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Eric Einhorn is well-versed in the art of outdoor opera. He’s the general and artistic director of On Site Opera, a New York City-based company specializing in on-site, immersive opera performances. He is in town to direct a co-production with the Atlanta Opera of an early Mozart work, “The Secret Gardener.”

The Atlanta Opera and On Site Opera produced the opera in New York, and each new location provides new challenges, he said in an interview with Lois Reitzes.

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For the second time in two days, a detainee being held by federal immigration authorities in Georgia has died, according to a published report. 

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that that Babubhai Patel, 58, an Indian national, died Tuesday at Grady Memorial Hospital, with the preliminary cause of death complications due to heart failure. 

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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

DeKalb CEO Pushes To Repave Roads With Possible New Tax

May 17, 2017
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DeKalb County's CEO is looking to drum up support for a new sales tax.

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If voters approve a one-penny sales tax referendum, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said it could generate almost half a billion dollars in the next five years. He wants to use a lot of that money to improve roads.

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

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An awkward job interview question — how much did you make at your last job? — is getting banned in some parts of the country.

Massachusetts, New York City and Philadelphia have passed laws that bar employers from asking applicants about their salary history. And several states, including California, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, have proposed similar legislation this year.

Supporters say the bans are one way to help close the wage gap between men and women. Some business advocates, however, say the bans hurt companies that use salary histories to help them set wages.

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 A man accused of killing two 17-year-olds behind a supermarket in an Atlanta suburb has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jeffrey Hazelwood was sentenced Wednesday after he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder charges.

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Carter Davis and Natalie Henderson were shot to death Aug. 1 in Roswell.

Old Fourth Ward Festival Puts History, Fire On Display

May 17, 2017
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Only after escaping their burning home did Mattie Culbreath and her family realize her grandmother was missing.

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Culbreath’s mother frantically called for her mother to get out of the house. The neighborhood’s wooden homes stood close together, and with the house next door caving in flames, not much time remained.

Five miles from the Port of Savannah, developers will add five million square feet of storage space on 500 acres of land recently sold by the Georgia Ports Authority.
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About 2,000 people in the transportation industry are at the Georgia World Congress Center this week for the Georgia Logistics Summit.

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In Georgia, logistics is a big industry, led by United Parcel Service, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the Norfolk Southern Railway. The state also is a route along major trucking corridors.

However, the industry has a problem: an aging workforce.

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A transgender man whose winning fight to get a male name made Georgia law is dead at age 25.

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The LGBT nonprofit Lambda Legal says Rowan Feldhaus died Tuesday after complications from surgery.

Lambda Legal represented Feldhaus and Andrew Baumert in their lawsuit. A Georgia appeals court ruled in January that Feldhaus and Baumert could change their birth names to match their gender identities.

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Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff nearly won the April 18 special election to replace Tom Price as the U.S. House member from Georgia's 6th Congressional District.  Now, he faces Republican Karen Handel in the June 20 runoff in a district that has been solidly Republican for years.  

On "Morning Edition," Denis O'Hayer talked with Ossoff about a wide range of issues, including reports of President Donald Trump disclosing classified information to Russian officials; healthcare reform; and whether Ossoff could take the independent course he has promised if he were elected.

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April 6 marked the centennial of the United States' entry into World War I. The Atlanta History Center has been commemorating this monumental event with four exhibits exploring the war.

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The third exhibit opens this Saturday. Called “Uncle Sam Wants You! World War I and the American Poster,” it features 60 rare World War I posters commissioned by the United States government.

The posters went beyond recruitment. They were meant to sway public opinion.

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Republican Kay Kirkpatrick has won a state Senate seat representing several suburban Atlanta communities, keeping the 32nd District in GOP hands.

 

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According to unofficial results of Tuesday's runoff election, Kirkpatrick defeated Democrat Christine Triebsch.

The district includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.

 

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State investigators say Georgia has seen its first confirmed death brought on by a dangerous cocktail of drugs known as "gray death."

 

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles tells WSB-TV that the death of a 24-year-old woman in Brookhaven is the first confirmed from gray death.

 

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This is the fourth in a series of articles reported in Northwest Georgia, an area rich in stories about unmet health needs and about people and programs making a difference. Georgia Health News and the health and medical journalism graduate program at UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication collaborated to produce this series, made possible by support from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation and the Institute of International Education.

