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Emory Proton Therapy Center opens, bringing a new-age tool to the battle with cancer

When the Emory Proton Therapy Center opened its doors on Thursday, it was already a symbol of triumph over challenges. The center—which provides proton therapy to treat cancer and is especially beneficial for treating tumors of the lungs, back and spine, and head and neck—is the first and only facility of its kind in the state. There are 29 other such centers in the United States and another 23 under construction or in planning stages. With five treatment rooms, Emory’s center is among the largest.
Churchill Grounds

Atlanta’s jazz scene is alive and well, even without Churchill Grounds

Instead of mourning after the demise of Churchill Grounds, many of Atlanta's jazz musicians began playing music throughout the city. There are now 10 weekly jam sessions at venues inside the perimeter, placing Atlanta on comparable footing with more jazz-forward cities like Seattle.

10 standout books with Georgia ties that you might have missed in 2018

At libraries around the metro area, shelves full of newly released books are held on reserve, waiting for impatient readers. Author visits at the Margaret Mitchell House, Wren’s Nest, or the Atlanta History Center are often packed; book clubs are springing up everywhere; and literary events like the AJC Decatur Book Festival and the Book Festival of the MJCCA bring national authors to our doorstep. Here are a few of our favorites from this year’s releases.
Off the Wall Wonderroot Super Bowl LIII

WonderRoot’s Off the Wall mural project calls on local artists to put civil rights front and center

The brainchild of Atlanta arts organization WonderRoot and the Super Bowl LIII Host Committee, "Off the Wall" is a series of more than 30 murals from 10 artists that will be created across the city before Super Bowl LIII. The project is designed to honor the city's role in the Civil Rights Movement and address modern civil rights issues.
Elton John

Elton John’s lasting impact on Atlanta: turning the public’s fear of AIDS into action

Many Atlantans are familiar with Sir Elton John’s local ties: his world-famous art collection that helped spark Atlanta’s obsession with photography, his hangouts at the Buckhead Diner, and his affinity for Georgia musicians. However, John’s fans may not appreciate that his most lasting gift to our city may be helping reverse the spread and stigma of AIDS.
John Barrow, Brad Raffensperger runoff

What you need to know before Tuesday’s runoff elections

Georgia's runoff election is on Tuesday, December 4. Up for the taking is Georgia's secretary of state position—between Republican candidate Brad Raffensperger and Democratic candidate John Barrow—and Georgia's third district seat public service commissioner position—between Republican candidate Chuck Eaton and Democratic candidate Lindy Miller.
What's filming in Atlanta now?

What’s filming in Atlanta now? Limited Partners, Watchmen, Stranger Things, plus unpacking the #BoycottGeorgia movement

Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek, and Tiffany Haddish are in town for a new comedy, Limited Partners; Amblin Television and Once Upon a Time co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are remaking the 1980s anthology series Amazing Stories; and Stranger Things finally wraps up filming.
Children's Christmas Parade

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 28-December 4

Watch the annual Children's Christmas Parade in Midtown, tour historic homes in Virginia-Highland, and get in the holiday spirit at Oakland Cemetery.

Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 event picks for December

See the Atlanta Ballet's new version of The Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre, watch Rudolph live at the Center for Puppetry Arts, and head to Virginia-Highland for the annual Tour of Homes.
The Walking Dead 908

The Walking Dead Awards: The Whisperers finally strike

Season nine's new big bad is here, plus Negan's story takes a big turn, Henry hangs out with fellow teenagers, and we say goodbye to a familiar face.

The I-85 fire could have destroyed Basil Eleby’s life. Instead, it may have saved it.

Basil Eleby, I-85 fire
When he was suspected of starting the fire that collapsed a portion of I-85 in Atlanta, Basil Eleby—a homeless man who grew up without a family and struggled with addiction—was facing felony charges that would put him in jail until he was in his sixties. But one year after the fire, Eleby is on the path to recovery, thanks to the help of the Atlanta community.

The bittersweet stories of Atlanta’s DACA recipients

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy allows renewable two-year respite from deportation for undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 16. Roughly 21,000 of them are in Georgia. Here, six metro Atlanta DACA recipients discuss their dreams, setbacks, achievements, survival, and what it’s been like to skirt federal and state laws in pursuit of better lives in America.

Peace, Love, and Puppets: Why adults may need the Center for Puppetry Arts more than kids do

Center for Puppetry Arts Atlanta Vincent Anthony Jon Ludwig
Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts, which turns 40 this month, is one of the only institutions of its caliber in the world. Meet the devoted staff behind it, who can remind all of us how important it is to stop and play.
David Cummings Groundbreakers 2018

David Cummings

Groundbreakers 2018

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