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Atlanta’s first Major League Soccer team plays its inaugural game Sunday to a sold out crowd.

Atlanta United hosts one of the league’s founding clubs, the well-established New York Red Bulls.

It’ll be a tough contest for the fledgling Atlanta team.

Yesterday, I drove out to Flowery Branch to see how they’re playing and feeling ahead of their first game.

About three dozen soccer players are scrimmaging in small groups of six at their practice facility about an hour north of Atlanta. 

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Artist Daniel Arsham is best known for his work which blends architecture and performance art. His many installations across the country tend to stretch the boundaries of space and reality. Now, Arsham is bringing his work to Atlanta with three installations at the High Museum of Art.

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The University of Georgia will rebury the bodies that were discovered during the construction of Baldwin Hall in December 2015. The remains of 105 individuals were found during work on the expansion of Baldwin Hall, which is adjacent to the Old Athens Cemetery. During the 19th century, the Old Athens Cemetery operated as the official town cemetery.

Artist Daniel Arsham is best known for his work which blends architecture and performance art. His many installations across the country tend to stretch the boundaries of space and reality. Now, Arsham is bringing his work to Atlanta with three installations at the High Museum of Art. Daniel Arsham joins us to talk about the new exhibition.

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The Breakroom gang joins host Celeste Headlee to weigh in on the week's news. The panel includes Soumaya Khalifa of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, former NPR correspondent Kathy Lohr, environmental blogger Ken Edelstein, and Republican strategist Julianne Thompson.

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Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming loves the musical “Cabaret.” He starred in a performance in London’s West End, and he’s played the smarmy emcee twice on Broadway. He’s on tour now, not with the musical "Cabaret" but with an actual cabaret: “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.” "On Second Thought" guest host Adam Ragusea talked with him ahead of his performance Friday at 8pm at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

For years, parents have been warning their college-age children to be careful what they post on social media.

Now, one young candidate is learning this important lesson the hard way — everything you post can and will be used against you in politics.

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There's a little something for everyone in Savannah this weekend. Art Rise Savannah's Clinton Edminster and the Tourism Leadership Council's Molly Swagler have some recommendations.

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FBI agents have arrested an Atlanta man accused of threatening the staff of Georgia Rep. John Lewis.

Special Agent David LeValley, who leads the agency's Atlanta office, announced that agents arrested 42-year-old Dante Antoine Rosser on Thursday on a charge of threatening to assault a federal official.

New research from the University Of Georgia links poverty to stifled brain development in children. The study also shows how those negative effects of poverty can be curbed by programs which implement positive parenting and improved family relationships. Lead researcher Gene Brody is with us to talk about the findings, and Washington University professor Deanna Barch also joins us to talk about implications of the study.

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Do you remember the last time you worked really hard on something? If someone was working on the same thing and got ahead before you, you would want to know why that happened, right?

That’s where the leaders of many Georgia schools find themselves. Last year schools on Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Priority Schools List thought they had dodged a bullet when the Priority School District proposal died at the polls. That would have allowed state takeover of what the state calls failing schools. Now a bill in the Georgia House has raised that idea again.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” U.S. immigration policy is front and center for our panel today. President Trump's initial executive order barring residents of seven majority Muslim countries has been temporarily blocked. What will the new version look like and how will it be enforced?  

The panel also discussed Crossover Day, coming up this Friday. As the deadline looms, which bills are getting a last-minute push in the Georgia General Assembly?

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Just one legislative day before Crossover Day, a plan to turn around Georgia’s low-performing schools has passed in the Georgia House.

 

The bill, HB 338, would create a “Chief Turnaround Officer” with the authority to intervene in low-performing schools. 

 

The turnaround officer would also be required to look at issues outside the classroom.

 

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Today a vote is scheduled on the house floor for a controversial piece of legislation that would restrict the authority of universities to investigate alleged sexual assault on campuses across Georgia. House Bill 51 was introduced by state Rep. Earl Ehrhart and would require university officials to notify law enforcement if a felony, such as rape, has occurred with or without the consent of the victim.

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech is creating what it calls the most environmentally friendly building in the Southeast. It collects its own water and solar power, and uses them to satisfy energy needs and irrigate nearby vegetation.

This "living building" is on track to break ground later this year. We get a preview of this new structure from Howard Wertheimer, the school’s assistant vice president for capital planning and space management.

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There is change in the works at two Georgia universities. Earlier this year, the University System Board of Regents voted to merge Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University. The new school will keep Georgia Southern’s name. Since 2011, the university system has completed seven mergers, in the interests of efficiency and economy.