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Georgia on Wednesday carried out its first execution this year, putting to death a man convicted of killing his 73-year-old neighbor 25 years ago.

 

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J.W. Ledford's time of death was 1:17 a.m., after an injection of compounded barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson, Warden Eric Sellers told witnesses. Ledford, 45, was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of Dr. Harry Johnston in Murray County, northwest Georgia.

 

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Even if you haven't heard of Steffen Thomas, perhaps you've seen his work: his sculpture “The Trilon,” which is prominently displayed at 15th and Peachtree in Midtown.

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Thomas did public art commissions for much of his career in Atlanta, but “The Trilon” was his gift to the city and situated him as one of the great pioneers of public art in Atlanta.

The I-85 Bridge Is Up, But How Was It Done?

May 16, 2017
David Goldman / Associated Press

The Georgia Department of Transportation got the Interstate 85 bridge up and running in less than two months. 

What went in to putting the bridge back together again? More than 85,000 man hours, 13 column replacements, 61 beams, more than $16 million and a bit of good fortune, GDOT said.

The following animation shows the process:

City Lights: Uncle Sam; Steffen Thomas; And More

May 16, 2017
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Tuesday on "City Light with Lois Reitzes":

an employee of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga., waiting for the front gate to be opened so she can enter.
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Authorities say a Panamanian man who died of apparent suicide at an immigration detention center in Southwest Georgia had been in solitary confinement for 19 days.

Federal immigration officials said 27-year-old Jean Jimenez-Joseph was found unresponsive in his cell at the Stewart Detention Center with a sheet around his neck early Monday morning. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Americus, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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

Rep. John Lewis Meets Ga. Constituents At Meet-And-Greet

May 16, 2017
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Nearly 200 people turned out Monday night to meet with Congressman John Lewis.

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The group included Wilhelmina Jenkins, who lives in Atlanta's West End.

"I love that Congressman Lewis is always at town hall meetings, out among the people," Jenkins said. 

Lori Leary, who lives in Decatur, agreed.

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A new novel from Atlanta author Man Martin manages to be both incredibly informative on matters of trivia ranging from grammar to neurology — as well as just plain funny.

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Georgia is preparing to carry out its first execution this year: that of a man convicted of killing a 73-year-old neighbor 25 years ago.

J.W. Ledford Jr., 45, is scheduled to die today at the state prison in Jackson by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital. He was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of Dr. Harry Johnston in Murray County, northwest Georgia.

The 5 Reasons '13 Reasons Why’ Doesn’t Get High School Bullying Right

May 16, 2017
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Why is it that most shows or movies based on high school don’t get high school quite right?

13 Reasons Why” has been a trending topic for most teens these past few weeks, and I think it’s time we give an honest breakdown of the show.

ICE Detainee Found Unresponsive In Georgia Cell, Dies

May 16, 2017
an employee of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga., waiting for the front gate to be opened so she can enter.
Kate Brumback / Associated Press

A Panamanian national, who was being held at the U.S. Immigration and Customs’ Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, died early Monday after he was found unresponsive in his cell.

 

The preliminary cause of death for Jean Jimenez-Joseph, 27, was ruled to be self-inflicted strangulation.

 

David Goldman / Associated Press

Last month, Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the First Priority Act, his latest plan to improve the performance of chronically-struggling schools in the state.  The measure offers state resources and assistance to those schools — many of which are in the Atlanta area — but it also raises some questions about how it will work, and who will pay for it.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his right to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has "an absolute right" as president to do so.

 

Trump's tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State group, as published reports have said and as a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

 

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A judge has ruled that a man accused of killing two 17-year-olds behind a supermarket in an Atlanta suburb is competent to stand trial if he remains on medication for mental illness.

 

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Jeffrey Hazelwood faces charges including murder in the Aug. 1 slayings of Carter Davis and Natalie Henderson behind a supermarket in Roswell.

 

StoryCorps Atlanta

On Sunday families across the country celebrated moms near and far, both present and those that have passed.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Bill Hagan talks with his middle son, Mark Hagen, about his late wife of 62 years, Mary Ellen Hagen. He lovingly recalls stories about Mark's mother and begins with his fondest memory back from his senior year at Notre Dame in 1951.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.

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