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In August, scientists at Georgia Tech discovered yet another gravitational wave. This one was 130 million years old, and for the first time, it came with a flash of light as well as a chirping sound. The wave is thought to be a result of a collision between two neutron stars, which blasted tons of gold into space.

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The longer a building has been around, the more likely people will say that it’s haunted. The Fox Theatre in Atlanta opened in 1929 and some say a few of the millions who’ve passed through those doors still remain. The theater hosts ghost tours this time of year. On Second Thought producer Sean Powers wanted to learn about the spirits that refuse to leave...even after the curtain comes down.

 

An interview with former Fox Theatre organist Bob Van Camp, whose ashes are stored in the theater auditorium:

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Amazon is opening its fifth fulfillment center in Georgia. Five hundred people will work at the facility in Macon. And Amazon will hire another 500 for the busy holiday shopping season

The deal, dubbed “Project Unicorn,” was rumored for months. But Macon Mayor Robert Reichert said it took a $1.5 million grant from the governor’s office for road improvements to seal it. He says Macon is a popular spot for distribution centers.

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Jeffrey Kilpatrick, a lecturer at the University of Georgia, has a new collection of scary stories that take place in Athens.This collection is called “Hometown Horrors, Terrifying Tales of Athens: Volume 1: Bloody Boulevard.” One of these terrifying tales revolves around two University of Georgia students who want to learn more about a cult in town called the Inner Circle.

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We’re in Halloween mode with some uncanny tales, but not every story is scary. David Hirt is a professional storyteller. This month, he shared Southern Ghost stories at the Art Station Theatre in Stone Mountain. We asked him to share a spooky story.

 

 

A full hour of tricks and treats and from the On Second Thought crew.

 

Georgia native Karin Slaughter has written several international bestsellers and they are not for the faint of heart. These are complicated, tough, and realistic thrillers. Her latest is “The Good Daughter.”  It’s about a terrifying event that rips apart a family and the small town where they live. We spoke with Karin Slaughter about revealing the dark side of Georgia’s small town life.

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On this edition of "Political Rewind," in this era of Donald Trump, is the “right” losing its mind? The popular conservative commentator Charlie Sykes thinks so, and he’s written a book to make the case. We talk with Sykes about the book and about the breaking news that’s sending tremors across Washington: Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, has surrendered to the FBI. He and his top aide are the first two handed indictments in the Special Counsel’s Russia probe.

An Atlanta attorney accused of murder says it was a tragic accident.  The prosecutor says Tex McIver knew what he was doing when he shot his wife, Diane McIver. The case is explored in this season’s “Breakdown” podcast, produced by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It premiered earlier this month. AJC reporter Bill Rankin joins us in the studio.

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GPB News hosted "On Point" when the show came to Atlanta on Oct. 27, 2017, on its national listening tour #OnPointListens. The topic of discussion focused on what it means to be middle class today and how the middle class fares under President Trump.

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The On Second Thought team loves Halloween, and loves visiting spooky spots. In 2015, producer Sean Powers went to the House on Horror Hill in Alpharetta to see what spirits are moving in the night.

 

 

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An Atlanta attorney accused of murder says it was a tragic accident. The prosecutor says Tex McIver knew what he was doing when he shot his wife, Diane McIver. The case is explored in this season’s “Breakdown” podcast, produced by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. AJC reporter Bill Rankin, who co-hosts the podcast, talked about the case.

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On September 30, a rape allegedly occurred on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Afterwards, students received no timely notifications or information from UGA officials. Of the 15 reported rapes on campus last year, students were only notified of two of them quickly.

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On this edition of "Political Rewind," how did voter data end up being erased from state computers even as a lawsuit challenging the integrity of Georgia elections was underway? It’s a story that could haunt top candidates in next year’s statewide elections. Also, President Trump speaks out about the opioid crisis. Did he make it clear he’s ready to commit the resources necessary to make an impact? It matters in Georgia, where the crisis looms large. Plus, Obamacare rates are out for 2018, and Georgians will pay more than people in many other states.

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Delta: Probe Uncovers 'Criminal Scheme' To Scam Pet Owners

Oct 27, 2017

One of the world's largest airlines says its investigation into a bogus pet shipping website has uncovered a "larger criminal scheme" preying on people hoping to buy Chihuahuas, poodles and puppies.

