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 Commentator Nick Rogers strongly identifies as a Southerner.

Throughout his series "Fried Pies and Moonshine" on "City Lights," Rogers has discussed the important connection between Southern cuisine and Southern identity. So when Rogers realized he had a distaste for pimento cheese, he felt shame.

“It’s enough to get you blacklisted from potlucks if not run out of town entirely,” he said.

On Tuesday, Georgia Power asked the Public Service Commission to lower fuel rates for customers because of lower natural gas prices.
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A downed tree and a transformer fire are to blame for a power outage that has left nearly 20,000 people in the Atlanta area without power Friday morning.

Georgia Power officials say a tree fell on power lines on Northside Drive, near Collier Road.

"At this point, we don't even have a cause as for why that tree fell, so we're still trying to investigate everything as we try to put the lights and power back," said Georgia Power spokesman Craig Bell.

Roughly 95 percent of the power was restored within 75 minutes, according to Bell.

Italy Declares Day Of Mourning For Earthquake Victims

Aug 26, 2016

Strong aftershocks rattled central Italy and shut down a key route into the hard-hit town of Amatrice on Friday as hopes dimmed that firefighters would find any more survivors from the earthquake that killed at least 267 people.

The Italian government declared Saturday a day of national mourning and scheduled a state funeral to be attended by President Sergio Mattarella.

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A free, family-friendly event is taking place this weekend and it supports a good cause.

The 14th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is organized by and benefits the Grant Park Conservancy.

The event includes a 5K run, a farmers’ market, local food trucks, craft beer and a Kids Zone.

Police near Georgia's coast are investigating a report that 70 Confederate flags were stolen from the graves of soldiers who fought in the American Civil War.

The local Sons of Confederate Veterans traditionally place the flags on Confederate soldiers' graves in Oak Grove Cemetery on Confederate Memorial Day in April, an official holiday in Georgia and other southern states. They were reported missing on Aug. 18.

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Department of Homeland Security investigators said Thursday they are investigating the hack of Leslie Jones' website that revealed several private details of the actress-comedian's life.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of Homeland Security Investigations, said Thursday that its New York office is investigating the hack that exposed the driver's license, passport and intimate photos of the "Saturday Night Live" star, along with hateful and racist images.

Brexit Leader Nigel Farage Joins Donald Trump At Rally

Aug 25, 2016
Nigel Farage, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, speaks as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, listens, at Trump's campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.
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Donald Trump is linking his "movement to take back the country" to Britain's surprising vote to leave the European Union.

He invited Nigel Farage, an architect of the withdrawal campaign, to join him on stage at a rally Wednesday night in Jackson.

Farage, the outgoing head of the United Kingdom Independence Party, said "anything is possible" if enough people band together, and predicted that Trump's presidential campaign would "smash the establishment."

EpiPen Drugmaker To Expand Programs To Lower Cost

Aug 25, 2016

Mylan, in the face of heated criticism over price hikes for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, is bulking up programs that help patients pay for the drug.

The generic drugmaker laid out a plan on Thursday to expand its patient assistance program and offer $300 savings cards for its EpiPen 2-Pak.

There is no change in the price of the treatment, however, which is what has drawn ire both in Congress and from families that have had to shell out increasingly large sums for the potentially life-saving treatment.

A woman walks into a Georgia Department of Labor career center, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Atlanta.
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Job seekers in the capital of the Peach State are having luck finding a place to pick up a paycheck.

The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta for July was 5.1 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

That's down .2 points from June and nearly a full point from July 2015.

The data shows more than 31,000 people returned to Atlanta's workforce last year.

"Individuals out there are being encouraged by what they're seeing in the job market and they're turning back to the job search," said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

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Another person has thrown his hat into the race to be Kasim Reed's successor.

Michael Sterling is the latest person to announce he's running to be the mayor of Atlanta.

The 34-year-old who previously led the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency made it official with a Twitter message Tuesday.

