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Books
12:15 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Author Events: David Laskin, Jan Karon & More

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Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival drops by WABE studios to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. 

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Local
6:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

New Voices Emerging in DeKalb Cityhood Debate

This 2008 DeKalb County schools map shows the neighborhoods involved in the cityhood discussion. The City of Briarcliff Initiative's map covers parts of the area shown here as Lakeside, Tucker and Druid Hills.
Credit DeKalb County

Three groups in central DeKalb County have been fighting for cityhood for nearly two years: Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker.

Now there are new voices entering the discussion.

“We need to act rather than be acted upon,” says Justin Critz of the Druid Hills Civic Association. He says the group is asking its 4,400 homeowners and renters to pay attention to what is going on in the cityhood debate. Critz says the association is gathering information and putting it out to residents.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Labor Day Views Vary in Metro Atlanta

It's Labor Day!!!
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When the Federal Government created Labor Day in 1882, it was meant to celebrate the labor associations’ contributions to the U-S economy. 

But does Labor Day still have that meaning for people today?

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Features
9:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Read This: Teacher Trusts Students to Critique Sci-Fi Book

Paideia teacher Brian Eames and fellow teacher Greg with students.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

An Atlanta teacher is the author of two fiction novels for middle grade students.

The first book is called the Dagger Quick and the sequel is Dagger X.

But he recently tackled science fiction.

It’s called DivN8 and WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the author took an unconventional approach to writing his first science fiction book for young teens.

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Sports
7:49 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

It's College Football Time: A Preview of UGA, Tech, & GSU with I.J. Rosenberg of Score Atlanta

I.J. Rosenberg, president and publisher of Score Atlanta
Credit Score Atlanta

  Labor Day weekend, 2014 marks the start of the college football season for metro Atlanta fans.  Georgia State broke a 16-game losing streak, while Georgia Tech prepared for a challenging season, and UGA was touted as a possible national title contender.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a preview of the season for each team from I.J. Rosenberg, president and publisher of Score Atlanta.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Push to Register Korean-American Voters as Deadline Nears

AALAC staffers showcase new logo and campaign swag as part of an effort to register more Korean-American voters.
Credit Evan Changhwan Jang

With just over a month left to register to vote in November’s General Election, a local advocacy group is making a final push to help Korean-Americans sign up.

The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center wants to help 10,000 Korean-Americans register to vote in Gwinnett County. AALAC executive director Helen Kim Ho says the group has helped 2,000 voters sign up since launching the campaign last month.

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Local
2:52 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

GDOT: Plan Ahead For Labor Day Weekend Traffic

As heard on the radio
Credit Atlanta traffic. By John Bazemore, AP

There’s no less than a half-dozen major events happening in the metro area this Labor Day Weekend, and that means lots of people will be driving into and around the city.

There’s Dragoncon happening in Downtown Atlanta, which kicked off earlier this week. The Chick-Fil-A College Football Kickoff Game happens Saturday at the Georgia Dome, and a home game is scheduled for Georgia Tech the same day.

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Books
12:15 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s AJC-Decatur Book Festival

The 2011 Decatur Book Festival.
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It’s Labor Day weekend and that means an independent book festival will soon be taking over the streets and halls of Decatur.

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival actually kicks off this evening with a sold-out keynote address from author Joyce Carol Oates. But you shouldn’t worry if you missed out on a ticket to tonight’s event; there are 600-something other author events happening around Decatur over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

To help us navigate this daunting list of authors, we brought the festival’s program director, Philip Rafshoon, into the studio.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: August 29-30

Mara Davis and Steve Goss
Credit WABE

For nearly two decades, Mara Davis was a well-known voice on Atlanta's FM airwaves, first on Z-93, and then on Dave FM.

Now she joins WABE's Steve Goss each Friday for a preview of weekend music events.

 

Mara's Music Mix for August 29-30:

The Last Waltz Ensemble at Smith's Olde Bar; Friday August 29

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Briarcliff, Lakeside, Tucker
6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Legislator Gives DeKalb Cityhood Groups Deadline to Draw Map

The groups working to establish new cities in central DeKalb County now have a deadline to agree on boundaries for the proposed cities.

November 15, 2014, is the deadline State Representative Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven) has set for Briarcliff, Lakeside, and Tucker to agree on a map with no overlapping boundaries.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Marietta City Council to Vote on Survivor Pension Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

A change approved by a Marietta City Council committee this week could allow same-sex spouses of city employees to receive pension benefits after the deaths of their husbands or wives. Even though Georgia does not recognize same-sex marriage, the potential shift would follow a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which overturned a portion of the defense of marriage act.

