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The Wall Street Journal reports the Department of Homeland Security has tracked an attempt to hack into Georgia's election computer system to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In an email obtained by the Journal, a Homeland Security official said when the department does scan computer systems, it does not do them through the Customs and Border Protection Internet Gateway. The official said the department was "deeply concerned with this situation," the paper reports. In a letter to the...

Closer Look: At-Promise; Life Expectancy; And More

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Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress": 0:00: Attorney Norm Pattis spoke about the case of his former client, Robert Stackowitz, after his death. Stackowitz walked away from a Georgia prison work camp in 1968 but was tracked down this year; 6:40: Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University, talks about what factors can decrease a person’s life expectancy and what counties in Georgia have the longest and shortest life expectancies;...

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The Cohutta Wilderness in North Georgia is now open again, after the Rough Ridge fire burned nearly 28,000 acres in Fannin, Gilmer and Murray counties. A lightning strike started the fire in mid-October, and firefighters got it 100 percent contained earlier this week. The trails in the wilderness are all open, though the U.S. Forest Service warns people to watch out for narrow or missing trail segments, weakened trees that could still fall and flash-flooding. The agency says that in the vast...

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You’ve probably seen Barry Lee's bright illustrations in Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine, and on billboards and murals across the city. Artist Barry Lee recently visited WABE and spoke with "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes about his colorful and often humorous work. Lee has been drawn to art from an early age. "My dad bought me a Playskool easel, when I think I was about 3 years old. And I immediately became hooked on that," he said. And now as an established artist, he finds people see...

The HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.
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With the state legislative session a month away, Georgia lawmakers and advocates want details on how exactly Republicans in Washington will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Before that, they say, there’s little they can do to significantly reduce Georgia’s uninsured population, which is somewhere above one million. Georgia has one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation. While many are unsure of what’s next for healthcare in the state, there is certainty about one thing:...

Commentary: New YMCA Should Preserve Westside History

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The YMCA of Metro Atlanta, the oldest nonprofit in the city, is leaving its home of more than 40 years in downtown Atlanta to go to the Westside. It is buying Jordan Hall with plans to demolish the building to build a Leadership and Learning Center that will offer early learning opportunities to Vine City. Ed Munster describes the YMCA as an organization that’s not just for the young, not just for men and not just for Christians. It is an organization that serves everyone: young and old, men...

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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Retizes": 1:56: "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes speaks with Noah Britton about his sketch comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us in advance of the release of a documentary about the group being released on Netflix; 14:11: Reitzes speaks with Atlanta-based artist Barry Lee about his colorful, jovial illustrations for Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine; 30:26: Producer Myke Johns visits Emory’s Carlos Museum for a look at their exhibit of Shakespeare’s first four...

1946 Atlanta Hotel Fire Echoed In Oakland Disaster

Dec 9, 2016
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The cries of trapped hotel guests screaming in agony are still seared into Richard Hamil's memory, seven decades after the Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta. As a 9-year-old boy, he and his father were blinded in thick smoke, stumbling from their 15th-floor room into the hallway in "absolute chaos," then into a female guest's room, Hamil recalls. "She was preparing to jump, but Daddy told her, 'No, not until we have to, we won't do that," he said. The deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history killed...

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In this "Medical Minute" segment, WABE senior correspondent Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox discuss the striking extent to which our health and even our lifespans are impacted by social influences, especially geography. Pioneering research at Tulane University has found that children living in more dangerous neighborhoods show changes in their very biology compared to children who live in safer neighborhoods, when most other factors are controlled. Another analysis from East...

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In this "Medical Minute" segment, WABE senior correspondent Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about physical problems that might all be in your head. Everything from a lump in your throat to fainting spells can actually be a manifestation of subconscious stress. Evidence now suggests doctors shouldn’t shy away from telling patients when they think a problem is “psychogenic.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: Saal et al. Long-term follow-up of psychogenic pseudosyncope. Neurology . 2016...

