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5:51 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Ga. Printing Store Refuses To Print Gay Wedding Invitations

Georgia Sen. Josh McKoon, left, is vowing to reintroduce his Religious Freedom Restoration Act legislation during the 2016 legislative session. Though the bill will only effect the state, law professor Tanya Washington believes that it will increase the number of incidents similar to what happened in Suwanee.
Credit Branden Camp / Associated Press

A local franchise of AlphaGraphics in Suwanee refused to print wedding invitations for­ a same-sex couple looking to get married this summer.

Executives at AlphaGraphics' national headquarters quickly apologized and offered to print them for free.

The owner of the store didn’t really break any rules, according to Tanya Washington, a law professor at Georgia State.

“The printer has the legal right to adhere to his religious beliefs,” Washington says. 

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A Closer Look
4:20 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

'Night Of Spectacles' Transforms Old Glasses Into New Fashion

A model strikes a pose in a dress made from recycled eyeglasses by local designer Tyra Hart. Hart's dress was part of the Lighthouse Foundation's annual "Night of Spectacles" fashion show.
Alison Guillory WABE

The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation has made a spectacle of fashion, literally.

The non-profit hosted its annual “Night of Spectacles” fashion show fundraiser over the weekend. The event showcased dresses made by local art students from recycled eyeglasses and helped raise money for a good cause. 

The foundation provides vision and hearing care and eyeglasses for more than 6,000 low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents in Georgia.   

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City Lights
4:01 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Moments With Matt: Deep-Frying The Fish Fillets Of Regret

Always remember to wear protective gear while using the deep fryer of self-actualization.
Credit Alpha / flickr.com/avlxyz

Relax, take a deep breath and get ready because it's time for another "Moment" with Matt.

Matthew Hutchinson’s weekly guided meditation segments are typically delivered with unusual ingredients and delicious metaphors.

But it's never been quite like his most recent spiritual journey, which may have you hankering for the nearest Southern seafood dive they can find.

The Adult Swim writer and producer invites you to “focus on a single mental image that gives you joy” as a way of dealing with the disappointments of life.

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A Closer Look
3:06 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Clarkston, Ga., Is Small In Stature But Big On Diversity

Clarkston City Hall in DeKalb County is known for its diverse population. It was a refugee resettlement town in the 1990s. By 2000 half of its residents came from outside the U.S.
Credit Courtesy of the city of Clarkston

Though the size of Clarkston, Georgia, is just a little over a mile, the city boasts one of the most diverse communities in metro Atlanta.

During the 1990s, refugee asylum programs identified the small DeKalb County city as an ideal place to resettle the new immigrants in the United States.

Since then Clarkston has become known for its diversity – residents from more than 50 nations now call the tiny enclave home.

The town's diversity is something the city is proud of, according to Mayor Ted Terry.

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A Closer Look
3:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Atlanta Officer’s Book Explains How To Interact With Police

Atlanta Police Officer Dani Lee Harris' new book ''Knowledge is Power'' offers tips on how to behave around police officers during traffic stops or arrests.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Family and friends gathered in Baltimore to say a final goodbye to Freddie Gray. Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man, was laid to rest Monday just over two weeks after he died from a spinal cord injury he suffered in police custody.

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City Lights
12:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Murders Set In Victorian Dublin No Ordinary Mystery

Victorian-era Dublin is explored in ''A June of Ordinary Murders.''
Credit Gregory Wake / flickr.com/gregwake

Debut novelist Conor Brady applies a journalist’s detail to “A June of Ordinary Murders.”

In this week’s “Mystery Guest” segment on “City Lights,” critic Michele Ross says Brady’s narrative doggedness – he was an editor at The Irish Times – bogs down the story early on, but the dramatic devices he delivers make for a rich, vivid account of Dublin in 1887. 

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City Lights
11:44 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Through Creatives Project In Atlanta, Artists Serve The Community

Neda Abghari (second from left) founded the Creatives Project to link the arts with service. For one of the organization's programs, the CAPTURE project, photographers help students document their communities through photography and interviews. Tabia Parker (left), who coordinates that outreach program, and Abghari are shown with two of the youth participants from the 2014 CAPTURE Old Fourth Ward launch.
Credit Courtesy of the Creatives Project

In the past decade, Atlanta has seen an explosion of arts organizations. BURNAWAY was founded in 2008. MINT Gallery and Whitespace Gallery were both founded in 2006. Dashboard Co-op, Flux Projects and WonderRoot were also founded to fill gaps in Atlanta’s art world.