Delta Air Lines filed a federal lawsuit last month over a website that it says tricks people into thinking they're dealing with the airline when arranging for their pets to fly on jets.

Delta says the site — DeltaPetTransit.com — is designed to look like a Delta site and uses the airline's logos and pictures of its planes.

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As we head toward Halloween, there's plenty to do in Savannah. Connect Savannah's Jessica Leigh Lebos and Savannah Master Calendar's Marianne Ganem Poppell have some suggestions.

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In 1981, actor Bruce Campbell first took on "The Evil Dead." The cult hit spawned two sequels, video games, Marvel comic books, and a television series. Campbell is always working, and is in Atlanta this weekend for Walker Stalker Con. We talked with Campbell on low budget horror films and his cult star status.

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Platinum-selling songwriter Jimmy Webb stopped by our studio last month to talk about his first memoir, "The Cake And The Rain." Artists from Frank Sinatra to Barbara Streisand have recorded Webb's songs. Some of his hits include “Up, Up and Away,” “Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park,” and “By The Time I Get to Phoenix.”

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You may have heard about the Iron Pipeline. It's an underground network used to ship guns from states like Georgia with relatively lax gun laws to other states with tighter regulations. Many of these weapons are purchased legally in the South, but some are stolen. An investigative report finds Atlanta has an alarming rate of guns stolen from cars.

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When you hear singer and songwriter ALA.NI perform, you may be reminded of iconic artists like Billie Holiday and Judy Garland. The British-born, Paris-based artist was recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. She talked with us about her debut album, “You and I,” ahead of a performance in Atlanta this weekend.

Behind The Scenes Of 'Stranger Things'

Oct 26, 2017
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The second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” drops Friday. The Georgia-filmed show has a massive following, and the people behind the scenes play a vital role in this success. Taraja Ramsess is an on-set dresser for the show. He’s been part of Georgia's film and television industry for years.

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In its first season, Atlanta United FC broke MLS attendance records and made the playoffs. The team plays its first postseason game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Thursday night against the Columbus Crew. We talked with AU President Darren Eales about Georgia’s growing passion for what the rest of the world calls football.

Georgia Election Server Wiped After Suit Filed

Oct 26, 2017
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A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned.

 

Atlanta is officially a soccer town. In its first season, Atlanta United broke MLS attendance records and made the playoffs. The team plays its first postseason game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Thursday night against the Columbus Crew. We talked with AU President Darren Eales about Georgia’s growing passion for what the rest of the world calls football.

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Atlanta’s professional soccer team plays its first ever playoff game tonight against the Columbus Crew at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

 

Atlanta United FC has enjoyed a stellar inaugural season, performing well on the field but even better in the stands.

On the coastal edge of Georgia sits a small, dwindling community known as the Gullah Geechee. The people in the community are direct descendants of enslaved West Africans who settled on the barrier islands there. The Gullah Geechee's unofficial historian and vocal advocate for the preservation of the community, Cornelia Walker Bailey, has died. She was 72.

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Health economist Ted Miller says to understand the real cost of gun violence, you must factor in the value of human life. According to Miller, the monetary cost of gun violence in Georgia in 2012 was more than $9 billion. He breaks down the cost of shootings.

Congress In Chaos?

Oct 25, 2017
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Today on "Political Rewind," is Congress in chaos? Arizona Senator Jeff Flake says he won’t run for re-election just hours after Senator Bob Corker unloads on President Donald Trump. Where does the dissension leave the GOP’s push for tax cuts and how serious is the fracture in the Republican Party?

For Anthony Mackey, 29, guns were part of his upbringing in Albany, Georgia. As a teen, he joined a gang, and saw firsthand the incredible power of a gun. Mackey says being shot at was a turning point in his life.

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The Peach State is a leading exporter of illegal firearms. That’s largely due to the I-95 corridor, where guns flow from Georgia to other parts of the country with stricter gun laws. This route’s nicknamed the Iron Pipeline. Many of the illegal weapons end up in New York City. We talk about this with BuzzFeed News National Editor Tina Susman and New York City’s Public Advocate, Tish James.

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Guns are more controversial in America than abortion, marijuana, and same-sex marriage. Many of the opinions surrounding guns come from what we hear and see through the media. And yet, our passions about weapons reflect deeper psychological values.

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