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Longtime Southwest DeKalb football coach Buck Godfrey honored with GACA Hall of Fame nod

From Shakespeare to public speaking, his teachings went far beyond X's and O's.

William "Buck" Godfrey, who will be honored at this weekend’s GACA Hall of Fame banquet in Dalton, is in all respects a shoo-in. As head football coach at Southwest DeKalb High for thirty seasons, his record of 273-89-1—including a state championship, state runner-up title, and thirteen regional titles—makes him the winningest football coach in DeKalb County history and the winningest African American coach in the state. Read more...

Big service improvements coming to a MARTA stop near you

And more updates from the busy transit agency

Good news, MARTA riders: Much-needed service increases will roll out over the next three days. Starting Saturday, May 17, approximately 17 bus routes will run more frequently; see a detailed list of changes here. Beginning Monday, May 19, peak-hour wait times for trains—between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays—will be reduced to five minutes on the “trunk” (before the lines split) and 10 minutes on the “branches.” From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, you’re looking at a six-minute wait on the trunk and 12 minutes on the branches. Read more...

High-tech tree hugging: Meet Mother Nature Network's data-savvy president

Matt Crenshaw wants to make people feel good, not guilty about environmentalism

If, as Bill Gates famously declared of the Internet, content is king, then people like Matt Crenshaw are its field marshals. The president of Atlanta-based digital news outlet Mother Nature Network spends his time parsing web traffic trends, search engine performance, and social media engagement to help MNN.com and its sister site, TreeHugger.com, capture a combined 10 million unique visitors per month. Read more...

Q&A with Mother Nature Network’s Matt Crenshaw

The network's president explains why a strong web presence is crucial

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about MNN is, they go, “You guys must be all hippie-crunchy, wearing Toms shoes and everything.” And certainly some of us are, but it’s really about taking a mainstream audience and nudging it toward this green lifestyle. I look at it almost like a Whole Foods for content. Read more...

Six lessons Atlanta can learn from New York’s bikeshare woes

The benefit of being a late adopter is learning from others’ mistakes

Last month the Wall Street Journal reported that Citi Bike, New York City’s fledgling bikeshare program, faced a mounting debt in the tens of millions with no clear lifeline. The news was disconcerting to Atlanta biking advocates. Atlanta is slated to launch its own bikeshare program in 2015, and like New York’s, it will be entirely self-funded. Most other cities partially subsidize their bike rental programs with local or federal dollars. Read more...