Atlanta Churches Ponder The Almighty Dollar

Dec 9, 2016
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Since 2014, churches in metro Atlanta have sold almost 530 acres for a total of $128.5 million, according to data from CoStar Group. This year alone, there have been 38 transactions, representing a total sales volume of $44.7 million. The average sales price for a church and its land is near $1 million, according to CoStar Group. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle , there is a growing trend of local churches that have sold or are considering selling property. Take Friendship...

Atlanta Looking To Lure Foreign Business

Dec 9, 2016

The city of Atlanta is making a push to raise its international profile and lure more overseas companies. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle , Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, wants to hire a firm to pitch the city as a destination for foreign investment and corporate expansion. This is the first time the city is seeking outside representation for business attraction from foreign markets. The firm will “implement tactics that will attract direct foreign...

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Coca-Cola said Friday that CEO Muhtar Kent will step down as CEO next year and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer James Quincey. The world's largest beverage maker has been under pressure to grow as people around the world drink less soda, including its flagship Coke. In October, the Atlanta company reported in October that its third-quarter profit fell 28 percent. Last year it rolled out a pricy milk drink called Fairlife that it says has more protein and less sugar than regular milk....

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It's December and temperatures are dropping, but state and local officials say they are ready for whatever Mother Nature and Jack Frost have in store this winter. No snow is expected in north Georgia this weekend, but the Georgia Department of Transportation is fully stocked in case some of the white stuff – or even worse, ice – appears sometime over the next few months. “[We have] just over 50,000 tons of salt, just over 65,000 tons of gravel, 385 snow removal equipment units, throughout the...

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A key document in the decades-long water wars between Florida, Georgia and Alabama has just been released, and it seems to go Georgia's way. It's the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's plan for how to manage the reservoirs in the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola River Basin -- that includes Lake Lanier, the source of most of metro Atlanta's water. The document lays out how much water the Atlanta area can draw from Lanier and from the Chattahoochee River. Alabama has argued that water supply...

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Where Santa Claus brings toys to good little boys and girls, his associate Krampus drags naughty kids off in the middle of the night. So if one is looking to write an anti-Christmas show, full of heavy metal and monsters and alcohol, you could do a lot worse for a main character. And that is exactly what 7 Stages has been doing since 2010 with their annual "Krampus XMas" show. This year, our nine-foot-tall hairy beast of an anti-hero is facing a new foe: gentrification. The show opens as the...

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The Blind Boys of Alabama are a storied ensemble, carrying the torch of roots music since the 1930s all the way through today. The group is comprised of three to five singers, and tradition dictates that they are blind. A sighted backing band supports them, and their collaborations range from folk singers to the blues and even indie rock. The boys were recently nominated for a Grammy, Best American Roots Performance. They are playing Friday night at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center For The Arts...

''Closer Look'' goes to the red carpet and speaks with award-winning actor and producer Denzel Washington about his latest film, Fences, based on the August Wilson play.
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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress": 0:00: Thomas Kemper and Mary Andreolli, respectively general secretary and executive communications director of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, tell of their experience at Standing Rock as part of the church’s efforts to block the Dakota Access Pipeline; 18:42: "Closer Look" goes to the red carpet and speaks with the cast of the new movie "Fences," directed by and co-starring Denzel Washington,...

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The U.S. state of Georgia is accusing the Homeland Security Department of apparently trying to hack its election systems. Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp said in a letter Thursday a computer traced back to the agency in Washington tried unsuccessfully to penetrate the state office's firewall one week after the presidential election. You can read the letter below. Kemp sought details, including who might have authorized the activity and whether other states might have been scanned...

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John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95. Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. John Herschel Glenn Jr. had two major career paths that often...

Students and teacher work in the robotics class at Charles R. Drew Charter School Elementary Academy.
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The tables were turned on schools and districts Thursday when they received report cards from the state for the 2015-16 school year. The College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) measures performance based on several factors, including test scores, graduation rates, and student attendance. It uses a 100-point scale. Schools can earn up to 10 extra points if special populations of students meet certain performance goals. Overall, elementary schools in Georgia saw a four-point drop,...

