Sunday, November 18, 2018
Basil Eleby, I-85 fire

The I-85 fire could have destroyed Basil Eleby’s life. Instead, it may have saved it.

When he was suspected of starting the fire that collapsed a portion of I-85 in Atlanta, Basil Eleby—a homeless man who grew up without a family and struggled with addiction—was facing felony charges that would put him in jail until he was in his sixties. But one year after the fire, Eleby is on the path to recovery, thanks to the help of the Atlanta community.

The bittersweet stories of Atlanta’s DACA recipients

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy allows renewable two-year respite from deportation for undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 16. Roughly 21,000 of them are in Georgia. Here, six metro Atlanta DACA recipients discuss their dreams, setbacks, achievements, survival, and what it’s been like to skirt federal and state laws in pursuit of better lives in America.
Yacht Rock

Confessions of a Cover Band: Yacht Rock Revue croons the hits you love to hate

Yacht Rock Revue is hard to define—they're part fandom, part joke, part self-promotion, and each element is infused with irony. But when they take the stage at Old Fourth Ward's Venkman’s, the band is fully in character, complete with gaudy shirts and sunglasses, playing music people hate. And everyone loves it.
Creative Loafing

A long, strange trip: The oral history of Creative Loafing

Family feuds, hostile takeovers, sewage in the newsroom, sex workers in the lobby, fearless reporting, and a man named Mud—the very weird, very true history of Creative Loafing, the alt weekly the internet still hasn’t killed.
T.I.

The Evolution of T.I.

The Atlanta superstar rose to fame as a street-hardened rapper. For his next act, he wants to save Bankhead, the neighborhood that could've killed him.
Georgia's Vanishing Coast - Illustration by Zach Meyer

Georgia’s Vanishing Coast: With stronger storms, higher tides, and rising sea levels, how high will the water go?

On the Georgia coast, which spans 100 miles between Savannah and St. Marys, two things have become apparent during the last decade: Climate change is coming, and it’s already here. If the last decade’s increased tidal flooding initiated a conversation about the changing sea, the hurricane double-header of 2016 and 2017 added a couple of exclamation points. But while the effects of storms will be more severe with climate change, Georgia’s vulnerability to them isn’t new.
U2

U2 in Atlanta: An oral history of the band and the city’s shared journey

U2’s intersections with Atlanta over the years have gone beyond the city as a requisite tour stop. For a band from Europe intent on deconstructing the myth of America, Atlanta—its imperfect icons, its musicians, its leaders—has been a specific, if rarely noticed, part of U2’s journey, not only for the city’s social justice movements of the past but for the present, too. In anticipation of U2’s first Atlanta concert in nine years, two generations of Georgians talk about the band.
Google Fiber

The Big Disconnect: What happened to Google Fiber in Atlanta?

It’s been more than three years since Google Fiber frenzy took hold of the Atlanta area. Google promised to change everything for folks fed up with unreliable internet connections, abysmal customer service, and expensive monthly bills. But a different reality took hold: Google ran wires, but didn't start service; Google tried to work with local governments, but couldn't work out deals; and ultimately Google couldn't find value in rolling out its service. One thing is indisputable: most Google Fiber hopefuls are now fed up.
Robert Schneider

Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider gave up a flourishing music career to chase his true passion: Math

Robert Schneider was the lead singer for his band, Apples in Stereo, and cofounder of Elephant 6 Recording Co., the Athens-based creative force behind the band Neutral Milk Hotel. Now, instead of pursuing the mysticism of music, he's pursuing something that's intrinsically mysterious and fundamentally human to him: mathematics.

A Georgia sperm bank, a troubled donor, and the secretive business of babymaking

When customers of Xytex uncovered the truth about one of its sperm donors, Chris Aggeles, the disclosure set off more than a dozen lawsuits—exposing an industry that can shatter lives while helping to create them.

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