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Best fan suggestions (so far) for a new Braves logo

So, it's been just over a week since the Atlanta Braves announced their intentions to move to Cobb County. Reporters have been furiously filing open records requests, politicians have been spinning their positions, and the team's attempting a PR offensive. Meanwhile, some fans are taking to a form of art therapy.
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Commentary: Atlanta is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Here’s how we change that.

"History shows that affordable communities today may not be affordable tomorrow."

Newt Gingrich: Losing friends and alienating people

If it had happened in February or March, Rick Santorum's withdrawal from the GOP Presidential race would have been great news for Newt Gingrich. I'm not suggesting he would have beat Romney, but he would have had a better shot - particularly in the southern primaries where Romney is least popular. Instead, Santorum's announcement Monday that he's giving up the fight has actually managed to Gingrich look (even more) foolish.

A Cappella Books announces move out of Little Five Points

Given the current state of independent bookstores, we had a few anxious moments while opening our latest email from A Cappella Books owner Frank Reiss. In February, the 22-year-old Little Five Points mainstay is moving to a new location in Inman Park.

In Atlanta journalist Jim Auchmutey’s first book, the Americus High class of ’65 confronts its racist past

For nearly three decades, Jim Auchmutey carved out an enviable beat at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, writing richly detailed features about race, religion, history, and food—all of which seemed to inform an overarching narrative of what it means to be Southern. In 2006 he covered a story about a high school reunion that has now become the subject of his first book, The Class of ’65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness (Perseus/PublicAffairs).
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Commentary: It’s hard to explain Atlanta to outsiders, but FX’s Atlanta gets it

For Atlantans, translating what it means to live or be from here to outsiders can prove to be a challenge, and we tend to show more than tell.

Healthiest counties in Georgia

Metro Atlanta counties are some of the healthiest in the state, according to a study released today. Forsyth is No. 1, followed by Fayette, Oconee, Gwinnett, Cherokee, and Cobb.

Spoiler Alert! Our infectious peek behind the scenes of the Atlanta-set “Contagion”

"Contagion," the nation's new number one movie, will have you reconsidering that nasty habit of dragging your paws through those communal bowls of snacks at the airport lounge. Or ever again accepting a glass of wine from a bartender. Or perhaps ever again leaving your home. The highly effective thriller, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne and Gwyneth Paltrow, focuses on Atlanta's Centers For Disease Control and Prevention as its disease detectives attempt to stop a swift-moving global pandemic from snuffing the earth's population. How swift-moving you ask? Spoiler alert! Just 25 minutes into the movie, Coldplay singer Chris Martin's missus is being autopsied.

Exit interview with Darien Long, Atlanta’s (in)famous mall security guard

When I stopped by the other day, downtown Atlanta’s Metro Mall seemed to have fallen into darkness. The power was out—something about a small fire in a fuse box—though nobody seemed to notice, or at least not to care that much. Vendors used flashlights to set up shop, a customer bought jewelry by candlelight. Just another day at Atlanta’s most famous mall (at least by social-media metrics of fame).

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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