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“The birds stopped singing”: Inside the battle for Atlanta’s South River Forest

Over the centuries, the South River Forest has been many things: Indigenous land, a prison farm, a dumping ground—and the keystone of an ambitious proposal to incorporate nature into Atlanta’s growth. But in 2021, people living nearby were surprised to learn that the city had different plans for it: a massive new police training facility.
A rally at DeKalb County courthouse condemns domestic terrorism charges for “Stop Cop City” protestors

A rally at the DeKalb County courthouse condemns domestic terrorism charges for “Stop Cop City” protestors

For many in attendance, it was a fitting way to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “They arrested Dr. King 29 times—29 times!” Kamau Franklin told a crowd of around 70 protestors assembled in front of the DeKalb County courthouse, many of them part of a loose coalition of activist groups, environmentalists, and concerned citizens united against a planned 85-acre, $90 million Atlanta police and firefighter training facility in the South River Forest.
A love letter to Arabia Mountain

A love letter to Arabia Mountain

In 2015, when my wife and I moved to Atlanta, I was looking for familiarity. I found it in a granite rock called Arabia Mountain.
Summoned

Serving as a juror for a DeKalb murder case, I learned to appreciate the cost of justice

"Already, this tragedy felt like none of my business, like I had a front-row seat to someone else’s trauma. These were real people with real lives and real pain, all physically in the same room as us. All but the victim." An Atlanta writer describes what it's like to be a juror in a murder trial and what she learned about the legal system.
Old Atlanta Prison Farm Cop City

The land slated to become the controversial “Cop City” training center has already lived many lives

The Old Atlanta Prison Farm was the subject of an ACLU lawsuit in the 1980s. It also contains the graves of several zoo animals.
What's going on with Cop City

Next stop, Cop City? What’s happening with the controversial plan for a new police and fire training center in DeKalb

On September 8, Atlanta City Council voted 10 to 4 in favor of a proposal to build a training center for police and firefighters on 85 acres of land in south DeKalb County. The vote came amid fierce controversy and followed 17 hours of public comment. Here's why many groups are opposed to the plan, and what could happen next.
Everything you need to know election day Atlanta

What you need to know to vote on June 9 in metro Atlanta

When do the polls open? Can I still cast my absentee ballot? What if my absentee ballot never came? We answer your June 9 primary election day questions.
Atlanta coronavirus updates

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Saturday, May 23

On Friday, Vice President Pence visited Atlanta and Fulton County's absentee ballot applications are backed up. Here’s your Saturday morning update:
Atlanta coronavirus updates

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, May 19

On Monday, Morehouse College announced layoffs and furloughs and Delta announced it would resume some international routes. Here’s your Tuesday morning update.
Atlanta coronavirus update

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, May 7

On Wednesday, Atlanta United players began their first individual practices since March and Killer Mike and T.I. helped pass out meals. Here’s your Thursday morning update:

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