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Listen: Atlanta artist talks about painting the city’s legacy 
The Loss Prevention art collective, responsible for a mural of civil rights leader U.S. Representative John Lewis in downtown Atlanta, will  continue to honor the city's story as one of the artists for Off the Wall.

1:59 AM Thursday, Aug. 09, 2018

The Loss Prevention art collective, responsible for a mural of civil rights leader U.S. Representative John Lewis in downtown Atlanta, will continue to honor the city's story as one of the artists for Off the Wall.
VIDEO: What is privilege?
 What is privilege? And who has it? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wanted to find out. And in the process, find out how a diverse group of Atlanta residents understood their own privilege. We gathered a group of 11 men and women – of different racial, economic and educational status - to participate in an exercise called the Privilege...

12:43 AM Wednesday, Jun. 06, 2018

What is privilege? And who has it? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wanted to find out. And in the process, find out how a diverse group of Atlanta residents understood their own privilege. We gathered a group of 11 men and women – of different racial, economic and educational status - to participate in an exercise called the Privilege...
Shaky Knees 2018 Day 2: Queens of the Stone Age, The War on Drugs, Matt and Kim, Manchester Orchestra and more rock
 By Erica A. Hernandez/AJC (This story was originally posted at 12:01 a.m. May 6, 2018) Shaky Knees Music Festival returned to Central Park after two years at Centennial Olympic Park. The second day of the rock festival started a little overcast and was a cooler 78 degrees around 2 p.m. The sun stayed away most of the day but the rain did...

12:01 AM Sunday, May. 06, 2018

By Erica A. Hernandez/AJC (This story was originally posted at 12:01 a.m. May 6, 2018) Shaky Knees Music Festival returned to Central Park after two years at Centennial Olympic Park. The second day of the rock festival started a little overcast and was a cooler 78 degrees around 2 p.m. The sun stayed away most of the day but the rain did...
German Botello, a Mexican-American, finds a welcoming place at GSU
 German Botello was born at Grady Memorial Hospital to two Mexican immigrants. He was raised speaking both English and Spanish (but mostly Spanish) at home. Now a senior at Georgia State University, he is the first in his family to attend a four-year university, and he’s felt the pressure to make the case that studying in college makes...

7:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

German Botello was born at Grady Memorial Hospital to two Mexican immigrants. He was raised speaking both English and Spanish (but mostly Spanish) at home. Now a senior at Georgia State University, he is the first in his family to attend a four-year university, and he’s felt the pressure to make the case that studying in college makes...
An Indian-American scholar talks about music, school, stereotypes
 We started our New Americans series Sunday with a Personal Journey about Ryan Koirala, a Bhutanese refugee who recently became a Clarkston police officer. We continue the series this week with stories about German Botello, who was born at Grady Memorial Hospital to two Mexican immigrants, and Christie Thuy Pham, a Vietnamese-American and...

7:52 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

We started our New Americans series Sunday with a Personal Journey about Ryan Koirala, a Bhutanese refugee who recently became a Clarkston police officer. We continue the series this week with stories about German Botello, who was born at Grady Memorial Hospital to two Mexican immigrants, and Christie Thuy Pham, a Vietnamese-American and...
Meet the people of Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter
 Despite years of legal battles to keep it the open, the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta will close before the end of 2017. The shelter was set to shutter its doors on Aug. 28, when the property ownership transfers to the non-profit Central Atlanta Progress. It’s a shelter that’s had its fair share of controversy...

5:24 PM Friday, Aug. 25, 2017

Despite years of legal battles to keep it the open, the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta will close before the end of 2017. The shelter was set to shutter its doors on Aug. 28, when the property ownership transfers to the non-profit Central Atlanta Progress. It’s a shelter that’s had its fair share of controversy...
The people of Peachtree-Pine
 Despite years of legal battles to keep it the open, the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta will close before the end of 2017.  The shelter was set to shutter its doors on Aug. 28, when the property ownership transfers to the non-profit Central Atlanta Progress.  But it was recently announced that the shelter will...

