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RedState Gathering

No Trump, but plenty of rhetorical red meat at RedState Gathering

The GOP candidates now have a greater incentive to spend their time coming down South to sing the praises of peanuts and Waffle House in Georgia rather than corn and fried Oreos in Iowa. The Southern right also hopes the increased importance of the six-state voting bloc will encourage candidates to hew more closely to conservative principles and messaging.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on racism, Confederate monuments, the costs of being black in America

The Atlantic correspondent and MacArthur ‘Genius’ makes a stop at the Carter Center to promote his new book.
Pad on Harvard

5 things to know about the Pad on Harvard, College Park’s first new mid-rise in 40 years

The Pad on Harvard—a mixed-use project hoping to capitalize on ITP migration and recent investment around Atlanta’s airport—is College Park’s first new mid-rise project in four decades.

Q&A: Rep. Hank Johnson on ending police militarization

The lawmaker, who has served Georgia’s 4th congressional district since 2007, has set his sights on reforming the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program, the mechanism through which local law enforcement agencies can request and obtain military surplus equipment.

Wesley Cook’s Heavy lifting

On Saturday night at his Heavy release party at Smith’s Olde Bar, the moment of truth for Atlanta singer-songwriter Wesley Cook will arrive when the album’s closing track comes up on the set list. The song, Where We Want to Be (and indeed Cook’s entire new album) is dedicated to his brother Doug, who took his own life in April 2012. In the emotional track, Cook communicates directly to his brother, singing “I beg you, let me carry you” and “Until we are reunited, I’ll see you in my dreams.” The emotional wallop aside, vocally, the song is also demanding, ranging from a soft vibrato to a soaring falsetto and a big rock finish. When Cook recorded the song in January, he locked himself in a darkened vocal booth with a bottle of water, a cup of coffee and sang the song to a photograph of his brother.

HOPE Scholarship—and Gov. Deal—could benefit from new video gaming law

The term “adult redemption game” may sound evocative, perhaps even near-poetic—until you realize the words are vending-industry jargon for a videogame that allows high-scorers to win merchandise vouchers or lottery tickets while perched on a stool in the back of a truck stop or convenience store.

3 must-see Atlanta art festivals coming this fall

Some 200 vendors—including artists from Atlanta and throughout the Southeast, as well as national names—will be on hand in Piedmont Park with fine arts and high-end crafts. And yes, there will be food trucks.

Incoming APS superintendent Meria Carstarphen makes her first public appearance

As incoming Atlanta Public School superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen made her first public appearance in Atlanta on Tuesday, top corporate and city leaders gathered Downtown with all the ease of a newly divorced bachelor on a blind date. It’s no secret that the local business community got burned embracing Carstaphen’s predecessor, the embattled Dr. Beverly Hall. So you can understand a note of caution. Fool me once…

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Fiber Internet in Atlanta

A fiber Internet frenzy is coming to Atlanta, but it will be a while before you can get online

Until recently, the gigabit service that fiber provides—at speeds billed as up to 100 times faster than basic broadband—had been the exclusive provenance of startup hubs like Atlanta Tech Village and Alpharetta’s progressive, mixed-use sensation Avalon.

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