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Grammy-nominated rapper Jeezy went from handing out meals to performing in front of a sold-out crowd in Atlanta.

Jeezy took the stage at the Tabernacle on Wednesday night hours before he helped handout 200 boxes of food. The meals included turkey or ham, corn green beans, stuffing, rolls and cranberry sauce at Mt. Sanai Baptist Church. He held the event through his Street Dreamz Foundation.

Through Jeezy's event, many also received a bouquet of flowers and two tickets to an Atlanta Hawks basketball game.

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It's the day after Thanksgiving and that means residents from all over metro Atlanta are heading to shopping malls, boutiques and big box retailers in search of deals. It's known as the day when retailers profits go from red into the black - Black Friday. 

Despite deals becoming available to consumers earlier in the month of November, and more people shopping online, Atlantans were still heading out to the stores. Candace Wheeler caught up with a few Black Friday shoppers at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta.

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Police say a former boxing champion has been shot to death during a robbery in Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard says 40-year-old O'Neil Bell was gunned down Wednesday morning. Pickard says Bell and another person were shot while getting off a bus before two suspects robbed them. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene in southwest Atlanta.

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The Beatles.  The Rolling Stones.  The Who.  The list goes on and on.

Producer and engineer Glyn Johns has worked with hundreds of big-name musical acts like these over the past few decades.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.   

Johns's book "Sound Man" describes some of the experiences he's had in--and out--of the studio over the past half-century.

John Lorinc spoke with Glyn Johns about working with the legends of rock and roll. 

Blackberry Smoke

This post-holiday weekend in Atlanta finds some hometown acts playing some familiar venues, and the Atlanta Symphony taking on the works of John Williams. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at shows with Mara's Music Mix.

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Shoppers no longer have to wait until Black Friday to cruise store aisles for holiday deals.

With online shopping available at any time of the day or night, many major retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Macy's are among the retailers whose brick-and-mortar stores will be open by 6 p.m.

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Federal officials are ordering Georgia to process food stamp applications for Syrian refugees.

Jessica Shahin, associate administrator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, sent a letter Wednesday to Bobby Cagle, director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, which administers the food stamp program in the state.

Gov. Nathan Deal last week issued an order directing state agency heads to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state.

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Nearly 100 volunteers gathered in a kitchen at the DeKalb County Jail on Wednesday evening to prepare food for 'Hosea Helps' annual Thanksgiving dinner. 

The organization, founded by civil rights leader Rev. Hosea Williams, and the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School brings volunteers from around metro Atlanta to cook turkey, chicken, ham and a host of side dishes for a full-course meal.

Amber Maddox, a 20-year-old first-time volunteer, was working with a group of other women to help cook green beans.

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The Sugarplum Fairy doesn’t have to be just a vision dancing in your head this holiday season; you can see her dance live in a local production of “The Nutcracker.”

There are more than 50 shows of the ballet scheduled across metro Atlanta in December, and each company puts a unique spin on the classic tale. From new elements and live music to location and availability, there are several options to consider when choosing a production to see.

 In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announces a March 6, 2012 date, as Georgia's 2012 presidential primary at a news conference in Atlanta.
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Georgia's Secretary of State's office said it's gotten more than 400 calls to a hotline it set up after a recent data breach. Last month, the office inadvertently included social security numbers and driver license numbers on CD's distributed to political parties and some members of the media.

David Dove, assistant deputy secretary of state, says five employees are working the phones indefinitely to answer any calls voters might have about their personal information and security concerns.

Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

A proposed route for Cobb County's new express Bus Route 10X that would have limited stops between Kennesaw and midtown Atlanta.
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Cobb County is looking to add a new express route from Kennesaw to Midtown Atlanta.

On Tuesday night, transportation officials updated Cobb County Board of Commissioners about Cobb County Transit Bus Route 10X, which would reduce a two-hour trip to 90 minutes.

Eric Meyer, Cobb County Department of Transportation’s planning division manager, said an express bus route would relieve overcrowding and let riders track the new buses.

Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015.
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In June, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholic bishops, called an encyclical, which stressed the need to address climate change.

The 192-page letter, called "Laudato Si," urges people to take action to protect the planet.

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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Lisa Hagen

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signed a law authorizing an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on cleaning up the lower basin of Proctor Creek.

The tributary flows through northwest Atlanta into the Chattahoochee River. Mayor Reed says the city plans to invest up to $1.5 million toward the three-year study. The funds will be matched by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Tom Moreland Interchange, a.k.a. Spaghetti Junction, intersection of Interstate 85 and Interstate 285, just northeast of Atlanta, Georgia in Dekalb County.
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The Tom Moreland Interchange at the intersection of Interstate 285 and Interstate 85, also known as Spaghetti Junction, was No. 1 in the nation last year for truck traffic congestion.