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Local
7:56 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

CityLab: Atlanta Has Low Percentage of Affordable Homes. A Talk with CityLab's Richard Florida

Richard Florida, co-founder of CityLab.com and Senior Editor at The Atlantic.
Credit NYU

  Metro Atlanta's home market continues to improve, at a rate better than the national average.  But, according to an analysis by CityLab (a project of The Atlantic), Atlanta's real estate recovery is not being felt across the income spectrum.  CityLab found Atlanta has one of the lowest percentages of available affordable housing among the nation's major metropolitan areas.

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Local
5:23 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Atlanta Public Works Chief Concerned About Audit Showing Millions In Missing Supplies

Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza and City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow.
Credit City of Atlanta

Atlanta’s head of public works expressed concern Thursday over a recent report showing millions of dollars worth of supplies and materials within his department unaccounted for.

It comes in wake of widespread allegations of theft and mismanagement in another city department - Watershed Management.

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Sharon Barnes-Sutton
4:33 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Another DeKalb Commissioner Faces Questions About Spending

District 4 DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton
Credit DeKalb County, GA

A DeKalb County Commissioner has reportedly paid more than $35,000 in county funds to companies owned by a man with whom she has had a romantic relationship.

Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton used county funds to pay Warren Mosby’s company, RightThink Associates, Inc., $20,000 for unspecified professional services.

A complaint filed with the DeKalb County Board of Ethics alleges a conflict of interest for that payment and others to companies owned by Mosby.

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Local
4:06 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

State Commission Denies Charter School In Brookhaven

Georgia Charter Schools Commission during a 2013 meeting.
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

The State Charter Schools Commission turned down a petition for a new charter school in the city of Brookhaven Wednesday. The denial of the Brookhaven Innovation Academy came despite the backing of DeKalb Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond and the entire Brookhaven City Council serving on the school’s governing board.

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Local
4:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

CDC Worker Returns To Atlanta After 'Low-Risk' Exposure To Ebola

The Ebola virus, captured by an electron microscope.
Credit CDC

An employee with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who’d been working in West Africa was flown back to the city after the worker was exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.

The CDC isn’t releasing the person’s name, but said in following protocol, the person was flown back to Atlanta on a charter flight Wednesday.

The Centers said the person had been in prolonged close contact with an international health worker who later tested positive for Ebola.

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City Café
12:46 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

City Café on Atlanta Symphony Contract Negotiations

Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has less than two weeks before the deadline on contract negotiations between the Symphony and the ASO Players’ Association. Those negotiations have been going on for over eight months now and in that time, several musicians have retired and some have taken positions with other orchestras. As all this is happening, the memory of 2012’s labor dispute is still fresh in many people’s minds. Jenny Jarvie wrote about the situation for Arts ATL and joined us to talk about the situation.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Events: Taste of Taiwan, Art in the Park, and More

The Polyphonic Spree
Credit Karlo X. Ramos

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week,  and he starts with a festival that's all about Taiwanese cuisine.

 

Taste of Taiwan

Marietta Art in the Park

The Polyphonic Spree at The Loft

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Business
11:14 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Georgia Welcomes Fourth Kroger Marketplace

The new Kroger Marketplace debuted in Athens, GA this week.
Athens Clarke County Economic Development Department

Bulldog Nation has a new place for its tailgating needs.  

The Kroger Company opened a Kroger Marketplace in Athens on Wednesday.  

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

State Lawmakers Examine Medical Marijuana

The Joint Study Committee on Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions meets at the Georgia Capitol Wednesday,
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

State lawmakers began studying the effects of marijuana as a medical treatment Wednesday. The meetings come after a bill that would have allowed Georgians with seizure disorders to legally use an oil-based form of marijuana did not become law this year.

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Education
6:18 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Cyberbullying and Georgia's Schools

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Ralph Simpson just finished up his second year as Principal of Towers High School in Decatur, but he’s been an educator in DeKalb County for 25 years. 

He says one of the biggest game changers he’s seen in his career has been social media.

“Most bullying now is what we call ‘cyberbullying,’” Simpson says.  

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Politics
6:02 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Reed Acknowledges "Error" But Insists Payouts To Senior Staff Were Legal

Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore and Mayor Kasim Reed.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and City Councilwoman Felicia Moore sparred Wednesday over big cash payouts given to members of Reed's senior staff. Critics claim the payouts, which where issued in exchange for unused sick and vacation days, violate city code. 

