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From the time she was a little girl, Melissa Febos recognized that keeping secrets about her own life gave her a certain power over the people around her. When she was very young the secrets were simple things: she’d take objects from her house, bury them in the yard and then hide the very elaborate maps she drew pinpointing the locations of her treasure.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the 6th District showdown in June means almost 9 more weeks of attack ads. Bradley George fills in today for Bill Nigut as the panel looks at the road ahead for the Ossoff and Handel campaigns. The race is definitely drawing national attention with many insiders viewing it as a referendum on the election of Donald Trump.

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Cicadas are expected to return to Georgia this year after a long hiatus. Athens band Cicada Rhythm paid tribute to the raucous insects by naming their band after them. We asked Dave Kirslis to add some favorites to our essential Georgia Playlist.

The Breakroom gang joins Celeste to weigh in on this week's headlines.

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A coalition of civil rights groups is challenging a Georgia law that doesn't allow new voters to register before the closely watched runoff election in the 6th Congressional District.

The Washington, D.C.-based Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Atlanta on behalf of the groups.

The registration deadline was March 20.

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All the open seats at the Academy for Classical Education were gone by the time Sammy Smith’s daughters’ names were pulled in the school’s admissions lottery.

By then it was all about the waiting list for the parents still hanging around the ACE cafeteria on a day in February.

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Just up the road from Plant Vogtle, about 30 miles south of Augusta, sits Hawkins Rentals.

Rows of RV campers hunch on sandy lots beneath longleaf pines. About a mile away, large cooling towers from the nuclear power facility belch clouds of steam into the air.

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Atlanta might be the last place you’d look for endangered penguins, but every morning at the Georgia Aquarium begins with a Waddle Walk. That’s when staff take endangered African penguins out for a walk around the aquarium. GPB intern Olivia Reingold joined them recently to bring us this audio postcard.

Thousands of scientists plan to march on Washington this weekend. We look at how science is changing the world around us.

 

Before he was elected, President Trump called climate change a hoax. Now, he is rolling back policies meant to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Georges Benjamin says combating climate change is a public health issue. He’s the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. He joined us with Peter Dykstra, the publisher of Environmental Health News.

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When Kathryn Mayo decided to pursue an art project in her hometown of Selma Alabama, she was afraid she might not speak the language anymore.

 

“One of the things that's happened since I've moved to California is that I've lost a lot of my accent,” Mayo said.

 

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Today on “Political Rewind,” and then there were two. Another election is in store on June 20 to determine a winner for the 6th District congressional seat. Democrat Jon Ossoff came extremely close to an outright win, but now faces Republican Karen Handel in a head-to-head challenge that is likely to be even bloodier as the GOP closes ranks. Everyone wants this seat, including President Trump.

19-Year-Old Candidate Loses Stonecrest City Council Runoff

Apr 19, 2017
Courtesy Mary-Pat Hector

A 19-year-old candidate for a council seat in a newly formed city in Georgia has lost the runoff election.

News outlets report that Mary-Pat Hector, a sophomore at Spelman College, narrowly lost Tuesday to George Turner Jr., a retired MARTA manager. Turner received 867 votes to Hector's 845.

Hector had finished second to Turner is a five-way race March 21, prompting the Tuesday runoff.

Man Accused In Interstate Collapse Fire Released On Bond

Apr 19, 2017
Fulton County Jail

The man accused of starting a fire that caused a section of interstate in Atlanta to collapse has been released from jail after posting bond.

WSB-TV reports that Basil Eleby was released from Fulton County Jail on Wednesday. Eleby was issued a $10,000 signature bond by a judge during a hearing Tuesday.

The judge told Eleby not to go near the collapsed overpass except with his attorneys.

Eleby faces charges of arson and criminal damage to property. He was jailed March 31, the day after the collapse.

City Council OKs Trust Fund For Turner Field Neighborhoods

Apr 19, 2017
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The Atlanta City Council has approved legislation that would allocate money from the sale of city-owned properties around Turner Field to surrounding neighborhoods.

The bill would set up a trust fund to receive money from the sales for the use of affordable housing or job training.

If you thought it was odd that a special election in the Atlanta suburbs got so much national attention, you haven't seen anything yet.

So far, much of the focus has been on Democrat Jon Ossoff — and with good reason. The Democratic base rallied around him and made the election a referendum on President Trump.

Some of Hollywood’s greatest films were born right here in Georgia. We talked with the filmmakers behind two of these classics: "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "My Cousin Vinny."