One organization, the Creatives Project, was founded in 2011. It blends artist residencies with service. Artists receive subsidized housing or free studio space, and in return, they teach art in underserved communities.

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Local
10:08 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Annual Taste Of Marietta Food Festival Draws 80,000

Taste of Marietta is the longest-running food festival in Cobb County.
Credit Courtesy of the city of Marietta

 

About 80,000 people attended the annual Taste of Marietta festival.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports huge crowds descended on the historic Marietta Square in Cobb County to sample food and drinks from over 75 restaurants, caterers and food carts Sunday.

Food tents lined all four streets of the square, selling everything from pulled pork sandwiches to egg rolls and bubble tea. The festival also featured a kids' area, live music and a cooking stage with culinary demonstrations.

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Local History
9:40 am
Mon April 27, 2015

How Atlanta Was Kept Out Of Cobb County By A 10-Foot-Wide City

One of the signs around East Cobb marking the former city limits of Chattahoochee Plantation. It was a city that once stretched dozens of miles up and down the Chattahoochee River. Standing next to the sign is Gary McKee, a resident of the area.
Credit Stephannie Stokes / WABE

You might have noticed these green signs in East Cobb. They’re around Johnson Ferry Road, near the border of the Chattahoochee River. In white lettering, they read, "Former City Limits Chattahoochee Plantation (1961-1995)."

These signs sparked our curiosity at WABE. We'd never heard of a city called "Chattahoochee Plantation." But as we looked into the history of the area and the signs, we found a story stranger than we expected. 

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Local
9:35 am
Mon April 27, 2015

National Weather Service Predicts Heavy Storms For Saturday

The National Weather Service predicts severe storms and possible tornadoes Saturday for parts of Georgia.
Credit John Haas / WABE

Parts of North Georgia, including metro Atlanta, are expected to see severe storms Saturday.  There is also a chance of possible tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

The National Weather Service says the worst of the weather should be gone by Sunday morning.

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Local
9:19 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Family Says Decatur Man Missing After Nepal Earthquake

A Georgia man is missing after a catastrophic earthquake rocked Nepal, killing more than 2,500 people.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports 71-year-old Martin Emanuel, a sculptor and former faculty member of the Atlanta College of Art, was on a trekking expedition in the Langtang National Park area, north of Kathmandu, when the quake hit Saturday. He was traveling with a Nepali guide. Family says they haven't heard from Emanuel since Thursday.

Emanuel's wife says she is optimistic her husband is alive and communication is usually difficult in Nepal.

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APS Trial
9:03 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Atlanta Test Cheating Case Lawyer Previews New Support Group

Former Atlanta Public Schools educator Angela Williamson is one of the teachers featured on freeourteachersnow.com.
Credit Kent Johnson / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An attorney for one of the former Atlanta Public Schools educators convicted in a test-cheating trial says a new group supporting them launches this week.

Gerald Griggs offered few details beyond a website named "FreeOurTeachersNow.com" at a church on Sunday according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He says the organization will focus on changing "the minds and the hearts" of Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter and District Attorney Paul Howard.

Baxter plans to resentence three of the former educators who got the stiffest sentences on Thursday.

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Local
8:02 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Police: Lil Wayne's Tour Bus Struck By Bullets In Cobb County

Police say rapper Lil Wayne's tour bus was hit by gunshots as it traveled on a metro Atlanta highway Sunday.
Credit Georgetown Voice / flickr.com/georgetownvoice

Police say rapper Lil Wayne's tour bus was hit by gunshots as it traveled on a metro Atlanta highway.

Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that no one was injured during the incident on I-285 around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities do not have any suspects.

Lil Wayne performed at an Atlanta club on Saturday night.

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Local
7:37 am
Mon April 27, 2015

DeKalb Co. High School Teacher Killed In Wreck With Teens

An Atlanta high school teacher has died after a car crash with two students on their way to her school's prom.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 33-year-old Leah O'Brien of Decatur collided with two teenagers on their way to the Lakeside High School prom in DeKalb County Saturday night. O'Brien taught family and consumer sciences at Lakeside in northeast Atlanta and served as a dance team sponsor.

The two teenagers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. O'Brien's 8-year-old daughter is in critical but stable condition.

