The Atlanta Hawks said the team is offering refunds to people who couldn’t make it to the game Wednesday night due to the weather. While most of Atlanta hunkered down during a storm warning, the game went on as planned against the Dallas Mavericks at Philips Arena.
The Hawks won in a 104-87 victory, but the game did experience a short delay. There was a leaking roof during the first quarter. Concession stands were also limited because some employees stayed home.
Executive Director Laura Flusche visited the "A Closer Look" studios to tell us about an invitation that MODA extended yesterday, inviting families to bring in their kids for free "until the snow arrives."
He is utterly unknown, but the 20th century Russian musical heavyweight Dmitri Shostakovich described his work in this way: "Music of beauty and enormity … it is a perfect masterpiece … it is a hymn to humanity … to the international solidarity of those who, subjected to the most terrible evil, stood up against fascism."
Economically speaking, 2014 was a good year for Atlanta.
And 2015 should be even better.
“Although the recession was very difficult, on the upside, we have so many different industries to lean on and that helps improve our economic prospects,” Mekael Teshome, an economist with PNC’s Financial Services Group, says.
In 2008, the officers of the Georgia Chapter of the American Harp Society saw a picture of a large-scale harp concert. And they thought, "Well, why can't we do something with multiple harps? Because the harp is a lonely instrument," as Mary Ann Flinn, the vice president of the organization, recalled.
A bill in the state legislature is proposing to make the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville the state’s official historic house. The house is currently a National Historic Landmark, but the designation could help boost tourism, said Matthew Davis, director of the Old Governor's Mansion.
This week, everyone's favorite ponytailed country legend Willie Nelson continues to wear a hole in his trusty guitar and an Athens country rule-breaker takes the Tabernacle stage. Plus, an indie rocker brings a new kind of grit to the EARL, and Piano Man Billy Joel plays the hits at Phillips.
WABE contributor Mara Davis brings this weekend in concert picks.
The three-story Capitol Hill building, named Delta Hall, was formerly an office building. Since being purchased by the university it has undergone renovations that make it capable of housing 32 students who are interning and studying in the District of Columbia as well as faculty and staff.
The University of Georgia is holding a ribbon cutting Thursday for a building that will provide living, classroom and study space for students and faculty in the nation's capital.
The three-story Capitol Hill building, named Delta Hall, was formerly an office building. Since being purchased by the university it has undergone renovations that make it capable of housing 32 students who are interning and studying in the District of Columbia as well as faculty and staff. The inaugural class of students moved into the building on Massachusetts Avenue in January.
Prior to state employees heading home early due to the weather, the Georgia House Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow for the limited use of medical marijuana.
The House voted 157-2 in favor of the bill, but not before amending it so the list of treatable illnesses was expanded to include sickle cell anemia, which mostly affects African-Americans. The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus lobbied hard for the change.
Bill sponsor Allen Peake, R-Macon, told colleagues it was needed.
Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood has never been shy of controversial topics. Now, she is taking on disagreements regarding the historic Adair Park community in southwest Atlanta.
Community members want a developer to purchase the George Adair School, that has been an empty eyesore in Adair Park for years. But Mayor Kasim Reed has refused to release the property deed to Atlanta Public Schools because of an ongoing dispute over BeltLine tax payments.
Today on "A Closer Look," Mary Norwood shared her view of the dispute.
Stephanie Blank was appointed last year to chair Governor Nathan Deal's Child Welfare Reform Council. Modeled on the Criminal Justice Reform Council, the group is conducting a comprehensive overview of the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), and they released their first report this past January.
Georgia Tech researchers recently spent a lot of time gazing deep into different animals’ eyes. Actually, they were studying their eyelashes, and they found that eyelash length is something we all have in common.
“We looked at 22 species of mammals,” said Guillermo Amador, a mechanical engineering grad student.
He and his research partners used measurements from animal hides at the American Museum of Natural History, and studied animals at Zoo Atlanta. They looked at the eyelashes on a one-pound hedgehog, and the eyelashes on a one-ton giraffe.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the city is ready to handle the impending winter weather and laid out a plan for a staggered exit from the city this afternoon.
Reed encouraged parents to collect their children between noon and 2 p.m. today, then for businesses to let employees leave starting at 2 p.m. Reed asked citizens to be in the place they plan to spend the night no later than 4 p.m.
“We don’t want to have a mass exodus from the city of Atlanta, which is why we are asking for a staggered approach and a staggered schedule,” Reed said.
You’ll hear it on the streets of Buenos Aires, in the towns of northern Mexico and also in the Hispanic immigrant communities here in Atlanta. It’s called Cumbia, and it’s one of the most popular musical genres in the Latin American world.
But while Cumbia is part of mainstream music culture in many Latin American countries today, it started out as the music of only the lower class in Colombia's Caribbean coastal region.
Another snow storm is coming to parts of Georgia this week, including metro Atlanta.
WABE's John Lorinc spoke to Steve Nelson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service for an update.
Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for disaster preparedness which will begin at 2 p.m. today. All state government offices in areas affected by a winter storm warning will close at noon.
The federal "No Child Left Behind" education law is up for reauthorization. So far, two Republican-sponsored proposals have Democrats up in arms.
Democratic U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tuesday blasted a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. John Kline of Minnesota.
“This partisan, House Republican proposal, which will be voted on this week, caps spending and allows states to redirect federal resources from poor districts and communities to wealthy districts and communities,” Duncan said.
Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency to begin Wednesday at 2 p.m. In response to a winter storm warning declared for 50 counties in the northern portion of Georgia tomorrow, Gov. Deal ordered state government offices in the affected areas to close at noon Wednesday and declared a state of emergency for disaster preparedness starting at 2 p.m.
Overhauling the state’s tax code – and in particular lowering the state income tax – has been a goal of Republican leaders for some time. This week, they unveiled a plan to do it.
At a press conference flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, Rep. John Carson, R-Marietta said the time is now for major tax reform.
"We’ve had resolutions, we’ve had reviews, we’ve had councils, we’ve had committees for years ... but I think people aren’t looking for more reviews. What they’re looking for is leadership," said Carson.
Good Samaritans who help a child trapped in a hot car could soon be protected from lawsuits. That’s because of a bill that gained approval from the Georgia Senate today.
The bill says anyone who breaks into a locked vehicle to rescue someone they believe is in danger wouldn’t be held liable in civil cases. Senator Greg Kirk, R-Americus, decided to sponsor the bill after hearing about a number of Georgia children who died after being left in cars when temperatures soared.
Atlanta is becoming more of a film capital than it has been in a long time. Television and film production is taking place all over the state of Georgia, with many entertainment projects drawn here by tax credits the state began offering some 10 years ago.
California has taken note.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed California’s own set of tax credits that will triple the dollars TV and film companies can earn there, as long as they stay in-state. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was standing right beside Brown when he signed the measure.