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From the baseball field to the broadcast booth, Jeff Francoeur is still knocking it out of the park

Homegrown phenom and former Atlanta Brave Jeff Francoeur starts his first season as the Braves’ lead analyst, offering commentary alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Chip Caray. A look into why he was more nervous for this job than being an MLB pro.
Atlanta family events April

36 of the best events for Atlanta families in April

Kid-friendly musicals, Pete the Cat, YA authors, and egg hunts galore

14 spots to see fireworks in Atlanta this July 4th

From the downtown square of Duluth to the water rides at Hurricane Harbor, fireworks are going off all over metro Atlanta this Independence Day.
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Atlanta Must Reads for the Week: Remembering Horace Ward, notes from a cross burning, and the Braves’s stadium schemes

The best stories each week about Atlanta, from Atlanta-based writers, and beyond.
2015 Atlanta Steeplechase

38 super fun events for Atlanta families in April

Enjoy the festival season before the weather heats up, plus the Braves return to the Ted, and more.

With just two seasons left at Turner Field before they decamp to Cobb, a look back at the Braves’ top 10 wins in the city of Atlanta

The Braves will leave Atlanta for Cobb County after the 2016 season. But in essence, they’re already gone. Las Vegas oddsmakers have them losing more games this season than all but four MLB teams. Barring a miracle showing, what’s an Atlanta fan to do? Well, you could embrace the sorrow and reminisce with us. Through six decades in our city, the Braves gave us some wonderful memories.

Corruption in DeKalb is nothing new—remember Pat Jarvis?

During his seven-year stint as an Atlanta Braves pitcher, Pat Jarvis won 83 games and earned the nickname “Little Bulldog” for his compact frame and gutsy competitiveness. He retired in 1974 and two years later transitioned to political infields, winning election as sheriff of DeKalb County, which already had a reputation as a swamp of corruption.

Coke’s hefty problem, Nunn’s memos, and ATL’s “world-class” label

Claire Suddath in Bloomberg Businessweek on Coke's sales and health concerns Newsflash: Sugary soda makes you fat. Plus, aspartame, the sweetener in diet soft drinks, is a scary, unknown abomination (or so says the Internet...

Atlanta Must Reads for the Week: APS cheating fallout, pit bulls, and a black widow

Hall belonged to a movement of reformers who believed that the values of the marketplace could resuscitate public education. She approached the job like a business executive: she courted philanthropists, set accountability measures, and created performance objectives that were more rigorous than those required by No Child Left Behind, which became law in 2002. When a school met its targets, all employees, including bus drivers and cafeteria staff, received up to two thousand dollars. She linked teacher evaluations to test scores and warned principals that they’d be fired if they didn’t meet targets within three years. Eventually, ninety per cent were replaced. She repeated the mantra “No exceptions and no excuses.”

Is it 1974 all over again?

In the media scrum to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Hank Aaron’s record-breaking home run, the undercurrent—the moral—of the story was the blatant racism he faced while chasing down Babe Ruth in 1974. In many of those commemorative stories, Aaron explained that he held on to the epithet-laced letters to remind him that racism still exists. Well more than a few “fans” have gone out of their way to prove Aaron right.

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