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 This story is part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here. 

Walking down Merritts Avenue, at the edge of Centennial Place, Renee Glover points out the townhomes with well-groomed landscapes.

“As you can see, it’s a beautiful community,” Glover said. “It’s quiet.”

Glover directed the Atlanta Housing Authority during the 1996 Olympics.

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Turkey's armed forces said it "fully seized control" of the country Friday as explosions and gunfire erupted in the capital. Turkey's president remained defiant and called on people to take to the streets to show support for his embattled government.

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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta is expanding its location near Emory and also at clinics around the metro area. It's faced criticism in the past for long wait times for services. Officials say the expansion should streamline patient care.

The VA Hospital is adding a new wing for urgent care and another one, where primary care and mental health services will be alongside each other.

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Rare loggerhead sea turtles have reached a conservation milestone on the coast of Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says more than 2,890 loggerhead sea turtle nests have been counted this summer on beaches along the state's 100-mile coast. That's not only a new record for Georgia; it surpasses the state's long-term goal of reaching 2,800 nests by the year 2028 — 50 years after the federal government listed the species as threatened.

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A homeless teenager found sleeping in a tent outside a Georgia college after biking six hours to get there is receiving an outpouring of help and support from across the country.

Police officers discovered Fred Barley, 19, on Gordon State College campus last weekend, media outlets reported.

Barley told officers that he rode his little brother's bicycle more than 50 miles from Conyers to Barnesville with two duffel bags and two gallons of water to register for classes for his second semester of college.

A judge has taken the unusual step of setting a hearing on a prosecutor's request to drop charges against a North Georgia newspaper publisher and his attorney who were jailed in an open records dispute.

Senior Judge Richard Winegarden on Thursday told lawyers for Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and attorney Russell Stookey that he will hold a hearing Monday before deciding whether to dismiss the indictment, according to the Daily Report.

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Milestone birthdays, summer entertainment and great movies are intersecting at the corner of Forsyth and Luckie streets in Atlanta. The Rialto Center for the Arts is presenting the Be Downtown Film Festival to celebrate their centenary, their 20 years with Georgia State University and the Atlanta Film Festival's 40th anniversary. 

The festival, which includes screenings of Shaft, Space Jam and Enter The Dragon, has been curated by Rialto Executive Director Leslie Gordon and the Atlanta Film Festival's Executive Director Chris Escobar. 

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Having a Peachtree Street address costs a pretty penny, according to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Rents along Atlanta’s Peachtree corridor have soared to their highest levels. Thousands of apartment units are under construction, bringing new street-level shops and restaurants. And, glass office towers rising along the road are trading for record prices.

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 This story is part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here. 

Pete Menzies and his 6-year-old son, Dylan, are in line to order milkshakes at a snack booth in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

“Chocolate,” comes Dylan’s request when asked what flavor he wants, mumbled into his dad's leg.

Dylan is in the middle of a weeklong aquarium “camp.”

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Social justice groups in Atlanta say they're gaining steam following a week of protests that brought thousands to the streets.

Rise Up Georgia holds a membership meeting monthly and members say they tend to draw a couple dozen people, but this past Thursday night more than a hundred people came out for the event.

Organizer Taiza Troutman says she's been getting calls from people trying to figure out how they can get involved.

"That's been the biggest part of this is the new faces," Troutman said.

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Relatives say a father and son from the Austin, Texas, area are among the victims of the deadly truck attack in Nice.

Family friend Jess Davis says 51-year-old Sean Copeland and his 11-year-old son Brodie were killed Thursday evening in what French authorities have described as a terror attack.

Davis released a statement Friday on behalf of the Copeland family, saying they are "heartbroken and in shock."

State Department spokesman John Kirby said earlier that two Americans were killed, but didn't identify them citing privacy.

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President Obama will appear at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Atlanta on Aug. 1

The event will happen less than a week after the Democratic National Convention wraps up in Philadelphia. Getting into the Atlanta fundraiser costs $33,400. The last time Georgia voted for a Democratic presidential candidate was Bill Clinton, in 1992. 

Hillary Clinton collected more than 70 percent of the Democratic vote during Georgia's presidential primary in March.    

Georgia on Friday executed its sixth inmate this year, the most in any calendar year in the state since the death penalty was reinstated four decades ago.