5:35 PM Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

Despite years of legal battles to keep it the open, the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta will close before the end of 2017.  The shelter was set to shutter its doors on Aug. 28, when the property ownership transfers to the non-profit Central Atlanta Progress.  But it was recently announced that the shelter will...
Nation united in awe
 At first Monday started off hot and cloudless, with the sky an uncut blue. Then clouds rolled over the sun at 2 p.m. at Ramah Darom, a Jewish summer camp facility deep in the Rabun County mountains. The sun continued to peek in and out of the clouds for the next few minutes, as the moon crept across its face. Several hundred eclipse watchers...

12:23 AM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

At first Monday started off hot and cloudless, with the sky an uncut blue. Then clouds rolled over the sun at 2 p.m. at Ramah Darom, a Jewish summer camp facility deep in the Rabun County mountains. The sun continued to peek in and out of the clouds for the next few minutes, as the moon crept across its face. Several hundred eclipse watchers...
Nashville sees a total solar eclipse, goes dark for two minutes
 Eight-year-old Max Choset wasn’t scared of the total eclipse he experienced in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday.  “I was scared that I was going to go blind, but I didn’t go blind, yet,” Choset said. “But I wasn’t scared of it.” Choset and his family from Pittsburgh, Pa. were like many others in town ...

10:01 PM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Eight-year-old Max Choset wasn’t scared of the total eclipse he experienced in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday.  “I was scared that I was going to go blind, but I didn’t go blind, yet,” Choset said. “But I wasn’t scared of it.” Choset and his family from Pittsburgh, Pa. were like many others in town ...
VIDEO: AJC photographer on anniversary of Atlanta Rodney King riots 
 It’s been 25 years since the Los Angeles Police Department officers who beat Rodney King walked free after they were acquitted.  When the court failed to reach a verdict on the charges of assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force, riots erupted across the country.  In the video above, former AJC staff photographer...

3:38 PM Friday, Apr. 28, 2017

It’s been 25 years since the Los Angeles Police Department officers who beat Rodney King walked free after they were acquitted.  When the court failed to reach a verdict on the charges of assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force, riots erupted across the country.  In the video above, former AJC staff photographer...
RE:Race – AJC staffer Erica Hernandez on her confusing race
 This video is part of RE: Race, the AJC’s new project dedicated to covering race and ethnicity in Georgia. Our racial and ethnic fissures and fault lines seem most obvious in politics. But our daily interactions with one another are perhaps more important – and more telling – than how we vote every four years. That&rsquo...

6:55 PM Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

This video is part of RE: Race, the AJC’s new project dedicated to covering race and ethnicity in Georgia. Our racial and ethnic fissures and fault lines seem most obvious in politics. But our daily interactions with one another are perhaps more important – and more telling – than how we vote every four years. That&rsquo...
VIDEO: A 360 look at the Braves’ almost-finished SunTrust Park 
 The Braves opened their new Cobb County stadium to the media for what the team termed a “sneak peek” Wednesday, 37 days before the first regular-season game there. Here is a 360 degree look at one of the stadium's largest entrances. <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OUw_ei-3MPQ?feature=oembed"...

2:50 PM Thursday, Mar. 09, 2017

The Braves opened their new Cobb County stadium to the media for what the team termed a “sneak peek” Wednesday, 37 days before the first regular-season game there. Here is a 360 degree look at one of the stadium's largest entrances. <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OUw_ei-3MPQ?feature=oembed"...
VIDEO: Watch the world through Mohamed Sanu’s Snapchat Spectacles
 Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu took over the Falcons’ Snapchat account with his Snapchat Spectacles. The sunglasses allow the user to snap a first person experience of what they are seeing and experiencing.  He Snapchatted his experience being interviewed by members of the press Thursday morning in Houston. ...

