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Friday  is Dec. 4. If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 83 years to that date in 1932, we'd witness thousands gathering at the state capitol for the dedication of a statue to former senator and vice presidential candidate Thomas E. Watson.  

In a conversation recorded with Steve Goss earlier this year, the late Dr. Clifford Kuhn, long-time history professor at Georgia State University, revisits the life and legacy of the controversial politician.  

As authorities conducted antiterrorism raids across Belgium, they asked residents not to tweet any information about their movements.

As we've reported, this is a serious situation in Belgium: Brussels has been essentially shut down and police have detained 21 people. Still, the Internet being the Internet, residents of Brussels — and the world — responded to the plea with pictures of cats.

Here are five tweets we found amusing from the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag:

Flowers and candle tributes are placed at the Restaurant Le Carillon in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, after last Friday's attacks.
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They were artists and students, music lovers, parents and newlyweds. The victims of last week's attacks in Paris had varied backgrounds and interests. Among the 129 killed in the attacks, here are some of their stories:


---Gilles Leclerc's whereabouts remained a mystery for days after the attack at the Bataclan concert hall. His partner, Marianne, escaped, but he seemed to have disappeared.

In the frenzied aftermath of last week's attacks, families and friends frantically searched for the missing, hoping they were not among those killed.

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Most modern Christians don't encounter “camp meetings,” except as occasional words in hymns and choral works, but camp meetings were actual Protestant gatherings that were popular in rural America in the 19th Century. 

These meetings would last for days and feature preachers, music and, of course, camping.  One Methodist bishop noted about 400 camp meetings, from Georgia to Michigan, in the early 1800s, and other denominations held them too. 

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It's World Kindness Day today.

Yes, it's kind of a made-up holiday. But really, it's not a bad idea to celebrate kind words and deeds.

Editor's note: This post contains a word you might find deeply offensive.

Thanks to the legacy of Rosa Parks, people of all races can sit where they wish on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., today. But that's only if there's a seat, or even a bus going their way.

Sixty years after Parks was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white passenger, the buses in Montgomery continue to be an unpleasant experience for many riders. At age 87, Lilly Mae Bradford is in the waiting room of the Montgomery bus terminal, which is full of mostly African-American riders.

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Bird flu took a bite out of the turkey supply. Heavy rain washed out the pumpkin crop.

But Thanksgiving groceries likely won't cost Americans much more than last year, and nobody should have to miss gobbling down their favorite holiday foods.

The holiday season always generates stories about some items being in short supply or dramatically pricier. But markets have a way of balancing themselves out, particularly around this meal.

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Take a look at this photo. It's a handsome group portrait of, according to the Library of Congress, President Abraham Lincoln, flanked by Admiral David G. Farragut and generals William T. Sherman, George Henry Thomas, George Gordon Meade, Ulysses S. Grant, Joseph Hooker, Philip Henry Sheridan and Winfield Scott Hancock. The men look healthy, distinguished, prosperous.

There are a couple of hitches, however.

The Last Viewing

StoryCorps broadcasts some of its best oral history recordings on the radio, but for Veterans Day, the Peabody Award-winning organization transformed three recordings from veterans into animated video shorts.

The videos are part of the StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative, which gives veterans, service members and military families an opportunity to share their stories and experiences.

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In football, a sport that demands military-style discipline and singular focus, there's ample precedent for speaking out against the status quo.

What happened at the University of Missouri in recent days, with African-American football players calling for a boycott with the support of coaches, is dramatic, but it's the kind of action that was quite common around 50 years ago, according to historian Lane Demas, a professor at Central Michigan University.

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Here in Pall Mall, Tenn., you can walk up on the front porch of the Forbus General Store, est. 1892, and still hear Alvin C. York's rich Tennessee accent.

Every day, the older neighbors gather on the store's front porch.

"My grandfather used to cut Sgt. Alvin York's hair," Richard West recalls. "He would pay a quarter. He was a big man, redheaded."

York was a Medal of Honor winner. One of the most decorated American heroes of World War I.


If, as historian James Truslow Adams defined it in his 1931 book The Epic of America, the American Dream is a "dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement," then Hollywood is the glittering factory in which this dream is manufactured and distributed across a nation, and exported to the rest of the world.

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More and more colleges and universities are allowing students to choose their own gender pronouns, meaning instead of just "he" and "she," the options now include pronouns like "ze," which are intended to be gender neutral.

Harvard is one of the universities that made the change official this year. Now, undergraduate students have a variety of pronouns to choose from when they register.

Like many trendy boutiques, there is a definite minimalist flair. Soft sweaters rest on antique tables and the hardwood floors gleam.

But this boutique in Huntington Beach, Calif., is owned by a name more well known for treasure hunting than couture shopping: Goodwill.

"Look at some of these great dresses here. We have Development, which is a great brand, we have Lee — these are ones kind of more known in the fashion industry than on the street," says Eric Smissen, the store's visual specialist.

Early Christmas Ad Melts Millions Of Hearts Online

Nov 9, 2015

If you think it's too early for Christmas ads, you're not alone. But the new seasonal spot from British retailer John Lewis is something of a sensation, with nearly 12 million people having watched the tear-jerking video since Thursday.

