Black in Blue: Atlanta’s first African American police officers were vanguards of the civil rights movement

Mayor William Hartsfield and Police Chief Herbert Jenkins, both white, stood before Atlanta’s first eight African American police officers as they prepared for active duty. Hartsfield gave a rallying speech, warning that though 95 percent of the white cops didn’t want them, they were here to do what Jackie Robinson had done for baseball the year before.
Herman Russell: Joyce Alston

After Atlanta icon Herman Russell died, DNA proved Joycelyn Alston is a daughter he never knew. That’s when things got complicated.

Sixty years ago, as he was building the construction empire that would make him one of Atlanta’s richest and most influential men, Herman Russell fathered a daughter out of wedlock. Now, four years after his death, Joycelyn Alston is fighting her three half-siblings for a portion of their father’s vast estate.
Anne Rivers Siddons Maid in Atlanta 1971 Atlanta Magazine

Maid in Atlanta: Tara is behind her. But it’s a long road to where she wants to go.

Originally published in 1971, this story by Anne Rivers Siddons looks at the changing lives of black housekeepers in the South.

Relentless: Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills chases a killer

The best Howard Sills could remember, there hadn’t been a double homicide in Putnam County since May 1984, 30 years earlier. In minutes, the mood inside the lake house swung from wild intensity to who the hell did this? This, the sheriff told himself, ain’t local talent.

For sheriffs, healthcare for inmates can be a burden. For one doctor, it has been the opportunity of a lifetime.

Many Sheriffs across the Southeast see medical care for their inmates as a burden and liability. For doctor Carlo Musso of CorrectHealth, it’s been the business opportunity of a lifetime.
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.
1996 Atlanta Olympics Izzy

What is it? An oral history of Izzy, the mascot marketing snafu of Olympic proportions

John Ryan settled on a character that was neither human nor animal. It resembled a blue tear, with hands sprouting three fingers and a thumb, lightning eyebrows, and a big, sheepish grin.
Ramblin' Raft Race

Woodstock on the Water: An oral history of the Ramblin’ Raft Race

Every third Saturday of May during the 1970s, Atlanta hosted a raft race on the Chattahoochee River. Sounds simple, and it sort of was, until the race took on dimensions that even its founder, Larry Patrick, never imagined.
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.

Fallout

As midnight approached on Friday, July 26, 1996, there were still 15,000 people crowding Centennial Olympic Park. A heat wave that had kept temperatures hovering near 90 degrees for the past week had broken, and there was a cool breeze in the air.

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