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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Retizes": 1:41: City Lights host Lois Reitzes talks to a pair of the creators behind 7 Stages Theatre's debauched and raucous holiday tradition Krampus XMas. 18:39: Reitzes speaks with Grammy-nominated singer Ricky McKinnie of the Blind Boys of Alabama. 33:51: Contributor Mara Davis talks to Classical Composition Grammy nominee Kip Winger about the second act of his music career. 43:39: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht runs down the week’s theater events,...

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A man suspected of fatally shooting a Georgia police officer and wounding another is dead, authorities said Thursday after a SWAT team stormed a home where a tipster had told police the suspect was hiding. The manhunt for 32-year-old Minquell Lembrick ended a day after a gunman killed Americus police Officer Nicholas Smarr and critically wounded Officer Jody Smith of Georgia Southwestern State University. Both officers were shot as they responded to a domestic disturbance call in this rural...

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Georgians may want to make sure they've got warm jackets and blankets within reach. Frigid weather is coming to Georgia this week thanks to an Arctic-type air mass flying south from Canada. “The next couple of days we’re looking at mid-20’s approximately for lows roughly and then the lower 40’s for highs," said Brian Lynn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. According to the NWS, those temps are 10 to 15 degrees below what is normal in Georgia for this time of...

For years, Ga. House Speaker David Ralston has led a push in the Georgia Legislature to expand where licensed gun owners can legally carry their weapons.
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Gov. Nathan Deal this spring vetoed a measure passed by the Georgia Legislature that would have allowed licensed gun owners to carry their weapons on campus at Georgia’s public colleges and universities. But lawmakers are working on a new version of the “campus carry” bill for the legislative session set to begin in January, House Speaker David Ralston said in an interview Wednesday. “Let’s put together a new bill,” he said, “Maybe address some of the concerns that were raised, and take...

The Santaland Diaries
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There are a lot of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, so Atlanta PlanIt is here to guide you through what’s happening. There’s a real-life Polar Express experience in Kennesaw for those looking for family-friendly holiday events. If adult holiday humor is more your taste, consider seeing the show “The Santaland Diaries.” And history buffs might enjoy an historic tour of Victorian homes or seeing the first official collection of William Shakespeare plays. These are all things to do in...

Heavy rain can make Atlanta’s sewers overflow. The city overhauled the system in an effort to make it happen less often.
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Much of north Georgia, including metro Atlanta, received about two inches of rain from the storm systems that hit the area between Saturday and Tuesday. "We built the drought we are in now over quite a few months of below-normal rainfall," said Matt Cena, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. "It's going to take quite a few months of normal to above normal rainfall to climb us out of that drought." The southern half the state received much more rain during the...

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it will take at least six years to process the thousands of rape kits that the agency has received if moving at its current rate. In a report released this month , the agency said there are more than 4,200 kits, which could contain DNA evidence in sexual assault cases, waiting to be tested. A new state law passed this year requires law enforcement agencies and hospitals to submit rape kits to the GBI within a certain timeframe. It also required the...

Bonfire ATL

Investigators in Oakland, California, are looking for the cause of the fire at an arts and event space that killed more 36 people last week. Atlanta has its share of underground venues and parties as well. Jaeson Williams, who goes by "Dirty,” runs some of them. He says his events regularly draw crowds of more than 500. One recurring party called Bonfire ATL features, as advertised, a fire. So for Williams and his partners, safety has always been huge. "We have EMTs; we have fire repression;...

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Chip Simone knows photography, and he is an authority on Georgia photographers in particular. Simone curated the first ever state-wide survey of contemporary photography for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. That exhibit closes this weekend, and the reviews have been glowing. In an interview with Lois Reitzes on “City Lights,” Simone said that he did not want to limit the show to the traditional images of the rural and historic South – think photos of weathered barns, rusted pick-up...

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