Liberty County Sheriff's Office

A Fort Stewart soldier has been charged with cocaine trafficking as part of a drug investigation at the southeast Georgia Army post.

Pvt. 1st Class Mario Figueroa remained jailed Wednesday following his arrest last week. Liberty County sheriff's Maj. Jeff Hein said the arrest followed a three-month investigation by military and civilian authorities.

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Republicans escaped a potentially brutal loss on Tuesday night — for now — by forcing a runoff in a closely watched Georgia special congressional election.

Democrat Jon Ossoff would fall just short of the 50 percent needed to win outright in the crowded 18-way all-party primary, the Associated Press projected early Wednesday. Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer, instead will face off against Republican and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel on June 20.

UPDATE: Jon Ossoff Falls Below Majority Threshold

Apr 18, 2017
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Democrat Jon Ossoff has dropped below the majority vote he needs to avoid a runoff in Georgia's nationally watched special congressional election.

Late Tuesday, upstart Ossoff fell under the 50 percent threshold required to win the 18-candidate primary outright in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. If he falls short, he'd likely face Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff.

Roof Construction Delays Mercedes-Benz Stadium Opening

Apr 18, 2017
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The planned opening of the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been delayed by ongoing roof construction.

Steve Cannon, the CEO of Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank's businesses, said Tuesday the delay is a "timeline" issue. He insisted there is no concern about how the roof will work.

Man Accused In I-85 Collapse Fire Pleads Not Guilty

Apr 18, 2017
Fulton County Jail

The man accused of starting a fire that caused a section of I-85 in Atlanta to collapse has pleaded not guilty.

Local media report a judge ordered Basil Eleby released on a $10,000 signature bond, which means he only has to pay if he doesn't show up for court. The judge told Eleby on Tuesday not to go near the collapsed overpass except with his attorneys.

Eleby faces charges of arson and criminal damage to property. He's been in jail since March 31, the day after the collapse.

Actor George Takei rose to fame at warp speed as Sulu in the original "Star Trek" series. He’s since become an active voice in promoting equal rights for LGBT people. “Allegiance” is a play inspired by Takei’s experiences in an American Internment camp during World War II. George Takei visited the studio when the play hit theaters in Atlanta in February.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” T-minus 9 hours and counting until Election Day dawns for the 6th Congressional District.  The campaign attack ads are in heavy rotation on radio and television and President Trump has even weighed in on Twitter with a swipe at Democrat Jon Ossoff – this one's a big deal.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

An immense wildfire continues to burn across 19,000 acres on the Georgia-Florida state line. The West Mims Fire was ignited by a lightning strike on April 6, and firefighters from Georgia and Florida have been working to contain it since.

UPDATE: Trump Goes After Jon Ossoff; Ossoff Responds

Apr 17, 2017

President Donald Trump is attacking the leading Democratic candidate running in a special election in a conservative Georgia congressional district.

On Twitter Monday, Trump said the "The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressioal race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!"

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Belief and fact don’t always line up. An Emory University class dives into the convoluted world of conspiracy theories, and how they influence American politics. We talked with instructor Felix Harcourt and two of his students: Carolyn Koehnke and Laura Marquez.

Lewis Hine

Early 20th century photographer Lewis Hine made his mark by documenting the working conditions in mill towns, like those in Georgia. His photos led to major reforms in child labor laws. An exhibit at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia tells the story of one family he documented.

More than 100 Atlanta teachers have joined a federal age discrimination lawsuit. The complaint alleges teachers were forced out of their jobs by an administration that was openly hostile to employees over 40. Cheryl Patterson is one of the plaintiffs. She worked for years in the Atlanta Public School District, before she was laid off. Also with us is Charlotte Alexander. She’s an Assistant Professor specializing in employment law at Georgia State University.

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The NBA playoffs began this past weekend and it was a rough start for the Atlanta Hawks.

They lost on Sunday to the Washington Wizards, 114-107, in the first of a seven game series.

It's been an up and down season for Atlanta's basketball team. But will things change in time for the playoffs?

Democrats in Georgia's 6th District aren't exactly used to the fact that they might actually win something.

"It's just so wonderful to have a potential for a progressive Democrat to capture the district, and to send a message that we don't approve of the Trump agenda and the direction he's taking the country in," Bruce Johnson said as he gathered at Jon Ossoff's campaign office on Saturday morning to begin knocking on doors ahead of Tuesday's vote.

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