Leaders of a voter registration group said Monday they’re confused by recent comments made by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The group, called the New Georgia Project, sued Kemp’s office and five counties over thousands of voter registration forms they say are missing.
If it weren’t for the sign just outside the entrance to the Podponics farm, you might wonder if you’d gotten the address wrong.
As you pull into the lot, the scene most resembles an industrial truck yard. Airplanes are rushing overhead, taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson, just a few miles away. And the 11 acres of land in front of you are mostly empty, with exception of a few dozen shipping containers, stacked two levels high in the middle of the lot.
The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang dropped by WABE studios to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. This week, you can catch readings from Edward Humes, Jodi Picoult and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Daren tells us more in the interview below.
Jodi Picoult will be at the Atlanta History Center on Wednesday Oct. 22. More details here.
Some metro Atlanta school districts are updating their health policies to include guidelines for the Ebola virus. Some districts, like DeKalb and Cobb, announced this week students from Ebola-affected countries won’t be able to enroll until the superintendent approves their medical documents. Cobb schools spokesperson Kyler Post says it’s a proactive move.
Sirkka Hougard has an aviary where she keeps a 'covey' of quail. A covey is a term for a small flock of birds. She feeds the birds each day, and the birds peck at the meal while making small noises. We meet Hougard and her quails in this Atlanta Sound.
The Atlanta VA Medical Center says it plans to expand healthcare services for women at its Fort McPherson Campus. The expansion comes as some female veterans express concerns about the types of services available to women at the Atlanta VA.
On Friday, a crowd gathered to celebrate the expansion of veterans’ services at Fort McPherson. One of the newer services is a center focusing on reproductive care, mental health and other medical services for female veterans.
Who knew? Novelist, essayist and poet Luis Alberto Urrea is probably a nature writer at heart. At least, that’s what he tells us in this installment of Page-Turners, in which we also see his penchant for a bit of magical realism. In addition, he tells us a great story about the one Stephen King novel that both he, and his son, couldn’t put down—and why.
In this extended version, Luis Alberto Urrea tells us his harrowing real-life story involving Mexican curanderas, or wise healer women.
We now head to Atlanta's Kirkwood neighborhood for some hockey. Twice a week, fifty-two weeks of the year, the Atlanta Street Hockey Club convenes on Bessie Branham Park’s basketball court for a few games. This loose confederation of players has been swinging sticks at each other since 1997, and we joined them one morning for a court-side view of the action and spoke to Keith Waldrop, the president of the club.
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With elections coming up next month, some Georgia candidates are racking up endorsements. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was in town this week to support Republican Senate candidate David Perdue. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in Atlanta Thursday stumping for Gov. Nathan Deal. But do endorsements really give candidates an edge?
It may be nice for a nominee to get a pat on the back from a big-name politician or even a celebrity. But does it matter to voters?
Druid Hills High School would serve the proposed charter cluster. The other schools in the cluster are Druid Hills Middle School and five elementary schools: Avondale, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Hills and McLendon.
A DeKalb County group trying to create a charter school cluster has withdrawn its petition.
The group proposed a cluster of five elementary schools, a middle school, and Druid Hills High School. Its first shot at getting the DeKalb Board of Education to approve its plan was rejected last November, and the group had not been able to get back on the board’s agenda.
Another problem: all of the cluster’s seven schools are in unincorporated DeKalb County, but given current cityhood and annexation plans, that may not be the case for long.
If a person with Ebola walks into a local hospital, what would be the response?
That’s become one of the most pressing questions facing hospitals across the country now that two Dallas nurses have tested positive for the virus after treating a Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who was diagnosed with the disease after arriving in the U.S. and later died.
Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta began preparing months ago for a possible patient when cases in West Africa started to ramp up.
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 chance to catch a performance of a spooky classic.
AT&T this week announced plans to offer super-fast internet service to Atlanta and three other cities in Georgia. Comcast and Google are also thinking about offering a similar service.
But does Atlanta really need it? And if so, will Atlanta’s sprawled-out geography affect the roll-out?
AT&T says Atlanta, Decatur, Sandy Springs, and Newnan will be the first to get the super-fast internet service. It allows a user to download a TV show in less than three seconds and an HD movie in about half a minute.
A second Dallas health care worker who tested positive for the Ebola virus is being transported to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital for care and is expected to arrive later today, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials announced this afternoon.
During a teleconference Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden confirmed the diagnosis of another Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse who'd been in close contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who was diagnosed with the disease after arriving in Dallas. Duncan died on Oct. 8.
Fears of the Ebola virus deepened Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she was diagnosed. President Barack Obama canceled a campaign trip to address the outbreak.
It's not clear how the nurse contracted the virus, though the second case among health workers pointed to lapses beyond how one individual may have donned and removed protective garb.