Fighting to kneel: A Kennesaw State University cheerleader sues for the right to protest on the playing field

Similar to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, five cheerleaders for Kennesaw State University decided to kneel during the national anthem at a football game to protest unjustified killings by police officers. When the school decided to move them off the field if they were going to kneel, Tommia Dean, one of the cheerleaders, filed a lawsuit against the school's higher ups for restricting her freedom of speech.
Up all night: Atlanta Police Officer Son Tran

An Atlanta cop, truck driver, and sleep specialist tell us how to cope with working all night

How $4,000 mattresses and blue-light boxes help Atlanta’s small army of night owls get a good day’s rest.
South Fulton marijuana law

The city of South Fulton passed a new marijuana ordinance. Here’s what you need to know.

In a 5-2 vote, the South Fulton city council agreed to lighten the punishment for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana to a maximum of a $150 fine with no jail time—making the punishment for pot possession more akin to a traffic citation. After Clarkston and Atlanta, this makes South Fulton the third city in metro Atlanta to reduce the penalty for possessing a small amount of pot.
Capital punishment syringes

Why did Georgia execute more prisoners in 2016 than any other state?

Last year, at a time when the use of death penalty had dropped to historic lows nationwide, Georgia executed nine people convicted of murder, more than any other state. Don’t expect that pace to continue.

When is a knockoff a rip-off? An Atlanta artist finds the answer with a lawsuit

From the rigid and amateurish brushstrokes, the piano that caught Zheng Li’s eye in Z Gallerie definitely was not his work. But the angle and shape of the instrument—and even the color palette—were almost identical to his 2004 Piano No. 9.
Spinrilla

Mixtape mix-up: Why the RIAA is taking Spinrilla to court

The DIY nature of mixtapes is crucial to understanding the success of Spinrilla, a mixtape website and app founded in 2013 by Dylan Copeland after he left Georgia State University.

How far will Atlanta City Hall’s corruption probe go? Only BJay Pak knows.

BJay Pak, U.S. attorney in the northern district of Georgia, is the supercop tackling the region's most important crimes. The most prominent open investigation Pak is handling is the longstanding corruption pay-to-play probe at City Hall under the Kasim Reed administration.

Predictive policing crime prevention software successful for APD

Atlanta Police Lieutenant LeAnne Browning recalls her days as a patrol officer. “Our lieutenants would say, ‘Okay, I want you to look at the beat books so you can know what’s out there on your beat.’ Well, the beat books are like this thick with reports,” she says, holding her hands a couple of feet apart. “And you’d sit there and thumb through it all, and there was no time because they were then kicking you out of the precinct to handle calls.” She pauses before pointing to her computer screen. “That’s the old way of doing things. This­—it’s right here.”
Emmett Bass

After he escaped prison, Emmett Bass spent 27 years on the run

Emmett Bass is a gambling man. In 1975 he and another man were arrested in Henry County for armed robbery of a package store. Bass was convicted and given a 15-year sentence. Three years later, on April 3, 1978, Bass was on a work detail near Highway 16 in Griffin when he went to relieve himself in the trees. Instead of returning to where his fellow inmates were cleaning ditches in the hot sun, he continued deeper into the woods.
Emory Civil Rights Movement

Emory students tackle unsolved, unpunished killings from the Civil Rights Movement—and draw parallels to today

Hank Klibanoff’s students are talking about running. Specifically, why an innocent black teenager would run from white cops in Macon in 1962. Simone Senibaldi, a senior, says, “The thing about running—for me and people that I know who are black—is that whenever cops are around, you run, regardless of whether you’re innocent or guilty.”

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