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Commentary: The Colossal Impact Race Has On Teens

Dec 15, 2016

Saying that 2016 will go down as one of the most eventful years in recent American memory would be a massive understatement. With the world of politics, social movements and even entertainment having created significant divides amongst people this year, it’s hard to deny the impact this year will have on us as a whole.

1946 Atlanta Hotel Fire Echoed In Oakland Disaster

Dec 9, 2016
Associated Press

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.

Goats Eat Their Way Through Atlanta's Ivy

Nov 22, 2016
Alison Guillory / WABE

Michael Swanson began Get Your Goat Rentals as a hobby after using his dairy goats to help clear his neighbor's yard. The goats attracted a lot of interest, and eventually his hobby formed the basis of his company.

Now, in its seventh year, the company has become a year-round operation with 150 goats that work at sites throughout the Metro Atlanta region.

Elly Yu / WABE

About 100 immigrant families with their kids trickle into a community center in Carrolton, Georgia. It’s the Friday after Election Day, and they’ve come to hear how Trump’s win could affect them and their families.  

Gyla Gonzalez, executive director of Latinos United of Carroll County, leads the group in prayer before the information session begins.

“Our Lord, thank you for everything that you give to us, your love, your mercy,” she prays.

Donald Trump rallies supporters in Atlanta.
Al Such / WABE

The election is over, so what about all those frayed relationships among loved ones?

Mothers and sons, sisters and brothers, friends unfriended — it's been tough for some on opposing sides who must now figure out the way forward. They wonder what their ties will feel like a month from now. A year. What about the holidays?

Leigh Anne O'Connor in Manhattan already has her answer, and her heart broke.

"My dad just called and said he is not coming for Thanksgiving," she said Thursday. "I cried last night when we hung up."

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