Tag: Georgia

4 Students Shot at Block Party at Atlanta University Center Library

Screenshot: WSB-TV On Tuesday night, four students suffered injuries during a shooting outside of an Atlanta University Center library. WSB-TV reports that the shooting occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of James P. Brawley Drive and Beckwith Street during a block party celebrating the first day of class. Students from Clark Atlanta University, […]

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The New American Homeless

Last August, Cokethia Goodman returned home from work to discover a typed letter from her landlord in the mailbox. She felt a familiar panic as she began to read it. For nearly a year, Goodman and her six children—two of them adopted after being abandoned at birth—had been living in a derelict but functional three-bedroom […]

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Georgia Argues the ACLU’s Suit Against Its ‘Heartbeat’ Law Should Be Aborted

A pro-life woman clashing with a group of pro-choice demonstrators at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015Photo: iStock Georgia is doubling down on its recently signed law virtually outlawing abortion in the state, telling a federal court that it should dismiss an effort by the American Civil Liberties Union to stop the law from taking effect. […]

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Atlanta Hotel, Source of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Reopens

The source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Atlanta that left one woman dead and sickened dozens of other people was a downtown hotel they had visited, Georgia public health officials confirmed this week. Bacteria was discovered in a cooling tower and a decorative fountain in the atrium of the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Nancy Nydam, […]

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When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Georgia Woman Faces Charges After Viral HIV Video

Photo: iStock In what may be a case of “when keeping it real goes wrong,” an Americus, Ga., woman is in hot water after authorities say a ploy to get even with all the men she felt had done her wrong apparently went awry. According to the Washington Post, Brandi Yakeima Lasiter decided to take […]

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Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for President in 2020, Focusing Instead on Fighting Voter Suppression

Stacey Abrams, the Georgia politician who captured national attention during her unsuccessful run for governor in 2018, has decided not to run for president after publicly contemplating a bid for months, according to people familiar with her thinking. Ms. Abrams, a Democrat, will instead put her efforts into preventing voter suppression, including working with state […]

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Stacey Abrams Almost Beat a Crooked Voting System. Now She’s Making Sure Other Politicians Don’t Have To

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) To this day it’s unclear if Stacey Abrams legitimately lost her bid to become the first black female governor of Georgia or if Brian Kemp, double-dipping as both the Georgia secretary of state and the GOP candidate for governor, stole the election. Brian Kemp Is Getting Called to the Principal’s […]

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Algae Can Poison Your Dog

Dog owners have reported this summer that their pets became fatally ill after swimming in freshwater lakes and ponds, apparently after ingesting water laden with toxic blue-green algae. Intense blooms have led to swimming bans from lakes in the Pacific Northwest to the entire Mississippi seacoast, to Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest lake. Algal blooms […]

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‘Those Are All Little Black Faces’: Georgia School Under Fire for Designating ‘Appropriate’ and ‘Inappropriate’ Hairstyles

Photo: iStock Narvie J. Harris Traditional Theme School in Decatur, Ga., has some explaining to do. The DeKalb County elementary school is facing significant backlash as the result of a display that outlined “appropriate” and “inappropriate” hairstyles for its students. The glaring issue, aside from discussing with parents individually? All of the children pictured (though […]

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Georgia Elementary School Is Accused of Racial Insensitivity Over Hairstyle Guidelines Display

From New Age box fades to braids, a display on the wall of a suburban Atlanta elementary school tried to illustrate a variety of “inappropriate” haircuts and hairstyles. But there was one thing the children who were photographed had in common: They were all black. The display by the Narvie J. Harris Theme School in […]

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The Simple, Odious Reason Mitch McConnell Opposes Election Integrity

Mitch McConnell is a victim of a “modern-day McCarthyism,” he claimed on Monday, after people on Twitter called him “Moscow Mitch” simply because he has spent a week blocking legislation intended to protect American elections from foreign interference. The Senate majority leader spent 30 minutes complaining on the Senate floor about the unfairness of it […]

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Pilot Whales in Georgia Are Saved From Being Beached

The camera panned to the water’s edge on St. Simons Island’s East Beach in Georgia, where a row of short-finned pilot whales writhed, clicked and whistled as their shiny black bodies caught breaking waves in the late afternoon light on Tuesday. “They’re going to die if they don’t get help,” said a woman’s voice on […]

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Mass Whale Stranding in Georgia Kickstarts Monumental Rescue Effort

The sandy shores of a Georgia barrier island were the site of a mass whale stranding on Tuesday evening. At least a dozen short-finned pilot whales repeatedly beached themselves on St. Simons Island before being pushed out to sea by citizen volunteers and wildlife authorities. Most of the pod, an estimated 20 to 50 whales, […]

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A White Woman Charges She Got Kicked Out of Her Rental for Having a Play Date With Black Folks

Photo: iStock A white woman from Georgia is suing her former landlords, saying they evicted her because she dared to have black guests over at the home she rented from them. Victoria Sutton claims in a suit filed Wednesday that Patricia McCoy and her husband, Allen McCoy, hurled racial slurs and threatened her with violence […]

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‘Drag This Out as Long as Possible’: Former Official Faces Rare Criminal Charges Under Open-Records Law

ATLANTA — When he was mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed’s relationship with the news media was notoriously contentious. He was the kind of politician who punched back when he felt punched. He was well known for blocking reporters on Twitter, and his office regularly criticized journalists by name and issued news releases that vigorously pushed […]

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Contractor Shows Up at Black Couple’s House With Confederate Flag, Shockingly Gets Fired: ‘I Didn’t Know the Flag Offended, Y’all’

Photo: iStock In my 38 years of life, I’ve owned Tonka Trucks, college degrees, and poor credit, but a golf cart sounds like an unexpected headache waiting to happen. To that end, Yahoo reports that ATLiens Allison and Zeke Brown got the surprise of their lives when a contractor they hired to fix the brakes […]

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‘We’re Not Playing Games’: SisterSong’s Monica Simpson On a New Legal Challenge to Georgia’s Abortion Ban

Monica Simpson, center.Image: SisterSong Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia Governor Brian Kemp challenging the constitutionality of HB 481, which effectively bans abortion after six weeks, before most people know they are pregnant. (It is scheduled to go into effect […]

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Baby Found in a Plastic Bag in the Woods Spurs Hundreds of Adoption Offers

A Georgia newborn who defied the odds of survival after being abandoned in a plastic bag in the woods is winning over the hearts of prospective parents, hundreds of whom have offered to adopt her, the head of a state adoption agency said Friday. Tom C. Rawlings, the director of Georgia’s Division of Family and […]

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Homeless Father Turns Tragedy Into Triumph After Being Publicly Shamed on Facebook

Simon Childs of Fayetteville, Ga.Photo: WSB-TV Video (YouTube) As if being homeless isn’t stressful enough, imagine waking up from taking a nap inside of the McDonald’s where you work and learning that a picture of you sleeping was uploaded to Facebook. According to WSB-TV, that’s exactly what happened to 21-year-old Simon Childs, who was resting […]

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