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Tasnim Shamma

Reporter

Tasnim Shamma joined WABE 90.1 FM as a reporter in November 2014. She comes to Atlanta from Charlotte, where she spent more than two years at the NPR member station WFAE. 

Prior to that, she was a Kroc fellow reporting, writing, editing, blogging and producing for NPR’s Digital News Desk, Weekends on All Things Considered, the National Desk in Washington, D.C. and the NPR member station WLRN, based in The Miami Herald newsroom.

She graduated from Princeton's Class of 2011, where she was executive editor for multimedia for The Daily Princetonian. She worked as a video intern, copy editor and reporter at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek in New York City and The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. She grew up in Queens, New York and now lives in Lilburn with her husband.

MARTA is working to roll out a mobile ticketing system on trains and buses over the next few years.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Starting this weekend, blue Breeze Cards will no longer work on MARTA buses and at rail stations. They’re being replaced by silver Breeze Cards, which the transit agency says are more secure because of their embedded computer chips.

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Meanwhile, MARTA is working on a mobile payment system so you can get rid of cards altogether and use a smartphone to pay for your ride.

Georgia Tech engineering professor Chuck Zhang shows off the multi-material 3D-printer that uses several different materials to make the 3-D printed heart valve.
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Heart valves are the tubes that carry blood through your heart. As we age, sometimes they get clogged and need to be replaced.

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To help cardiologists pick the right size of prosthetic valves, researchers at Georgia Tech teamed up with scientists at the Piedmont Heart Institute to develop 3-D-printed heart valves.

Eleven-year-old Brian Toriz and his younger sister Ailin Toriz celebrate the Fourth of July at the City of Marietta's historic downtown square on Tuesday.
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Several thousand people lined the streets of Marietta for its Fourth of July "Freedom" parade Tuesday.

The Marietta High School band kicked off the parade, followed by Cobb County politicians, beauty pageant winners, fire trucks and school buses.

Cobb County resident Joe Webb said he lives 3 miles from SunTrust Park but comes to Marietta's parade every year.

Several thousand visitors are in Lilburn this month to celebrate the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha temple’s tenth anniversary.
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One of the tallest buildings in the city of Lilburn, Georgia is a Hindu temple.

The BAPS (Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam) Swaminarayan Sanstha temple in Lilburn takes up about 30,000 square feet on nearly 30 acres of land. It looks a bit out of place in the suburbs of metro Atlanta and more like it belongs in ancient India.

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Cobb County said it’s able to afford an oversight in the budget for traffic control because of nearly 30 unfilled officer vacancies in the Cobb police department.
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Getting ready for the grand opening of SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves, earlier this year kept Cobb County officials pretty busy. So busy that the county didn’t include a key item in its last fiscal budget: traffic control around the stadium.

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Cobb County Chairman Mike Boyce has a weekly YouTube series where he talks about what he's been up to. His last video ended this way:

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