That's according to the American Transportation Research Institute, which analyzes truck GPS data.

In 2014, with a peak average speed of 28 mph, it ranked first. The year before, the five-level stack interchange ranked third in the country. 

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  The Atlanta Public Schools received a $7.5 million grant from the National Institute of Justice to research school safety. But that doesn’t necessarily mean more surveillance cameras and resource officers.  

APS will partner with researchers from Georgia State University and educational nonprofit WestEd to come up with a plan to improve students’ safety. Atlanta Superintendent Meria Carstarphen says that could mean looking at discipline differently:

Lisa Frank

In 1989, Atlanta comedian Jerry Farber did a very avant-garde thing. He opened the first non-smoking comedy club in United States. Ted Turner showed up with a cigar because he thought it was a joke.

Farber’s dedication to non-smoking venues and comedy, however, never wavered. At 77, he’s celebrating 55 years in comedy.

“I don’t pose in muscle magazines anymore,” Farber said in an interview with Lois Reitzes.


Adele's career so far has been a story in numbers — and not just the ones in her album titles. Her latest LP, 25, has sold more copies than any other album in its first week of release — more than 2.4 million so far — and the week is only half over. Its first single, "Hello," has been the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since it came out four weeks ago.


Mark Jones wants to open a bakery someday. And by his early 20s, he was well on his way. He remembers making a five-tier cake for a friend not long ago.


"And I made 96 lavender gum paste roses that cascaded down the side of the cake for her. And the foliage was edible, silver glitter,” Jones said.

But that plan took a major detour last year. Jones said his parents have known he was gay since high school, but they rarely talked about it. At least not out loud.

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In his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr. lists places around the country, from California to Colorado, saying to “let freedom ring” from each location. Halfway through, to the cheers of the crowd, he includes “Stone Mountain of Georgia.”

As many in the audience would have understood, the inclusion came with a footnote. For much of the 20th century, Stone Mountain was the symbol of the Ku Klux Klan.

The organization, in its most insidious form, was reborn there one hundred years ago.

A Fiery Cross

Residents in a Villa Rica neighborhood say they woke up to find Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers in their driveways.

WSB-TV reports the fliers were found Tuesday morning in the neighborhood off Brookside Drive and Highway 101. In August, residents in Paulding County found similar KKK recruitment fliers in their driveways near Highway 101 and Buchanan Highway.

Resident Summer Hale says she believes whoever left the fliers was trying to divide the neighborhood. She says those who distributed the fliers aren't welcome there.


Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says the man is now "safe and sound" at the Russian air base in the government-controlled area in Syria.



Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says the man is now "safe and sound" at the Russian air base in the government-controlled area in Syria.


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Legal experts say governors who have worked to block Syrian refugees from resettling in their states, including Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, could be violating federal law. 

On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued its governor on behalf of a nonprofit resettlement agency, arguing the governor's move to bar Syrian refugees violated the Equal Protection Clause under the U.S. Constitution.

A spokesperson for the ACLU's national office said it's currently assessing legal options in other states, including Georgia.

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This year, 12 Atlanta area companies made it onto the list of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, according to rankings by Deloitte, a consulting firm.

Georgia's Fastest Growing Tech Companies

Cardlytics, headquartered in Atlanta, was ranked 25th on this year's Deloitte Fast 500.

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Three bids are in for the redevelopment of Turner Field.

Georgia State University is the only bidder most Atlantans would recognize.

The other two are Mercury Youth Organization and a mysterious entity, Rita World Pearl Kingdom LLC, which doesn’t appear to have any searchable identity. According to The Associated Press, Mercury Youth stated on its website that it would create an indoor track for sports training. 

“I’m not familiar with any of them,” said Mayor Kasim Reed when asked.

Nick Rogers

In the South, the family recipe is an important heirloom, passed on from one generation to the next. 

As “City Lights” commentator Nick Rogers puts it, “Meals are a possession that is shared by the entire family at once,” whereas an inherited pocket watch or ring can only be used by one person at a time.

In this installment of his series “Fried Pies and Moonshine,” Rogers explores the role cooking plays in connecting him to his family’s past, all the while learning a new recipe to bring back to Atlanta (see below for recipe).

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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

  • 1:10: WABE contributor Scott Stewart serves up a Thanksgiving playlist for the holiday.