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As U.S. immigrant populations have grown, some education experts say schools have had a hard time figuring out which students need help learning English. Many school districts rely on a Home Language Survey to decide whether a student should be tested for special classes for English Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL. But some parents in the Atlanta area say that screening process has meant their children, who speak fluent English, have been unnecessarily targeted. 

A Surprising Start

A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007.
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Georgians are expressing mixed reactions on a judge's order this week to block President Barack Obama's guidelines on which bathrooms transgender students can use in schools.

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A new exhibit at Georgia Tech is celebrating the life and work of one of Atlanta's great architects: Terry Sargent. But the exhibit, called "Triptychs," is also about the collaborative, artistic process of building design, starting with the architect's sketches, then the illustrator's watercolor and finally the photographer's image of the completed project.

Architect Joe Greco, a colleague of the late Terry Sargent, told Lois Reitzes that architecture is “really about finding the intersection of program and logic, and then putting it together in a really artful way.”

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The city of Atlanta is looking for a new agency to enforce parking regulations because many people don’t like how PARKAtlanta has been doing the job. One complaint about the company has been that it "boots" too many vehicles. That means locking the wheel of a car until the driver pays a fine.

What people don't seem to understand is PARKAtlanta doesn’t do it much. Most vehicle immobilization in the city is privately done on private property.

The City Of Atlanta’s Role

Jamarion Robinson was 26 when he was fatally shot in East Point. A private investigator who says he found evidence left at the crime scene including two projectiles fired from guns and blood on the walls suggesting he was dragged down the stairs.
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The family of 26-year-old Jamarion Robinson is calling for the FBI to investigate his death.

Robinson’s family hired a private investigator who has said he found evidence left at the crime scene including two projectiles fired from guns and blood on the walls suggesting he was dragged down the stairs.

Robinson was being served an arrest warrant in East Point when he was fatally shot by U.S. Marshals on Aug. 5.

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Not all actors can write, not all musicians can compose and not all dancers can choreograph. But Atlanta Ballet dancer Heath Gill has choreographed several pieces for the ballet's project Wabi Sabi.

Along with taking the Atlanta Ballet to outdoor venues across the city, Wabi Sabi fosters the next generation of choreographers.

This weekend at Serenbe, Wabi Sabi will perform two of Gill’s pieces: "Rumination" and "How to Be a Person."

The 9-foot statue of Warren Spahn, designed by sculptor Shan Gray, was unveiled at Monument Grove, adjacent to the Grand Entry Plaza on the north side of Turner Field in 2003.
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Some of those who live around Turner Field say they're feeling hopeful following the sale of the stadium to Georgia State University.

The $30 million deal between GSU and the Atlanta Fulton Recreation Authority became official yesterday.

Suzanne Mitchell, president of the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill, said she and her neighbors are pushing for an agreement between the community, Georgia State and the university’s partnering developers, Carter and Oakwood.

"I'm optimistic,” said Mitchell. “We're in conversation. We're going to get a strong agreement."

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed speaks during a news conference with the C40 and the Compact of Mayors during the Climate Action 2016 Summit at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Thursday, May 5, 2016.
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed may have dropped a hint at another potential candidate for next year's mayoral race.

The offhand comment came Thursday at a news conference about the sale agreement for Turner Field.

Reed was praising Scott Taylor, president of development firm Carter and one of the big players in the stadium area's redevelopment.

“Scott Taylor for mayor,” Reed joked, “after the next election. I don't want to upset Ceasar and Keisha.”

By Ceasar, Reed was referring to City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, who's already declared his intent to run.

A school bus in front of the Georgia Capitol
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The U.S. Department of Justice plans to file a lawsuit against Georgia over its schools for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) serves about 5,000 students statewide.

Federal officials say the program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by segregating these students from the general population.