At a Council finance committee, Reed denied the payouts were illegal, saying they were given through what he called a grey area of city policy.

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Politics
5:55 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Watchdog Group Asks for Investigation into Deal Staffers Over Ethics Investigation

Georgia Watchdogs head Sabrina Smith
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE News

A local watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Georgia Inspector General’s Office, asking for an investigation into two of Gov. Nathan Deal’s top staffers over an ethics investigation.

The group Georgia Watchdogs, a coalition of watchdog groups from across the state, says the complaint stems from a recently revealed 2012 memo from State Ethics Commission Chief Holly LaBerge.

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Local
5:12 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office Has Been Investigating DeKalb County for Months

DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader says a federal grand jury subpoenaed the purchasing card records of each of the county commissioners.
Credit DeKalb County, GA

In announcing criminal charges yesterday against former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer, U.S. Attorney Sally Yates confirmed DeKalb County has been under investigation for several months.

  Law enforcement officials did not say much about the investigation. However, Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Atlanta Field Office, did say, “We’re very aware of all the very public allegations about the activity in DeKalb County, and we’ll be looking into all of 'em.”

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Politics
4:45 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Carter Nabs Big Education Endorsement

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Jason Carter snagged an endorsement from the Georgia Association of Educators Wednesday. GAE president Sid Chapman is behind Carter. Democratic state school superintendent candidate Valarie Wilson is to his left.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter nabbed a key endorsement Wednesday. The Georgia Association of Educators announced they’re backing the state senator.

GAE president Sid Chapman said Carter has the right vision for education. Carter said his plan, which is focused on funding, is simple.

“The first thing we must do is have a separate education budget, which will force the politicians in Atlanta to be politically accountable for the way that they do their job on education funding,” he said.  

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Preservation
1:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

UPDATE: Historic Trio Laundry Building Being Demolished

A view from the rear of 20 Hilliard St.
Evan Jang WABE

The historic Trio Laundry Building in Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Jr. Landmark district is currently being demolished. Preservationists still hope the building can be saved. 

The gray, two story building standing on Hilliard Street in the Old 4th Ward was built in 1910, survived the fire of 1917, but may not survive through the end of the week.

Monday morning, a demolition crew removed bricks from inside the building and worked on removing the ledge on the roof. The Atlanta Housing Authority purchased the building in 2009; it had been vacant since at least 2007.

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Business
12:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Ten-Acre Development Proposed for Piedmont/Lindbergh Area in Buckhead

A view of the proposed Lindbergh Place development.
Credit Fuqua Development / Special to WABE

One local developer is hoping the second time is the charm.

Fuqua Development has proposed a 10-acre project near the Lindbergh MARTA station.

  The plan includes an 80,000 square foot Kroger Fresh Fare.

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Dance
12:31 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Camaraderie, Aggression and Sex: Wabi Sabi at the Woodruff

Wabi Sabi dancers Brandon Nguyen and Kiara Felder in 2013
Credit J Hooper / Atlanta Ballet

Wabi Sabi is the Atlanta Ballet's dancer-driven, modern dance troupe. They will be giving a free performance at the Woodruff Arts Center on Friday evening using the High Museum’s “Mi Casa, Your Casa” exhibit as the stage.

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Food
12:22 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Good Kind Of Jerk: Celebrating A Jamaican Culinary Tradition

Jerk chicken at Juci Jerk in Stone Mountain.
WABE/Dan Raby

For Jamaicans, jerk is no insult. It's a culinary tradition stretching back centuries to the early days of British colonial rule on the island. And it's one that can make both Caribbean natives and non-natives' mouths water. 

"There were places in Jamaica that I used to go to that you'd remember it and you'd just close your eyes and think about how good it is," said Donald Roberts, the chef behind Juci Jerk in Stone Mountain. 

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Preview of Weekend Events
11:58 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Syd Mead, Jerk Chicken and Victorian Weddings this Weekend

Syd Mead
Credit The High Museum of Art

There's a lot going on this weekend, from a talk by a futurist illustrator, to an exhibition on weddings of the past. To figure it all out, WABE's Lois Reitzes recently spoke with our very own Kate Sweeney. Here's Kate with more. 

Syd Mead at the High Museum of Art

Atlanta Jerk Festival

Peeling Back the Layers: Victorian Wedding Ensembles

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