English bursts with consonants. We have words that string one after another, like angst, diphthong and catchphrase. But other languages keep more vowels and open sounds. And that variability might be because they evolved in different habitats.

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State lawmakers next year may consider the way Georgians are taxed.

One proposal wants to see a rise in the state sales tax, while cutting personal and corporate income tax. But a recent report finds lawmakers also will have to deal with something they can't exactly control -- changing consumer behavior. 

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Work crews in Honolulu recently dismantled wooden shacks and tents that lined city streets and housed almost 300 people.

It was the latest example of a city trying to deal with a growing homeless population, and responding to complaints that these encampments are unsafe, unsanitary and, at the very least, unsightly.

Last month, Madison, Wis., banned people from sleeping outside city hall. And in New Port Richey, Fla., the city council voted to restrict the feeding of homeless individuals in a popular park.

Pocatello, Idaho, and Laramie, Wyo., might not be the first places you think of leading the charge to protect the LGBT community from discrimination. But in these rural, Republican-led states, local governments are taking the matter into their own hands.

Twenty-year-old college student CylieAnn Erickson was in the room when the city council in Laramie passed its LGBT anti-discrimination bill earlier this year. She says that when the final vote was counted, she breathed a sigh of relief.

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Religion is apparently weakening in America. A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that the percentage of Americans who say they believe in God, pray daily, and attend church regularly is declining.

Among the findings:

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Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland neighborhood will be closing soon for a major renovation.

That sparked an effort to archive the landmark bar’s aging interior, including the hundreds of images, plaques and various objects that clutter the walls.

The Neighborhood’s Living Room

Do We Waste A Lot Of Pumpkins We Could Be Eating?

Nov 2, 2015
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Pumpkins of almost any variety have flesh high in fiber and beta carotene. Their seeds, delicious when toasted or baked, can be rich in vitamin B-12, potassium and protein.

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Tuesday is November 3.  

If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 58 years to that date in 1957, we'd witness the release of the so-called "Ministers' Manifesto"─ calling for calm and reason during the on-going dispute over the integration of public schools.  

After the Supreme Court ruled that segregation of schools was unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, resistance to that decision by many Southern whites increased.  

The city's Southeast Atlanta Green Infrastructure Initiative began in 2012 to address flooding and sewer overflows.
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The streets in neighborhoods near Turner Field are starting to look a bit like the yellow brick roads from "The Wizard of Oz."  

That’s because the city of Atlanta is spending nearly $15.8 million ripping out asphalt streets and replacing it with bricks that let water pass through.

It’s the largest permeable paver project in North America.

Green Infrastructure

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One of the driest places on Earth has blossomed after some unusual rain earlier this year.

The Atacama Desert, primarily located in Chile along the Pacific Ocean, is flush with flowers after relatively heavy precipitation in March and August fell in the rain-stricken region.

The bloom generally occurs once every five to seven years, but rain in March and more in August has produced an array of blooms reportedly not seen in such profusion in nearly two decades.

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Caroline Huftalen has lived in Atlanta for six years, in the Cabbagetown-Reynoldstown area, specifically. She’s a writer and the marketing director for Seven Stages, a nonprofit theater company in Little Five Points. And recently, she had to move.

Huftalen had been renting a 700-square-foot unit in a condo building for $975 in the neighborhood, but this summer, building officials reinstated a two-year renting rule, forcing her out. Huftalen says she quickly learned $1,000 for a one bedroom apartment or studio didn’t go as far as it did a few years ago.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley, left, and Tracy Traver at the first graduation ceremony of mental health court.
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Three years ago, Tracy Traver was arrested for possession of cocaine and driving with a suspended license. She said it was over her 22nd or ‘20-something’ arrest – by this point she had lost count.

“I really didn’t have a clue that anything was wrong until somebody else had recognized it ─ that it wasn’t normal behavior,” Traver, 42, said.

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Jeffrey Hearn walks through a cemetery filled with rotting flesh. From out of nowhere, a skeleton leaps out and screams right in his face. He doesn’t flinch.

“You get used to it,” Hearn says.

Hearn’s the technical director for 13 Stories Haunted House in Newnan, Georgia. He and a large group of actors, designers, makeup artists and more work long hours to scare the living daylights out of their paying customers. Every day he walks through the entire house making sure that all the mechanisms are working properly and the sounds are on. 

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A group of immigrant students brought to the United States illegally as children are fighting to pay in-state-tuition at Georgia’s public colleges.  The students have temporary permission to stay in the country under President Barack Obama’s 2012 deferred action program, but the Georgia university system’s Board of Regents requires them to pay out-of-state tuition.

The students took their case all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court, which heard arguments earlier this month.

Tortillas and Grits

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The idea that ghosts, spirits and apparitions of the dead are very much alive in and around Atlanta is something plenty of folks find hard to believe, even those who investigate and search out other worldly phenomena.

Take paranormal researcher Christina Barber, who founded and runs Casebook Paranormal in Newnan, Georgia. She approaches her research into possible hauntings in a very scientific way, trying to rule out the possibility of an actual haunting. And, considering her field, she’s even very skeptical about the existence of ghosts and spirits.