Peachtree street in Midtown Atlanta
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Two of Atlanta’s most affluent neighborhoods, Midtown and Buckhead, are seeing a new development trend. And it’s one that could make the upscale character of the neighborhoods even more permanent, said Michael Kahn, an editor with Curbed Atlanta and architect at Rosser International.

“We’re beginning to see a shift from upscale rentals to upscale condos that are for purchase,” Kahn said. “Obviously purchasing a home doesn’t necessarily equate to living there long-term, but more so than rentals it really encourages a longer occupation of a population.”

Passengers wait at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Atlanta. / AP Photo/Branden Camp

  

The Delta Air Lines computer breakdown from last week that resulted in thousands of canceled and delayed flights hasn't faded from memory just yet.

Democratic Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have written Delta and a dozen other airlines asking about possible IT issues.

The senators want to know whether the carriers need overall upgrades in technology and maintenance.

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As part of a U.S. State Department program with multiple cities, the Atlanta Police Department trains police all over the world. The APD received special praise from the State Department this summer for its training on bias-based violence and hate crimes abroad. But depending on where this training happens, some advocates say partnerships between the U.S. and foreign law enforcement can mean potentially lending American legitimacy to some troubling practices.

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Though “The Milliner of Beijing” may sound like the title of a Rossini opera, it’s actually the nickname given to Atlanta native Elisabeth Koch.

As mainland China’s only milliner, or hat-maker, Koch has steadily carved out a couture fashion niche, crafting hats for Chinese blockbuster movie stars and models on the cover of Vogue magazine.

In an interview for “City Lights” with Lois Reitzes, Koch credits her craftiness to her Dutch/Welsh parents: “I come from a very creative family … If you didn’t have it, make it.”

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Perhaps you’ve seen artist Kyle Brooks’ work in a gallery, but more likely, you’ve seen it on the side of the road.

Reminiscent of Southern folk artists, his work features brightly colored animals and creatures he has imagined. And almost all of these critters have big eyes and smiles on their faces. Under his moniker BlackCatTips, he adorns the Atlanta landscape with his street poems and murals.

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A series of polls in early August showed Hillary Clinton with a slight lead over Donald Trump in Georgia.

That’s drawn national attention to this normally safely Republican state and its increasing minority and Democratic-leaning population.

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A real estate firm in Memphis, Tenn., Mid-America Apartment Communities, is merging with Atlanta-based Post Properties in a deal worth nearly $4 billion. 

The merger makes the combined company one of the largest publicly-traded landlords in the country.

The new company now oversees more than 105,000 apartment units.

Ron Cameron is a senior vice president and principal of the multi-family advisory group at the real estate services firm Colliers International in Atlanta.

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Between 35 and 50 of Georgia's struggling rural hospitals could qualify for millions under some new tax credits that go into effect next year.

Department of Community Health Commissioner Clyde Reese said his agency has finalized the list of hospitals eligible for contributions starting in 2017, the result of a new law passed by the legislature earlier this year.

Through 2019, people and companies who make those contributions to these hospitals would get a state tax credit. Total contributions are capped at $50 million in 2017, $60 million in 2018 and $70 million in 2019.

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Over a quarter of metro Atlantans say that the biggest issue facing the region is transportation, according to the 2015 Metro Atlanta Speaks Survey by the Atlanta Regional Commission and Neighborhood Nexus.

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Author Jacqueline Woodson holds the idea of black girlhood as almost sacred.

Her young adult, middle grade and picture books are almost all told from the perspective of young African-American girls growing up around Brooklyn. Her 2014 memoir-in-verse "Brown Girl Dreaming" won a National Book Award and her book covers are frequently adorned with honors from the Newbery, NAACP and Coretta Scott King awards.

Courtesy of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company has performed William Shakespeare's 37 plays over the course of 26 years. This week, three actors will perform all the plays in two hours.

That’s the premise behind the 1987 play “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” which opens this week at the Shakespeare Tavern.

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