John Wayne Conner, 60, was put to death for beating a friend to death during an argument after a night of partying in January 1982. Warden Eric Sellers told witnesses the time of death was 12:29 a.m.

Conner didn't make a final statement and declined to have a prayer said for him.

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The 1990s are returning to Atlanta this weekend, or at least to its concert venues. WABE contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss discuss upcoming shows, including Drivin & Cryin's two-night stint in Midtown, the Indigo Girls at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and a packed lineup of vintage hip-hop acts taking over Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in this week's Mara's Music Mix.

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Dozens of metro Atlanta police officers are heading to Dallas, Texas, Friday. They're planning to attend the funeral of one of the officers killed at last week's protest.

A member of the Powder Springs Police Department organized the trip.

"You know, it all saddens us,” said officer Justin Arndt, a spokesperson for the department. “A lot of people were affected by the incidents. We're just trying to support our fellow law enforcement family."

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In response to unsafe lead levels in the water supply in Flint, Michigan, the Atlanta Public Schools decided to test its water sources for lead. The district has received about half the results. So far, most sources have tested within acceptable levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency. Sources with lead levels above the federal limit are taken out of commission.

“We immediately move that area from any kind of public consumption,” said Pat St. Claire, Atlanta Public Schools' executive director of communications.

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Michael Phelps. Kerri Strug. Usain Bolt. Gold medals. Gold shoes. Broken records, broken hearts.


It's been nearly a week of daily protests in Atlanta since the fatal shootings in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights and Dallas. For many, those protests have included a form of collective grieving.

On Wednesday night, a group of mental health professionals invited members of the black community to address difficult feelings with their help, for free.

WABE spoke to psychologist Ifetayo Ojelade before the meeting she helped organize, which was closed to the media.

On Thursday’s "Medical Minute," WABE's "Closer Look" host Jim Burress and contributor Dr. Ford Vox talk about the state of mental health care in America and the controversial connection to mass shootings.

The numbers of psychiatrists are in decline, as are inpatient psychiatric beds, and a recent report ranked Georgia near the very bottom of states for access to mental health care. Does the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which recently passed the U.S. House, offer some hope? 

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The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site could become a national park. A resolution, first introduced by Congressman John Lewis, is making its way through the U.S. Senate now.

The basic difference between a National Historical Site and a National Historical Park, is that the president can create a site by himself. To become a park, Congress has to be onboard, too.

Another difference: “It just elevates the status of the park,” said Judy Forte, the superintendent of the King Historic Site.

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A Louisiana truck driver charged in a fiery interstate crash that killed five nursing students in southeast Georgia was sentenced to prison Thursday — one year for each life lost — after he pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide and other crimes.

A judge gave John Wayne Johnson five years in prison plus an additional five years on probation. The plea deal with prosecutors spared Johnson, 56, of Shreveport, Louisiana, from a possible punishment of 93 years in prison if he had been convicted at a trial.

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Did you stand at Centennial Olympic Park 20 years ago ─ shirt and hat bedazzled with shiny enamel pins, a fanny pack around your waist and stuffed with necessities for the Atlanta heat, and an Izzy doll in hand?

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Kennesaw State University is phasing out its requirement that students who don't live on campus pay for a certain number of meals in the school's dining hall each semester.

This change comes on the heels of a financial audit by the University System of Georgia.

Despite the mandatory commuter meal plans, KSU's dining services still had a $5.2 million deficit at the end of the last fiscal year.

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Power-and-blood fantasy saga "Game of Thrones" ruled the Emmy Award nominations Thursday with a leading 23 bids, including best drama, while a real-life epic of murder and celebrity, "The People v. O.J. Simpson," was close behind with 22 nods.

"Game of Thrones" gets the chance to win its second top Emmy, while "Veep," last year's top comedy winner, also will get another shot at holding office, and with 17 nominations was the comedy leader.

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When it comes to summer reading for adults, there is the famous beach read, but what about summer reading for kids? 

The Paideia School's elementary librarian Natalie Bernstein recommends that kids read widely and voraciously, no matter the quality. She also recommends summer as a good time for parents to get back in touch with reading aloud. 

As Atlanta children continue through their summer, whether at the midway point or toward the end, Bernstein recommends the following books:

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Nike designers have created a new pair of Air Trainer SC High ATL sneakers to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Olympics Games in Atlanta.