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Southerner Podcast: Councilman Westmoreland talks COVID-19

May 8, 2020

Although COVID-19 has forced many Atlantans to change how they live, go to school and work, the City of Atlanta has tried to utilize its resources in order...

The Plaza Theatre, located in the Briarcliff Plaza Shopping Center, displays encouraging message,

COVID-19 economic crisis impacts Grady community economically

May 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected public health, it has also affected the health of the economy.  Amid shutdown orders across the country, Geo...

Yard signs encouraging people to fill out the 2020 Census have popped up in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Georgia Census groups scramble to change practices amidst COVID-19

May 1, 2020

The United States Constitution mandates that every 10 years, the government counts everybody under its jurisdiction. Since its start in 1790, the U.S. Census has...

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen speaks at a virtual media roundtable about the impact COVId-19 has had the 2019-2020 school year.

Superintendent clarifies plan for remainder of school year

April 2, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen gave details on the state's decision to close school for all in-person instruction for the r...

Freshman Brian Edwards works from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Recent announcements regarding school closures through the end of the 2019-2020 school year have left students grappling with the extended reality of online school.

Parents, teachers, students react to school closure for rest of school year

April 1, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools announced Wednesday that the school district would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the 2019-2020 school ye...

A March 18 tweet by President Donald Trump called the coronavirus the

Trump uses term “Chinese Virus” amid criticism

March 26, 2020

President Donald Trump referred to the coronavirus as the “Chinese Virus” in tweets and press briefings, prompting critical responses from those who viewed the term as xen...

APS confirms it first case of COVID-19. The unnamed North Atlanta employee did not have contact with students or faculty.

APS confirms first COVID-19 case, reports students/faculty unexposed

March 20, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Caratarphen announced the district’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 Thursday, Mar. 19. Health offic...

LEADING THE FIGHT: Zeena Abdulkarim, one of the student organizers of the the Sept. 20 Climate Change rally at the Georgia State Capitol speaks to attendees. Abdulkarim organized the strike with other students from local schools.

First-time voters a key demographic in 2020 Presidential Election

October 21, 2019

Next November, people around the country will head to the polls to cast their ballots for the next president, and for many current students, this importan...

Juul pods are sold in flavors like mint, mango, tobacco and menthol. Each colorful pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

Illnesses and deaths spark efforts to curb vaping

October 10, 2019

Twenty-three people nationwide have died from vaping-related illnesses this year, according to U.S. health officials. Vaping has always been adver...

SCOOTING ALONG: Johan Hood, employee at Mint Salon, rides a Lime Scooter on the BeltLine near the intersection of 10th Street  and Charles Allen Drive. E-scooters have become a popular form of transportation in Atlanta since their introduction in 2018. Hood uses the scooters as a form of stress relief.

Scoot Over, Atlanta

September 16, 2019

The first casualty was Eric Amis Jr., 20. On May 16, he was riding one of the 16,000 electric scooters in Atlanta when he was killed by a speed...

Monopoly representation of gentrification in the city of Atlanta caused by a variety of institutionalized and developmental factors.

Gentrification: Atlanta’s Displacement Game

February 14, 2019

In 2008, the housing market in the United States plummeted. A build up in subprime real estate loans caused the worst economic period in the United States sin...

TSA employees are continuing to work after 35 days without pay. TSA employee Kevin Foster said, “We have a lot of passengers coming through saying 'We are sorry,' but I asked this one guy ‘What are you doing to try to help us? Have you called your representative or your senator saying this thing needs to end?'”

Federal shutdown causes local pain

January 25, 2019

For 35 days, one fourth of the federal government has been shutdown due to a dispute between Congress and the President over a spending bill allocating...

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