SEC Network launches with pigskin preseason, preview, and past games

It’s August. It’s the Southeast. Are you ready for some college football? That question is purely rhetorical because, ready or not, here comes ESPN’s SEC Network, ramming round-the-clock gridiron action and commentary—including gospel from Saint Tebow himself—smack into your face mask.

Coke’s hefty problem, Nunn’s memos, and ATL’s “world-class” label

Claire Suddath in Bloomberg Businessweek on Coke's sales and health concerns Newsflash: Sugary soda makes you fat. Plus, aspartame, the sweetener in diet soft drinks, is a scary, unknown abomination (or so says the Internet...

Video of the Day: AJC reporter turned rapper explains today’s elections

AJC reporter Daniel Malloy, known on the streets as D-Mal, has donned his shades and fired up his webcam for a political rap about today’s Republican senate runoff election. You may recognize him from the verses he dropped back in May, like “In the senate race, that’s where it gets tricky / Five people, two slots, people get picky.” Well, now it’s down to two–U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue– and Malloy hasn’t missed a beat. Well, technically, he misses a few. But what he lacks in flow, he makes up for in fervor.

Atlanta Must Reads for the Week: APS cheating fallout, pit bulls, and a black widow

Hall belonged to a movement of reformers who believed that the values of the marketplace could resuscitate public education. She approached the job like a business executive: she courted philanthropists, set accountability measures, and created performance objectives that were more rigorous than those required by No Child Left Behind, which became law in 2002. When a school met its targets, all employees, including bus drivers and cafeteria staff, received up to two thousand dollars. She linked teacher evaluations to test scores and warned principals that they’d be fired if they didn’t meet targets within three years. Eventually, ninety per cent were replaced. She repeated the mantra “No exceptions and no excuses.”

Atlanta Must-Reads of the Week: Smallpox, surveillance, dog babies, and turning down

The weekend's here, so it's a great time to catch up on these stories about Atlanta or by Atlanta writers.

Q&A: Chris Conley, UGA football player, Star Wars fan film creator

His middle initial, "R," may as well stand for “Renaissance Man.” After leading the Dawgs in receptions last season, Christian Conley decided to lead his campus in the production of a Star Wars fan film, titled Retribution. And according to his Twitter bio, he’s also a lover of Christ and aspiring writer. Plus, he can carry a tune quite better than most. I think the only thing this guy doesn’t do is wear jorts. “Yeah, I wouldn’t be caught in those,” he said when we talked about the surprise response to his film.

Video of the Day: Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix

Plot details are hazy, to put it mildly, in the trailer for Jimi: All Is by My Side, the Hendrix biopic starring Andre Benjamin of Outkast, aka Andre 3000. But here's what you can glean: Set in groovilicious 1966 London, the movie focuses on the early days of Hendrix's career, which evidently included a romantic entanglement with a young British woman, played by Imogen Poots. (That is the most British name ever; it sounds like a tertiary Harry Potter character, one of the Hufflepuff quidditch players, maybe.)

CNN and Georgia Tech are exploring ways to use drones in journalism

It’s not a bird or a plane or a man in cape or even a UFO.

Talking in circles: A UGA prof studies Twitter speak

More than just a home for breaking news and Bieber babble, Twitter has become a modern-day agora. University of Georgia assistant professor of telecommunications Itai Himelboim worked with the Pew Research Center and Social Media Research Foundation on analysis that revealed users of the social media behemoth interact with each other in patterns that fall into just six categories.

Video of the Day: T.I. raps at the Tony Awards

Sunday night television in review: Lebron James returned to the NBA Finals, contributing to a Heat victory for Game 2. A fourth-degree black belt, Nia Sanchez, was crowned Miss USA. Jon Snow got defensive on Games of Thrones. And over on the CBS Tony Awards broadcast, there was a performance by a special trio of Music Men: host Hugh Jackman, LL Cool J and Atlanta’s very own Clifford Harris, better known as T.I. If you’re having trouble deciding which is the strangest, just check out the video.

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