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February is African-American History Month, and Atlanta has been the site of a number of important events in that history. From the political and social legacy of the local civil rights movement, to the institutional history of the Atlanta's historically black colleges and universities, to the innovations of the city's music and art scenes, Atlanta has become known over the decades as an unofficial "capital of black America."

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This story is part of WABE's project called "Atlanta Asks," in which we invite our audience to ask us questions so we can find the answer.

Shannon J Gilliam asks: "Is Atlanta a friendly city towards active-duty military? I know there is a sizeable amount of reservist in the metro area but few active."

Public Broadcasting Atlanta CEO Wonya Lucas (left), Bill Lucas's wife Rubye (center right) and Daughter Andrea Lucas (right) pose with Braves alumnus Dale Murphy in front of a picture of Bill Lucas.
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The Atlanta Braves have officially dedicated part of their new stadium in remembrance of a major figure in the team's history.

In a ceremony Thursday, Braves leadership and alumni honored Bill Lucas by naming their baseball operations conference room and a road in the new SunTrust Park, as well as a new apprenticeship, after him. Lucas worked for the team for more than 20 years, on the field as a minor league player and in the front office in various roles.

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Boston has the T, Atlanta has MARTA. Boston has cream pie, Atlanta has peach cobbler. Boston has baked beans, Atlanta has boiled peanuts. 

Both cities will be convening in Houston to battle out their differences in the most American of ways -- through a high-stakes, high-publicity, highly-commercialized game of football. 

The morning sun illuminates the Capitol in Washington as Congress returns from a district work week, Monday, March 24, 2014.
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President Donald Trump's executive order on refugees and immigration has inspired controversy around the globe and across the nation, and further stretched divisions in American politics.

In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa.
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President Donald Trump will hold his first press conference as president alongside U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Friday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. You can watch it live in the above video.

May is the first foreign leader to visit Trump since his inauguration on Jan. 20.

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As the new Republican federal administration digs into the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, many Georgians are left unsure about the future of their health insurance.

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Donald Trump will be sworn in today as the 45th president of the United States on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol today.

The swearing-in will begin at 11 a.m., and the inaugural parade begins at 3 p.m. You can watch the livestream of the event in the above video. 

NPR is fact-checking Donald Trump's inaugural address. You can view that fact-check below, beginning at noon.

President Barack Obama gestures as he leaves the final press briefing with White House press secretary Josh Earnest, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.
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President Barack Obama holds his final news conference as commander-in-chief today at 2:15 p.m. from the White House briefing room, two days before leaving office.

You can watch him take questions from reporters live in the above video.

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The march passes a mural depicting Rep. John Lewis above the word ''HERO.''
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As the city where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, Atlanta is a city with a unique perspective on his namesake holiday. 

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for him, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.
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After eight years as president of the United States, Barack Obama will give his farewell address on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. in Chicago.

You can watch the speech live above or on You can also follow along with NPR's live fact check below, in which the NPR Politics team and reporters will be live-annotating a transcript of the address.

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Atlanta is a city of high highs and low lows when it comes to income; it tops the list for income inequality in U.S. cities. A MARTA ride from north to south illustrates the stark divide, with a median household income of $104,518 at Buckhead Station  and of $19,447 at West End Station.

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Although Atlanta may be seeing a boom of retirees in recent years, young people still cluster in the city, according to the above map from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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WABE would like to you hear your thoughts on the issues that divide our nation, from now leading up to Inauguration Day.

Whether you voted for Trump or Clinton, or neither or nobody, we’d like you to tell us your feelings and questions about how America’s politics are impacting immigration, the economy, race relations and other important national issues. We may use your words on

Please write your response in the box below, and include your name or initials, email address and your metro Atlanta city or neighborhood.

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Over a quarter of Georgians – 28.3 percent – over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or higher, according to the U.S. Census Bureau figures from 2010-2014. The nationwide figure for adults with high education degrees is 29.3 percent, but the percentage of Atlantans is a whopping 47.1 percent – nearly half the city's adult population.

For reference, the percentage of adults living in San Francisco who meet that criteria is 52.9 percent.

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For Board of Commissioners District 7 (To Fill the Unexpired Term of Stan Watson, Resigned)

STATUS: Likely runoff between Adams (26.19 percent) and Mangham (16.38 percent) as of 12:50 a.m. on Nov. 9, according to the Secretary of State's office

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Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Referendum

STATUS: Likely passed 62.66 percent to 37.34 percent, according to the Secretary of State's office

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Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax

STATUS: Likely passed 51.41 percent to 48.59 percent, as of 11:38 p.m. Nov. 8, according to the Georgia Secretary of State's office

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Special Election City Of College Park

New Noise Insulation Standards

STATUS:  Likely passed 72.73 percent to 27.27 percent, as of 11:50 p.m. Nov. 8, according to the Georgia Secretary of State's office

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Marietta Special Election

Non-Binding Referendum Term Limits

STATUS: Likely passed 80.73 percent to 19.27 percent as of 12:12 a.m. Nov. 9, according to the Secretary of State office

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Fulton County Freeport Exemption for E-Commerce

STATUS: Likely passed 57.55 percent to 42.45 percent, as of 8 a.m. Nov. 9, according to Fulton County

Shall Fulton County, Georgia be authorized to grant a Freeport Exemption to E-Commerce goods stored in fulfillment centers from taxation?

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. No other candidates met the poll percentage threshold to participate in the debate. The moderator is Chris Wallace of FOX News.

A television camera operator tests his position during a rehearsal for the third presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton debate for the final official time Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas stage.

The moderator is Chris Wallace of FOX News, and the debate will comprise six themed 15-minute segments. 

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The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 8 election in Georgia has come and gone, and now those Georgians who have registered to cast their ballot must make it to the polls. 

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For many in Atlanta, the annual Little Five Points Halloween festival is as much a part of October as the holiday itself. Children and adults get into character weeks early to line Moreland and Euclid avenues, waiting to grab the candy hurled from parade floats. 

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In addition to selecting local public officials and the country's next president on Nov. 8, Georgia citizens will vote on four ballot measures to amend the state constitution. Here is some information to help you make your choice when at the polling booth:

Amendment One


Ballot language:

Provides greater flexibility and state accountability to fix failing schools through increasing community involvement.

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The city of Atlanta has a reputation for bad traffic, but there are a few spots in particular known for giving drivers headaches.

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This past Sunday, Atlantans stepped out into the fall sunshine in Midtown for the largest Pride event in the Southeast.

While the Pride festival lasted all weekend, a main event was the 45th annual Pride parade, which wove through the neighborhood from the Civic Center Marta Station to the entrance of Piedmont Park.

Rainbow flags, costumes and glitter colored the festivities, as floats and dancers marched in support of LGBTQ rights and causes. The parade was sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

A videographer adjust his camera before the start the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off for the second time this 2016 election season in the second presidential debate Sunday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. 

This 90-minute debate breaks the mold with a town hall-style format, which will feature for the first time questions submitted via the internet. It takes place at Washington University in St. Louis with ABC's Martha Raddatz and CNN's Anderson Cooper moderating.

You can watch a live stream of the event from PBS Newshour below:

People walk by the debate site ahead of the second presidential debate at Washington University, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in St. Louis. The town hall debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Cl
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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

The moderators for this debate are Martha Raddatz of ABC and Anderson Cooper of CNN. The debate will have a town hall-style debate featuring questions asked by audience members and submitted over the internet.