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The story of how Bernice Smith’s grandson became her son is a story told by documents.

Some of the ones she flipped through in the living room of her Decatur, Georgia home were official looking, covered with stamps and seals. Others were more informal.

“This is his autobiography that Stephen wrote himself,” Smith said, holding a printed page. “It says, ‘God Works In Mysterious Ways.’”

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Bright blue streetcars roll up Auburn Avenue in Downtown Atlanta every 15 minutes or so, but from inside Condesa Coffee, you can't always hear them over the sounds of conversation and grinding beans.

Octavian Stan is one of the co-owners of the coffee shop. He said, so far, he’s pretty happy with the streetcar.

“Overall, I think it’s a great addition,” Stan said.

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On a recent Monday night, it was standing room only at the Martin Street Church of God in Summerhill. Neighborhood residents had come to the church, which sits less than a mile from Turner Field, to voice their concerns about the stadium's future.

 

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It was Monday morning rush hour at the Gwinnett Transit Center, and Yvette MacPherson had missed her bus.

“What happened was we got to Doraville Train station, and the 10 we take was late getting us to the Gwinnett Transit County Center, and the 30 left before the 10 got here,” MacPherson said.

She was one of the smattering of people gathered at the modest transit center, which is just a few bus shelters in a parking lot next to Gwinnett Place Mall.

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