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New reports from Atlanta-based health clinic CETPA find that Latino youth are being harassed and bullied more since last November’s presidential election. However, the Georgia Department of Education says it has not received complaints about bullying of Latino students in that time.

We try to sort all of this out with Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller. We also hear from Belisa Urbina, who is executive director of Ser Familia, which provides counseling and other services to Hispanic families in the metro Atlanta area.

New reports from Atlanta-based health clinic CETPA find that Latino youth are being harassed and bullied more since last November’s presidential election. However, the Georgia Department of Education says it has not received complaints about bullying of Latino students in that time. We try to sort all of this out with Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller. We also hear from Belisa Urbina, who is executive director of Ser Familia, which provides counseling and other services to Hispanic families in the metro Atlanta area.

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In his speech to a joint session of congress on Tuesday night, President Trump outlined his priorities. The president has received widespread backlash since he took office in January. There have been rallies and protests, but Trump supporters, like Georgia Tea Party activist Debbie Dooley, also want their voices heard. Dooley is organizing “Spirit of America” rallies across the country. 

Commentary: The DNC Needs A Caucus For White Men

Mar 1, 2017

While some people may feel the Trump administration doesn’t do a good job representing their needs, former Georgia lawmaker LaDawn Jones says her Democratic Party can learn a thing or two from Donald Trump’s November win. She explains why the Democratic National Committee should create a caucus for white men.

Singer-songwriter Anthony Aparo is no stranger to the Atlanta music scene. He has been on the circuit as front man of Atlanta’s retro-electronic band Culture Culture since 2013. He's a regular musician on the bill for ATL Collective, a semi-monthly collaboration of local artists in Atlanta. He was also a member of the Athens folk-pop band Mr. Mustache.

Georgia Lottery

Legislation that would mandate what percentage of Georgia Lottery revenue goes to education programs has passed the state Senate.

 

The bill attempts to restore funding levels to those set in 1993 when the Georgia Lottery Corporation was established.

 

Georgia Craft Brewers Ready To Leave Prohibition Laws Behind

Feb 28, 2017
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By day, Jamey Adams works as a forensic chemist for the U.S. Army crime lab in Atlanta. But at night he trades his fatigues for a pint as he steps into the role of brew master at Arches Brewery, one of Georgia's up and coming craft enterprises.

"This is my professional hobby," said Adams who founded the company with four friends and is already getting ready to expand their capacity within their first year of operation.

But he has one major complaint: he can't simply sell a beer to his visitors.

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Today marks one month, one week, and one day since Donald Trump took office. The president is slated to address a joint session of Congress tonight, outlining his agenda. As the Trump administration rolls out its plans, the nation remains divided over issues like immigration, abortion rights and “alternative facts.” President Trump’s distrust of the media is no secret. The role of journalism in a Trump-led America is under intense scrutiny.

Senators Approve Reduced Marijuana Punishment

Feb 28, 2017
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A Senate panel has approved legislation that would reduce the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to advance the bill sponsored by Sen. Harold Jones II, a Democrat from Augusta.

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On this day in 1977, country music star Jason Aldean was born in Macon.  

 

His hometown loves its native son and will show that love by renaming a downtown street “Jason Aldean Way.”  

Aldean’s career includes six platinum albums and 18  #1 singles, including his song, “A Little More Summertime.”

After his latest hit album, "They Don't Know," Aldean will be up for several big Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

 

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Today on “Political Rewind,” Donald Trump dials back on the Obama executive order that provided accommodation for transgender teens to use the bathroom of their choice in public schools. The administration says it’s a matter of states’ rights, not civil rights. What does this mean in the fight for LGBTQ rights across the country? And what other rights might be affected? Our panel focuses on a very contentious issue.

Prison For 2 Who Threatened Violence At Black Child's Party

Feb 27, 2017
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

A Georgia judge sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their role in the disruption of a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats.

Jose Ismael Torres, 26, will spend 13 years in prison; Kayla Rae Norton, 25, is to serve six years, Atlanta news outlets report.

Both wept as the sentences were handed down Monday in Douglas County, west of Atlanta.

"Their actions were motivated by racial hatred," said Superior Court Judge William McClain.

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All this year, we’re exploring the South’s identity with food. This is part of a series called Georgia Eats. A new exhibit at the Museum of Design Atlanta hones in on the changing landscape of sustainability.

Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal- Constitution

Trump supporters across the nation are organizing rallies this week in response to the anti-Trump protests that have been taking place since he was elected. About 60 cities throughout the Unites States have “Spirit of America” rallies planned to take place on Feb. 27 and March 4. Atlanta’s rally began at noon on Feb. 27.

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