A Closer Look
5:51 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Gov. Nathan Deal Talks Gay Marriage, Transportation And More

Gov. Deal and Denis O'Hayer talked about about a range of political topics in Deal's office.
Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

In a wide-ranging interview with Denis O'Hayer on "A Closer Look," Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the state would implement any decision the U.S. Supreme Court reaches on gay marriage – even if the court throws out same-sex marriage bans like the one in the Georgia Constitution. 

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Politics
5:29 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Former Georgia Lottery Official Files Whistleblower Suit

Kenneth Knight, former lottery vice president for financial management at the Georgia Lottery, says he was fired because he refused to give into his boss’s requests to give false sales projections.
Credit Robert S. Donovan / flickr.com/booleansplit

A former Georgia Lottery official has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against his former employer saying he was fired after declining to present inflated sales projections. 

The suit marks at least the fifth whistleblower case under Gov. Nathan Deal's administration.

In the past year, the state has settled at least four whistleblower cases after former state workers sued top officials.

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A Closer Look
4:24 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Osmond Family Member Lends Voice To Atlanta's MS Campaign

Musician and multiple sclerosis victim and advocate David Osmond, a nephew of Donny and Marie's, helps raise awareness of MS and urges victims to be proactive about their treatment.
Credit Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation

A French neurologist first described the symptoms that became known as multiple sclerosis in 1868, but almost 150 years later there is still no known cause or cure for the neurological disease. The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation estimates as many as 500,000 people in the United States have MS with another 200 diagnosed every week.

Musician David Osmond, of the famous Osmond family and a nephew to Donny and Marie, is one of them. He was diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis in 2006 when he was 26 years old.

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Birds
2:52 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Long-Migrating Shorebird Makes Annual Trip To St. Simons, Ga.

Whimbrels migrate from Brazil, through Georgia, to Northern Canada every spring.
Credit sfitzgerald86 / flickr.com/sfitzgerald86

A shorebird that Georgia scientists have been tracking for three years recently returned to St. Simons Island, Georgia, from Brazil.

The bird, named Postel by researchers, after Postel Creek on St. Simons, is a whimbrel. By tracking his migration, scientists are learning more about migration patterns and threats to whimbrels.

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City Lights
2:17 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

‘Mensch-Like’ Jeff Garlin Revisits Comedy Roots In Atlanta

Comedian and TV star Jeff Garlin is appearing at The Improv on Friday and Saturday.
Credit John Russell / Courtesy of Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival

 

If you put Jeff Garlin live in a studio with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, add the final day of WABE’s spring pledge drive to the mix and let them improvise, what might you have?

A 25-minute bonanza of laughs with riffs on Jon Stewart, REO Speedwagon, George Wallace the politician, George Wallace the comedian and Mel Brooks.

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News
1:41 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Ga. Christians, Muslims Come Together To Honor ISIS Victims

Hundreds came out to honor Ethiopians killed by ISIS in Libya.
Alison Guillory WABE

Thursday night, the Ethiopian community in held a candlelight vigil Clarkston, Georgia. The event was in remembrance of Ethiopian Christians killed by ISIS in Libya over the weekend.

Safi Ahmed is Muslim. He’s speaking to the crowd of 200 to 300 people gathered for the vigil. You don’t have to understand Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia, to hear the passion in his voice.

Afterwards, he loosely translated his words.

“I was mentioning the way they [were] killed,” he said. “I also mentioned Libya and also, finally, I mentioned South Africa.”

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City Lights
1:01 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Artist Nick Cave Brings His Soundsuits To Ponce City Market

Nick Cave's Soundsuits are usually brightly colored and cover the entire body. Other than that, the shapes, patterns and material vary from square to circle, from fur to baskets and from horse heads to stuffed animals.
Credit Photos by James Prinz Photography / Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

In 1992, artist Nick Cave picked up a twig. He then proceeded to collect all the twigs in the park. He brought them to his studio, drilled holes in them and applied them to an understructure.

Initially, this twig mass was supposed to be a sculpture, but when the whole thing was assembled, he realized he could put it on like a suit.

“And the moment I put it on, and I put it in motion,” Cave says, “sound was then generated. So that’s really the origin of the Soundsuit.”

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State
12:49 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Tybee Island Takes Big Step Toward Banning Plastic Bags

On Thursday night, City Council members on Tybee Island voted 4-2 to move forward with what could be Georgia's first local bag ban. The proposal faces a final vote May 14.
Credit Craig Rodway / Flickr.com/m0php

Georgia's largest public beach is a big step closer to banning the use of plastic bags by local retailers.

