 years working with older adults and their caregivers, and an idea to visit her grandma came from a Zoom meeting with one of her patients.

While she was in the middle of her virtual meeting, Wolf’s pit bull, Rosalynn Carter, hopped on her lap for some attention.

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University of Georgia students could physically return to campus this fall. The school’s president, Jere Morehead, outlined steps to reopening in an email to the UGA community.

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Heat could be a key player in the fight against COVID-19.

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Many have seen the familiar image by now: a grey, porous sphere with ominous red and orange barbs sticking out.

This 3D depiction of coronavirus was designed by University of Georgia alumni Dan Higgins and Alissa Eckert, who worked alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to give a face to the virus behind the pandemic.

Student Baseball In The Time of Coronavirus

Apr 3, 2020
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Coach Doug Jones was mowing and trimming the Mill Creek High School baseball field when he got the bad news. His son Beau called to tell him Gov. Brian Kemp had just announced public schools would be closed for the rest of the academic year because of the  pandemic.

With that, Mill Creek’s season was officially over.

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University seniors say they are concerned about their last few months of classes after the University System of Georgia mandated online instruction by all institutions until the end of the semester.

 

Some, like University of Georgia senior Megan Wahn, are upset at the sudden forced departure from campus.

 

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Researchers at the University of Georgia have secured a $235,000 grant to find out why more people in rural parts of the state are going to jail.


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Next month, the University of Georgia's College of Education will bear the name of a trailblazer.

Mary Frances Early was the first black student to graduate from the school in 1962.


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The University of Georgia Bulldogs wrap up their football season Wednesday night in New Orleans in the Sugar Bowl.

UGA entered the game against the Baylor Bears as the number five ranked team in the nation. Baylor was ranked No. 7.


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The University of Georgia has created a new Master of Fine Arts program in film.


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The No. 4-ranked University of Georgia Bulldogs play No. 2 Louisiana State University Saturday in the SEC Championship. 

If the Bulldogs win, they have a shot at playing in the National Championship game next year.


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The capsized cargo ship Golden Ray is still trapped in St. Simons Sound. And, while trapped, it has repeatedly leaked oil. Teams of scientists are working to trace the oil and limit its impact on the delicate marsh ecosystem. But there could be disagreement about just how far the oil is spreading.


  

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A monumental policy change of University System of Georgia health insurance is now allowing transgender employees to complete gender-affirmation surgery. 

The change in coverage came in response to a lawsuit filed by Skyler Jay, a University of Georgia employee, against USG and BlueCross BlueShield, his health insurance provider.

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The first launch is scheduled for late 2019 for one of two cube satellites made by the Small Satellite Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia.

Cube satellites, otherwise known as CubeSats, weigh less than three pounds and are approximately the size of a loaf of bread. Catching a ride on a rocket from a “launch provider,” each satellite plans to be in orbit between two and two and a half years.


On Second Thought discusses the history of 152 Nassau Street, the site of some of county and blues music's earliest recordings, and why the building is at risk of demolition. The round table discussion is joined by Kyle Kessler, Atlanta architect and preservationist; Lance Ledbetter, co-director of Dust to Digital; Nedra Deadwyler, founder and CEO of Civil Bikes; and Steve Goodson, professor of history at University of West Georgia.


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The song "Daisy Bell" wasn't a hit in 1961, but it was a triumph. The singer? The IBM 7094, the largest, most expensive computer available at the time. And thanks to James Carmon, professor in the University of Georgia's School of Agriculture, the school purchased one in 1964.

 

Not only could the computer sing, it helped put man on the moon.

 

Special Event Puts Moon Rocks On Display At UGA's Russell Library

Jul 15, 2019
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The University of Georgia's Richard B. Russell Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with an exhibit of rare items collected during the Apollo 11 mission. The collection includes the Georgia state flag, which traveled to the moon on the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Part of a spaceship is also on view.

On Tuesday, visitors can see the star of the show: a rock.  Specifically, it's a moon rock, which was given to the state of Georgia in 1972.


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The University of Georgia continues to grapple with a difficult chapter of its history. It’s been under fire for how it handled the discovery of human remains under a school building during renovations. They appear to belong to people who were enslaved.

The growing tension recently erupted in protests. Demonstrators want reparations for descendants of slaves who built the university, including financial support for university staff and students as well as acknowledgment of the school’s history publicly and within the classroom.

GPB reporter Grant Blankenship went to Athens to witness the protests, and he talks with On Second Thought about what he found.


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Town and gown tensions are high at the University of Georgia as the end of the school year nears. Amid national conversations about the historical role of U.S. colleges and universities in slavery, community leaders and a group of faculty are calling on UGA to do more to address its own slave past.

But in a letter to the editor of UGA's student newspaperThe Red & Black, UGA President Jere Morehead said the university had "carefully considered all aspects" of a memorial constructed in 2018 to recognize and honor the legacy of individuals who were enslaved in Athens during the 19th Century.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Oprah Winfrey and Spike Lee are all graduates of historically black colleges and universities. For more than a century, HBCUs provided the foundation for countless dynamic and influential leaders. Now, some academic finance experts predict that a quarter of those schools could be gone within 20 years.


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Mary Frances Early is a trailblazer. While Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes were the first African-Americans admitted to University of Georgia as undergrads in 1961, Early was the first to graduate. She earned a master's degree in music education.

Last week, UGA announced an initiative to name its College of Education after Early. Last year, when UGA was celebrating 100 years of education groundbreaking women, On Second Thought spoke with Early about her experiences as the first African-American student to graduate from the Georgia college. We hear that conversation.

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Wednesday marks six months since Hurricane Michael blew through parts of south Georgia. With planting season just a few weeks away, Georgia cotton growers are keeping an eye on the weather. 

 


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A partnership between a hospital and a veterinary clinic is lowering the cost of life-saving operations for animals.


Christiane Amanpour has been with CNN almost as long as the network has existed. She's covered the Gulf War, Bosnian War and Arab Spring. Amanpour moved to Atlanta in 1983 when she was hired by CNN as an entry-level desk assistant. She worked her way up to become chief international anchor for the international network.  

Armanpour was recently in Atlanta to accept her award in the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott met up with Amanpour before the ceremony and asked her about career as an international journalist.


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This weekend the University of Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide face off in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in another championship game. 

This weekend's game has major College Football Playoff implications and is a sold-out affair. On Monday, the SEC issued a warning telling fans and potential game goers to keep an eye out for counterfeit and stolen tickets. 


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First-time voters have shown up in record numbers in this midterm election. A national poll shows Georgia voter turnout is up 476 percent among 18 to 29-year-olds. 


Today on the show, we explored the complicated traditions of place and space with Guardian Atlanta Week, Sonny Seiler and Anthony Ray Hinton.

We viewed Atlanta through the eyes of The Guardian, a UK-based newspaper, which spent a week in the city for Guardian Atlanta Week.

We heard from Sonny Seiler on the origins of University of Georgia's famous mascot, Uga. He also discussed his legacy as a Savannah lawyer, captured by the famous book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."


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Attorney Sonny Seiler is that rare local celebrity with two entirely different claims to fame.  He was the real-life attorney featured in the book and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” and he and his family have been raising the University of Georgia mascots for decades.  He unraveled both tales for “On Second Thought” host Virginia Prescott during her visit to his long-time family home in Savannah.


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