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Five questions for reality TV’s Mariah Huq

Jonesboro resident Mariah Huq was being courted as a “Real Housewife” when producers decided the former Chattanooga TV host had the personality to carry a show, and built one around an idea she pitched.

The Shelf: Thomas Mullen, Michael Waddell

Thomas Mullen Decatur resident Thomas Mullen writes political allegories by accident. His first novel, The Last Town on Earth, was a brilliant story about a small town that tried to qu
Dad's Garage Christmas

New Dad’s Garage Christmas show presents a twisted take on holiday classics

Santa is an evil genius destabilizing the global economy by flooding the market with cheap toys. Frosty is a snowperson with gender identity issues. Ebenezer Scrooge drops his greedy shtick to lead an unexpected charge against holiday consumerism.

As the Eastside Trail opening nears, BeltLine security squad still is “more of a concept.”

Though it doesn’t technically open until October 15, and sizable chunks of it are still under construction, the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail is already populated with business-attired bicyclists, joggers, skaters, and entire convoys of families. Police and Beltline officials stress that people who use the trail now do so at their own risk.
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DeKalb Commission approves $12 million soccer stadium deal

One would think that having former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers literally waiting in the wings to tell the DeKalb County Commission how riddled with corruption its county is—“rotten to the core” is how he put it in a letter this week to the county—might engender a sense of fiscal restraint in the board.

Musician of the Year: Janelle Monáe

Winning song of the year. Earning a Video Music Award for best art direction. Collaborating with Prince. It has been quite a year for Janelle Monáe.

Party Preview: Art on the Block

The inaugural Midtown Festival of the Arts opens with a cocktail party and art auction September 24 at the Loews hotel in Midtown. The auction will feature thirty stools, chairs, and tables “Bedazzled” by local artists such as Linda Curtis and Jeffrey Stone.   “It’s a way for younger patrons to build an art collection with affordable yet functional pieces that will appreciate in value,” says event head Leslie

Metro Atlanta No. 19 for Hispanic population

The numbers crunchers at Pew have a new report—with nifty interactive maps—that analyzes the U.S. Hispanic population by state and metro area. In short, the project shows that although Hispanics still cluster in a few areas (nine percent of the nation’s Hispanic population is in the Los Angeles metro area, for example) over the past decade, Hispanics are moving to other parts of the country.
How to bring Amazon HQ2 to Atlanta

A modest proposal to get Amazon’s HQ2 in Atlanta: Make stuff up

Atlanta really, really, wants to be the site of Amazon’s HQ2, but we've got some problems that could halt that. How do we fix our issues before the Amazon delegation arrives to inspect our city? Like a steel plate over a pothole, let's cover 'em up.

U.S. swimmers release Call Me Maybe video—spearheaded by one of our own

No matter what happens when she swims the 200 butterfly next week, Atlanta's own Kathleen Hersey has already made us proud. She's credited as director of the USA Olympic Swimming Team's official rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe."

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