9:39 PM Thursday, Feb. 02, 2017

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu took over the Falcons’ Snapchat account with his Snapchat Spectacles. The sunglasses allow the user to snap a first person experience of what they are seeing and experiencing.  He Snapchatted his experience being interviewed by members of the press Thursday morning in Houston. ...
VIDEO: Fitness and nutritional advice for your 2017 New Year’s resolutions
 Looking to eat right and get fit in the new year? We’ve got you covered.  Nutritional Advice:  Resolving to eat healthier in the new year? Anya Guy, a clinical dietitian at Mayo Clinic in Florida, offers nutritional advice on what order when dining out to the hidden fats in avocados.  Hear Guy’s advice in the videos...

9:20 PM Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

Looking to eat right and get fit in the new year? We’ve got you covered.  Nutritional Advice:  Resolving to eat healthier in the new year? Anya Guy, a clinical dietitian at Mayo Clinic in Florida, offers nutritional advice on what order when dining out to the hidden fats in avocados.  Hear Guy’s advice in the videos...
Where to recycle your Christmas tree in Fulton
 As Christmas draws to a close, you may be wondering what to do with that lovely Christmas tree? You’ve gotten a good month of cheer and holiday spirit out of it, but that tree isn’t done giving just yet. As Christmas ends, Georgia’s “Bring one for the Chipper” kicks off. The annual statewide Christmas tree recycling...

5:36 PM Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

As Christmas draws to a close, you may be wondering what to do with that lovely Christmas tree? You’ve gotten a good month of cheer and holiday spirit out of it, but that tree isn’t done giving just yet. As Christmas ends, Georgia’s “Bring one for the Chipper” kicks off. The annual statewide Christmas tree recycling...
See the supermoon shine over Atlanta
 In case you missed it, the brightest moon in 69 years was on display last night and early this morning in metro Atlanta. AJC photographers set out to capture this historic night.  Like with this time lapse of the supermen rising over Atlanta.  The moon won’t be this close again for another 18 years.  Did you take any...

1:53 PM Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

In case you missed it, the brightest moon in 69 years was on display last night and early this morning in metro Atlanta. AJC photographers set out to capture this historic night.  Like with this time lapse of the supermen rising over Atlanta.  The moon won’t be this close again for another 18 years.  Did you take any...
Watch editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich carve a 'Trumpkin'
 How to carve a Trumpkin with AJC editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich.  Step 1:  Carve the top out of the pumpkin.  If you’re a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist you *may* be able to get someone to do this dirty work for you.  Step 2:  Scape the insides and seeds out.  Step 3:  Separate the...

8:07 PM Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

How to carve a Trumpkin with AJC editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich.  Step 1:  Carve the top out of the pumpkin.  If you’re a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist you *may* be able to get someone to do this dirty work for you.  Step 2:  Scape the insides and seeds out.  Step 3:  Separate the...
Mike Luckovich carves a Trumpkin
AJC editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich draws Donald Trump enough on paper he thought he might as well give a pumpkin a try this Halloween. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)

3:39 PM Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

AJC editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich draws Donald Trump enough on paper he thought he might as well give a pumpkin a try this Halloween. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)
5 things to know today: Obama declares state of emergency in Georgia
 1. President declares state of emergency in Georgia. As Hurricane Matthew edged closer to the Florida coast early Friday, President Obama declared a state of emergency in Georgia. [But when will it hit Georgia?] 2. FEMA unofficially uses 'Waffle House Index' to gauge disasters. One lesser-known indicator emergency management officials use...

12:12 AM Friday, Oct. 07, 2016

1. President declares state of emergency in Georgia. As Hurricane Matthew edged closer to the Florida coast early Friday, President Obama declared a state of emergency in Georgia. [But when will it hit Georgia?] 2. FEMA unofficially uses 'Waffle House Index' to gauge disasters. One lesser-known indicator emergency management officials use...
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