City Council members on Tybee Island voted 4-2 Thursday night to move forward with what could be Georgia's first local bag ban. The proposal faces a final vote May 14.

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Ice Cream Recall
11:41 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Recent And Unusual Ice Cream Recalls Raise Questions

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, above, has joined Blue Bell Creameries on the recall list. Both companies took products off shelves this week after listeria was found in their products.
Credit Betty B / flickr.com/betty_b

Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants — and whether the discoveries are related.

Blue Bell Creameries of Texas and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio both took products off shelves this week after listeria was discovered in their products. Blue Bell ice cream is linked to 10 illnesses in four states, including three deaths. There are no known illnesses linked to the Jeni's recall.

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Local
11:18 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Comcast Cuts The Cord On Deal With Time Warner Cable

Comcast has announced its Time Warner Cable deal is off.
Credit Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

Comcast Corp. announced today that it's ending its merger agreement with Time Warner Cable – after the Justice Department raised concerns over a deal.

"Today, we move on," Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts said in a statement. "Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn't agree, we could walk away."

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Arts
10:14 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Jad Abumrad On The 'Hare-Brained Scheme' Of Radiolab

Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad presents his lecture ''Gut Churn'' at Georgia Tech today at 7 p.m.
Credit Marco Antonio

Jad Abumrad is the creator and co-host of WNYC’s groundbreaking program Radiolab. The show is known for its unconventional, often outlandish production style, mixing interviews and music and sound effects in an effort to explain everything from how the brain processes sound to why cats always land on their feet. Radiolab began on WNYC over a decade ago and WABE’s Myke Johns wanted to know how Abumrad came up with such a unique sound for the show.

Radiolab airs on WABE Sunday evenings at 8pm.

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Mara's Music Mix
8:40 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Bob Dylan, Death Cab For Cutie Heading To Atlanta Stage

Bob Dylan will perform at Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Friday.
Credit Marcello Linzalone / flickr.com/foggypunk

Looking ahead at this weekend’s concert calendar, we’ve got rockabilly at the Star Bar, indie rock royalty at the Fox, and the seemingly immortal Bob Dylan in Atlanta. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

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Local
8:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Investigation Of 5 Georgia Crash Deaths Could Take Months

A Georgia state trooper works the scene of a deadly crash in which five people died and three others were injured early Wednesday in Ellabelle, Georgia, west of Savannah.
Credit Russ Bynum / Associated Press

Georgia authorities say it could take months before they decide whether to file criminal charges in an interstate crash that killed five nursing students.

The chain-reaction collision on Interstate 16 early Wednesday involved six different vehicles. The Georgia State Patrol says it began with a tractor-trailer that failed to slow down and crashed into stop-and-go traffic that had backed up because of an earlier, unrelated wreck.

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Local
7:50 am
Fri April 24, 2015

'Walking Dead' Town Ebay Auction Ends Friday

Former mayor Jim Sells hopes that someone will purchase the buildings and revitalize the downtown area.
Courtesy Jim Sells

Nine buildings in downtown Grantville, Georgia — where hit television drama The Walking Dead was filmed — are up for sale.

Grantville's former mayor says the structures — virtually the entire downtown — are on the eBay auction block until Friday in hopes of finding a buyer interested in revitalizing a town that some envision as a thriving outpost on the southern fringe of metro Atlanta.

Former mayor Jim Sells, who hopes to breathe life into Grantville, says the asking price for the buildings is for $680,000.

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News
6:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Clarkston's Ethiopian Community Honors ISIS Victims

Hundreds of people came out to Clarkston to honor 30 Ethiopian Christians killed by ISIS.
Alison Guillory WABE

The Ethiopian community in Clarkston held a candlelight vigil Thursday night to remember 30 Ethiopian Christians killed by ISIS in Libya. 

Music played as organizers handed out candles to hundreds of people who came to honor those who were murdered last weekend. Attendees, like Tekle Tessema, said Ethiopians everywhere are in mourning.

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Bats
6:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Fungal Disease Still Decimating Georgia's Bat Population

A tri-colored bat with white-nose syndrome squeals after being woken from hibernation at Black Diamond Tunnel in Clayton, Georgia. Since the bat-killing fungus arrived in Georgia two years ago, state counts are down more than 80 percent.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

Georgia’s bats suffered another devastating winter, their numbers further ravaged by a fungus that’s so far killed nearly 6 million bats in 26 states since it first arrived in the U.S. nine years ago.

That assessment comes from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which released its annual bat population surveys this week.

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